The Flash (2014–…): Season 6, Episode 14 - Death of the Speed Force - full transcript

Kid Flash returns to Central City with a Zen attitude and new tricks up his sleeve. While thrilled to see his family again, Wally confides to Barry that he returned because he thinks there ...

Ugh, it's way too cold here,

I'm taking the yacht down to
Santa Prisca for the weekend.

What's happening?

Just a little bit of turbulence.

Air traffic control's reporting

a helicopter in distress.

Why is it every time I come to visit,

all hell is breaking loose?

Oh no, it's gonna hit
the new Seaver Building.

It's okay. Barry's on it.

What am I on?

Always have to make an entrance,

don't you, Kid Flash?

What can I say?

It's great to be back.

A lotus flower.

Okay, that is seriously beautiful.

Yeah, I'm definitely gonna need you

to teach me how to do that.

The lotus is one of the
eight auspicious symbols

meaning purity and renunciation,

practice which I'm currently
being guided through

by Bhikkhuni Amala, the Buddhist nun

assigned to my Peace Corps camp.

Wow, purity and renunciation.

Guess that means more wine for me.

Just being here celebrating
with family, new friends

is all the joy I need.

Look at you getting your Zen on.

It's working.

Who is that?

That's my brother, Wally.

He looks so happy.

I wish I was there.

I'm sorry.

I couldn't hold the window any longer.

It's okay.

It was so good to see them,

even if it was just for a second.

You miss your family.

Yeah, well, I've been trapped
in here for weeks and...

Losing my sense of time like
I'm in some sort of dream.

All the while, my family is out there

with that... that thing

that isn't me.

I hope they don't forget about you

as quickly as my Joseph forgot about me.

He used to come to my
mirror every day and try

to figure out a way to get me out.

Does he know that you're still in here?

I don't know.

Barry calls me his lightning rod.

He used to say that he could find me

anywhere in the universe.

Seems like there's nothing
he wouldn't do for you.

I haven't seen my husband in years.

I haven't touched him in 72 months...

312 weeks...

2,190 days.

2,190. 2,190.


2,190. 2,190.

2,190. 2,190.

Eva, listen to me. Breathe.


2,190. 2,190.

Hey, Iris, everything okay?

Um, yeah.

Greetings, Earth Prime-lings!

Babe, you're home early!

- Wow, you look...
- I know, right?

- Wow, hey, bud.
- Hey.

- You're finally back.
- I am.

Well, after a while,

all the post-Crisis anomaly hunting

starts to catch up with you...

that, and I wanted to wash
all the Atlantean fish smell

- off of these clothes.
- Mm-mm.

Hugs from here.

"Welcome home"? You guys shouldn't have.


Well, it's good to see you, friend.

Wally West?

What? Where have you been?

Welcome home...

"Welcome home"... I see.

I am crashing your party.

You know we're always happy

to have you back, Crocodile Dundee.

Come on, let me make you a drink.

Ah, you know me too well.

Okay, babe, I think we
should probably get you home.

Mm, yeah. Yeah, you're right.

It's, like, 4:00 in the
morning in Atlantis,

so, yeah, should probably go to bed.

Yeah, we should get home
and relieve the babysitter.

Hon, I gotta go back to the office.


I can't get any work done since Nash

moved in across the hall.

I can give you a ride.

I'm working a late shift at the "Citizen."


- Good night, guys.
- Good night.


Uh-uh-uh-uh, we got this.

Okay, won't argue with that.

Boy, they... you ready? Let's do it.

Whoa, what was that?

Uh, nothing.

It was, uh, just a hiccup.

Just a little hiccup.

A hiccup? Is that the first one?


Hey, Barry.

Are you all right, man?

No, I mean, I've had a few little things.

It's still sore.

My speed healing was
weird for a little bit,

but, I mean, it's fine now.

It was just my body still
recovering from Crisis.


I didn't just come back to see family.

Lately, I've been sensing
that there's something wrong

with the Speed Force.

Hmm, a disturbance

in the Speed Force, you feel.

That's terrible Yoda.

Bhikkhuni Amala helped me discover a way

to communicate with the Speed Force...

to seek guidance by projecting
my consciousness into it

while leaving my body behind.

Damn, I've never been able to do that.

It just usually comes to me.

As your mother, right?

Yeah, I remember from the lightning storm.

For me, it's different.

It's more of a voice
inside my head guiding me,

but a few months ago, that
voice just went quiet.

