As The CW announced its fall lineup and some surprising shakeups, something else regarding The Flash Season 4 caught our eye. Take a look at the synopsis and see if you can spot what seems to be a huge spoiler for next season:
Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) lived a normal life as a perpetually tardy C.S.I. in the Central City Police Department. Barry's life changed forever when the S.T.A.R. Labs Particle Accelerator exploded, creating a dark-matter lightning storm that struck Barry, bestowing him with super-speed and making him the fastest man alive --- The Flash. But when Barry used his extraordinary abilities to travel back in time and save his mother's life, he inadvertently created an alternate timeline known as Flashpoint; a phenomenon that gave birth to the villainous speed god known as Savitar, and changed the lives of Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker) and Wally West (Keiyan Lonsdale) forever. With the help of his adoptive father, Joe West (Jesse L. Martin), his lifelong best friend and love interest Iris West (Candice Patton), and his friends at S.T.A.R. Labs -- Cisco Ramon (Carlos Valdes), C.S.I Julian Albert (Tom Felton), and an Earth-19 novelist named H.R. Wells (Tom Cavanaugh) -- Barry continues to protect the people of Central City from the meta-humans that threaten it.
If you thought that Iris West's implied survival is the kicker, then you get all the prize money. Now, we're well aware that this could just be The CW not wishing to give away too much regarding Season 4 of The Flash with the Season 3 finale coming up next week, but all the other synopses for the network's shows all point towards the future in direct ways. Take that, and the change of tense from the beginning to the end of Flash's synopsis, and you got a "think stew" going on in your brain. Barry "continues" would seem to iindicate that this is foreshadowing for beyond the reign of Savitar. So, are we to assume that Iris is ok for Season 4? If so, that seems like it would be a pretty huge spoiler to just put out there all willy nilly.
There are more things than just that they may raise some eyebrows for The Flash Season 4. For example, there's been no word as to whether or not Tom Felton will remain on the series as Julian Albert outside of Season 3., but he's listed here. If you're someone subscribing to the popular Iris switcharoo theory, it wouldn't make much sense for HR to also be listed for Season 4 as well. That's not to say Tom Cavanaugh wouldn't somehow weasel his way back into a role, but specifically mentioning HR seems to indicate the Earth-19 novelist is the guy next season. Let's not forget we already know a funeral is coming, so some part of this math likely isn't right, and someone here needs to bite the dust!
Of course, we've already got our presumed death with Iris, so maybe we should all just stop subscribing so hard to the trope that no one ever dies in the Arrow-verse. Maybe Iris West will go down with the likes of Tommy Merlyn and Moira Queen as one of the few to never see resurrection or multiverse reashings. I won't believe it personally until Iris is six feet under, but then after remembering what Arrow did with Sara Lance, maybe I should hold out for cremation. With how these shows have gone for years, I'm sure even that wouldn't keep an Iris comeback from happening!
Hopefully, we'll get more answers than questions when The Flash airs its finale on Tuesday, May 23rd, at 8 p.m. ET on The CW. Once that's over, head to our summer premiere guide and find something new to pick up before The Flash returns for Season 4 in the fall. Also, we've added quite a few more shows to our renewal guide lately so it couldn't hurt to glance at that if you haven't in awhile.