When it comes to Barry Allen on The Flash, saving Iris West from Savitar is the most important thing on his mind at the moment. With no leads about who Savitar really is and no clues as to how to defeat him, Barry will travel seven years into the future, to 2024, to get some answers in next week’s episode, titled “The Once and Future Flash.”
Speaking with TVLine, series star Grant Gustin says that in the future, Barry “is a guy who has lost everything[…] he is in shambles. He does not look good.”
Barry is “totally alone,” but Gustin, who will play opposite himself as two different timeline versions of his character, felt challenged by the material in the episode.
Gustin is playing a version of Barry that is “about eight years older, which in a way made it more challenging for me, because it wasn’t like, ‘This is my grizzled, older self.’ They were some of the more challenging scenes I’ve done — if not just this year, in the whole series, because I’m my own scene partner.”
Candice Patton, who plays Iris West, previews the episode and says that it’s not only Barry who has been impacted by Iris’ death.
“You see this older version of Barry Allen that hasn’t really ever gotten over the death of Iris West. Everyone is changed because of it.”
“The Once and Future Flash” is shaping up to be a sad, but possibly great, episode, and one that will hopefully help focus Barry and the team and get them answers as to who Savitar really is.
You can read the episode synopsis below.
“The Once and Future Flash” — (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (Content Rating TBD) (HDTV)
TOM CAVANAGH DIRECTS; BARRY TRAVELS TO THE FUTURE TO SAVE IRIS – Barry (Grant Gustin) travels to the future to find out Savitar’s still unknown identity in the hopes of saving Iris (Candice Patton). 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 (Danielle Panabaker) continues. Tom Cavanagh directed the episode written by Carina Adly MacKenzie (#319).
The Flash returns to The CW on Tuesday, April 25 at 8/7c.