I am in so in love with how the writer’s have been handling Westallen in Season 3. It hasn’t been completely perfect (seriously, where does Iris live?) but more often than not I’ve been pleased with what we’ve gotten for Westallen.
I think the thing that impresses me the most is how they have Iris and Barry deal with their problems. Their communication skills are on point. It make take a minute or two for them to get on the same page, but when they finally do they are laying all their cards on the table and getting their issue straightened out.
I love that Iris is so assertive. I think it’s an interesting callback to the Iris of Season 1 that was hiding her relationship with Eddie from her father. Now, here she is completely unashamed and owning her relationship with Barry. She loves her man and she doesn’t care who knows it.
I also loved Joe’s reaction to them. At first I wanted to see him actually find out that they’re together, but IMO, this was so much better. I love that Joe is supportive but at the same time is a father and has no desire whatsoever seeing some man kiss his daughter. Even if that man is someone he loves dearly himself. That’s realistic. I love that he can respect Iris’s choice (something he hasn’t always done) but at the same time still be an over-protective father. The scene between him and Barry where they had their ‘talk’ was the cutest thing ever. I love that even though Barry was clearly dying inside he still did what Iris told him to do simply because she told him to do it.
Speaking of Barry, there was something so sweet and earnest about his talk with Iris while he was in the mirror. It’s so achingly beautiful to hear him essentially say that being with Iris is all he’s ever wanted and the idea of losing her has made him so careful that it’s become an hindrance. He wants things to work with Iris so bad that he’s become his own worst enemy.
I have to give kudos to Grant and Candice because the chemistry between them is out of this world. They are both bringing it in a way that I haven’t seen before. I mean the kisses and ‘major’ moments between them are in important, obviously, but I live for the little unscripted touches that is all them getting caught up in the moment.
For instance, Iris trailing her hand down Barry’s arm before she left STAR Labs to go to CCPN. Or the thigh rubs. Or her calling him ‘honey’ (I’m a sucker for pet names, sue me) Those things along with the more obvious/possible scripted interactions creates a full and IMO satisfying picture