This week on The Flash, Barry is headed back into the Speed Force as he attempts to find Wally West (Keiynan Lonsdale) after inadvertently freed Savitar resulting in him taking Savitar’s place and being trapped inside the Speed Force himself.
Executive producer Andrew Kreisberg recently spoke with Entertainment Weekly revealing that Barry is going to put it all on the line due to the fact that he was so preoccupied trying to change the future in order to save Iris that he left the other members of Team Flash — specifically Wally — vulnerable:
“Barry was so busy trying to save Iris he didn’t realize it was Wally he should have been protecting. That’s going to lead Barry to risk everything to go into the Speed Force to get him back, but someone always has to be trapped in the Speed Force prison. So the question in that episode becomes: Is Barry going to sacrifice himself for Wally, and how are they going to get Wally out?”
The Flash himself, Grant Gustin said that Barry is willing to sacrifice himself as his penance for his costly mistake:
“He’s willing to make the ultimate sacrifice when he enters the Speed Force. Barry is willing and wants to stay and replace Wally in the Speed Force forever. He thinks it’s what he deserves, to spend the rest of eternity in the Speed Force.”
This week’s episode “Into The Speed Force” is a bit of a sequel to last years “The Runaway Dinosaur” directed by Kevin Smith which saw Barry under the guidance of the Speed Force as it took on the form of Barry’s loved ones to teach him how to reclaim his power and accept that he wouldn’t always be fast enough to save everyone. But this time around, the Speed Force is taking on the form of Barry’s failures as the entity appears as those who’ve sacrificed themselves for Barry and the world including Eddie Thawne (Rick Cosnett) and Ronnie Raymond (Robbie Amell):
“The Speed Force takes a little bit more of an aggressive approach with Barry just because of choices that have been made since the end of season 2 leading up to where we’re at now. They use different characters that will get under Barry’s skin in a different way, but also they’re just not quite as understanding anymore because of how many decisions Barry has made that have affected time and affected the timeline. So it’s a pretty different Speed Force experience than last year.”
Season three continues tomorrow with “Into The Speed Force”. Here’s the official synopsis:
“Into the Speed Force” — (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (Content Rating TBD) (HDTV)
BARRY TURNS TO THE SPEED FORCE – Desperate to stop Savitar and save his friends, Barry (Grant Gustin) turns to the speed force for answers. H.R. (Tom Cavanagh) gives Jesse (guest star Violett Beane) some advice. Gregory Smith directed the episode written by Brooke Roberts & Judalina Neira (#316). Original airdate 3/14/2017.”
The Flash airs on Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW. Be sure to check back at Heroic Hollywood after every single episode for our weekly reviews.