[SPOILERS for those not caught up on The Flash season 2 ahead.]
When The Flash launched as a spinoff from Arrow, season 1 featured only two metahuman speedsters: Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) and his nemesis Reverse-Flash. Now in season 2, more speedsters have been added to the universe thanks to the singularity that opened a portal between Earth-1 and Earth-2. With Jay Garrick (Teddy Sears) as an ally, and Zoom (voiced by Tony Todd) as the biggest and baddest villain in Central City, The Flash has his hands full in season 2.
Next week will see the heroes of Arrow and The Flash team up for their yearly crossover event. The episodes of The Flash, "Legends of Today", and Arrow, "Legends of Yesterday" will introduce characters and villains expected to return in The CW's newest spinoff, Legends of Tomorrow. However, the following week will be The Flash's midseason finale that will also introduce a beloved speedster from the DC Comics.
The CW [h/t CB] released the synopsis for The Flash's season 2 midseason finale episode, "Running to Stand Still", which will feature the return of certain members of the Rogues, Captain Cold and Weather Wizard, as well as Mark Hamill's The Trickster. Additionally, Keiynan Lonsdale (Insurgent) officially joins that cast as Wally West, who comic fans will recognize as the alter-ego of Kid Flash.
Check out the full synopsis for "Running to Stand Still":
“Running to Stand Still” — MARK HAMILL, WENTWORTH MILLER AND LIAM MCINTYRE RETURN; KEIYNAN LONSDALE JOINS THE CAST AS WALLY WEST — When Mark Mardon AKA The Weather Wizard (guest star Liam McIntyre) returns to break Leonard Snart AKA Captain Cold (guest star Wentworth Miller) and James Jesse AKA The Trickster (guest star Mark Hamill) out of Iron Heights, Barry (Grant Gustin) must stop these rogues from taking over Central City during Christmas. Meanwhile, Joe (Jesse L. Martin) and Iris (Candice Patton) meet Wally West (Keiynan Lonsdale). Kevin Tancharoen directed the episode written by Andrew Kreisberg (#209). Original airdate 12/8/2015.
Although it hasn't been revisited in a few episodes, earlier in season 2 Iris learned that her mother didn't die when she was a child, but was alive and wanted a relationship with her daughter. However, Iris uncovered what Francine West was hiding: she’s dying and (perhaps an even bigger revelation) had given birth to a second child soon after leaving her family in Central City. Though it wasn't confirmed to be Wally, the episode synopsis for "Running to Stand Still" hints at a familial meeting between Joe, Iris and Wally.
Given everything else going on in "Running to Stand Still" it's unclear how much time will actually be spent on the introduction of Wally West. It's likely the storyline will take a backseat to the larger conflict of the episode between Barry and the returning Rogues - which will also work to set up the winter premiere of Legends of Tomorrow - similar to the episodes earlier this season that saw Francine return to Central City. So, fans shouldn't necessarily expect to see Wally West demonstrate any speedster powers (although it's possible he might), but there's sure to be an emotional familial storyline in the episode.
That being said, Wally's introduction in the midseason finale indicates he'll play a larger role when The Flash returns after the show's hiatus. Since Lonsdale has joined the show as a series regular, fans can be sure we'll see Wally suit up and join the action eventually, perhaps helping Barry defeat Zoom. Although it remains to be seen how much of the character or his powers we'll see in "Running to Stand Still", fans can at least gear up for Wally West to join The Flash in the back half of season 2.
The Flash continues Tuesday, December 1st with “Legends of Today” at 8pm on The CW. Arrow continues Wednesday, December 2nd with “Legends of Yesterday” at 8pm on The CW. DC’s Legends of Tomorrow is expected to premiere on The CW in early 2016.
Source: The CW [via CB]