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Tonight, The Flash returns from winter hiatus with an all-new episode, ‘Borrowing Problems from the Future.’ After Barry’s sneak peek of the future, it appears much of the focus on the last half of the season will be on preventing Iris’ death at the hands of Savitar.

TVLine spoke with The Flash co-showrunner Aaron Helbing this week on a wide range of topics related to the show’s current season.

The Savitar Conundrum

First of all, how can Savitar kill Iris when Barry trapped him in the speed force? “The box was thrown into the Speed Force, but because Barry got thrust into the future and he saw Savitar, it’s going to be kind of that itch that he can’t scratch — like, how is this possible? That’ll help drive Barry through the rest of the season.”

So far, it seems as though only speedsters can actually see Savitar, and it looks like there’s a reason for that. “We’ll reveal the why of that, and it’s going to be a pretty big reveal. There’s a reason why Barry could see him [in that moment] and no one else could.”

“You know, obviously, Barry loves Iris more than anything, and now that he has gotten a glimpse of the future, that’s kind of going to be the thrust of the back half of the season — Barry trying to do whatever it takes to save Iris.”

As I mentioned, saving Iris seems to be the focus of the remaining episodes and Helbing expounds on that, as well. “You know, obviously, Barry loves Iris more than anything, and now that he has gotten a glimpse of the future, that’s kind of going to be the thrust of the back half of the season — Barry trying to do whatever it takes to save Iris. Kid Flash (Keiynan Lonsdale) is going to play a huge part in that. Cisco (Carlos Valdes) will play a huge part. Flash Season 3 SpoilersEverybody will play a huge part in saving Iris, because she’s part of the team.”

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The New Julian Albert

It also looks like Julian will be much less of an adversary for Barry going forward. “I would say they’re conflict-free. The thing about Team Flash is they’re willing to always give people the benefit of the doubt, give people a second chance. They’re very big on people making amends for their past mistakes. I mean, we know Barry’s made a ton of past mistakes. Cisco’s made some mistakes. Caitlin’s made some mistakes. So I think Barry will take the same attitude towards Julian that he takes with any of this other friends. Julian was overtaken by Savitar — he wasn’t 100-percent here — but he feels culpable, so he wants to make amends.”

Plenty of fans (myself included) have chuckled at former Harry Potter star Tom Felton being involved in a storyline involving The Philosopher’s Stone, but it turns out it was just a big coincidence. “Yes, 100-percent. We talked about it quite a bit, not expecting to get such an amazing actor like Tom Felton. I mean, it was just amazing. It’s like the stars aligned. We’re all huge Harry Potter fans, but that was just complete blind luck.”

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