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When Barry Allen ran into the temporal singularity in The Flash Season 1 finale, many of us likely assumed that Season 2 would immediately follow up on the aftermath of this storm threatening to destroy Central City. However, that won’t be the case. Much like how a lot of time passes on Arrow in between seasons, The Flash’s second season will take place much later than when things left off in May.
Here's when things will kick back up, according to Grant Gustin.
We pick up about six months later, and we're going to piece together how the storm has affected everyone.
What wasn’t revealed is how we arrive at this point in time. Did Barry successfully neutralize the singularity in minutes and the show will simply jump ahead six months, or was he somehow transported six months into the future? Whichever scenario it is, Gustin says fans can also look forward to seeing the differences in this new timeline thanks to Eobard Thawne's Reverse-Flash being wiped from existence. Gustin said:
It’s not as different as you’d think, but as we move forward, some things will blow fans’ minds.
In addition to this revelation, TV Insider was also provided an exclusive photo of most of the Team Flash encountering an “uninvited guest” early in the new season.
As you can see in the back, the new white-emblem Flash suit is already on display, but other than that, the S.T.A.R. Labs main room looks the same. The Flash touched on alternate timelines in Season 1, from Reverse-Flash killing Barry’s mother to Barry traveling back a day during his fight with Weather Wizard, but it sounds like Season 2 will give fans a world that’s still similar to what we saw in Season 1, only with some unusual differences.
As for who this less-than-desirable visitor might be, one possibility is Atom Smasher, the super-strong and size-changing metahuman that Barry will fight in the Season 2 premiere. Another possibility is another version of Harrison Wells. Although Eobard Thawne no longer exists in this timeline, actor Tom Cavanagh is staying on the show as Harrison Wells from an alternate Earth. We don’t much much about this Wells, but frankly, anyone is an improvement over the disguised Thawne. Still, since Barry and Team Flash haven’t been exposed to parallel universes yet, they would understandably be freaked out to see a Wells doppelgänger walk into the room, thus Joe having his gun pulled out. Then there’s also Jay Garrick, another Earth 2 citizen who will travel to Earth 1 (i.e. The Flash’s main world) to warn Barry and the team “of an impending danger that he alone cannot hope to stop.” There are so many options.
Fans can look forward to catching up with all the main Flash characters when Season 2 premieres on Tuesday, October 6 on The CW.