For a show that regularly features characters with superpowers, The Flash has an awful lot of folks that can run really fast. Whether it's villains like Reverse Flash and Zoom, or the heroes like Barry Allen and Jay Garrick, Central City isn't lacking in speedsters. However, one of these characters may be looking to spend some of their time elsewhere in Season 4. Violett Beane, who plays Earth-2 resident Jesse Quick, has secured a recurring role on a new show over at Fox, and unless Beane actually has super-speed, she likely can't devote equal time to both shows.
Violett Beane has been cast in a recurring role on the new medical drama on Fox called The Resident, which centers on a brilliant-but-tough senior resident who guides an idealistic young doctor through his first day -- so, unfunny Scrubs then? -- revealing the good and bad of modern day medicine. (Yup, unfunny Scrubs.) Beane will play Lily, a cancer patient whose story becomes an emotional investment for the hospital staff. Lily is key to what Deadline is calling a crucial arc of the series, so it stands to reason that such an important role means the actress might not be able to appear as much on The Flash in Season 4, at least in the back half, since The Resident will be make a midseason debut.
Now, it's unlikely that Jesse Quick is getting killed off or actually leaving The Flash entirely, but she probably won't be appearing as often as she did in Season 3. Jesse does live on an entirely different Earth, so it isn't difficult to explain her absence for long periods of time. While there are certainly fans who will miss her, Jesse hasn't been extremely pivotal in the grand scheme of the show, so she will likely not affect much of the narrative, should she be gone for long stretches of time.
Jesse was first introduced in Season 2 of The Flash as the daughter of Earth-2's Harrison Wells and by the end of the season, she was exposed to the metaphysical stuff that would gift her with the ability of super-speed. In Season 3, she adopted the costumed identity of Jessie Quick and began working with the Flash for fast-footed crimefighting in Central City. She split her time between Earth-1 and Earth-2, but she'll spend extra time back home in early Season 4, thanks to her dad Harry helping out in Barry's Speed Force-related absence, as well as her growing romantic relationship with Wally West.
Season 4 of The Flash will pick up six months after Barry Allen entered the Speed Force to pay for his mistakes in creating the Flashpoint reality and beyond, with Team Flash having learned to make due without him. The season will feature a new Big Bad who does not have speedster powers and, of course, the emotional return of Harry Wells, and possibly more Wells-ian personalities.
The Flash is set to race onto airwaves once again on the CW on Tuesday, October 10, at 8:00 p.m. ET. For more on upcoming shows making their debut or premiering in the next couple of months be sure to visit our fall premiere guide.