6:00pm PT by Sydney Bucksbaum
'The Flash' Boss on That Season 2 Premiere Death, Harrison Wells' Final Surprise
[Warning: This post contains spoilers from the season two premiere of The Flash.]
Everyone may be praising Barry Allen's (Grant Gustin) scarlet speedster as "The Man Who Saved Central City" on The Flash, but the true hero of the hour was Ronnie Raymond (Robbie Amell).
After saving the city from the singularity threatening to destroy everything in the season one finale, one half of the FIRESTORM duo sacrificed himself to ensure everyone else's survival, and only the STAR Labs team knows the truth.
The Flash executive producer Andrew Kreisberg spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about where this leaves the remaining half of the FIRESTORM duo, Dr. Martin Stein (Victor Garber), as well as Ronnie's wife Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker). Plus, check out what else the showrunner had to say about season two below.
Everyone believes that Ronnie died saving the city, but did he really die in the singularity?
Yes, but as we've seen the entire time that The Flash has been on the air, just because you're dead doesn't mean you're gone. (Laughs.) Especially with time travel and introducing a world of doppelgangers as you'll start to see next week, so I wouldn't be surprised if Robbie Amell was on the show again one day.
Why did you decide to kill of Ronnie?
Robbie is amazing and is a friend of ours, and will hopefully continue to be a part of the show in some capacity, but given his amazing talent, he obviously has a lot of other projects on the horizon and we wanted to support him in that. But it also made sense to us story-wise, since we are going to be introducing a new FIRESTORM and give that character, along with Dr. Stein, something new to play as the FIRESTORM character moves into [spinoff] Legends [of Tomorrow].
What does this mean for Dr. Stein in the immediate future?
In the immediate future, he got a little bit of a taste of being the hero, in his brief time with Ronnie. Now that Ronnie is gone, he finds himself joining the STAR Labs team as the professor emeritus of sorts. Like all the best heroes, once they get a taste for it, whether they still have their powers or not, they still want to help. With Harrison Wells gone, he steps in as that paternal figure, that voice of reason, incredibly expert scientific explainer of complicated concepts role. (Laughs.) He's definitely part of the team and you're going to see that his connection to FIRESTORM is not over yet, though he might think it is.
How is this going to affect Caitlin moving forward, losing Ronnie for the second time?
What is interesting is in the premiere, everyone thinks that the other person is blaming them for what happened, and the truth is, she blames herself. Last year, she had the chance to leave with Ronnie and she didn't take it. She's more upset at herself. But Caitlin is not as broken as she was last time she lost Ronnie. She's gone through it once before and she's grown up and gotten stronger from it. She's going to find herself possibly opening herself up to the prospect of a new relationship.
Another shocking moment in the premiere is how Harrison Wells actually gave Barry what he wanted in the end, by revealing in his will that he killed Barry's mom, freeing Barry's dad from prison. What inspired him to do that?
The best part of Harrison Wells is he is always right. And even though he's been erased from existence, he still gets the last laugh. He gives Barry the very thing Barry has always wanted, but he tells Barry, "You're still not going to be happy." In a way, the only thing Barry couldn't fix last season was his dad still being in prison, and now he gets what he wants, but Wells put this idea in his head that he'll always be running, he'll always be chasing something he'll never catch. That's the earworm that is lingering in Barry's mind over the course of this season. Whether or not that proves to be true will be fun to watch.
It was heartbreaking when Barry's dad told him he was leaving town so soon after they finally reunited. Is the show going to lose those touching father-son moments now that he's gone?
You'll still get all those emotional, heartfelt scenes with Barry and his dad, it just won't be with them on the phone with a plate of glass between them. Henry will continue to be part of the show in the same capacity. But we did need to pay off the Harrison Wells of it all.
Jay Garrick (Teddy Sears) makes his big entrance into STAR Labs at the end of the hour. What does his arrival mean for Barry?
Last year, Barry was on the search for fathers, with his own dad, Joe and Harrison Wells. Jay represents more of an older brother. He's like the older brother who went to college and is coming back. He's been The Flash for a while and he certainly has more empirical knowledge about how to be The Flash than Barry does, and he's able to teach Barry new tricks that didn't even occur to Barry. But at the same time, Barry has friends and a family and a secret identity, and those are all the things that Jay never had as The Flash. He didn't wear a mask or work with a team. Just as Jay gives Barry the tools he needs to continue to grow into being the best Flash he can be, Barry is going to give back to Jay a connection to his humanity and to people that he's lost in his exploits.
By the end of the premiere, Team Flash was back together in STAR Labs. But after everything that has happened in season one, how is the team going to be different moving forward?
In general, the show has gotten more mature and the characters have grown up a bit. You'll see more adult conversations and adult choices for all the characters. And now that Iris is a full-fledged member of the team, she'll bring street smarts and common sense to the group of scientists that will really bring them down to earth this season.
The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on The CW.