The Flash Is Bringing Back Two Villains With Some Changes

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Spoilers ahead for the April 21 episode of The Flash on The CW.

The Flash isn't finished making Barry's life more complicated than usual, with an upcoming episode throwing a curveball not even related to his dwindling powers. One of the few remaining episodes of Season 6 will bring back two memorable villains, but they won't both be the baddies fans recall. Godspeed and Pied Piper will return to The Flash, and Team Flash won't be prepared for how one of those familiar faces feels about them.

As fans undoubtedly remember, Pied Piper -- a.k.a. Hartley Rathaway -- became an ally of Team Flash due to some timeline changes, and even was in on Barry's secret. When Barry turns to Hartley for help in the upcoming Season 6 episode called "Pay the Piper," he'll discover that The Flash and Pied Piper (Andy Mientus) are enemies on Earth Prime thanks to the Crisis reset. The "Crisis" crossover really is the gift that keeps on giving villains to The Flash!

A big question in this situation is whether or not Hartley knows Barry's secret in the post-Crisis timeline. Whatever the situation with him, however, Godspeed may be the bigger problem. Although the episode description for "Pay the Piper" doesn't state that Godspeed will have changed due to Crisis, he's a formidable foe.

That said, the description also doesn't list any of the actors who played Godspeed in the past as a guest star, or even B.D. Wong as the voice of Godspeed. Could post-Crisis Godspeed be somebody entirely other than August Heart? Here's the official episode description for the returns of Pied Piper and Godspeed:

GODSPEED AND PIED PIPER RETURN – When Godspeed returns, Barry (Grant Gustin) turns to Hartley Rathaway (guest star Andy Mientus) for help. However, things get tense quickly after Barry realizes one of the changes from Crisis is that The Flash and Pied Piper are now enemies. Meanwhile, Iris (Candice Patton) tries to escape the Mirrorverse.

"Pay the Piper" airs on Tuesday, May 5 at 8 p.m. ET, so the final line of the description indicates that poor Iris won't be making it out of the Mirrowverse in next week's episode, although it's possible the blurbs were deliberately written to prevent spoilers for the April 28 episode, which will seemingly deal with Barry realizing that he's been living with Evil Not-Iris while his real wife has been trapped elsewhere.

Despite growing similarities to Arrow, The Flash may return Barry's superspeed sooner rather than later if he decides he needs it to get his wife out of the Mirrorverse. There are no details yet about how Barry's speed will or will not play into "Pay the Piper" on May 5. Could Barry being turning to Hartley for help because he lacks the speed to handle Godspeed himself, and Joe is in witness protection?

Find out what's in store with the debut of an altered Pied Piper, return of a Godspeed who may or may not be August Heart beneath the mask, and Iris in the Mirrorverse when "Pay the Piper" airs on The CW on Tuesday, May 5 at 8 p.m. ET. The next new episode of The Flash airs on April 28 at 8 p.m. ET, so be sure to check it out if you want to be prepared for "Pay the Piper."

For some viewing options now and in the not-too-distant future, be sure to check out our 2020 spring premiere schedule. While The Flash is unfortunately ending earlier than expected (and perhaps returning later than usual in the fall), there are still a number of shows that will be able to air full seasons, including another superhero series headed to The CW.

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