Everything You Need To Know About The Flash Season 2
Excuse us as we go shout from the rooftops because tonight The Flash is back—and Barry Allen and co. are back and flashier than ever.
Following the events of the epic season one finale—and some tragic events we become privy to in the season two premiere—the scarlet speedster is now acting solo. For the most part, Team Flash is now defunct. Obviously, things don’t stay that way for long, seeing as a new speedster villain named Zoom is wreaking havoc on Central City.
“I think for any superhero, the more they do it, the more they start to feel isolated from people because no one can do what they do,” executive producer Andrew Kreisberg told MTV News ahead of Tuesday night’s big premiere. But when a new speedster by the name of Jay Garrick comes to Central City to warn Barry about a dangerous new threat, Team Flash is thrown back into action.
Here’s everything you need to know about season two, straight from Kreisberg himself:
Introducing Jay Garrick
“As far as Jay is concerned, this is another speedster who’s come into their lives, and Jay’s been doing it for a while,” Kreisberg said. “He’s been doing it on his own. He’s a little bit older than Barry, so he’s experienced a little more. He’s seen more. He thinks that Barry can be a little naive. Jay has some Flash tricks up his sleeves—ways to use the speedster’s powers—that haven’t even occurred to Barry and his team yet.”
“Jay is there to be an older brother, an advisor, a new mentor—because Barry lost his old mentor last year when Wells disappeared,” he added. “It’s just a different kind of dynamic. “I think for any superhero, the more they do it, the more they start to feel isolated from people because no one can do what they do, and what’s interesting about Jay is Jay can do what Barry does.”
When asked if Jay and Barry’s friendly rivalry has sparked any on-set competitions between Grant Gustin and Teddy Sears, Kreisberg said that if they did, Grant and Teddy would keep things on the DL.
“I suspect any competition that they might have will be like Rocky and Apollo in Rocky III, where they did it in privacy,” he joked. “It’s just for them. The winner will remain a mystery to the rest of us.”
Iris reunites Team Flash
“I think we took some unfortunate bashing last year for keeping her in the dark, but now that she knows, she’s definitely a part of things,” Kreisberg said. “It’s really Iris who really brings the team together in episode 201, the season premiere.”
“We find everybody a little bit fractured from the events of the finale,” he added. “We see her out and about. We see her in investigative journalism, getting herself into some big trouble, but also, being what she’s always been, which is Barry’s star and the thing he’s guided by.”
As for Iris’ relationship with her dad, well, that’s an entirely different story. If last season was all about Barry’s family drama, then this season, it’s time for the Wests to take center stage.
“Iris has an extremely strong story this year, dealing with the West family and her dad,” he said. “It’s absolutely amazing—and we’re really excited for people to see what happens to her this year.”
Obviously, this involves Iris’ mom and one Wally West, who we know will join Team Flash in season two.
Barry in the spotlight
For the first time in forever, Barry doesn’t have to hide The Flash. In fact, the premiere episode finds Barry thrust into the spotlight by Central City, who wants to honor The Flash in the wake of the singularity.
“That’s part of what this season is about—when you look at all of the shows, most of them have never become true public figures. Arrow is a dark shadowy character, who, up until last year, could almost have been dismissed as an urban legend,” he said. “But Central City is a bright, sunny city, and they’ve got a bright, sunny hero.”
“The premiere episode is about Flash Day,” Kreisberg added. “The mayor wants to give him the key to the city, and there’s a big rally for the Flash. What the public thinks of Barry, both positively and negatively, makes up part of Barry’s emotional journey this season. How does he do what he does when he’s under the public eye and under public scrutiny? How much of what he does effects the heart and soul of the city? That’s the new challenge for him.”
There’s something about Patty
“Patty Spivot’s been Barry’s girlfriend in the comics for many years,” Kreisberg said. “In the comic books, she’s a fellow CSI, but in the show, we decided to make her a police officer. She’s actually Eddie’s replacement, and she becomes Joe’s partner. She still has a strong science background, so she can still relate to Barry on all of the science stuff.”
“She’s keen and she’s brave, and like every character on these kinds of shows, she has a very interesting backstory that will come to light,” he added.
And yes, the “Flash” co-creator knows that this might emotionally WRECK shippers’ hearts, but Patty’s introduction isn’t meant to incite shipper wars. Instead, Kreisberg wants us to appreciate Patty for who she is as a kick-ass character.
“It’s really hard because I know there are so many people who are rooting for Barry and Iris, and there are people who are rooting for Barry and Caitlin, and there are still people who are rooting for Barry and Felicity, so to throw somebody else in there, hopefully, we’ve made all the right decisions,” he said. “We certainly know we’ve found the right girl, so there will be people rooting for them now.”
Eddie’s loss is felt
“His loss is discussed at length throughout the course of the season, especially the first nine episodes, but [Patty] is a breath of fresh air,” Kreisberg said.
“One of the things I think is different this season is that everyone has grown up a little bit, and everyone has gotten used to the new world that they live in,” he added. “So the idea of keeping secrets from each other about work isn’t as important because now everyone on the show lives in a world in which there are metahumans—and they’re out there. People have seen them and people have seem the Flash. So much of last season was about keeping people in the dark, and keeping Barry’s identity as the Flash is always paramount, but Patty is living in the new world order, where there are metahumans and you need brave police officers to come in there and stop them.”