The third season of The Flash pit the titular hero against the armored speedster known as Savitar. While Savitar may have been the primary adversary for The Flash and his friends throughout season three, actor Grant Gustin revealed why he believes Barry was the true villain of the season during a roundtable interview with several outlets at San Diego Comic-Con.
With Savitar being created as a result of Barry’s interference with the timeline, Gustin explained that Barry’s actions last season make him something of a ‘villain’:
“That was always the goal for our show was we were going to be the lighter, funnier show. And you know, sometimes storylines just take you where they take you. I think just because of all the time travel that Barry Allen did, and all the repercussions it had, it took us down the ‘Flashpoint’ road, if you will. We really didn’t do ‘Flashpoint’ for long, but we dealt with the repercussions for an entire season. Barry wasn’t only the big bad at the end of the year, but he was kind of the villain of the season because it was his fault that everything happened. So we’re going to get back to our roots a little bit, and because of this experience in the Speed Force, Barry’s able to let go of things and move on, and he’s able to help the team move on, and the show can get back to its original roots where Barry enjoys having these powers and has fun, and the whole team has a little bit more fun.”
The promise of a lighter season next year is certainly encouraging. While I enjoyed the latest season of The Flash, repetitive villains aside, the humor and brighter tone of the first season was definitely missed. Do you think Barry can be considered a villain? Are you excited to see a lighter fourth season? Share your thoughts below!
Running up against an evil time remnant version of yourself is something no one should ever have to do, but that’s exactly what faced Barry Allen (aka The Flash) as he fought to save the life of fiancée Iris West from the God of Speed known as Savitar. Barry’s victory was short-lived, however, as an unbalanced Speed Force began to wreak havoc on Central City, forcing Barry to sacrifice himself for the greater good. With The Fastest Man Alive now trapped inside an extra-dimensional energy, and unknown dangers lurking in the shadows, it will be up to Team Flash to free Barry from his own personal Hell.
The Flash season 4 will premiere on Tuesday, October 10 at 8:00 PM ET on The CW.