Inside the Still Force and the Search for Iris in The Flash

Inside the Still Force and the Search for Iris in The Flash ...

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The Flash Season 8 Episode 15

Iris West-Allen''s biggest worries about Season 8 of The Flash have been the question of what happened with her. She has experienced often lost time, was sickened, and occasionally made objects!disappear, with little to no consistency or logic.

Iris herself was dismantled at the end of the last weeks episode, leaving Barry and the rest of Team Flash desperating to track her down, a search that involves a dangerous journey into the Still Force itself and results in one of the shows'' greatest hours to date, at least visually speaking.

Eric Wallaces, a gamerunner for The Flash, has had the most of his time in the directors, which he calls a labor of love and a genuine collaboration with everyone involved in the show, from the production staff to the writers room.

One of the things I planned to do on this was simply to seek out a job as an episodic director, not as there is the director and he will get whatever he wants. For the simple reason, I put the same limitations on myself as I would on any of my regular episodic directors because I feel like it would improve me to understand what my directors go through when theyre making my show, and give me better insight how to do my own job as a showrunner.

As the title suggests, a literal journey into the Still Force, which has always been shown as a sort of bizarre realm that seemingly exists in between time and time. Much of this hour, however, the Still Force''s history is haunted by unusual camera angles and horrifying riffs.

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I''m a huge Twin Peaks fanatic, so I knew when I was going into the Still Forceone of my greatest influences was going into the Black Lodge in Twin Peaks. So when I was in the process, I felt like looking for Killer Bob in the Black Lodge in a Twin Peaks episode.

While Into the Still Force is technically what Wallace calls an interlude episode or more standalone stories that aren''t clearly included in the larger, more interconnected graphic novel films, he believes this episode is very much a bridge to season 8''s final major story, and directly ties into the season finale.

I didn''t realize it until I was shooting it, according to him. Because I tweaked some dialogue here and there throughout the episode because this is where being the boss kind of aids. I can say that if we just say this particular word or this line or deliver it this way, we can really set up whats going to be unleashed on Team Flash in the final graphic novel. It turned Into the Still Force from an interlude episode into a quasi-prelude to the season finale.

Iris and the Mystery of Time Sickness

Season 8''s final graphic novel will apparently (at least!) dive into the mystery of Iris time sickness, including what caused it and why.

There are [several] things happening in Iris'' journey, according to Wallace. This time sickness has been going on for a while, but we havent responded to one fundamental question: Where did it come from? Why did it happen? And who did it, according to one answer, in graphic novel seven at the end of season 8.

Fans of Iris will not have to worry, because either way, her terrible illness will be the focus of much of the season, but she will also be fine in the end.

Here''s the good news: By the end of season 8, Iris time sickness will be cured and Barry and Iris arrive again afterward, and Wallace laughs. Barry does not die, but Iris does not die. None of that. I believe in happy endings, okay? I know what it''s like to be a fan and to worry about character traits you love.

Wallace was also quick to reassure fans that the Iris story will have a good season ending, although he promises that the journey to that point will be a wild one.

He says, as far as getting there, that she learned the rest of the scripts for 819 and 820 best. I think Danielle Panabaker said it when she read the last two scripts and called me up and said, "These are the two biggest episodes we have ever done."

Deons Betrayal

Deon, the still force''s opponent, should not mention Barry Allen''s apparent betrayer, but the fact that his behavior in this episode is to go bywill fit into all of this, but the audience should not forget that his bizarre illness has somehow managed to infect him.

Deon is now suffering from the exact same sickness that Iris has contracted back. Good Lord, I cant even remember when Wallace is laughing. When we saw him disappear, we saw him recover in painand then we see him again in Into the Still Forcehes not himself. What''s the difference between these two things? I wanted the audience to get back from [this episode].

According to Wallace, the answer is clearly the same Big Bad. (Though he also promises that Deon, like Iris, will ultimately be fine by the end of the season.)

The Return of Nora West-Allen

Jessica Parker Kennedy''s return to Nora West-Allen was one of the most pleasant surprises in Into the Still Force, which is why Wallace explains that he wanted to keep his secrets secret.

He claims that the show was purposely done. I didn''t want the audience to know she was in the episode until she gets her attention. And im glad it worked.

According to Wallace, Noras'' return has more to do with giving Barry his hope back than anything else.

Into the Still Force starts out as a story of a man who seeks to save his missing wife. It''s really grounded, right? It''s very clear that everyone understands the journey the protagonist is going on. But he encounters an enormous brick wall at the exact halfway point in the episode. He''s trapped. What can help a man escape that kind of despair? The answer was the kid he loves.

According to Wallace, the arrival of Noras is the linchpin around which the back half of the episode might progress.

The second half of this episode is a father-daughter story, according to Barry. It''s not just about giving hope back to his daughter, saying her mother is missing. And that affects our whole family. It affects the West Allens'' past, present, and future. It''s not very subtle.

It''s also probable that we haven''t seen the last of Nora this season.

It''s not a coincidence that Barry says [to Nora] right before she leaves, why do you go to 2049 and make sure Moms okay, according to Wallace. If I was an audience member, Id be thinking to myself, well, I wonder what happened when she got to 2049? It might come up again.