The second season of The CW’s hit superhero show The Flash ended on a note that was sure to fuel fan excitement and speculation for months: Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) goes back in time and saves his mother’s life, thereby resetting his own timeline and throwing the entire future into question. What will the modern version of Central City look like when he returns? How will his friends be changed? And how will Barry’s life be affected by his decision?
There’s one thing that we do now know for sure: The Flash season 3 will see Wally West (Keiynan Lonsdale) take up the mantle of Kid Flash, his original superhero identity in the comics. Fans have been wondering what lies in wait for Wally ever since the character was introduced in season 2: the estranged son of Detective Joe West (Jesse L. Martin) and seemingly an ordinary kid with no superpowers to speak of. Whether it’s due to Barry’s time meddling or getting hit by the second particle accelerator explosion in the original timeline, it looks like Wally’s going to get his chance to shine as a superhero.
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen someone else with The Flash’s powers; in fact, Barry running into other speedsters has been a central theme of the show since its inception. So far audiences have met Eobard Thawne a.k.a. Reverse Flash (Matt Letscher), Hunter Zolomon a.k.a. Zoom (Teddy Sears), and Jay Garrick a.k.a. Earth Three’s version of The Flash (John Wesley Shipp). The show has also introduced Harrison Wells’ (Tom Cavanagh) daughter Jesse Quick (Violett Beane), who is based on a speedster from the comics and was also hit by the second particle accelerator explosion in season 2.
The Flash season 3 is expected to draw inspiration from the 2011 comic book arc Flashpoint, in which Barry Allen wakes up in a drastically altered version of the DC Universe. Not only did the season 2 finale end on a plot point plucked straight from comics, Gustin has also confirmed that season 3’s premiere episode is titled “Flashpoint”. In a season where anything could happen, it’s a pretty safe bet that Wally West’s new look won’t be the only surprise that The Flash has in store.
Arrow season 5 is scheduled to premiere on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at 8PM ET; The Flash season 3 is slated to air on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 8PM ET; DC’s Legends of Tomorrow will return on Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 8PM ET, Supergirl will make its season 2 debut on The CW on Monday, October 10, 2016 also at 8PM ET.