On the heels of having released their brand new promo for the upcoming second season of DC Entertainment and The CW’s hit series The Flash, executive producer for the series Gabrielle Stanton sat down with Collider for an in depth interview about what we can expect to see this second season.
Speaking on the emotional tone that we’ll see in the series for its titular hero, Stanton had this to say:
“[Barry] went through a lot, at the end of last season. He’s definitely going to start this season with a step back and be like, ‘What am I doing? Why am I doing this?’ If last season was the journey of Barry discovering he’s a hero, this season is definitely him trying to figure out what that means. What is it to be a hero? What does he need to be a hero? What is it going to do to his personal relationships? It’s an evolution that’s going to start in the beginning of the season, and go all season long. You’re going to see, early on, Barry coming into his own as The Flash, a little bit more. He has to make some terrible decisions, and he’s going to struggle with those. He’s going to think about, can I live with myself, having to make those decisions, and still do what I do? That’s something he’s going to be struggling with, for the first half of the season. Some of it is learning how to be okay with his past decisions, some of it is learning how to make better decisions, in the future, and some of it is about how he can let people help him make decisions.”
She also touched upon the introduction of Jay Garrick in the series and what his relationship/dynamic with Barry will be like:
“We’re introducing Jay Garrick, who will be a mentory character to Barry. Jay has seen some things that Barry hasn’t seen, and he’s going to be helping him through the process. I think [Barry] is a little more careful to trust everyone because of what happened, as anyone would be. But, he’s still Barry. He still has that fantastic, optimistic energy. He’s still willing to say, ‘Okay, let me see what you’re going to do, and then I’ll decide.”
The topic of Wally West also made it’s way into the conversation and when asked about what role the character will play and whether or not the character will will mirror its comicbook counterpart or will the series provide a fresh new take on the character.
“I knew people were going to be excited about Wally West, but I didn’t know they were going to be this excited about Wally West, which is a bummer because I can tell you nothing about Wally West. I can say that he’s going to be on [the show] and it’s going to be really exciting. The fans will definitely like what we’re doing with him.”
“We want to stay respectful and totally satisfy what the fans want out of this. But on the other hand, we also need to change the character, twist things and put our own spin on it, so that it’s not exactly what everyone expects. Otherwise, you’re like, ‘We’re introducing Wally West,’ and someone looks it up on Wikipedia and knows the story, so they don’t watch. So, it will definitely be our twist on the Wally West character.”
Switching focus now to the Killer Frost tease from last season, the EP gave us no conclusive answer as to whether or not we’ll see the character make her appearance this upcoming season.
“It’s going to be a slower burn on that. That was just to keep people guessing. Who knows when Killer Frost is going to turn up? We did the helmet. We try to drop little Easter eggs. What I really like about ‘The Flash’ is that I am a comic book fan, so I know a lot of this stuff, but my husband is not a comic book fan at all, and he still gets everything.”
Lastly, she did briefly discussed Cisco’s character and explained that following the season finale’s events the character will go on an emotional journey.
“Wells was like a father to him and it was pretty devastating, losing him, and it was pretty devastating when he tried to kill him. So, he’s definitely going on a journey, this season.”
The Flash will be back on The CW with brand new episodes on October 6th, at 8pm EST.