Flashpoint might be over, but as we learned in the second episode of The Flash season three, we'll still be feeling its effects throughout the entire upcoming season.
It turns out that although Barry (Grant Gustin) tried to put everything back as it was, it's impossible to do so: As Mitch Leery—sorry, we mean Henry Allen a.k.a. Jay Garrick a.k.a. The Flash a.k.a. John Wesley Shipp—showed Barry when he snatched him and took him to a diner in 1998, it's like trying to put together a broken coffee mug. It might look sorta the same, but you'll still be able to see the cracks.
The biggest visible change in a post-Flashpoint world is the addition of Julian Albert (Tom Felton) to the Central City Police Department. Barry and Julian are work rivals, and there's no way we're going a full season without either A) Julian coming around to Barry and his quirky ways or B) Julian becoming totally evil and joining up with whatever villain is fighting Team Flash. Our money's on A, since you know that Draco Malfoy eventually ended up on the right side of history.
Some of the other less visible but still totally important changes: Cisco's (Carlos Valdes) brother, Dante, was killed—and Barry won't go back to save him now that he knows how much of an effect his time travel has on everyone else. Iris (Candice Patton) and Joe (Jesse L. Martin) weren't speaking because Joe hid Iris' mother from her, but after Barry explained the change in the timeline they decided to call a truce.
The biggest change outside of Central City was for Arrow's Diggle (David Ramsey): He now has a son, not a daughter. Crazy!
Since Barry managed to erase both of the times he kissed Iris, it was a relief that he decided to rectify that particular problem and try again—and Iris was totally into it. At least we can have the West-Allen relationship we deserve, if nothing else!
What were your favorite and least favorite post-Flashpoint changes? How did you like Tom Felton's new character? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!
The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on The CW.