The latest episode of The Flash Season 3 opens with a man adding “Kid Flash” to a “Welcome to Central City” sign as speedsters rush by disrupting his work. If the identity of the speedsters is any indication, he may need to add another addendum to the sign as Central City is now the home of Jesse Quick (Violett Beane) as well as The Flash (Grant Gustin) and Kid Flash (Keiynan Lonsdale). The speedsters weren’t just out for a run, however, as they are actually training to increase Kid Flash’s speed enough to save Iris from Savitar. While they are successful, Wally is nevertheless left with visions of destruction that only he sees.
From there, Iris and Barry announce their engagement, which ended the last episode of The Flash Season 3, to the rest of Team Flash. They all approve and Cisco (Carlos Valdes) is asked to be Barry’s best man. Joe (Jesse L. Martin) tells Barry he couldn’t be happier, but he confides in Barry that he was hurt that Barry didn’t ask him for his blessing to propose to Iris. Barry explains it was due to the spontaneity of the act, but the two are interrupted by news of a crime Barry and Wally must race off and stop.
On their way, Kid Flash is haunted by visions of Savitar, the speed god and “big bad” of The Flash Season 3. Visions that even go so far as to cause physical force against Wally. Barry runs back to see Wally alone and in distress and he takes him to Flash HQ to get checked out. Wally reveals that he’s had these visions for about a week, but this was the first time the vision turned physical. Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker) offers to run a scan on Wally and Barry questions if Savitar is using Wally to spy on Team Flash.
In order to get more answers, Barry decides to attempt to find Savitar using Julian’s (Tom Felton) powers, but Julian isn’t so quick to sign on. Caitlin asks Julian if his reluctance to use his powers is due to what she would think of him and she tells him she understands due to being possessed by Killer Frost on occasion. The two then share a kiss and Julian is off to help everyone track down Savitar.
Savitar instantly takes hold of Julian and announces that to him, Barry is cruel, selfish, and the “big bad.” Savitar then calls H.R. (Tom Cavanagh) a pretender trying to find his place. Barry asks Savitar where he actually is and he gives a cryptic answer about being put somewhere in the future, the only place Barry could think of. He then tells Team Flash that he is only the way he is because of what they did to him. He insists that he created himself and that he is closer to his freedom than he has ever been and questions if the Philosopher’s Stone was truly destroyed. Savitar tells them that he is the future and that he regrets having to kill Iris, but it is either her or him. Before Barry breaks the connection to Savitar, he warns Barry that of all his suffering, Barry will never recover from this.
Team Flash then researches if they really did destroy the Philosopher’s Stone. Joe brings up the acolytes of Savitar previously seen in The Flash Season 3 and the Flash races off to a nearby mountain where the acolytes are performing some sort of ritual. The acolytes tell Barry that there is no way he can stop Savitar when no trace of the Stone shows up. The acolyte tells Barry that Savitar is ten steps ahead of him and tells Barry to “move up the wedding.”
Barry brings the empty box that contained the Philosopher’s Stone back to STAR Labs for some tests. Meanwhile, H.R. and Wally have hit a wall with Wally’s training and H.R. blames it on fear. Wally says that it would be so much easier if they knew exactly how that night will go so he can do everything he can to save Iris. They ask Cisco for help, but he cautions them that Wally would be unable to unsee his sister’s demise at the hands of Savitar. Wally agrees and soon Cisco and Wally have vibed off to the future.
They walk through the same scene we have seen previously on The Flash Season 3 as Barry pleads for Savitar not to kill Iris. Wally is overwhelmed by emotions as he runs up to his fallen sister and he then realizes the Iris from the vision does not have an engagement or wedding ring on her finger. Wally then runs off to confront Barry about not telling everyone that the only reason he proposed to Iris was to change the future. Iris doesn’t take this news well and goes off on her own to think about everything.
Julian then confides in Caitlin that he believes he could be the one that betrays them per Savitar’s prophecy. Caitlin then makes the shocking revelation that she is the one that betrayed them by hanging on to the Philosopher’s Stone. She then tells Barry that she has been wearing a shard of the Stone to keep her powers at bay. She didn’t expect that this would lead to Savitar’s return and admits it was her, and not her latent Killer persona, that decided to hold onto the piece of the Stone. Joe later pays Iris a visit to tell her that Barry truly does love her.
