The Flash Press Room at Comic-Con: The Cast and Producers Tease Season 2by Clarissa / July 11, 2015
The Flash stars Grant Gustin (Barry Allen), Danielle Panabaker (Caitlin Snow), Carlos Valdes (Cisco Ramon) and Tom Cavanagh (Harrison Wells/Eobard Thawne), John Wesley Shipp (Henry Allen) and executive producer Andrew Kreisberg stopped by the show’s press room to tease the after-effects of the singularity event, Barry’s new mindset and season 2.
Escaping the singularity. How will Barry get out of the terrible danger he found himself in at the end of season 1? Kreisberg says he will get out of it, but how they all get out of it is hopefully going to be a big surprise to the fans. And what happens after the events of the finale and how all of the characters move forward from that event will be incredibly important. They all messed up pretty badly and the fact that they messed up weighs heavily on each of them. The repercussions of the finale make up the beginning of season 2 and the examination of the repercussions will not go away.
The importance of the Speed Force. Showing what Barry saw in the Speed Force was very important for the show, says Kreisberg. The show is really embracing pivotal comic stories from various runs, but they have a lot of stories to pull from. They showed parts of the “Rebirth” comic arc in season 1 and they’re “not going to stop doing that”. There are pretty iconic storylines from the comics that they will continue to be doing with their own twist.
What is Barry’s mindset? Barry is having some trouble dealing with the events of the finale, says Gustin. He’s got some acclaim now and a lot of love from the city because they view him as a hero. But he doesn’t really feel like the hero. We’ll see pieces of what happened with the singularity when we come back and how it affected each of the characters. In particular, Barry knows that it was Eddie who stopped Wells/Thawne and that he was the hero that day. But everyone is giving credit to the Flash and that’s not easy for him. He feels like he can’t really work with everyone, that he is jeopardizing his loved ones, so he wants to act as a lone wolf for a while. There’s also a new Flash costume with a white emblem on display at Comic-Con and Gustin said that he would don that costume in season 2.
Serial versus villain of the week. Kreisberg thinks that The Flash has always had a serialized tone. What generally happen with new shows such as The Flash and Arrow is that there’s tendency of having a villain of the week while setting up the emotional aspects of the characters. In the back half of season 1 the show became more serialized because of the ground work they laid in the beginning. They won’t be starting from the ground up again in season 2 so they have all of the earlier storylines to bring across. The show will have some villains of the week early on in season 2, but how and why they’re there will be part of mythology.
Cisco’s destiny. There’s some weird things happening with Cisco biologically. Valdes thinks that Cisco is going to be grappling with what’s happening in his head space and what Wells told him at the end of season 1 about his destiny. We should expect to see repercussions from that declaration. Valdes thinks that because of all of the emotional upheaval in season 1, Cisco didn’t really have time to think about the repercussions of what Wells told him. He also believes that Cisco is in some denial about what Wells said, so he hasn’t fully accepted the possibility that he could have a destiny. But we’ll start to see how the seed that Wells planted will affect Cisco in season 2.
The return of Eobard Thawne/Harrison Wells. Tom Cavanagh is still a regular on The Flash. How he comes back “is going to be something we’re really proud of and we’re very excited about and Tom is very excited about,” Kreisberg said.
Henry in season 2. At the beginning of season 2, Henry is still in jail. What’s his state of mind? Shipp says that we find that out where his mind is at pretty early on in the season premiere. But he indicates that he was surprised by a choice that Henry makes right off the bat, although he “understands it now”. He also believes that there’s a lot more to Henry than we might suspect and that’s he’s “layered and there’s a lot of conflict there”. Could we see some of that? We’ll wait to wait and see.
The Flash will return for its second season on Tuesday, October 6 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.