After a well received Season 1 The Flash has returned to the CW with a brand new season and a host of new enemies. The premiere dove into the themes that were clearly set up during the finale: Barry's guilt over the death of his friends, the team's emotional support and growth as they become their own family, and the devastating repercussions of the Speed Force singularity that rocked Central City, and nearly destroyed everything.
At the very end of the episode we finally saw the arrival of Jay Garrick (Teddy Sears), who will be a major player during Season 2. In a new interview, Sears discusses his character and not only breaks down the different Earths, but also reveals interesting new details about Garrick's motivations.
In the video above Sears recounts basic character information that might already be familiar to some Flash fans. Garrick is an an older version of The Flash from the comics who exists in another universe - or Earth 2 - and was pulled into Earth Prime by the singularity. In the clip from the next episode, “Grodd Lives,” we see an expanded scene of Garrick explaining the two worlds, and how the singularity "created a breach - or a portal - connecting the two earths".
We've already seen this in practice during the show’s season 2 premiere, “The Man Who Saved Central City,” as one Adam Rothstein died on Earth Prime, and another version of Rothstein - The Atom Smasher - arrived from Earth 2 to kill Barry Allen. During the interview Sears also reveals a new little spoiler about what happened to Garrick before his STAR labs arrival. On Earth 2 Zoom somehow stole his speed, just before he was dragged through the portal. So Garrick has arrived not only to mentor Allen and help him fight crime, but to solicit his assistance in getting his speedster powers back and defeating Zoom.
When discussing the hidden Easter Eggs and the show's legions of dedicated fans, Sears was diplomatic and careful to not classify those who have read the comics as "real" fans, compared to those who just watch the TV series, instead praising the show's diverse audience.
After exploring time travel so successfully in Season 1, The Flash has made a strong beginning, introducing new complicated concepts to viewers who may or may not be familiar with the source material. Of course, incorporating both alternate timelines and parallel universes could easily become convoluted, especially as the show engages in crossovers throughout the season. Hopefully these developments continue to be rolled out in manageable increments, so that the audience can keep pace with the show.
Season 2 of The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8pm/7 central; Season 4 of Arrow airs on Wednesdays at 8pm/7 central; Legends of Tomorrow begins in 2016.