THE fast SHOW
THE FLASH returns to save Central City after his self-imposed exile
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.
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.’