I’m sure you all saw The Flash season premiere last night, but in the off chance you’re saving it for the weekend, or a rainy day, or whatever, we won’t talk about the spoiler-y implications till after the “Read more…” thing. If you came to this article via social media and don’t want to be spoiled – LEAVE NOW! – because this article is about a plot detail that emerged about 15 minutes into last night’s premiere. A development that has a big impact on more than one Flash character, and promises grand implications going forward. And for those of you who know what I mean, you should realize that the executive producer of the show says don’t worry. The end is not always the end.
Okay, so let’s talk specifically. Basically, we learn that it wasn’t Flash (Grant Gustin) that stopped the wormhole from eating Central City, it was Firestorm. In separating in the midst of the event horizon, Ronnie Raymond (Robbie Amell) and Martin Stein (Victor Garber) managed to close the singularity. Stein was saved, Ronnie was not. Still, Andrew Kreisberg says that when it comes to The Flash, death doesn’t always mean “the end.”
“Well, you’re never really dead when you’re on The Flash, a TV show where there are universes and time travel,” Kreisberg explained to Entertainment Weekly. “He was, in fact, killed in that moment, but that doesn’t mean that we’ve seen the last of Robbie Amell on this show. Certainly, Greg [Berlanti], Robbie and I all hope to work together on The Flash again.”
Like Arrow’s Colton Hays, Amell is getting more film work and thus not as available for the slings and arrows of weekly TV. Meanwhile, we know that Garber is sticking around now that Stein has officially been inducted into Team Flash, where he’ll stick it out, at least until midseason, when he will be transferred to Legends of Tomorrow.
“Ronnie’s death has a major impact on all the characters, Barry, Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker), Professor Stein,” Kreisberg said. “It also gave us a lot of our storytelling as we move forward. Everyone knows there’s a second spin-off coming with Legends of Tomorrow. They know the Firestorm legacy is far from over, so it just gave us a lot of rich storytelling to pursue.”
You’ll recall that in that promo piece for Legends of Tomorrow that there was a Firestorm flying around shooting fireballs at Vandal Savage’s henchmen, which vexed fans since Garber had signed up but Amell had not. Does that mean Jay Jackson is the new second half of Firestorm? I guess we’ll find out.
The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8 pm on the CW.