Is Iris Really Dead in 'The Flash' Season 8?

The Flash Season 8, Episode 19 delivered a deadly surprise for fans as Eobard Thawne (played by Tom Cavanagh) appeared to cause the death of Iris West-Allen (Candice Patton) at the hands of Barry Allen's lightning force.

The CW has never let a little thing like a character dying stop them, but this time Iris fans are worried that she is gone for good.

Her exit from the show seems to have been teased by Cavanagh in a number of post-episode interviews, and the latest Flash promo also seems to confirm the character's death.

Here's what we know so far about Candice Patton's fate on the show.

Is Iris dead in The Flash?

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Candice Patton in "The Flash." The penultimate episode of Season 8 seemed to kill off her character. The CW

The show certainly wants us to think that she is. The trailer begins with Barry saying: "Iris died in my arms…she's been erased from this timeline."

The wording is interesting there. If she is dead in "this timeline," could there be another timeline in which she is alive?

The synopsis offers no clues. It reads: "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."

Cavanagh, however, hinted that Patton's days on the show may be numbered. He told TV Line: "At first, I was like, 'How can you do the show without Iris?,' but Carlos Valdez also felt like the heart and soul of the show… As long as the numbers are there, I think the show will persist.

"So, I guess you could be worried about Iris," he added, "but that's going to be up to the individual's worry meter."

The Flash's show runner, however, may have already revealed that Iris is set to return. In an interview for the Season 7 finale with Deadline in July 2021, Eric Wallace said of the then-upcoming season: "I think their [Barry and Iris'] biggest challenge that they've ever faced lies ahead, and it's going to be tough. It's going to take what I consider to be one of the great love stories in the history of television to survive what they are about to go through, especially in the back half of Season 8. But don't worry. It'll be a happy ending."

As fans have seen so many characters die and come back over the years, they have already been looking for ways that the show could resurrect Iris. One Reddit user, for example, asked: "Do you think Iris will be brought back with the timestone Damian Darkh [sic] gave to Joe?" Another agreed, saying: "I'm thinking Joe will use the time stone that Damian gave him to save Iris, he was given the stone for a reason."

The Flash Season 8 finale airs on The CW on Wednesday, June 29 at 8 p.m. EDT. The most recent episodes are streaming now on The CW website and app.