Quite a bit will have changed in Barry Allen's (Grant Gustin) life when we next see him on The CW's The Flash. At the end of Season 1, he had beaten his lifelong rival, Reverse Flash (Tom Cavanagh) - in the show's main universe, anyway - and asserted his place as Central City's one and only speedster. That status quo won't last long.
Cast in point: The CW has released a new promo for the second season of The Flash that gives audiences a much better look at the soon-to-arrive speedster, Jay Garrick (Teddy Sears).
The Flash S2 video is fast -- pun intended -- but telling, replete with all the charm we have come to expect from a behind-the-scenes blooper reel. The promo intersperses polished, official moments from the second season, with more candid moments that took place during the production of the season itself. The first glimpse of Sears' Garrick shows him running on a treadmill, which then cuts quickly to the finished version of the same shot in which Garrick hurtles down the streets of Central City. From there, the promo gives everyone one Team Flash a moment to goof off -- both in and out of character -- with the clip punctuated by Barry and Garrick shaking hands.
This quick promo contextualizes where Barry will find himself this year. It has already been established that the death of Eddie Thawne will be weighing on his conscience, and that the beginning of The Flash season 2 will see him opting to work in a more "lone wolf" style than audiences have become accustomed to. The arrival of Jay Garrick could seemingly prove the impetus he needs to come back to those who care about him.
One of the most important reasons for focusing on the arrival of Jay Garrick is to emphasize how Barry Allen's circumstances have changed since last season. Season 1 of The Flash succeeded a in large part due to the looming presence of the Reverse Flash and Barry's longtime hatred of Eobard Thawne. With all of that now rendered moot (at least for the time being) the show needs effectively convey the idea that Barry has now stepped up to the big leagues with the introduction of the multiverse and the he needs Garrick's guidance to become an even better superhero. It's not dissimilar to the second season of Arrow which saw Oliver Queen reluctant to return to Starling City after the personal losses he suffered in Season 1.
However, Jay Garrick is far from the only member of The Flash mythos to enter the fray this season - so while he may provide Barry with a mentor, he's far from the only thing that could bring Mr. Allen back to S.T.A.R Labs.
The Flash season 2 premieres on The CW on Tuesday, October 6th at 8pm/7 central; Arrow season 4 debuts Wednesday, October 7th at 8pm/7 central; DC's Legends of Tomorrow begins in 2016.
Source: The CW