Spoilers for The Flash Season 8, Episode 2 “Armageddon, Part 2” is past this point.
If you’re worried about what’s happening to Detective Joe West (Jesse L. Martin) after his absence from the season premiere The Flash, and a stray mention suggests that he may be dead? Well, you should worry, because as revealed in the second episode of the season, Joe West is actually dead. But that doesn’t mean Jesse L. Martin is leaving The Flashor that he is “really” dead. What do we mean? Continue reading! Don’t stop reading! Never stop reading!
To take a big step back, the last episode Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) discovered thanks to new villain Despero (Tony Curran) that somehow, for some reason, The Flash was going to destroy the world. . This week, we have some more details on why he did it; Specifically, Despero shared that something broke The Flash’s mind and drove him crazy.
It seems the reason is the villain of the week, who has the power to drive people crazy, as well as using telekinesis to throw them into the air. But Barry defeated her, and along with the rest of Team Flash felt quite pleased that they survived the day. Despero was wrong, Barry wouldn’t go crazy, and the world was saved.
Then Barry asked about Joe, and everyone, taken aback, told him it wasn’t fun. After struggling and rummaging through every room in the West family’s house, he finally comes to terms with the truth: Joe West had died six months earlier. Swearing it’s true, Barry immediately flees the second Despero that shows up to kill him – after all, now that The Flash is clearly insane, it’s time for the giant aliens to save the world. And that’s where we’re left at the end of the episode: Joe West is dead, Despero wins (sort of), and Barry seems to be on his way to causing the typical armageddon.
… Only thing, here’s the problem: Martin has been upgraded back as a series regular for Season 8, and he’s on the prologue. That doesn’t rule out the show shockingly killing him in the second episode, but there’s actually so much more to it. The Flash The explanation is based on what is happening here and it is likely to become some revelation for upcoming episodes.
Going back to “Armageddon, Part 2,” there are a few plot points that aren’t addressed by supervillain du jour’s aggressiveness, and also don’t seem to be Despero’s job. First, as he prepares to investigate a case for the CCP, Barry is stopped by Kristen Kramer (Carmen Moore) and asked to return his badge. He’s being accused of being a mole for Joseph Carver (Eric Nenninger) back in Season 6 – he’s not, of course, but someone clearly set him up a long time ago. Next, the team was evacuated from STAR Labs after a radioactive leak, an incident they didn’t detect because their warning system had stopped working a week earlier. And finally, there’s Joe West’s death, something that happened six months ago – i.e. at the end of Season 7 – but Barry no longer remembers anything of it.
The explanation the show wants you to believe is that Barry is losing his mind, something that is likely aided in the final scene of the episode, where he recruits Jefferson Pierce, aka Black Lightning (Cress Williams). ) to combat “injustice”. It’s a dance part around the whole Arrow-verse is forming a Justice League that never calls itself a Justice League. But Pierce’s shocked expression also shows that even he thinks there might be something wrong with Barry.
But here’s an alternative: Barry’s framing, the radiation leak, and Joe West’s death were all plotted by Eobard Thawne, aka Reverse Lightning (Tom Cavanagh). We already know that The Flash’s ultimate nemesis will appear in – the latest – episode four of the season, and here’s the synopsis for “Armageddon, Season 4”:
BARRY FACES OFF WITH EOBARD THAWNE – Barry (Grant Gustin) is shocked when Eobard Thawne (guest star Tom Cavanagh) returns in the most unexpected way, and ties up a loved one. Damien Darhk (guest star Neal McDonough) gives Barry advice but there’s a glitch. An epic battle begins with Reverse Flash pitted against The Flash, Team Flash, Batwoman (guest star Javicia Leslie), Sentinel (guest star Chyler Leigh) and Ryan Choi (guest star Osric Chau).
It seems like a pretty short leap given that the turning point of this event was that Despero wasn’t necessarily the villain (at least not initially), it was Thawne. He shuffled time to hurt Barry, resulting in Joe’s death. And to take it a step further, I bet Barry will have to team up with Thawne to fight Despero in the finale of the event, possibly for the “I have to kill Barry, not you” excuse. Oh, super villain.
The question, of course, is how Joe’s time of death is fixed, when Thawne presumably killed him. Again, pure speculation, but I guess Not that’s fixed, as we’ll likely see Joe alive and well after the event is in the books. The Flash have had a hard time (no pun intended) with changing the course of history in the past, but here they will likely let it slide to put Papa West back first.
So if you’re worried Joe West is dead and Jesse L. Martin is gone The Flash? Do not worry. At least not yet.
The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8/7 on The CW.
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