For a brief moment in the CW’s “The Flash” Season 1, fans got to see Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) and Iris West (Candice Patton) confess their love for each other and share a long awaited kiss. Unfortunately, that was in a parallel universe – literally – and, back in reality, a romance was not exactly on the table. Luckily for Barry, he will get a new love interest when the show returns in the fall for Season 2.
According to TV Line, the CW is currently casting a very important recurring role for Season 2 that the network describes as “a spunky, fun, funny” romantic interest for the show’s superhero bachelor. The character will be named Wendy and will be a cop in the Central City police department. The casting call reportedly compares Barry’s new muse to another character from the DC Comics television universe that should have fans excited – Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards) from “Arrow.”
In the Season 1 finale of “The Flash,” Barry and Iris acknowledged their feelings for each other, but Iris later reconciled with Eddie (Rick Cosnett) and decided to get engaged to her detective boyfriend. However, later in the episode, during Barr’s climactic confrontation with Eobard Thawne (Tom Cavanaugh), Eddie shot himself. He realized that because he was Thawne’s ancestor, that if he died than the villain would never have existed.
Technically, Iris is now free to connect with Barry, but executive producer Andrew Kreisberg previously told Entertainment Weekly that the fallout from Eddie’s untimely death will put a damper on all of the pair’s romantic urges.
“Iris has been with Eddie for a long time and they were living together. [Eddie] didn’t just die, he died to save her. Obviously, Iris is going to be dealing with that," Kreisberg said. “Barry is going to be dealing with the fact that all Barry has ever wanted to do is protect Iris, and in the end it was Eddie who got to do it.”
Will a love triangle develop between Barry, Iris, and Wendy? Fans will have to wait to find out. Season 2 of “The Flash” will premiere in the fall.