The Flash S08 Finale Preview; Cavanagh Sees Thawne As Barry's Joker

Superman has Lex Luthor. Batman has the Joker. And after this week's episode of The CW's Grant Gustin & Candice Patton-starring The Flash, it's clear that The Flash (Gustin) has Eobard Thawne (Tom Cavanagh) aka Reverse-Flash as his arch-enemy. Now before we look at the promo & overview for the season finale S08E20 "Negative, Part Two," Cavanagh is sharing some thoughts on what viewers witnessed, what this could mean moving forward, and more. At this point, consider the "MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD!" sign on and we're throwing down an image spoiler buffer just to play it safe- see you on the other side.

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So yeah, a whole lot of death in S08E19 "Negative, Part One" as well as a resurrection- just not the one viewers (or Team Flash) wanted. After appearing to be his savior, Deon (Christian Mabgy) murders Thawne. Wow. Didn't see that coming. But apparently, it was all part of a larger plan that saw Thawne resurrected in full-on Reverse-Flash mode by tearing himself out of our good Thawne (Matt Letscher). But Thawne's resurrection came with a heartbreakingly tragic price: the death of Iris (Patton). But is this the same Thawne as we've seen in the past, or a newer, deadlier version? Here's what Cavanagh had to say to EW:

So Is the Thawne that Ended the Episode the Same as the One Who Began the Episode? "The best way I can put it is… Thawne is always what the show needs because Barry is such a light. And Barry and Thawne have a hero-villain bond that is kind of unlike any other hero-villain bond that we've seen because there's an intimacy there and a dependency in many ways, a definition of each of their characters in that bond. Thawne is not Thawne without Barry and without Central City to focus on, and in many ways, neither is the Flash. I would not say the same thing for Barry Allen, but neither is the Flash. The best way of answering that question in broad strokes is saying that every dramatic story needs a conflict and they need a dark to put against their light, and Thawne is always more than willing to be that darkness."

What Makes This Thawne a Particularly Deadlier Threat? "You'll just have to watch. The lovely thing about this is you didn't see that moment coming. We've got some more of that on the way, and I don't want to deprive you of those same emotions for when you see it. But I will say sometimes the actors get maybe more credit than they deserve, because of the forging of the story in the writers' room, and I feel like the writers' room did a tremendous job with this particular one, and when you see it you'll know what I'm talking about."

The Flash Season 8 Episode 20 "Negative, Part Two": SEASON FINALE – With The Flash (Grant Gustin) still reeling from everything that just happened, the rest of the team rallies to support him when he needs it the most. The series also stars Jesse L. Martin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Danielle Nicolet, Kayla Compton, and Brandon McKnight. Marcus Stokes directed the episode written by Eric Wallace.

The CW's The Flash stars Grant Gustin as Barry Allen / The Flash, Candace Patton as Iris West-Allen, Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow / Killer Frost, Danielle Nicolet as Cecile Horton, Kayla Compton as Allegra Garcia, Brandon McKnight as Chester P. Runk, and Jesse L. Martin as Detective Joe West. Based on the characters from DC, The Flash is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti (Superman and Lois, You, Riverdale), Eric Wallace (Teen Wolf, Eureka), and Sarah Schechter (Batwoman, You, Riverdale).

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Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.
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