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Spoiler warning for anyone who isn't caught up with The Flash Season 1.
After capturing Harrison Wells with the help of The Arrow and Firestorm last week, Barry Allen will spend time in tonight’s The Flash finale confronting the man we now know as Eobard Thawne, a.k.a. the Reverse-Flash. The synopsis for “Fast Enough” is particularly vague on what to expect. Aside from Martin Stein and Ronnie Raymond returning to help S.T.A.R. Labs, all it states is that Wells will present Barry with a “life-changing choice.” While we don’t know yet what this specifically entails (though most fans probably have a good idea) or what else will go down, evidently it was enough to make those involved with the show burst into tears.
Although he didn’t go into specifics, executive producer Andrew Kreisberg told EW that the finale is so emotional that during the read-through of the episode, everyone was crying. According to Kreisberg:
It’s incredibly emotional. When we had the table read for that episode, everybody just started crying. Usually when we have the table reads, I read the stage directions, and after a while I just stopped because everybody was in tears and quiet. We’ve worked really hard to build up these believable relationships between everybody throughout the course of the season. We did the greatest hits of all the scenes that made us cry over the season and put them all in the finale again.
The previews for the finale give us a better idea of what to expect for tonight’s episode. Most notable amidst all the chaos are shots of Barry Allen kneeling next to his mother on the night that Reverse-Flash attacked. While we don’t know yet whether Barry will be successful in saving his mother, if his reunion with Nora is anything like his interactions with his father Henry over the past season, then fans will definitely be overcome with a case of the feels. Then, of course, there’s the possibility that Barry will successfully change the time stream, which could result in the other supporting characters being drastically changed. Whatever happens, some of you would be wise to keep a box of tissues nearby.
Kreisberg also mentioned that tonight’s finale will see the culmination of Wells’ plan, and while the Season 1 storyline does wrap up in a “complete way,” it will launch the Season 2 storyline. However, “Fast Enough” has more on its plate than just making way for the second season. Several of the characters from the upcoming series Legends of Tomorrow will be appearing in some capacity, setting the stage for the January spinoff.
Most episodes of The Flash have their fair share of game-changing moments. But with the finale, it looks like we’ll be getting a mix of emotions and shocks…although often times the latter can lead to a big case of the former.
The Flash wraps up its first season tonight at 8 p.m. EST on The CW.