Warning: MAJOR spoilers ahead for The Flash. Don't read any further if you aren't up to date on Barry Allen's latest exploits.

Barry Allen can never catch a break, can he? First, he had to contend with betrayal by Harrison "I'm actually Eobard Thawne" Wells, then he had to fight off the insane Hunter Zolomon (who was masquerading as Jay Garrick), and now he has to face off against his toughest enemy to date: himself. The reveal of another Barry Allen underneath Savitar's mask served as a great storytelling twist to usher in the climax for The Flash Season 3, and now it seems fairly clear the "Future Flash" is the real mastermind behind all of this season's chaos. Or does it?

Something about this week's Savitar reveal still doesn't sit too well with us. While it's entirely possible that the real foe of this season is a version of Barry Allen from the future, The Flash isn't a show that usually dishes out single-layered twists, and there are a few other explanations that need to be acknowledged. With that in mind, we have put together a list of theories for who Savitar actually is, and how he came into existence in the first place. We have several options to get to, so let's kick this list off with the event that started this whole mess in the first place: Flashpoint.

It's The Original Flashpoint Barry

The mechanics of time travel are consistently shaky in most fictional universes, but The Flash takes it to a whole new level week after week. Season 3 of the Scarlet Speedster's solo series has gradually moved away from the timeline-altering Flashpoint as a major plot point (particularly since the introduction of Savitar), but making the God of Speed a displaced version of Barry from Flashpoint makes plenty of sense. Barry's decision to essentially steal the Flashpoint timeline for himself was an inherently selfish endeavor, and the erasure of that timeline from existence (when he freed Eobard Thawne) could've easily led to an angry and bitter version of himself. Beyond that, going this route seems like great way to tie the entire narrative of the season together to remind Barry of the ramifications of his initial decision to save Nora Allen at the end of Season 2.

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