The previous season of The Flash concluded with the titular hero entering the Speed Force as his punishment for creating Flashpoint. Though there was no doubt that the Scarlet Speedster would return, his time in the Speed Force will not be without consequences. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, lead star Grant Gustin and executive producer Andrew Kreisberg discussed how Barry’s experience in the Speed Force will change the young hero and offer writers a chance to return to the lighter tone of earlier seasons.
Gustin explained how Barry’s time in the Speed Force will provide him with a vast amount knowledge:
“He’s not himself, he’s talking nonsense. The way I see it, when he was in the Speed Force, he experienced his whole life laid out in front of him from start to finish. So in some sense, he comes out very wise, kind of knowing everything, but he has no understanding of what he’s seen, so he comes out very jumbled and talking what he thinks makes complete sense, but just nonsense to the rest of the crew.”
Kreisberg discussed how Barry’s experience will also provide him with a new outlook on life:
“His experience in there has really washed away a lot of his sins and cleansed him of a lot of his doubts, his fears, and his guilts, and it really is leaving him free and clear to just have an open road and a fresh start. He really loves being The Flash again.”
Adding that Barry has been able to forgive himself for his past mistakes, Gustin discussed how he was enjoyed playing a lighter and more comedic Barry Allen:
“I’m having fun with it, just getting to laugh things off a little bit more again as the character. When we see a bad guy that rolls around, a villain of the week, it’s not such a daunting task. We can have a little bit of fun taking down these guys now.”
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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.
Source: Entertainment Weekly