SPOILER ALERT: The following story incorporates particulars from the Season 7 finale of The Flash.
While The Flash‘s Season 7 finale was full of motion and violence, it additionally supplied up completely satisfied endings for the superhero in any other case often called Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) and others.
Tonight’s finale, titled “Heart of the Matter, Part 2,” comes one week after the CW collection’ a hundred and fiftieth episode. The 151st sees August Heart/Godspeed (Karan Oberoi) and his military of clones creating chaos in Central City and threatening to destroy it.
Speedster allies preventing on The Flash’s aspect of the Godspeed Civil War embrace his spouse Iris (Candice Patton), in addition to his future youngsters, Nora-West/XS (Jessica Parker Kennedy) and Bart/Impulse (Jordan Fisher), the latter of whom recovers early on, after being put in a coma by Godspeed. Others getting in on the combat are Speed Force Nora (Michelle Harrison) and The Flash’s right-hand man Cisco Ramon (Carlos Valdes), who returns to fight as Mecha-Vibe, after making his official exit from the collection in Episode 12.
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Ultimately, The Flash meets with Godspeed head to head, and comes to appreciate that there’s just one approach his foe will again down. The evil speedster is keen to soak up his different selves, however provided that The Flash will grant him the facility of natural velocity.
Young Nora tells The Flash to take Godspeed up on his provide, and whereas he’s initially reluctant to take action, he later caves, for the great of the town. At the identical time, he and the opposite members of Team Flash acknowledge that by doing this, he’s basically “creating the future” through which his youngsters will reside.
After Godspeed ranges up with natural velocity, he goes again on his promise to The Flash and threatens to kill him. But simply as he’s about to attempt to, The Flash’s archenemy Eobard Thawne (Tom Cavanagh) returns and throws him by means of the air. He’s come to assist take down Godspeed solely as a result of he’s so intent on taking out The Flash himself, impaling the speedster along with his purple lightning beam, which might have killed him, however didn’t.
With Godspeed incapacitated, Thawne units out to introduce The Flash to his maker, although he too is in the end incapacitated by the superhero himself, and disappears into the evening. August Heart finally ends up locked up at Iron Heights, whereas it’s strongly hinted that Thawne might be again “someday.”
Later, the CCPD’s Kristen Kramer (Carmen Moore) involves the conclusion that she’s a meta, who is ready to mimic the talents of others in shut proximity. She involves this epiphany after inadvertently saving Joe (Jesse L. Martin) from one in every of Godspeed’s clones with Flash-like velocity she didn’t know she had. It leads her to take an indefinite hiatus from the police division, and to reevaluate her prejudice towards metas.
The episode’s closing sequence comes on the heels of a second, through which Barry asks Iris if she’d wish to have the “wedding” she by no means bought however all the time deserved, within the type of a renewal of vows. Cisco officiates, and most of the members of Team Flash are in attendance. Among them is Cecile (Danielle Nicolet), who tells her boyfriend Joe that she loves weddings, indicating that one is likely to be of their future, as properly. Bart then serenades the friends with a canopy of Jonah Mutono’s “1949.”
Developed by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, and Geoff Johns, The Flash returns for its eighth season on November 16.
Writer, EP and showrunner Eric Wallace spoke with Deadline forward of tonight’s finale to interrupt down its key occasions. Wallace additionally teased what’s to come back in Season 8 and the five-part particular occasion that’s kicking it off, together with the exploration of recent romances, the introduction of a brand new Arrowverse villain, appearances by “very unexpected” visitor stars and extra.
DEADLINE: How lengthy have you ever had the framework for the Season 7 finale in thoughts?
ERIC WALLACE: It in all probability goes again a yr, and I assume the most important a part of that was figuring out that we wished to introduce Impulse within the a hundred and fiftieth and 151st [episodes]. When I made the choice that his destiny can be tied to Godspeed’s destiny, that’s when the story began to come back collectively. After that, [it was about], “How big and exciting and action-packed and emotional can we make our season finale this year?”
The purpose I wished to do this was as a result of I felt that final yr, we bought type of reduce off in the midst of issues, and I understand how laborious that was for the viewers. It was laborious for the solid and crew as a result of it felt incomplete, regardless that it made for a pleasant cliffhanger, which I’m very completely satisfied about. But I wished to essentially, with this finale, say thanks to the followers, and provides them one thing particular to make up for the unintended cliffhanger of final yr, which is why this finale has such a close-ended really feel. It nearly feels, in some methods, like a collection finale, regardless that it’s not. But that was on objective. That was just a bit thanks to the followers, saying, “Thank you for being here during the Covid pandemic. We all know how hard it was, is and continues to be, and hopefully, this helps a little bit.”
