What does the future hold for Barry (Grant Gustin) and Iris (Candice Patton) on “The Flash” — as well as the army of WestAllen fans who have been waiting for their dream couple to finally get together? From the sound of it, some very good things.
Speaking to the press at a screening for the April 26 episode of “The Flash,” executive producer Andrew Kreisberg says, “I think you can expect some twists and turns in that, but you can expect it to be moving steadily forward.”
“This whole season has been about Iris, whether she realizes it or not, trying to take a step forward,” Kreisberg explains. “She really did love Eddie (Rick Cosnett) and they probably would have a life together — and a good one, if everything hadn’t happened in the finale.”
Of course, fans knows how that ended up, with Eddie sacrificing himself to save the world from Eobard Thawne (Tom Cavanagh). Losing the love of her life devastated Iris. With that in mind, quickly moving her into a relationship with Barry — regardless of the comic book history the two share — would have been a bad idea.
“We couldn’t just slam them together. It would’ve been a disservice to Eddie’s character and everything that happened between them,” Kreisberg says. “So we sort of left it on the simmer all season long.”
As it’s been simmering, the universe is seemingly going out of its way to tell these two they’re destined to be together. Between the newspaper headline from the future and Barry’s jaunt to Earth-2, the WestAllen love story has practically become a character unto itself on the show.
When will it come to pass, though? That’s one question you’re going to have to wait to get an answer on. While relations between Barry and Iris may be “moving steadily forward,” there’s a number of other things that need to take priority. Who can think about dating when Zoom (Teddy Sears) is trying to destroy you?
“The Flash” airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.