While The Flash had many standout moments over the course of season 1, few feats can match the production team successfully building an episode around a hyper intelligent, telepathic ape. The Gorilla Grodd episode was a memorable one, and despite what appeared to be the creature's demise, the likelihood of the character returning has always remained high.
So when it was announced that The Flash season 2 would indeed feature an episode centered on Grodd, the news didn't come as much of a surprise. The way the episode will reportedly play out, however, just might.
During a recent Q&A with press members, executive producer Andrew Kreisberg said that during Grodd's return, a familiar cinematic relationship will develop between Danielle Panabaker's Caitlin Snow and the fearsome gorilla. Kreisberg's exact words were: "Caitlin plays Fay Wray to Grodd's Kong."
Of course, not being one to sit silently, Panabaker, who was also in attendance for the session, added to the statement:
"I think in season 1 you got to see just a tiny bit of her relationship with Grodd, and you'll get to see a little bit more of that and understand their connection from before. He's got some unfinished business with her, I'd say".
With that, there are now more reasons to be excited for the return of Grodd to The Flash, beyond just getting to see Barry fight a gorilla again. If the production team is going a King Kong route with the character, it could lead to a very emotionally draining episode – something the show’s been doing a lot of lately. Can the writers really make us feel for Grodd as a tragic character? It certainly doesn’t seem out of the realm of possibility given what we’ve already seen them pull off.
Technically, it seems likely we won’t be seeing Grodd until 2016, given the amount of work that’s required to pull the character off on screen. The real question, though, is what does Grodd open the doors to? Could we see Man-Bat soon? Perhaps Killer Croc (to be fair, this seems less so given the character is being used for Suicide Squad)? The possibilities of what could happen on The Flash are vast, if the team is truly able to pull off Gorilla Grodd as well as they have.
The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8/7c on The CW.