DEADLINE: Were there any plot traces that you considered taking in a unique path, or story parts you considered together with? Or did the idea for the episode stay the identical, out of your preliminary breaking of story all the way in which as much as manufacturing?
WALLACE: Everything has remained the identical. Everything that I wished to ensure we, as a writing workers, have been in a position to handle…just about bought addressed. I feel there’s just one little factor that’s hanging a little bit bit, however that’s on objective, and that’s Iris’s time illness. [That plays] an enormous position in Season 8, so we wished to not resolve that within the finale. There was truly a deleted scene from the finale that simply didn’t fairly work for lots of causes. It did handle Iris’s time illness, however we determined it will be higher to put it aside for the start of Season 8.
DEADLINE: Original solid members Carlos Valdes and Tom Cavanagh formally exited as collection regulars previous to the finale—as we told you first—although each seem in tonight’s episode. How did you determine how you’d make use of the actors within the finale, on condition that each performed a number of characters, all through the collection’ run?
WALLACE: Both of these have been deliberate lengthy upfront. [Tom’s] final episode as a collection common was truly going to be the season finale of final yr, 622. But due to the Covid pandemic, 622 turned 703.
I believed that was a serendipitous factor that turned out to be actually cool, however we all the time knew, when he went away as Timeless Wells, [that] he must come again…to assist with the third graphic novel, which was the God Complex storyline with the Forces. And we all the time knew what we have been driving in the direction of on the finish of Season 7, which is that this shock team-up between two foes. I knew very consciously that the one method to actually promote how harmful and highly effective Godspeed was, was to indicate that the Flash wanted his enemy’s assist to take this man down. So, that was the plan proper out of the gate, on the prime of Season 7, with Tom’s character.
With Carlos’ character, it was a little bit hilarious as a result of we didn’t know at first what number of episodes he would be capable to seem in, after which Covid clearly difficult issues larger. So, we ended up having to do his goodbye episode—which was Episode 12, “Good-Bye Vibrations”—a little bit prior to we had anticipated. We truly thought we might have him for extra episodes in Season 7. But once more, due to Covid, our complete season order—like many exhibits—was decreased. But it labored out simply advantageous. I had the foresight to go, “All right, whenever you leave, I’m saving your last two for the end”….Because I talked to Carlos, and it was necessary to each of us that the character of Cisco participate within the a hundred and fiftieth anniversary two-part celebration.
DEADLINE: It should have been laborious to bid Valdes and Cavanagh farewell.
WALLACE: It’s bittersweet. I want everyone the most effective. Carlos and Tom had been right here since day one—longer than I’ve—and have been such an necessary a part of the present. But I get that typically they need to do different issues. It’s human nature. But that’s why we all the time maintain the door open for them…They’re all the time welcome again. I’ve already joked with Carlos: I stated, “What if I had a very special two-parter?” and he type of gave me that grin. So, we’ll see if that will get paid off. There’s no plans for that clearly, as a result of he’s leaving, however you by no means know.
One factor [their exit] does do for us that’s a silver lining—I assume that’s the one approach to have a look at it—is, whereas we’ve misplaced some characters which have been with us for an extended time, which means we have now much less collection regulars. I assume that can give us a chance in Season 8 and past to proceed to develop a few of the newer solid members that the viewers could not know as properly.
DEADLINE: At the tip of tonight’s episode, Cavanagh’s Eobard Thawne (aka Reverse Flash) vanishes. It’s advised, although, that he might be again “someday.” Do you’ve concrete plans for his return?
WALLACE: I’m not going to reply that as a result of there’s spoilers concerned there. I’ll solely say this: The Reverse Flash is an individual that retains his guarantees. [Laughs]
DEADLINE: Where are you at with Season 8?
WALLACE: The writers’ room has simply convened. We’re a few weeks in and we’re going to kick the season off, as has already been introduced, with our five-part special event. Now, as a result of it’s developing so quick, I did have to essentially formulate the story for this five-part occasion earlier than we had completed writing Season 7. That was a little bit loopy, however what it did give us is a good continuity between Seasons 7 and 8. So once more, for instance, with Iris’s time illness, we all know precisely the place we’re going with that subsequent yr…and the way it will resolve.
The writing’s going properly. Quite a lot of the identical writers and administrators might be returning subsequent yr. We’re very excited, and who is aware of? There is likely to be just a few very surprising, particular visitor stars, particularly on our particular occasion, so we would like of us to remain tuned.
