When The Flash ended its run of episodes for 2016, it left a number of important storylines wide open to be further explored in the second half of season 3 next year. One of those key plot threads is Wally West’s (Keiynan Lonsdale) growing desire and impatience to prove himself as Kid Flash, and as a speedster just as skilled and heroic as Barry Allen (Grant Gustin), even if he isn’t always willing to listen to or process the warnings of those who care for him. This even led to Wally almost getting himself and those around him seriously hurt (or worse) during the Arrowverse’s massive 4-part crossover event.
Based on how things ended in the midseason finale too, it seems fair to say that while Barry can use as much help as he can get in taking down Savitar on The Flash, Wally’s youth may only make things more difficult. With both Jesse Quick (Violett Beane) and Jay Garrick (John Wesley Shipp) being around to help now, it’ll be interesting to see where and how Wally finds his place in this growing lineup of speedsters on the TV show.
With just a few weeks to go until the show returns in 2017 as well, a brand new sneak peek at The Flash‘s 2017 midseason premiere episode, titled “Borrowing Problems From the Future”, has been released online. The clip in question teases a growing frustration and tension between Barry and Wally, as the latter continues to fight to try and prove himself to both Barry and the rest of the S.T.A.R. Labs team.
Now, the jealousy that Barry could feel about having to share the spotlight with Wally was somewhat inevitable knowing his personality, and sometimes arrogant attitude as The Flash. He’s not wrong in thinking that Wally needs to take his time learning and growing as a hero, but at the same time, whether or not he’s able to set his own ego aside to get that message across should prove to be one of his more personal challenges that he’ll have to get past when The Flash returns – especially now that Iris’ possible death could be on the horizon for him, following Savitar’s ominous warning at the end of The Flash 2016 midseason finale.
Knowing Barry, he’ll do everything he can to try and avoid that outcome, and the episode’s title, “Borrowing Problems From the Future” likely refers to the very same attempts that Barry will make to stop Iris’ death from happening. The episode’s title seems to be a perfect encapsulation of a number of the biggest challenges Barry has faced throughout his time as The Flash so far, as it were. Still, with the death of Iris hanging over his head, it’ll be exciting (and likely frustrating at times) to see how Barry deals with it moving forward, and more importantly, how he treats those around him in the meantime.
The Flash returns on Tuesday, January 24th @ 8/7c on The CW.
Source: The CW [via WGTC]