Now every time I try to reach out...

When was the last time the
Speed Force came to you?

Uh, I mean, it's been a while,

but, listen, I don't think

there's anything wrong
with the Speed Force.

You know, I mean, if there was,
it would let me know, you know?

Or I don't... besides,

I'm sure there's a simple explanation

for all this.

Trust me.

One oat milk vibe-accino,
extra hot with two sugars

and three short sprinkles
of cinnamon to go.

I said three sugars and
two sprinkles of cinnamon.

Idiot Americans.

What the...?


I thought you'd go down easy

in that fancy helicopter of yours.

I guess now...

We do it the hard way.


Hello, Maria.

And goodbye.


Maria Volkova, Russian socialite.

One minute, she's here sipping java,

and the next minute, she's a mummy?

This is the same woman I
saved from the helicopter,

but she was young. She was full of life.

Well, based on her signal
joint T-cell receptors,

she was 110 years old when she died.


So the helicopter accident...
that wasn't random.

Someone targeted her.

Not just any someone.

You see the kinetic energy
levels on the body?

Yeah, they're almost zero,

like someone removed it all.

Therefore slowing down the victim,

which is how Maria was aged so many years.

I mean, real time, it would
have been like a second passed,

but, for her, it was almost a century.

Why does this feel so familiar?

Wasn't there someone who
could, like, slow...

If you're thinking it's Turtle...

- Yeah.
- It's not.

- This meta doesn't just slow down time.

She can create potential
energy force fields

around individual victims,

aging them centuries in
the blink of an eye.

This wasn't Turtle. This was Turtle 2.

Sorry, I was just waiting

for you to come up with a better name.

No, it's Turtle 2. Less is more.

Well, what matters is her real name,

Mrs. Frida Novikov.

We busted her for running
an international drug ring

out of her apartment. We
deported her back to Russia.

Well, apparently, she didn't stay put.

Everywhere I went on my trip, I
heard stories about Novikov.

I came home early to check
out her old haunts,

and maybe find a clue
about what she's up to.

I just didn't expect she'd
come back home too.

Well, we better figure out why she's back

before she ages anybody else.

Yeah, I'm gonna go pull her file.

- Okay.
- Thanks.

I'll see if I can work up a way to take

the wind out of her sails for good.

The prodigal hacker returns.

Regale me with the adventures

of the great, globe-trotting Cisco-lorian.

I'll tell you all about it later.

Right now, I'm trying to stop
a meta who can slow down time

by reworking the Velocity-X formula

to speed her up and neutralize

her kinetic energy meta-powers,
so I'm gonna focus on that.

Knock-knock, Doc, I just need your...

I need to know if,

on your trip...

you saw anyone else from any other Earths.

- Other people?
- That's right.

- From other Earths?
- That's right.

Uh, okay, not really,
because any doppelgangers

who managed to make it here...

they would all be dead by now

due to neurological degeneration.

What if they were already dead?

You gotta be kidding me.


The great myth buster
suddenly believes in ghosts.


No, I'm not talking ghosts.
I'm talking survivors.

Oh, survivors.

- Yeah.
- Sure... spooky.

Look, survivors, ghosts,
whatever you wanna call them,

it's not possible. Crisis
made sure of that.

- Remember?
- I...

You wouldn't have been able
to see anything like that.

All right, fine,

well, then you missed something out there.

I missed something?

You missed something because...

Do you know how many hours...

how much time and energy

I spent cataloguing
everything I saw out there?

I need your help finding
an answer that makes sense!


- So drop your little Velocity-F.
- X!

X... and help me track
something that really matters.

I'm trying to find a criminal
I've been after for weeks.

- That matters!
- To you.

Well, I guess on all your travels

you finally learned to focus on
someone else besides yourself...


Nash, need something?


Barry's acting like nothing is wrong.

I shouldn't get frustrated.

Amala says, "pride is the enemy of peace."


You know, I don't think

Barry will ever have the same relationship

with the Speed Force that you do.

Not after what happened.

What do you mean?

Well, I don't know the full story,

but last fall, Barry and the Speed Force

had an incident.

He did not tell me that.

Maybe he's trying to work up the nerve?

Maybe, but if that
disturbance you're sensing

is real, do you really
have time to waste here?

Okay, you two are seriously

the best looking siblings in the world.

The Abhidhamma teaches us
to avoid self-infatuation,

but I may need you to forward
me a copy of that one.

See you later.

- Mm-hmm.
- Bye.

