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The Flash, Flashpoint

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Freaked out by the ending of The Flash's season three premiere, "Flashpoint?" You know, the moment when Joe West (Jesse L. Martin) tells Barry (Grant Gustin) that he and his daughter, Iris (Candice Patton), don't speak anymore?

Let Patton reassure you that all will be revealed—and that in case you were super worried that something horrific had happened to her, Iris is alive and well.

"Let me just say this—rest assured Iris is safe and sound," she tells E! News, "but things are very different. What Joe is saying, that's not funny. We'll start to explore that the next few episodes—of what exactly is different and why Joe would say that."

The Flash, Flashpoint

The CW

While saying too much about what's happening next will spoil upcoming episodes, Patton tells us that the consequences stemming from Barry's time travel will reverberate throughout the season.

"I think everyone, we're all just trying to deal with the repercussions of Barry changing the timeline. Iris and Barry work on their relationship throughout this season, which is really nice—I won't give too many details about what that looks like but they're still very much a part of each other's life. But things are different with Flashpoint!"

In the premiere, after Barry realized that saving his mother's life would have consequences too dire to overlook, he went back in time (again) and allowed Reverse Flash to kill his mother. But even though things went back to pseudo-normal, Joe's comment about Iris revealed the truth—that now the timeline has been messed with, things will never be exactly the same as they were before.

"I think it's safe to say that with every character on this show, Barry is going to have to deal and live with the fact that he's changed everything, and maybe some things were not for the better," Patton says.

As executive producers Aaron and Todd Helbing revealed to E! News over the summer, season three of The Flash will feature not one but two big bads. Patton couldn't elaborate on how those two villains will affect Barry, Iris and co., but she did leave us with this ominous warning: "I just don't believe the audience is prepared for what we're doing this season."

The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on The CW.