We’re one week away from the return of The Flash, which is now in the middle of its third season. And hot off the heels of a season four renewal, we have confirmation that three previously established characters will return in some capacity later this year.
First up, Eddie Thawne actor Rick Cosnett announced on Twitter that he will be returning to The Flash. Of course, Eddie sacrificed himself in the season one finale, while he appeared in a couple episodes last season, thanks to time travel and a dream sequence. It’s unknown how we’ll see Eddie this year. Time travel? Doppelganger from another Earth? Hallucination? Dream sequence? We’ll probably find out soon.
Ok, hate to tease you but now I can say it: I’m coming back on #TheFlash Photo credit @HarveyHouseP @SpencerAHarvey @lloydharvey pic.twitter.com/Cu7POAZ5IW
— Rick Cosnett (@RickCosnett) January 16, 2017
Another dead character who will return somehow is Ronnie Raymond. According to Entertainment Weekly, Robbie Amell’s one-half of Firestorm will appear in a winter episode this season. Again, it’s unknown which version of Ronnie we’ll meet. We first met the character in season one, when he was presumably dead. Then, he died for real at the start of season two. We also met his Earth-2 doppelganger, Deathstorm, who – you guessed it – also died.
And finally, a villain who was teased in the season two finale will resurface. At the Television Critics Association tour (via EW), executive Andrew Kreisberg confirmed that the Black Flash will return – not only on The Flash, but on multiple Arrowverse shows. The character will retain the Grim Reaper role from the comics. Kreisberg explains, “He’s a classic character and we have storylines on multiple shows that fit having him return. There’s something so scary about him, even scarier than when he was just a man because now he is the Grim Reaper, he is like the Devil. How do you stop the Devil? It presents an interesting challenge for the heroes of the respective shows in which he appears.”
In the season two finale, the Time Wraiths transformed Zoom into the Black Flash. When asked if Teddy Sears will reprise the role, Kreisberg shed doubt, citing the actor’s commitment to another television show right now.
In addition to The Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow has had its own speedster problems with the Reverse-Flash, now a member of the Legion of Doom. Could that draw Black Flash’s attention? It’s hard to imagine how he could fit in to Arrow, which has been focused on its grounded roots this year. There’s also Supergirl, but would Black Flash go out of his way to Earth-38?
Stay tuned for more news as we have it. The Flash returns with new episodes on Tuesday, January 24th at 8 PM EST on The CW.
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