[SPOILERS for those not caught up on The Flash ahead.]
The critical point in time, when Barry Allen's mother was murdered by the Reverse-Flash, has been continually revisited on The Flash. At the end of season 2, Barry once again returned to that moment, motivated by grief over the death of his father at Zoom's hands. As before, altering time has had dramatic repercussions.
In the season 3 opener, Barry (Grant Gustin) awoke to a world where both his parents were alive, and Joe West (Jesse L. Martin) was a drunken cop frequently missing work. Wally (Keiynan Lonsdale) was the new Flash (or Kid Flash, as Barry dubs him), with Iris (Candice Patton) working alongside him. Barry thought he had created the perfect life, until he realized that his actions were ultimately destructive to him and those he cares about.
The end of episode 1 saw the Reverse-Flash (Matt Letscher) returning to kill Nora Allen (Michelle Harrison) once again and restoring things to their natural order -- but not exactly. The latest clip from episode 2 (see above) shows that Iris and Joe's damaged relationship isn't the only remnant of that Flashpoint timeline. We're introduced to Julian Dorn (Tom Felton), an abrasive CSI tech that makes it clear he's above working with a fellow forensics expert. "How have I worked with this guy for a year?" Barry wonders aloud to Joe, who doesn't realize how seriously he means that question.
The second trailer from the CW reveals some more clips about Barry's interactions with Julian, including what looks like the first time our Flash realizes he'll be sharing his lab at work with a stranger. The video includes interview segments with costars Lonsdale, who clearly is a fan of Felton's Harry Potter days, and Carlos Valdes (Cisco), who is enthused about the actors "smart, funny, and intuitive" vibe on set.
Previous descriptions of Felton's character indicated that Julian would not only be a "prickly" person to deal with, but that he would also be suspicious of Barry's good-guy persona. As we can see in the second clip, he's pointedly telling his lab partner that "There is something not right about you, Allen." While it looks like Barry will be wanting Julian's help to find the killer that's been leaving only the skin husks of his victims behind, it doesn't seem like this will be anything but a contentious relationship. It also might be a dangerous one, given Barry's dual life and Julian's intelligence and deductive skills.
The Flash season 3 continues tonight with ‘Paradox' at 8pm on The CW.
Source: The CW