"Look, I've learned... all this stuff that I didn't know before, okay? I'm not gonna make the same
"--Mistakes. Yeah, what you just said right there? That is the paradox of time travel, and also the paradox of life. I mean, 'If I only knew
then what I know now'..."
"But why have these powers, if I can't go back and fix what I broke?"
Barry Allen and Jay Garrick
"Paradox" is the second episode of the third season of The Flash, and the forty-eighth episode overall. It aired on October 11, 2016.


Barry realizes the effects from Flashpoint are much greater than he thought. Meanwhile, Barry meets new co-worker Julian Albert and is surprised by Julian's immediate disdain for Barry.[1]





  • Alchemy claims that Clariss "failed" because he was unable to kill The Flash. However, Alchemy restored the powers of Metas from Flashpoint so they could serve his master Savitar, the God of Speed, not so they could kill Barry, which would actually hamper Savitar's plan. Presumably, having the Metas fight Barry was only so they could prove their loyalty.
  • This is the second episode of the series where Tom Cavanagh doesn't appear.
  • This is the first episode since Season 1's "All Star Team Up" that Felicity Smoak appears without Oliver Queen.
  • When Barry and Jay are in the Motorcar diner in 1998, Dawson's Creek is playing on the TV. John Wesley Shipp played the title character's father on Dawson's Creek.
  • The title episode references the Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox title along with the previous episode.
  • Jay teaches Barry about time travel, using the example of a coffee cup being like the space-time continuum, breaking whenever you travel through time, Barry would use this same technique to Nora in "Cause and XS", also using a similar line, "We're not gods. We've just been given extraordinary abilities."


  1. Flash Episode #3.2 “Paradox” Description - FlashTVNews

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