The latest episode of The Flash may have set up the introduction of Red Death to the Grant Gustin series.
In the previous season of The Flash, the classic DC Comics villain known as Red Death was mentioned as one of the most deadly foes the Scarlet Speedster ever faced when Grant Gustin’s Barry Allen and Iris were exploring their future daughter Nora’s memories of the future Flash museum. This prompted many fans to believe Red Death was being set up as the main antagonist for the sixth season of The Flash before Bloodwork was officially announced the primary villain. However, the most recent episode of The Flash may have set up a way for the writers of the Grant Gustin series to introduce Red Death.
The episode, titled “The Last Temptation of Barry Allen, Pt. 2”, centered on Grant Gustin’s Barry Allen as he struggled to break free from a mental prison while Bloodwork and the Speed Force vied for control of his emotions. While Bloodwork tempted Grant Gustin’s Barry Allen by offering the Scarlet Speedster a glimpse at the happy and fulfilling life he could have if he injected himself with his Bloodwork powers, it initially appeared as if the young hero had released himself from the villain’s grip and awoke in the real world. However, Iris and the rest of Team Flash quickly realized Grant Gustin’s Barry Allen had been taken over by Bloodwork just before the corrupted Scarlet Speedster headed out to meet up with the villain pulling his strings.
In the comics, Red Death is one of the villainous versions of Batman from the Dark Multiverse who absorbed Barry Allen’s Speed Force, trapping the Scarlet Speedster’s consciousness inside of Bruce Wayne’s body as a result. However, some fans have wondered if The Flash creators would be granted the right to use Bruce Wayne on the Grant Gustin series, but the recent episode may have offered them the opportunity to adapt Red Death for television without needing Batman’s alter-ego. While Grant Gustin’s The Flash is likely to be freed from Bloodwork’s control before the next episode concludes, the corruption of his speed force or potential for him to be controlled by the villain could allow the writers to use the Red Death design without needing to introduce Bruce Wayne to the series.
The Flash continues next week with the episode titled “The Last Temptation of Barry Allen, Pt. 2” and you can read the official synopsis below:
THE EPIC CONCLUSION OF THE TWO-PART MID-SEASON FINALE – With The Flash (Grant Gustin) battling Bloodwork (guest star Sendhil Ramamurthy), Iris (Candice Patton) and Cisco (Carlos Valdes) fight to help Barry take control before he’s lost to Ramsey’s influence. Meanwhile, the rest of Team Flash fight to reclaim Central City from Bloodwork’s growing army. Michael Nankin directed the episode written by Kristen Kim & Joshua V. Gilbert (#608).
The Flash stars Grant Gustin as Barry Allen / The Flash, Candice Patton as Iris West, Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow / Killer Frost, Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon / Vibe, Tom Cavanagh as Harrison Wells, Jesse L. Martin as Joe West, Danielle Nicolet as Cecile Horton, and Hartley Sawyer as Ralph Dibny / Elongated Man.
The Flash airs on Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m. on The CW.