In The Flash season 4, Grant Gustin's Barry Allen and Candice Patton's Iris West will work through their issues at couples therapy. It's not hard to imagine why, either: Barry spent months agonizing over Iris’ potential death last season, only to be forced to leave her and head off into the Speed Force shortly after H.R. Wells engineered her survival.
Following the dramatic conclusion of The Flash season 3, Barry will return to Central City with a darker disposition and a bit of a beard (at least for awhile). Season 4 will also feature Battlestar Galactica’s Katee Sackhoff as the villainous Blacksmith, recurring over several episodes. Sugar Lyn Beard will also play a new villain this season, guest-starring on the show as the luck-altering evildoer Hazard.
This time around, defeating villains won’t be the only thing occupying Team Flash’s time. Speaking at Heroes & Villains FanFest in New Jersey (via Comic Book), Patton confirmed that Barry and Iris will be tackling their problems with a spot of couples therapy in season 4. Interestingly, she seems to see this as a light-hearted addition to the show:
“This season… we’re getting a little more light-hearted and funny. Barry, once he comes back from the Speed Force, Barry and Iris have to go to couples therapy and kind of work through those issues. So there’s some really funny stuff coming up.”
While many people in real life would argue that couples therapy isn’t a laughing matter, it’s easy to imagine how The Flash could play this situation for laughs. Given that all of Barry’s problems are piled under layers of sci-fi nonsense, it’ll be interesting to see him explaining anything to a therapist without giving away his secret identity or sounding like an idiot. Perhaps his time imprisoned in the Speed Force will be described as a long and difficult work trip? Trying to work though superhero stuff with a psychiatrist could be quite funny, if the writing is strong.
Curiously enough, it’s also been confirmed that Barry and Iris will get married this season. It’ll be interesting to see if the nuptials occur before or after they seek professional help for their relationship problems. In other Flash-related romantic news: it’s been confirmed that Tom Felton’s Julian Albert will not be a series regular this time around: his absence in season 4 will be explained, and his romance with Danielle Panabaker’s Caitlin Snow will presumably come to an end. Sad times.
The Flash returns to The CW on Tuesday, October 10.
Source: Comic Book