While The Flash trailer and CinemaBlend's interview with Carlos Valdes indicate that all of The Flash characters take Barry's absence pretty hard, perhaps few are hit harder than his adoptive father, Joe West. Actor Jesse L. Martin explained how Joe is affected by Barry's absence at a roundtable event at San Diego Comic Con, which our very own Nick Venable was in attendance for:
For Joe, it sounds things are extra hard compared to the rest of the team, as Jesse L. Martin explains he and Iris have to cover for Barry's absence from the CCPD, which is on the verge of giving his job away. Not that anyone can blame the department for wanting a new CSI investigator with Barry M.I.A. for so long and Julian Albert reportedly out for Season 4. Still, the fact that Joe is stressed and upset about Barry potentially losing his job shows his worry towards affecting Barry's future, and whether or not he will ever see him again is pretty deep.
All hope is not lost for the good detective though, as Joe still has his other son, Wally West, there to pick up the slack in Barry's absence. Joe has typically been protective of Wally in the series especially in regards to his meta abilities, but Jesse L. Martin indicates that Joe's outlook regarding his son's ability to save Central City has changed a bit. When asked if Joe is ok with Wally taking Barry's place, he said:
Looks like Wally won his dad over with his crime fighting abilities in the past six months Barry Allen has been gone, but eventually The Flash is going to realize they need more than Kid Flash to keep the city safe. Judging by Joe's "devastated, state and Iris's leadership only going so far, it sounds like The Flash is going to rescue Barry sooner or later, although exactly how remains a mystery. Let's just hope Barry isn't forced to create another Savitar to keep the speed force in check.
The Flash will return for Season 4 October 10th at 8 p.m. ET on The CW. For more information regarding Season 4 of the series be sure to check out what Tom Cavanaugh had to say about a new Harrison Wells or how this season in the Arrow-verse is poised to be the darkest one yet. For some great shows that have nothing to do with The Flash, but will give fans something to watch in the meantime, visit our summer premiere guide.
Mick likes good television, but also reality television. He grew up on Star Wars, DC, Marvel, and pro wrestling and loves to discuss and dissect most of it. He’s been writing online for over a decade and never dreamed he’d be in the position he is today.
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