'The Flash' Season 2: Barry Is a 'Lone Wolf'

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Want the scoop on the second season of The Flash? Executive producer Andrew Kreisberg and the cast sat down with reporters at San Diego Comic-Con and here’s what they had to tell us.

Grant Gustin
“Barry is going to have a new mentor. His new mentor is going to help him find new ways to use his powers. He’ll mature over the course of this season and he’ll start to feel like the hero that the city is treating him as. When we first come back, he’s in a place where the Flash is getting a lot of acclaim. He’s being treated as a hero, but he doesn’t feel like one because, as we all know, Eddie is the guy that stopped Wells. And that’s weighing very heavily on Barry when we come back. He’s kind of a lone wolf, doesn’t want to work with anybody else. He’s in a dark place when we find him in Season 2 — it’s going to be a long road to getting out of that and being the positive Barry again. I hope we can get there sooner rather than later. The only thing I’m pushing for Season 2 is fun! But we’re definitely dealing with a lot of the weight from the Season 1 finale for the first part of the season.”

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Andrew Kreisberg
“People have seen the Flash now. Probably the most comic-booky thing that we’re doing is that the public, the general public knows about Flash, they accept [that] they live in a world where people have powers and that the police aren’t always equipped to deal with them. We’re living in the post-particle accelerator era. The public perception of the Flash — what that means to Barry, how it changes over the course of the year — becomes a big part of this season.”

Danielle Panabaker 
“I can’t wait to play Killer Frost. It was so cool to work on the costume, on the look. We did a lot of work on it, quite frankly. We started many months before. The first week, what we did was a pixie. We collectively — one of the great things about film and television is the collaboration, so many great artists coming together — collectively, we kept lengthening the wig until that custom one that Sarah [Koppes, hair department head] made, which is incredible.”

Tom Cavanagh
Doctor Wells’s hidden agendas were — and will continue to be — a huge part of the show.

“My starting point has never been Doctor Wells and that is what gave me the agenda. My starting point — the reason I signed on — is to be the Reverse Flash and Eobard Thawne. That made for a joyous season as an actor, because every line is laced with a couple of different meanings and a couple of different agendas. An innocent, tossed off line such as ‘I’ll see you soon, Barry,’ plays out on different levels. It’s writing I’m extremely grateful for and this second season will only bring more of the same.”

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New Faces
There are at least two big names that will be appearing on the show from the comics. The first is Patty Spivot, an officer who crushes on Barry as hard as Barry crushes on Iris and, for an extra dose of awkwardness, partners up with Joe. Shantel VanSanten from The Messengers will play Patty.

The other is the original Flash, Jay Garrick. We saw his helmet come flying through the wormhole in last season’s finale and it was confirmed that he and other residents of Earth-Two would be bringing a whole new universe to the show. Teddy Sears (Masters of Sex) will play Garrick, a character who — despite being around for 75 years, has never appeared in a live-action movie or TV show.

The Flash returns Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 8 p.m. on The CW.