The Flash Boss Discusses [SPOILER] Dying Between Seasons

WARNING: The following contains spoilers for The Flash, Season 8, Episode 2, "Armageddon, Part 2," which aired Tuesday on The CW.

The Flash showrunner Eric Wallace talked about the shocking death of Joe West between Seasons 7 and 8, which was revealed in this week's most recent episode, "Armageddon, Part 2."

Wallace discussed what would happen to Joe in Season 8 in an interview with TVLine. "Let's just say that Joe is going to get an incredibly different perspective on life, and it's going to lead him to, I think, a really big choice," he stated. "Everybody seems to think the big choice he made was last year, to put down his badge, but there is a much bigger choice coming his way in Season 8 that takes the character down a path that he didn't know he was on, but that will feel like it's the place he always needed to go."

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In "Armageddon, Part 2," after defeating the villain Xotar, Barry Allen mysteriously suggested that he, Caitlin Snow, Chester P. Runk and Allegra Garcia go to the West home in honor of their victory -- only to be reminded by Caitlin that Joe West died six months ago. However, it was not revealed how Joe died.

Of course, the Fastest Man Alive has more than just forgetting that his foster father died to deal with, as Despero is now hunting him to prevent him from supposedly bringing about the titular Armageddon in the future, in addition to his attack on Central City that Barry has no memory of. Making matters worse for Barry is that his archenemy, Eobard Thawne/Reverse-Flash, will soon return in the crossover, once again joining forces with Damien Darhk.

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Prior to Season 8's premiere, Wallace discussed Thawne's new reason for hating Barry. "So at the end of last season, Reverse-Flash -- he's a pretty pissed-off dude. Why? Because The Flash is faster now" Wallace said. "If there's one question that 'Armageddon' answers, it's, 'Well, if you can't outrun your foe, what do you do to beat him?' That's where Eobard Thawne will start in 'Armageddon.' That's really the question for him, and that question gets answered throughout all of Season 8, in weird and unexpected ways."

As for the other heroes appearing in it, Wallace also talked about how "Armageddon" won't be a usual Arrowverse crossover. "Due to COVID protocols, we can't have a whole bunch of heroes in the same scene together. So we had to find very clever ways of pairing and people talking to each other in different ways," Wallace said. "So you might not necessarily have a pairing of two characters, but they are part of the larger storyline… You're never going to see a moment with 20 heroes and villains all fighting at once. We just can't do it. It's not safe. That's why this is not a crossover."

The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on The CW.

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Source: TVLine

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