Pretty cool camera, right?

I asked Cisco to pick it up
from Quimby Labs in Germany,

but he definitely made some modifications.

You need to delete that photo right now.


We shouldn't be taking
photos of "Citizen" employees.

I mean, if that got online,

another of Black Hole's
assassins like Hoshi

- could track our moves.
- Right, sorry.

Hey, did you talk to Joe?

He was gonna pull Novikov's file.

What happened between you
and the Speed Force, Barry?

Wally, I'm working a case, all right?

If something bad
happened, that might be

what's causing all these
problems with our powers.

You... listen, you don't know
what you're talking about.

I believe that you can solve this, Barry,

if you face the Speed Force.

- I can't.
- Why not?

- It doesn't wanna talk to me.
- How do you know that?

Because an enemy infected my mind

with nightmares and visions.

When it tried to help me, I attacked it,

so if you think the Speed Force
wants to hear from me...


Then you... you don't understand

what the Speed Force wants.

Barry, we're already here.

We're in the Speed Force.

You took me in here?

Something is wrong.

We need to find her.

What the hell is that?


This is my old room.


What's... what's going on?

What's happening to the Speed Force?

We are dying, Barry Allen.

That's not...

How is that possible?

Because of what you did.

No, no, no, Wally, we have to go back.

I have to talk to her.
I have to talk to her!

Barry, what did you do?

The Speed Force... it's dying.

This is why our powers are broken.

This is what we have been
sensing this whole time.

Look, it's not... it's
not possible, all right?

I mean, the Speed Force is an
infinite source of energy.

It's like gravity or light.
It doesn't just die.

No, it didn't just die, Barry.

She said it's dying
because of what you did.

Barry, this is your fault!

Ramsey was infecting me. I
mean, I didn't have a choice.

I'm not even talking
about what you did to her.

I'm talking about what you did after.

You betrayed the Speed Force months ago,

and you didn't say nothing then.

You didn't say nothing when you
came back from Crisis either,

and you started noticing

something was wrong with your powers.

You could have told me, Barry.

We might have gone into the Speed Force.

We might have saved it
before it was too late.

I didn't... I didn't...

But instead you blew me off...

- I...
- Again and again!

I... Wally, I didn't know
anyone else was affected.

- Oh!
- All right?

I'm sorry. I'm sorry.

Barry, you don't get it.
We are all connected.

When I used to talk with the Speed Force,

sometimes it would show me
visions of different futures,

different possibilities
of how things could go.

There was always one common thread.

There was always a speedster

that would pick up our mantles,

like a chain of lightning
stretching through centuries.

I saw my kids...

running with their kids.

I saw Nora.

But now that chain of lightning...

it ends with us.

Okay, Wally, it's not too
late though, all right?

I mean, we still have our speed.

We can go back in there. I can save her.

No, you saw it, Barry.

The Speed Force is beyond repair.

And if you think that I'm gonna bring you

back in after everything
that you have done...


You need to find another teacher.

Wally... we... we...

The tachyon enhancer's ready.

I can't project my consciousness

into the Speed Force, so I need you

to monitor my position while
I enter it physically.

Certainly, Barry Allen.

Okay, start the protocol.

Oh, my beautiful boy, you came back.

Of course I did.

You said the Speed Force is dying.

I see this lightning everywhere.

I can fix it, though.

I can... you just... you tell me what to do

- and I'll do it.
- It's too late.

I won't accept that. I caused this.

I have to save you.

You didn't hurt me.

I attacked you.

You remember?

Barry, Barry, that's not why I'm dying.

A few months ago, a substance
entered the Speed Force...

something that we'd never
encountered before.

We tried to contain it,
but it contaminated us.

It upset the balance of our energies.

The green and white lightning.

It is infernal power beyond
the laws of our nature.


You said you're in tune
with the multiverse.

Does that include the Speed Force?

You could give me the energy boost I need.

During Crisis, I made the Spectre give me

his energy so I could enter
the Speed Force again.

I am responsible.

I did this.

I killed the Speed Force.

I didn't know. I didn't know.

I wouldn't have... I never would have...

I'm sorry. I didn't know.

Barry Allen, we forgive you.

You did the right thing.
You saved our universe.

You never could have
foreseen what that cost.

You only have a few steps left

before we're gone from you entirely,

but I know you will use them well.

The lightning chose you,

and it was the best decision that we...

I ever made.

You showed us the greatest force of all.

I love you. I love you.

