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The season six premiere of The Flash was definitely a bit of a doozy!
In the new episode, Barry and Iris found out that — is going to die in the upcoming Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover.
“Crisis turned out to be the best thing that could have happened — I can’t speak for the other shows, but I certainly speak for The Flash — because it created an immediacy to thing,” showrunner Eric Wallace told TV Guide. Click inside to continue…
“We know December 10, 2019, the Flash will die. He just said it. We’re not messing around. So, as a married couple, they can count the number of days and weeks.”
“The countdown begins next week. What kind of urgency does that give them? An extreme one,” he continued. “It turns the dial up to 10, and it makes you think, ‘Is every moment together our last? What can we do? Should we fight this? Is it inevitable?’ These are all the things that they’re grappling with for these next seven episodes, because eight ends and it’s Crisis time, and it’s time to go off to, literally, cosmic war. So the relationship is strained. But it’s also going to bring them closer together than ever before because that’s what tragedy does.”
Eric also dished about the next episode and how the couple will deal with the news.
“What this story has enabled us to do is to look back at any other time when somebody was facing life and death, and see how they reacted then… And I will tell you — no spoilers — it’s different,” he shared. “It’s not the same, because of what they learn next week. That’s the great part of the story. The Monitor showing up and kind of making a cosmic pronouncement drives you to extremes in order to fight against or accept the coming crisis.”
“Every episode this season [they] are all about ‘Do I accept death? Or do I fight it?’ That’s also the reason why Bloodwork is the villain this season,” Eric added. “The villain, as we now know, has HLH cancer and is dying. So for the first time in the show’s history, we have a villain and a protagonist who are going through the same thing. It’s the reason Bloodwork was chosen as a villain this season. It was very deliberate because they’re going to learn about halfway through the season, ‘Maybe we’re not so different? And what does that mean?’”
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