Even as Barry Allen’s world shrinks to the size of gen pop, The Flash is opening a world of possibilities. 

We could spend 1,500 words lamenting the outcome of “The Trial of the Flash,” picking apart missed opportunities and discrepancies that the jury tacitly ignored, but there’s no need to dwell in the past. With Barry behind bars, there’s a silver lining to capitalize on — three of them actually.

New Faces, New Stories

The world won’t stop turning just because the Flash (Grant Gustin) is indisposed. Evil metas, the occasional alien and natural disasters will keep on coming regardless, but luckily for the denizens of Central City, the STAR Labs team is more than capable of operating without its founding member. Between Vibe (Carlos Valdes), Killer Frost (Danielle Panabaker) and the Elongated Man (Hartley Sawyer), there’s enough crime-fighting prowess to go around. Perhaps Kid Flash (Keiynan Lonsdale) will even return to lend a hand.

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As Barry’s friends flex their muscles, The Flash will take this opportunity to put fresh faces in the spotlight. Ralph, for instance, will have a chance to shine against the Trickster’s addled spawn during next week’s episode.

DeVoe’s Master Plan

After months of waiting, The Flash can finally stop laying the groundwork and get to the payoff. DeVoe’s (Kendrick Sampson) master plan, aka “The Enlightenment”, is still a mystery, but one in which Iron Heights clearly plays a role. More specifically, the prison’s crooked warden.

First glimpsed in “Mixed Signals,” the warden popped back up as Barry perp walked his way to his new 6-by-8 studio. Something fishy is going on inside lockdown, and we’re certain the Flash’s nose for trouble will place him smack dab in the middle of it. 

The Big Reveal

There are four words that could have prevented this entire storyline, but it’s the confession our titular hero fears the most — “I am the Flash.” Barry was so desperate to keep his identity under wraps, in fact, that he added another power in his speedster tool belt. And yet, we feel it’s only a matter of time before everyone knows who’s really behind that red cowl. Barring a confession from DeVoe or his wife, how else will Gustin’s character clear his name?

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The Flash has enjoyed four years of anonymity. It’s time for a shakeup.

Are you excited to see how Barry will fare behind bars? What storyline are you hoping will spring from “The Trial of The Flash”? Sound off in the comments below!

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Vanessa Frith

Contributing Writer, BuddyTV