Iris West Is Dead! (Or Is She?)

SPOILER WARNING: This article contains major spoilers for “Infantino Street,” the latest episode of The Flash.

This penultimate episode of The Flash‘s third season was filled with secrets, surprises and reunions. But after all of that, it finally presented what we’ve all been dreading all season — the death of Iris West.

Or did it?

While the episode seemingly ended with Savitar killing Iris, as Team Flash feared he would, there’s a chance the episode also introduced the means of her likely salvation.

Early in the episode, Flash recruits Captain Cold from his time among the Legends to help him break into A.R.G.U.S., where a piece of the Dominators technology, the last component Team Flash needs to finish the Speed Bazooka AKA the key to stopping Savitar, is hidden.

What’s interesting, though, is that Flash attempts to break in using a tool that makes him appear to be Lyla Michaels, head of A.R.G.U.S. More than a surface illusion, the transmogrifier, as the device is called, makes The Flash appear to be Lyla down to her eye pattern and voice. Though it works at first, Barry’s ruse is quickly discovered and he has to punch his way into the facility. Which makes one wonder why the show would introduce such an astounding bit of tech for it to prove ultimately useless — unless it’s a Chekov’s gun.

Perhaps the imaging tool was introduced in the episode as a subtle reminder of its existence, providing a clue that the writers could show the fatal death the whole season has been building to… without actually killing the only Black woman on the show.

Some might suppose that Iris is actually going to remain dead. After all, Arrow’s Laurel and The Flash/Legends of Tomorrow’s Captain Cold stayed dead (… sorta). But if you check out the press release for Season 4, released in the wake of Iris’a apparent demise, then you’ll see that Iris West will be back for next season.

Now, there’s about eighteen-dozen ways for her to come back —…

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