DEADLINE: What extra are you able to inform us about what’s to come back subsequent season?
WALLACE: I might say that is the season of Flash the place we’re making a aware effort to show Grant into The Flash from the comedian ebook—probably the most assured, extremely highly effective, safe crew chief. It’s actually a season for Grant to shine in a approach that maybe he hasn’t been in a position to shine all the time, and it’s very thrilling. The query is, how is that wrapped up in his romance with Iris? [They’re] in a very great spot on the finish of Season 7, and that can clearly proceed, however I feel their largest problem that they’ve ever confronted lies forward, and it’s going to be robust. It’s going to take what I contemplate to be one of many nice love tales within the historical past of tv to outlive what they’re about to undergo, particularly within the again half of Season 8. But don’t fear. It’ll be a cheerful ending.
DEADLINE: As Barry and Iris renew their vows, Cecile hints to Joe that she “loves weddings.” So, I think about their romance might be additional explored subsequent season, as properly.
WALLACE: One factor I’ll say that’s associated to that query immediately is, we’re going to see just a few extra relationships blossoming in Season 8 of The Flash than we’ve seen within the final two years. I received’t say with what characters, however let’s simply say romance goes to be within the air in a really weird approach, within the center and again half of our season. It’s going to be actually enjoyable, and also you would possibly even see some previous, acquainted faces from our first few seasons of the present.
DEADLINE: Might August Heart (aka Godspeed) return, after discovering himself locked up in Iron Heights?
WALLACE: Yeah. What occurred to Godspeed on the finish of the Season 7 finale was twofold. He was already offended at Impulse. But now, due to The Flash’s intervention, he has made a mortal enemy of Godspeed. By saving his child and saving the day, and saving the city on the finish of the Godspeed Civil War, [Barry] made a horrible, horrible enemy in August Heart, and ultimately, that’s going to chew him.
DEADLINE: Will Season 8 additional look at Kristen Kramer, following her realization that she’s a meta?
WALLACE: You ought to tune in to for the primary few episodes; you would possibly get the reply proper out of the gate. [Laughs]
DEADLINE: Will we revisit previous villains this fall, or be launched to new ones?
WALLACE: This yr, we’ll see, as common, a mixture of each. Our graphic novel format will proceed, and a kind of graphic novels has a model new villain to the Flash, to the Arrowverse, which I’m very, very enthusiastic about. He’s a really scary fellow, and when he exhibits up, we would dip our toes into the world of horror and the supernatural.
So, it’s going to be very enjoyable and really completely different for the present. But additionally, we are going to see some returning, traditional Flash villains that everyone knows and love.
DEADLINE: Are you planning a crossover occasion for the tip of this yr?
WALLACE: No. At least, not at this level. There are nonetheless lots of Covid protocols in place, which restrict lots of the issues we are able to do as a manufacturing. However, with this five-part occasion, we need to ship the identical feeling to the viewers that you’d get with a crossover type of story. That’s actually the purpose right here, to provide them one thing that’s not simply an peculiar season premiere—one thing particular, [in terms of] the visitor stars that might be becoming a member of us, but additionally within the story that we’re telling. It is a little bit bit larger than common for The Flash, which was very thrilling. I feel it’ll give people who sense of scope that you just typically really feel—each emotionally and within the motion sequences—with a crossover, with out truly having 20 characters in a single scene.
DEADLINE: So, the particular occasion is a short lived alternative for the usual Arrowverse crossover, necessitated by Covid restrictions?
WALLACE: Exactly, and don’t get me improper. We’d all like to do a standard crossover, however we’re simply not there but. With Covid protocols and issues, it’s simply not doable.
DEADLINE: Grant Gustin is one in every of quite a few Flash solid members, whose contracts finish at Season 8. Could this imply that the present’s s upcoming season might be its final?
WALLACE: To be trustworthy with you…I don’t know. Let’s all discover out collectively, however till I hear in another way, every part’s advantageous. You know? I do know that’s tremendous obscure, nevertheless it’s simply the trustworthy fact. Anything can occur on this world.
DEADLINE: Do you’ve a way of how far more story there’s to inform with the present?
WALLACE: I really feel this present might run simply for no less than a number of extra seasons, and probably past. Because I really feel like each season, we, as a writing workers, should determine between all of the fantastic tales we need to inform, versus what number of episodes we even have to inform them. We have a lot extra that we’d love to indicate the viewers and provides to them, as a thanks for coming alongside on this trip with us, however we simply can’t get to it. That’s why I say, there’s many extra seasons price of tales to inform, no less than from our inventive perspective.