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Who is The Flash's big villain and how is this reveal going to blow our mind? That seems to be the big question in every season of the CW series thus far, and Season 3 villain Savitar is no exception. While we don't know for certain when we'll see the true identity of the big bad, a recent episode description looks as though we might be finding out very soon. Here's the episode synopsis for "The Once and Future Flash," set to air later this month.
Barry travels to the future to find out Savitar's still unknown identity in the hopes of saving Iris. Upon his arrival in 2024, Barry encounters future versions of his Team Flash friends, who, following the death of Iris, have become very different people, profoundly impacted by their showdown with Savitar. It will be up to Barry to infuse a sense of hope back into the team, as he proves to be hero his future friends have been waiting for. Meanwhile, back in 2017, the hunt for Killer Frost continues.
So, the short answer for when we might learn Savitar's identity is April 25th, though that's provided The Flash writers don't leave us on a cliffhanger with the reveal coming even later than that; but the timing seems about right for a villain to be unmasked. The past two seasons of The Flash have always shown the audience the reveal of the villain before the team gets to witness it, but this time around could be different. The promotional tease for "The Once And Future Flash" has a lot of clues that seem to indicate at least Killer Frost knows who Savitar really is, but with the last episode's Caitlin cliffhanger involving Caitlin, who knows if her key knowledge is apparent to the rest of the team?
Maybe it's a coincidence, but there's something very strange about The Flash's return date and the episode. The newspaper headline in which The Flash goes missing is dated April 25th, 2024. Take a look at that return date for the show and the year Barry is traveling to. Yeah, I'm freaking out, too! It looks like Barry will be traveling to the exact day in the headline in which the Flash disappears.
So maybe the key to finding Savitar's true identity will be finding the presumed missing Future Barry. Future Barry, who looks too close to Spider-Man 3's emo Peter Parker for my liking, appears crazy and broken enough in the promos that he likely knows who Savitar is. Why he hasn't been able to do anything about it after all this time, and why he has abandoned the people of Central City, are both beyond me. Hopefully, present Barry can whip the missing Flash back into shape when he finds him, and the two can make a real run at unmasking Savitar and saving Iris!
We could definitely get some answers when The Flash returns April 25th, and in addition to this episode finally addressing the newspaper we've seen for so long, it also will be the first episode of The Flash directed by actor Tom Cavanagh. It'll be exciting to see how Cavanagh, who has really brightened this show with his many character iterations, approaches such a big episode in the series. Let's hope he knocks it out of the park, and that the wait to meet this new Flash isn't too grueling. New shows will help time fly by, so be sure to check out our midseason premiere guide and summer premiere schedule for ways to stay busy.