The stakes have never been higher on “The Flash” as the hero now has to face his most powerful villain yet without the benefit of his incredible speedster powers. However, the character will obviously find a way to get his trusty speed back, and now a producer of the CW show is giving some minor hints as to how.
At the end of the most recent episode of “The Flash” Season 2, Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) learned that Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh) has grand plans to recreate the particle accelerator that gave him, and several unsuspecting people in Central City, their powers. However, the last time that happened, it was an accident that cost far too many people their lives. In episode 20, the hero and those in his orbit will have to debate the morality of this decision.
While normally the group wouldn’t contemplate such a risky idea, the imminent return of the villain Zoom (Teddy Sears) demands a response from the superhero. According to executive producer Andrew Kreisberg, the Earth-2 version of Wells believes he now has the knowledge and expertise to recreate the circumstances of the particle accelerator explosion without posing a danger to anyone, except Barry, of course.
“The next episode is about the ethics of doing that,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “Harry thinks that between his particle accelerator explosion and what he learned from what the Thawne version of Wells did, he thinks he can contain it and just get Barry his powers back, but it’s complicated and dangerous. Everyone, including Barry, has to decide if this is the right way to go, considering the craziness that ensued last time. They’re faced with a damned if you do, damned if you don’t [situation], because Zoom is about to unleash a reign of terror on the city.”
If all goes according to plan, The Flash would get his powers back just in time to rush over to Laurel Lance’s (Katie Cassidy) funeral on his highly teased “Arrow” crossover appearance. As previously revealed, Barry Allen appeared in the flash-forward grave scene that’s been teased throughout Season 4 of the companion show. In that scene, Barry has his super-speed, but given the timeline of the two shows, he shouldn’t.
According to TV Line, executive producer Aaron Helbing lamented that the program’s schedules didn’t sync up the way that they were hoping they would. Thanks to the two shows taking separate hiatuses in 2016, the timeline for each of them is a little skewed. However, even if they were airing congruently, there would still be a bit of a timeline discrepancy. However, this does at the very least confirm that Barry Allen will get his speed back before another climactic battle with Zoom. The question now is whether it will happen in next week’s episode or if it’ll take a bit longer.