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‘The Flash’ season 2: How the Wests were one

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Season 2 was full of surprises for the West family. They gained a family member, lost a family member, and helped to save the world from doom … I mean Zoom.  However, despite the ups and downs, family prevailed in the end.

You’re my what?

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The CW/The Flash

Iris was a bit surprised to find out her  mama was alive for the past 20 years. She thought the poor woman had died, and then she finds herself face-to-face with her after two decades and learns that she actually is dying.

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Eventually, Iris forgave her mom for two decades of motherless living. Of course, Joe isn’t blameless here. The guy knew his wife was still alive. He just didn’t think her presence in Iris’ life would be a good influence. Iris was quick to forgive her dad. After all, it was her mom who ultimately walked out. I think Iris really wanted to hold onto that grudge. She had no intention of forgiving her mom until she found out she wasn’t long for this world. I guess she wanted her to be unburdened in the afterlife, because it wasn’t long after Iris absolved her that, well …

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Before she died, though, Francine shared with Iris a secret she had been keeping from Joe for two decades.

I have a what?

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The CW/The Flash

A son. That’s right. Francine was pregnant when she left Central City. Iris decided not to keep this little nugget from her dad. Smart choice. Enter Wally West. Wally came on the scene with a big chip on his shoulder. While Iris spent the last 20 years growing up without a mom, Wally spent that same time growing up without a dad. He wasn’t sure how he’d fit into the family dynamic, especially since Joe had spent that same time raising his sort-of adopted son, Barry. The Wests work through some awkward how-should-we-handle-this moments, and in no time, Wally is finding out what it’s like to be the son of a cop who’s close to The Flash. He was nearly killed and kidnapped, and The Flash came to his rescue each time. No wonder Wally began idolizing him.

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The CW/The Flash

I would have thought that finding out that Barry’s The Flash would make Wally a little jealous. Barry had what Wally didn’t. He was raised by Wally’s dad, and he just so happens to be a superhero. Perhaps Wally recognized what Barry grew up without — both of his natural parents. Whatever his thought process, Wally took the high road. He supported Barry and stuck by his Dad and his sister always wanting to help and protect them.

The season could have played out much differently for the Wests. Wally could have held on to that big ol’ chip on his shoulder and remained a derelict drag racing for money and cars.  Barry could have held a grudge against Wally for trying to take his place with Joe. Joe could have rejected Wally because Francine had kept him secret all those years. Iris could have chosen to not tell her dad about Wally at all, leaving him out of the picture all together.

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Fortunately, none of the above happened. The Wests, and Barry, decided to stand united and use their collective powers for good, proving to all who cared to notice that families who fight metas together, stay together. Seriously, who else would put up with  that sh!t?

The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8/7c on The CW. Make sure you check out the rest of our The Flash content on our fandom page, an take PureFandom.com with you wherever you go by downloading the app!

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Nikki Reid

Hi! I'm Nikki. I am a shameless TV addict! My dearest friends are Netflix and DVR. I am a former journalist with experience in both print and broadcast media, but my passion is creative writing. Combining my love for writing with my obsession for all things TV, places me smack dab in the middle of the best of both worlds.

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