Warning! This post contains potential spoilers for Season 4 of The Flash, read at your own risk!
Many who watched the awesome Season 4 trailer for The Flash were shocked to hear Iris West giving that trademark opening monologue typically reserved for Barry Allen. After all, in a team full of metas without day jobs, why is Iris leading Team Flash when Season 4 begins? Actress Candice Patton gave fans answers at San Diego Comic-Con and our Head TV Editor Nick Venable was there to capture her responses, which start below:
While it may not be the best move career-wise for Iris West to make herself frequently absent to battle metas, Candice Patton does make a strong case for why it has to be her to step up and not someone else on the team. As we saw in the trailer, it's kind of hard for Cisco, Joe, and the rest of Team Flash to mope when the person who unquestionably misses Barry Allen the most is pushing to move on without him. As Patton states, the move seems to fit her well as fans have been showering the comment section of the trailer on YouTube begging for the crime-fighting Flashpoint Iris and Wally to make a comeback.
That's all well and good, but how will The Flash make a case for Iris being lead over veteran Team Flash members like Cisco or Harrison Wells? On paper, Iris West isn't the most experienced, strongest, or smartest on the team, but she's definitely an asset. Iris's main strength, as Candice Patton states below, is her ability to rally those around her and bring comfort in stressful situations:
Exactly how long Iris will need to lead Team Flash remains to be seen as the trailer for The Flash seemed to show them bringing our boy home already. We do have reason to suspect that whoever is in that costume is not Barry, although it seems highly unlikely that The CW would shut out Grant Gustin for an entire season. The real question is, just how long can they keep Barry in the Speed Force and keep things interesting?
If Candice Patton has an answer to how long Barry Allen will be absent, she's certainly good at hiding it. Patton artfully dodged any tells on when fans could expect to see Barry back on The Flash when answering a question regarding how he would respond to her taking control of Team Flash:
The Flash returns October 10th at 8 p.m. ET on The CW. For more on Season 4, be sure to check out Tom Cavanaugh talking about the return of Harrison Wells, or how the Arrow-verse could be way darker this season. For more regarding great shows one can watch during the summer, visit our summer premiere guide.