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2. Nora Allen – The Flash

Speaking of the next generation, The Flash will introduce the daughter of newlyweds Barry (Grant Gustin) and Iris (Candice Patton) as a main character in season five. Technically, Nora (Jessica Parker Kennedy) was already featured in The Flash‘s fourth season, even before her cameo in the finale.

A fellow speedster, she secretly came in clutch for Team Flash as they worked to defeat Clifford DeVoe (Neil Sandilands). She also subtlety introduced herself to many members of the team before making her grand appearance in the finale, in which viewers and the characters finally learned of her identity.

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Needless to say, it was a rather trippy experience for Team Flash, particularly Barry and Iris. It’s not every day that you meet your future daughter, who is your age, and needs your help fixing her “big, big mistake.” Then again, almost nothing that happens on The Flash could really be considered normal.

So far, it’s unclear what exactly Nora messed up so badly. However, in a recent interview with Newsarama, Kennedy teased what to expect in terms of Nora’s interactions with her parents

"Something has obviously happened for me to feel much closer to my father than my mother. It’s something you’ll find out relatively early on in the season."

During an Entertainment Weekly Comic Con interview, Patton spoke about the relationship from Iris’ perspective.

"Iris is very, very eager and excited to get to know her daughter, who’s back from the future. And I think as we hinted in the finale of last season, that’s kind of met with some coldness from Nora… It makes me sad when we act it."

Hopefully, Nora and Iris can work through their issues as the season continues. But I also hope that the conflict between them will, at least, be meaningful and handled well. The Flash doesn’t have the best track record of depicting platonic female relationships at all, let alone complex ones.

Iris and Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) barely had any interactions before season four — a fact that The Flash, to its credit, did concede. However, Iris and Caitlin’s season four arc of shifting from acquaintances to friends still didn’t receive that much screen time.