THE fast SHOW

THE FLASH re­turns to save Cen­tral City af­ter his self-im­posed ex­ile

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THE LAST SEA­SON of The Flash wasn’t jolly for Barry Allen. The Cen­tral City speed mer­chant lost his close pal Caitlin Snow to her al­ter ego Killer Frost, and re­alised that the vil­lain try­ing to kill his fi­ancée Iris West was ac­tu­ally his fu­ture self, called Sav­i­tar.

It all cul­mi­nated in a dra­matic fi­nale, with Barry’s vic­tory over Sav­i­tar prov­ing to be short-lived when he sac­ri­ficed him­self to save Cen­tral City by walk­ing into the Speed Force – the pow­er­ful en­ergy source where speed­sters lose phys­i­cal co­he­sion and form.

THE BIG BAD

‘Not only was Barry the big bad to­wards the end of the sea­son, but he set ev­ery­thing in mo­tion that was bad news last year,’ says Grant Gustin, who plays the red-suited racer.‘so by go­ing into the Speed Force, he’ll be able to let go a lot of the things he feels guilty about, and a lot of the hard­ship he’s had to deal with.’

That may be so, but not ev­ery­one feels quite the same way – not least Iris (Candice Pat­ton) who deals with feel­ings of aban­don­ment as she steps up to be­come leader, as

Team Flash strug­gles to stay afloat in Barry’s ab­sence.

For­tu­nately, the scar­let speed­ster is soon back in busi­ness – the new sea­son starts on Sky One this week with an episode called The Flash Re­born.

AN AWAK­EN­ING

Ac­cord­ing to Gustin, when Barry ex­its the Speed Force, he will not be the same man he was be­fore. ‘I sus­pect the Speed Force is kind of non-lin­ear with time, so Barry has ex­pe­ri­enced his en­tire life from start to end in­fin­ity times over since he’s been in there.

‘He’s go­ing to have kind of an awak­en­ing when he comes out. He’s go­ing to have some knowl­edge that he prob­a­bly doesn’t quite un­der­stand yet.’

How­ever, Barry’s ex­pe­ri­ence in the Speed Force has re­moved a lot of his fears, and he re­turns to the team feel­ing re­ju­ve­nated.

‘A huge weight has been lifted and he’s for­given him­self for all the mis­takes he made the last cou­ple of years,’ says the 27-yearold.‘he’s ready to move for­ward with the team and move for­ward with Iris and be happy.’

How­ever, that happiness looks set to be tested when Barry faces off with the lat­est vil­lain, Clifford Devoe, aka The Thinker (Neil Sandi­lands), a for­mi­da­ble foe.

‘Now it’s sea­son four, Barry will re­ally be­come The Flash in the comic books – the one who is in full mas­tery of his skills,’ he says.‘it’s al­most like a fresh start for me as an ac­tor.’

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