I love you,

my beautiful, beautiful boy.

The Speed Force is dead?

I don't even know what to say.

Do you still have your powers?

From what I can figure out, we still have

a residual amount of Speed Force inside us.

But the more we use up,
the less we have left

- until...
- Until it's gone forever?

Oh, my God, son, I didn't...

I can't even imagine what
you're going through.

And Barry.

Dad, this is his fault.

He could've come to me months ago.

We might've fixed things.

But instead, he had to
do what he always does

and assume he's the only
one that can handle it.

Well, Wally, did you even
need to tell him like that?

I mean, we both know that Barry

will beat himself up all by himself.

He will.

I guess that wasn't very
Zen of me at all, was it?

Wally, sit down please.

Do you remember what you
were like when we first met?

'Cause I do.

You were petulant, stubborn.

Every little thing pissed you off.

You didn't want a father
or a sister or a brother,

but look at the man that you are now...

the sensitive, intelligent,
compassionate man

that you have become, and it's not because

of some mystical energy source out there.

It's because you did the work.

Now your responsibility is
to continue to do the work

to be that man. Do you understand me, son?


Captain, we've got the other informant

- waiting in custody.
- Thank you.

Uh, this is that Frida Novikov case.

She got deported because two

of our informants were part
of her smuggling ring,

one of them being your friend
from the helicopter accident,

Maria Volkova.

That's why Novikov targeted Maria.

She's out for revenge.

Well, the other informant
I'm gonna put in WITSEC soon.

I will find you later, okay?

Hey, whatever you're going through

with the Speed Force and your powers,

Barry is going through the same thing.

Remember that. I love you.

I love you.

Not right now, Cait.

I'm busy with the mobile BARI unit.

Let me get this straight.

You were trying to bioengineer a
formula to stop a meta-human,

and rather than call your friend

who's a bioengineer, you
went with Bluetooth?

Yeah, I'm trying to stop Turtle 2 here.

Yeah, I know. It's all you've been doing.

You don't have any time for me.

You totally blew off Nash
when he asked for your help.

I mean, you might as well
still be on your trip.

Yeah, well, maybe my trip

didn't turn out exactly as planned.

What are you talking about?

You got to raid Egyptian
tombs and explore Atlantis.

I thought, after all those adventure,

I would come back different, like Wally

or like you and Frost, but
I went around the world,

and I...

And I feel like I'm back where I started.

Cisco, I know you feel responsible,

but we're gonna stop Turtle 2. I promise.

We're Team Flash. It's what we do.

But in the meantime, I wonder
if maybe you don't have

some other responsibilities
that you'd like to address...

ones that are a little closer to home.

Yeah. You're right.

You're right.

While I'm doing that, maybe
my friend the bioengineer

- would like to take over.
- Absolutely.

I've been looking for you, man.

I thought maybe you'd be home.


I'm not ready to tell Iris.

I'm not ready to tell anyone.

I found out what really
happened to the Speed Force.

It died because of what I did in Crisis.

I took the Spectre's energy

so I could enter the Speed Force.

His energy started a meltdown,

and now it's gone, Wally...

For good because of what I did.

You were trying to save the universe.

Any hero would have made that call.

I would've made that call.

Amala told me a story once

about a mother who lost her only son.

She was so heartbroken,

she asked the Buddha to
bring him back to life.

He said he would...

but he had one request...

a mustard seed from a family

that had never lost a loved one.

So she went from neighbor to
neighbor asking for seeds,

and when she would ask,

"Has anyone in your family lost someone?"

The answer was always yes.

The Buddha was trying
to have her understand

that as much as she
suffered, she wasn't alone.

When I found out the
Speed Force was dying...

I forgot how much you were suffering too.

And I'm sorry.

I am.

I did this. I deserve your anger.

So do something with it.

We can't punish ourselves for
the mistakes we've made.

That's a closed door.

But we can take responsibility
for our actions...

no matter how great the
obstacle to overcome.

Amala teach you that too?


You did.

Guys, we've got a problem.

Facial rec just picked up
Frida Novikov outside CCPD.

You really think one criminal's

worth all this backup?

If this file is right,

I don't think Novikov is gonna give up,

and I'm not putting another
informant into WITSEC

unless we're prepared.

Pomedlenneye, Captain. Slow down.

Where is Olga Zhuravlev?

I know she's here. Bring her to me.

So you can turn her into a pile of bones?

I am just taking from her
what she stole from me: time!

