The CW’s The Flash star Grant Gustin weighs in on the series’ officially broken pregnancy timeline.
Per TVLine, Gustin confirmed that he and other cast and crew members had openly discussed the inherent issues in the series’ changes to its West-Allen pregnancy. “We did talk about that,” said. “What if because the timing has changed, it’s not actually Nora? And it’s funny, the characters never actually go there with their words. It’s just assumed it’s Nora.”
Nora West-Allen, also known as the future Speedster XS, has been a part of the Arrowverse since her debut in The Flash Season 4 episode “The Elongated Knight Rises” in 2018. Portrayed by Jessica Parker Kennedy, Nora is the future daughter of Gustin’s Barry Allen and Candice Patton’s Iris West-Allen. As per the character’s previously established timeline, Nora’s conception didn’t happen until much later than Iris’ current pregnancy, leaving plenty of room to question whether the daughter Patton’s West-Allen is carrying could possibly be the future superhero.
The Flash’s Final Run
The Flash is currently in its ninth and final season, which caps off not only itself but the wider Arrowverse as a whole. This has given the series plenty of reason to bring back every character it possibly can, including Tom Cavanagh who will be reprising his iconic role as Eobard Thawne aka the Reverse Flash, for the final episode of The Flash‘s four-part finale. Following the confirmation of Cavanagh’s return in February 2023, showrunner Eric Wallace noted the importance of the role, stating that “This is Barry Allen’s final race, so you can’t tell that story without including his most infamous adversary: The Reverse-Flash.”
Gustin previously touched on the topic of bringing as many former Arrowverse stars and featured players back into the fold as possible for the momentous occasion. “We wanted to make as many people that had been a part of the Arrowverse be a part of our last season because really, it was the Arrowverse wrapping up,” Gustin explained. The star went on to admit that there was a sense of relief in being part of a grander finale than just that of his own series, saying, “It did make it a little easier knowing the party’s not going to keep going without us, it’s like we’re shutting this place down.”
The Flash airs Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m. EST on The CW, with episodes available to stream on the CW app the following day.
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