Barry then attempts to get Julian on board for channeling Savitar once last time in an attempt to locate the speed demon. Julian agrees, but is not happy with Caitlin for putting them all in danger by keeping a piece of the Stone. He then accuses Caitlin of having selfish reasons for inviting him onto Team Flash in the first place before channeling Savitar once more. While Cisco is able to locate Savitar, the only “hit” he gets as to the speed god’s location is “all of Central City.” Cisco then attempts to narrow things down by using his meta-human powers while Barry runs off to check on Iris.
Jesse Quick and Wally then have a conversation about Wally’s fears about the way he got his powers. Since Wally gained his speed by touching the Philospher’s Stone and getting trapped in a cocoon, he feels that Savitar could have some sort of hold on him. He goes on to vent about the pressure of having to save his own sister’s life and Jesse tells him he’s not alone. Wally then sees a vision of his mother telling him that she is there for him as well and is proud of everything he has become.
Jesse looks on in shock as she watches Wally talk to nothing. His mother then begins to doubt her son’s speed and tells him that he’s simply not fast enough. Wally realizes that the vision is merely Savitar controlling his mind again and he races off to stop Savitar’s return on his own.
Across town, Barry visits Iris who tells him that she’s not angry and understands Barry was trying to keep her safe and change the future. However, she wanted Barry to propose to her out of love instead of fear and feels that the proposal has forever tainted their relationship. She goes on to say that she wants to be Barry’s wife and not merely someone he is trying to save “for the rest of eternity.” The word eternity then sparks something in Barry’s mind.
Barry then races off to STAR Labs where he announces Savitar has been trapped in the speed force where future Barry trapped him. This explains why Savitar can only appear for moments at a time before the speed force pulls him back in. It also explains that although they did throw the Philosopher’s Stone into the speed force, he would be unable to escape without the shard Caitlin stole. Jesse then zooms in with the news that Wally has run off on his own to throw the final shard of the Stone into the speed force.
Team Flash attempts to track him, but are unable to since he turned off his suit’s location devices. While Wally races across Central City in hopes of opening a portal to dispose of the shard in, Savitar appears to him. Savitar taunts Kid Flash saying he will never be fast enough to save Iris. When Savitar admits to giving Wally his powers, this gives Wally the emotional boost he needs to create an opening in the speed force.
Team Flash tracks this massive power surge and Barry races off just in time to see Wally get pulled into the speed force leaving behind only the burning crest of his suit. Savitar then crawls out of the speed force shouting about his freedom into the night. Savitar then tells Barry that Wally has taken his place in the speed force. He goes on to say that through creating Flashpoint, Barry gave Savitar the idea to turn Wally into Kid Flash and make him fast enough to replace him in his speed force prison. Savitar taunts Barry and tells him Wally is yet another victim Barry Allen failed to save.
The two then launch into a battle across the streets and rooftops of Central City. Savitar stabs Barry, but leaves him alive so that he may watch Iris die. Barry runs back to Flash HQ where they pull Savitar’s blade from Barry’s shoulder and he recovers. Cisco explains he’s going to attempt to “do something” with the piece of Savitar Barry brought back and Joe asks Barry where Wally really is. Jesse breaks down and finds some comfort in H.R., her father’s alternate-Earth doppelganger. Iris attempts to comfort Barry, but he notices her ring finger is again bare as it was in his vision of her possibly fatal future. Caitlin apologizes and cites her fear as the driving force behind her decision to steal a shard of the Stone. Barry explains that he understands since it was his own fear that is the reason for everything that has gone wrong thus far into The Flash Season 3.
With that, the fifteenth episode of The Flash Season 3 draws to a close. Check back next week for our preview of the next episode of The Flash Season 3. Then check back here every week of The Flash 2017 for our exclusive recaps, previews, and spoilers for The Flash Season 3. For more entertainment news and gossip, follow Gossip & Gab on Facebook and Twitter. For more from Justin Hernandez, follow him on Twitter.
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