WARNING: This article contains major spoilers for Season 6, Episode 19, “Success Is Assured,” The Flash Season 6 finale.
The Flash‘s Season 6 has been cut short from its standard 23 episodes to only 19 episodes. This led the storyline to be cut in half until filming can resume. Despite this, the audience gets an edge-of-their-seat season finale which includes Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) being offered a deal he cannot refuse only to be stopped by Nash Wells (Tom Cavanagh).
The deal comes from this season’s big bad Eva McCulloch’s (Efrat Dor) henchman, the Mirror David Singh (Patrick Sabongui), who offers a trade: Joseph Carver (Eric Nenninger) for Barry’s wife, Iris West-Allen (Candice Patton). As Barry hesitates with this choice, he is pulled away by Nash.
Nash then hears Harry Wells, one of the many multiversal Wells that reside in his mind, say, “The Barry Allen I know would never, never have considered that deal.” This leads to Nash giving Barry a pep talk, questioning his mortality. This kind of judgement from Nash is baffling given his past as Pariah aka the spark that lit the flames of Crisis On Infinite Earths.
Nash was barely a member of Team Flash before he let the Anti-Monitor loose onto the multiverse, causing the end of reality. During the Paragon’s resurrection of reality, only one Earth remained and, in turn, one Harrison Wells. This left fans and Team Flash frustrated as they would have preferred Harry Wells, arguably the best version, to survive rather than the arrogant, selfish and irritating Nash.
During the discussion between Mirror Singh and Barry, Nash watches, hoping Barry does not take the deal. While back in Star Labs, Nash gives Barry a talk about the moral implications of considering the deal, questioning what Iris would think of him if he traded someone else’s life for hers. Nash further proves his point by throwing previous examples of Barry almost doing a similar thing earlier in the season when he battled between saving Nash and killing Eobard Thawne.
Nash’s speech makes some good points, but coming from him, it feels out of place. Nash has proven this entire season that he is far from a morally sound individual, especially with what he did to his assistance/apprentice Maya (Kayla Compton) when he let her risk her life for a trophy. He consistently looks out his own self interest first, and while he does show that he regrets what he did, it still does not change the fact that he did it. Even when it comes to his choice in causing Crisis, he feels remorseful during his time as Pariah, but Post-Crisis Nash does not act guilty. He acts as if his actions are no big deal and something everyone should move on from despite killing billions.
Barry has been through a lot this season, from the death of the multiverse, to the slow decay of the Speed Force, to losing his wife and being unable to bring her back from the Mirrorverse. Barry’s hesitation makes sense within the moment. He is desperate for a win and feels he is losing a grip on himself. With the experiment of the artificial Speed Force having failed along with the latest Godspeed battle turning out to be just another android, Barry hearing he can get his wife back makes him genuinely consider this deal. Anyone in his position would consider this, and if the tables were turned, Nash most likely would take the deal without a second thought.
Returning to The CW for its seventh season, The Flash stars Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Carlos Valdes, Danielle Panabaker, Tom Cavanagh, Jesse L. Martin, Danielle Nicolet and Hartley Sawyer.
Barry Allen is faced with a deal he may be unable to refuse, however, an unexpected character is trying to be his moral compass.