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Spoilers below for anyone who hasn't yet watched The Flash's Season 4 finale.
Season 4 of The Flash got super complicated in thefinal moments of the season, as the fan-confounding Mystery Girl stepped out of the shadows and revealed herself to be Barry and Iris' future daughter Nora. The couple had just made up their minds on wanting to start having children, and now they find out their nosy future offspring has traveled back in time and needs help? That would be weird for any couple, and executive producer Todd Helbing revealed Barry and Iris are no exception, and they won't have the easiest time adjusting to their daughter's presence in Season 5:
If you can imagine having one of your children showing up who's already an adult, who's around the same age as you, it's gonna be a little weird for them. But there's this huge emotional component of this finale --- Iris makes a comment about how they're next to have a kid, and then their kid shows up a little sooner than I think either of them were expecting and under quite a bit different circumstances. So it's going to take a while for them both to get used to her being around.
As Todd Helbing teased, there's going to be a lot of weirdness happening between Nora West-Allen and Barry and Iris on The Flash. Everyone is around the same age, and considering they're meeting her as an adult before her actual conception, it's possible Iris could be sharing her first alcoholic drink with her daughter before seeing her first steps! (As an infant, obviously, since Iris has seen her walk around the house as an adult.) There's also that whole part about neither of them previously knowing anything about Nora beyond where she got her jacket, while she presumably knows everything there is to know about them.
Of course, The Flash fans know even that may not necessarily be true, as Nora's trip to the past was teased to have some pretty big consequences. Meaning this version of her parents may be different from the ones she knows about in the future, or not. Todd Helbing confirmed to EW that, yes, Nora's arrival is going to create some problems for the timeline:
And then on top of it, there's the complications of all the consequences that are going to come from her going back 30 years.
As far as we can tell, Nora Allen went back in time in part to help Barry and the gang stop The Thinker's Enlightenment, though no exact reasons were revealed. She seemingly saved him from a fatal failure by turning back time and helping him destroy the falling satellite, and if so, then she effectively repeated the exact same mistake Barry did when he created Flashpoint after saving his mother, which is obviously a bad deal for everyone. Beyond any and all changes to Nora's later timeline, Barry would need to navigate his daughter through outmaneuvering Time Wraiths, and whatever time-induced consequences that come up in the "present." Ultimately, it sounds like Team Flash will be faced with the question of whether or not the future is better off with Nora's interference, which could have some devastating consequences.
The Flash fans will get to see how it all shakes out when Season 5 airs on The CW this fall on Tuesday nights at 8:00 p.m. ET. For a list of other superhero shows premiering in the meantime, visit our superhero premiere guide. Those interested in any new television premiering this summer can see what all is on the way with our summer premiere guide.