So, as it turns out, all those times Savitar kept telling Barry that he was the future Flash wasn’t because he was going to become the future Flash after killing Barry, it’s because he literally is the Flash from the future – as in Barry from the future. But there’s something a little off about this Barry. If you remember last week’s episode, audiences got a glimpse of a broken down Barry, but he eventually came to his senses by the end of the episode. This Barry, the Barry who is Savitar, looks like he got lost and never found his way home.
What’s the deal with this version of Barry? According to executive producer Andrew Kreisberg, fans will learn what went wrong next week. “You get that in the next episode, and the mystery is ongoing, but obviously Savitar is a version of Barry Allen, a heavily scarred version.” He’s been scarred emotionally and physically. Hopefully, the origin of that scar on his face will also be revealed. Kresiberg went on to elaborate about making Barry the villain for this season:
“What’s really cool for anyone who thought that there wasn’t a plan, or we didn’t know, or we were making this up as we go, this was always where we were heading. The idea that the darkest villain we could come up with was actually a very damaged version of our hero was interesting and fresh to us. We’re not only competing with all the stuff that we’ve done on Flash, but we’re always competing with everything we’ve done on all the other shows. So to have our lead actor be both the hero and the villain isn’t something we’ve done before, so that was exciting for us as storytellers.”
Sure, this all makes total sense. The original comic book version of Savitar was a speedster who was so obsessed with his powers, he was able to tap into abilities that other speedsters didn’t have. This probably would have been a very good villain for Barry to take on for the entire season. But the idea that this season’s villain is a version of yourself from another time is a creative twist on things. So it may be fair to give the writers a pass on this one. That’s not to say that there were definitely some missed opportunities here. One fan theory had Ronnie Raymond coming back from the dead to become Savitar. How he got his powers of speed is a mystery, but it would explain the reaction Caitlin Snow had at the end of last week’s episode.
There you have it. Savitar is Barry. Barry is Savitar. Barry is Barry. Are you just as confused as you were before you started reading this? Don’t worry. You’ve got a week to let it all soak in and try to figure things out. For now, enjoy some of the internet’s reactions.
— ♥The Princess✨ (@TwilightSimGirl) May 3, 2017
— Felicia (@_thefbomb) May 3, 2017
I am not surprised. just don't agree with the reveal. I feel like my prediction of Eddy thawne could would have been better. #Theflash
— Nerdy Boys Reviews (@NerdyBoysReview) May 3, 2017
— Maritza Suarez (@Zippy024) May 3, 2017