"The Flash" is back in our lives and hearts again, and you know what that means: glorious tears. The superhero drama gets us teary-eyed on a weekly basis with its knack for creating both heartwarming and heartrending moments — sometimes even at the same time!
Here were the nine moments from the season 2 premiere — "The Man Who Saved Central City" — that had us reaching for our handkerchiefs.
“I’m just trying to put it all back exactly as it was before...”The CW
Guys, Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) has been spending his evenings fixing up local businesses destroyed by the singularity. ? Also, where has Central City been getting its coffee fix if Jitters is closed?! Forget Atom Smasher. This is the REAL threat in the season 2 premiere.
"Cait, we have to try."Cate Cameron/The CW
Still crying about the flashback that sees Ronnie sacrificing himself to save Central City. Again. Poor Caitlin.
"Central City believes in The Flash. So do I."Cate Cameron/The CW
Nothing like Barry's best friend to snap him out of his funk. Iris didn't get much to do in this episode, but that didn't diminish her quiet determination. More than anyone else, she was the one who spearheaded Team Flash's efforts to give Barry the push he needed to let them in.
"It’s OK, son. I’ve got you."
I already tear up during about 50% of Joe and Barry's scenes together, but throw in a flashback element? Yeah, that percentage usually rises to a solid 100.
In this ep, we get a flashback to when Barry had been living with the Wests for months following his mother's death and his father's arrest. Joe finally gets through his anger, telling Baby Barry: "It’s OK to be sad. You can be sad, Barry. Your parents will understand if you’re not strong all of the time. That is why I’m here."
"It’s on all of us, Barry."Cate Cameron/The CW
Demonstrating that he's just as good at breaking through Barry's self-imposed walls in the present as he is in the past, Joe delivers some of his signature tough love to Barry after he nearly gets himself killed going after Atom Smasher all on his lonesome.
"Guess what? You weren’t the only person making decisions that day. All of the rest of us were there, too. Eddie and Ronnie. They chose to help you stop Wells ... It’s on all of us, Barry. So stop with this hogging all the blame and regret. We gotta live with it. Move on."
Yep, Barry started crying somewhere in there. And so did we.
"Maybe you should start trying to rebuild things that really matter."The CW
And cut to this glorious #Snowbarry scene that has the two trying to out-blame one another for Ronnie's death, while simultaneously trying to comfort the other. "You, better than anyone, know that I wasn’t the hero that day," Barry says, trying to apologize to Caitlin. Her response? "Of course you were."
"Welcome home!"The CW
Everyone throws Henry Allen a welcome home party, and it is the most beautiful thing ever. Victor Garber even gives a toast! After 14 years of having to live apart, Barry finally has his dad back! Nothing could possible ruin this moment!
“You’re the only family that I have left.”The CW
Just kidding. Nothing will ever be OK again. Henry is leaving town. Leaving Barry. (Something has to be going on here, right?!)
And just when you think there's no possible way more tears could be streaming down your face, Henry says to Barry, "I need you to tell me that it’s OK." And Barry can't even say it out loud because everything will NOT be OK, but he nods and hugs Henry anyway, and he's that 11-year-old boy again who just wants to stay with his dad.
"It just feels like every time I win, I still lose."Cate Cameron/The CW
The kid can't catch a break. But at least he has the key to the city. And Joe West. That's not nothing, folks.
Until next week — cry on, friends!