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When it comes to The Flash, few characters have experienced changes and arcs quite as eclectic as Harrison Wells. The multiverse has allowed audiences to see very different shades of essentially the same man, and he's not done evolving yet. In fact, with Earth-2's Harry Wells sticking around Central City for the foreseeable future, Season 4 of The Flash will soon explore his inner turmoil and his emotional quest for self-fulfillment. Flash executive producer Andrew Kreisberg explained:
He's a genius, and his daughter is safe, and she's The Flash on Earth-3, and he's one of those people who's realizing that he doesn't have a life. So Season 4 for Harry is really realizing what he's missing in his life and what it is he needs to become a better, more complete person, and so he's going to be going on a fairly epic emotional journey this season that is tied to The Thinker's plan.
When you look like a well-known murderous speedster who has to always keep an eye on your daughter (who is a speedster), you seldom get time to figure out what you want for yourself. Earth-2's Harry Wells has held himself in a near-constant state of vigilance since he made his first appearance on the series back in Season 2, having to leave his other-dimensional life behind, and now it's going to become clearer that he wants more out of his multiversal existence than what he is currently getting. With Harry doing quite a bit more reflecting on himself and his own needs this year, that seems to increase the odds that he will ask other members of Team Flash to speak with him privately in the hallway.
Diving into the specifics of Andrew Kreisberg's remarks to EW, we will have to wait and see how The Thinker's arc specifically ties in with Harry Wells this year. Not much is known about the overarching plot of The Flash Season 4, but it has been described as a battle between the fastest man alive and the fastest mind alive. Because The Thinker may not pose a significant physical threat to Barry, his ability to tempt someone like Harry and potentially turn him against Barry could represent one of this villain's strategies against our red-clad hero. At least it's not a fight against another speedster, right?
Of course, even though we now know that Harry Wells is going to receive more emotional depth this year, our minds are still racing with thoughts of how the pantheon of Wells(es) could potentially expand. The Flash has mined the multiverse for some fantastic comedic material over the last three years (the late HR Wells remains a personal favorite), and the fact that The Flash will likely continue to explore that avenue, possibly with the help of Cisco's increasingly useful powers, means we could see even deeper explorations of Wells in all of his forms.
The Flash will return to The CW on Tuesday, October 10 at 8 p.m. ET. However, The Scarlet Speedster's series is one of many shows set to debut this fall, so make sure to check out CinemaBlend's fall TV premiere guide and fill out your TV watching schedules accordingly!