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More Friction Ahead For Wally West And His Newfound Family On The Flash

The joyous holiday reunion between Iris and Joe and their newfound brother/son Wally West didn’t last long on The Flash.

In last week’s episode, the realities of not knowing Wally existed for 18 years came to light and it looks like things are only going to get worse before they get better.

After arranging a family dinner, Wally, played by Keiynan Lonsdale, didn’t show up and when Joe tracked him down he found him drag racing.

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When Joe reminds him drag racing is illegal, Wally puts all the blame on his newfound dad.

“Oh yes. The detective who didn’t know he has a son and doesn’t know anything about me,” says Wally.

“I am trying to get to know you Wally,” replies Joe.

Jesse L. Martin, who plays Det. Joe West, says it’s going to be a difficult situation for everyone involved.

“(Joe) feels horrible that he hasn’t been a part of the kid’s life, of course it wasn’t his fault, but he still feels guilty about it and he tries very hard to be more his friend than his dad, which of course doesn’t go well because he’s an 18-year-old kid and I’m a grown man,” says Martin, during a break from shooting The Flash in Vancouver.

He adds that finding a way to communicate will be their biggest hurdle.

“He really does blame me so a big part of the story is Joe really getting to know Wally. Of course Wally is up to no good, he’s a drag racer, which is completely illegal in Central City and I’m a police officer so to have a new son who’s literally breaking the law, it leads for a lot of interesting stories and a lot of drama.”

For Candice Patton, who plays Iris, she’s thrilled the character of Wally West has finally become part of The Flash.

“I don’t think you can get more iconic than Wally West, he’s quite beloved by fans of The Flash so it’s really great having him and we’ve started exploring storylines with him that I think fans will be excited about.”

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Patton says Wally’s choices will also create conflict with Iris.

“(It’s) kind of opposite of how Iris is, she’s very cautious of danger, she doesn’t want to see him put himself in danger so there’s conflict between them. You’ll see a relationship that’s quite friction-y with them before it gets better.”

The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8ep on CTV. Full episodes are available online the following day at CTV.ca.

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