The Flash finished its fourth season last night. (No more DeVoe! Thank. You. Jesus.) In the aftermath of the Thinker’s defeat, fans got a pretty universal confirmation when Mystery Girl (Jessica Parker Kennedy) showed up at the West household baby shower.
Unsurprisingly, she’s the daughter of Barry (Grant Gustin) and Iris (Candice Patton) from the future. Surprisingly, her name is Nora rather than Dawn and she may have mucked up the timeline.
It has to be genetic.
Talking with Entertainment Weekly, showrunner Todd Helbing talked about the newly named Nora and what this means for season five.
First up, that name change.
“t felt like if Barry and Iris were ever gonna have a child that would be female, that would be one of the names we brought up. It seemed like it didn’t matter — the second that we talked to Jessica Parker Kennedy, we knew that people were gonna figure out pretty quickly who she was. So we had to put a little spin to make it a little bit different than what everybody was expecting.”
To be fair, everyone immediately knew that she was Barry and Iris’ daughter from the future when she first appeared in this season’s crossover event.
While Barry has learned his lessons about messing with time, it looks like that hasn’t quite sunk in for the kids yet. So what was that mistake she made? (Hint: It’ll probably bring the season five Big Bad about.)
“Barry certainly learned his lesson about time travel and the effects that it can have. She comes back for a specific reason, not only to see her parents and meet everybody on the team, which you saw all throughout the season — there’s four specific times that she came back, and you’re gonna learn about why she chose those four times and how they’re gonna play into not only the mistake that she made, but the consequences for somebody like her, a speedster traveling from the future to the past, and what that means for Barry and the team.”
Speaking of next season, Helbing confirmed that the little hint for next year’s Big Bad didn’t make it into the final cut for the finale. He did, however, elaborate on if fans would see the footage.
“What happens more often than not is, we shoot a lot of stuff in the finale that gets cut. So for time we had to cut it. It was gonna be the tag at the end of the episode. But we’ll get it out; the public will see it before the season starts. Maybe we’ll release it online or at Comic-Con. But yeah, it just it came down to a time thing.”
It’s shame, but we understand. Hopefully, things will get interesting. Arrow got Prometheus in season five, which shook things up in a big way. We’re praying The Flash gets something similar. (Maybe someone a bit more lively than DeVoe?)
The Flash will air Tuesdays 8/7c on the CW in the fall.
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