Now, you have five minutes
to bring her to me

- or you all will die.
- She has Joe.

Cisco was working on
a way to stop Novikov.

So where is he?

Come in.

I wanted to apologize for being a jerk.

But I wanna make it
right, so what do you say

we do some multiversal ghost busting?

Ah, Crisis, the gift that
keeps on giving, huh?

You're not Nash.

Hello, Cisco.

- Thawne.
- That's right.

Now, where were we?


You're in Nash's body. No powers.

I don't need my powers to kill you.


But he's so full of hatred.

That's not Nash.

The new Velocity-X is
ready to use on Novikov.

I just have to put it into an injector gun.


But we can't run it there.

If we do, we'll use up speed,

and we have no idea how much we have left.

Yes, we can.

We just have to use it responsibly.

Okay, the fastest route to
CCPD is in a straight line.

We can run it. We just
have to phase as we go.

It's ready.

- You with me?
- Always.

Time's up, Captain.

Novikov, stop. You don't have to do this.

I know I don't have to. I want to.

Zip off again, and I'll
age him 1,000 years.

Listen to me. Listen.

We can't do anything to make
up for the time that you lost,

but if you take responsibility

for the time that you have left,

you won't lose anymore. I promise.

Please let us help you.

I don't want your help.

We know.

Thanks for the tip, Flash.

Let's see how you handle
our version of time.

I held her in my arms.

I watched her die all over again.

The Speed Force is dead because of me,

because of my choices.

I just wanted to save everyone.

- To save you.
- And you did.

Barry, none of this is your fault.

Now I won't be able to save anyone.

What am I supposed to do without my speed?

Maybe this is for the best.


Everything happens for a reason, right?

Maybe you weren't supposed
to be the Flash forever.

I mean, don't you think
that after everything

the Speed Force has put you through...

all the pain, all the heartache,

all the death...

Don't you think you deserve a real life?

Barry, all the world's
problems on your shoulders...

that shouldn't have been
your burden to bear.

You're serious.

I am.

This could be our chance
to have a normal life,

to start a family.

You deserve to be happy
just like everyone else.

Don't you want that?

Barry, we need you in
the pipeline right now.

There's something you need to see.

Somehow, he's taken over Nash's body.

- Hi, Flash.
- Thawne.

What do you want?

What do I always want?

To kill you.

And I'm done being patient.

I can't wait to slit your throat.

When I do, when I get out...

believe me.

I will get out.

I'm going to kill you...

And then I'm going to kill your family,

and then I'm going to kill your friends.

I'm gonna kill all your friends,

starting with your new pal Nash.

- No.
- No?

Whatever you've done to
him, we're gonna stop you.

But isn't it true...

that in a few short weeks,

you're going to be powerless
to stop me, right?

Because your Speed Force is dead.

I can feel it.

And that's what you get, Barry,

for trusting such a puny, pathetic force.

That's why I built my own. And I'm coming.

I'm coming for you.

We're done here.



What did he mean, the Speed Force is dead?


You sure you wanna go already?

If I'm gonna get to the
next Peace Corps project

in time, I gotta get going.

You know, it'd be a whole lot faster

if you just got a flight.

I know, but I need to walk.

I need to have an open mind,

be ready to embrace new ways

of helping others without my powers.

I'm so sorry about that, son.

I obviously didn't want

your trip home to end like that.

It's okay, Dad.

Even if things don't unfold
the way you expected,

don't be disheartened or give up.

The one who continues to
advance will win in the end.

You sound more like a parent than I do now.

Oh, you know, it's a Zen thing.

I love you, Dad.

I love you too... too damn much.

- You be careful, okay?
- Mm-hmm, yes.

Dad, keep an eye on Iris for me, will you?

There's something different about her.

Just make sure she's okay.

Yeah. Yeah, yeah, yeah, of course.

- Bye-bye.
- Bye.

Spectre energy.

Okay, yeah, well, that's just
energy we don't understand yet.

That's something we can figure out, right?

Absolutely. We can run some tests,

figure out how to track it...

Thanks guys, but I want your
help with something else.

I've been thinking about
what Thawne said...

You mean how he's gonna kill us all?

Yeah, me too.

How he built his own power source...

the Negative Speed Force.

If he can make one, then...

So can we.

I need your help to build
an artificial Speed Force.

That's how I can get my speed back.


I thought I deleted this.




Yeah, I'm not Iris.

Sorry you had to find out this way.

Wait... wait, no...