In images released for The Flash‘s second episode this season, “Paradox,” Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) seems a little put off by the advent of a new co-worker in his freshly re-altered timeline. Though we’re still waiting for the premiere (which is great, though rushed — review will be in the guide soon!), The CW has already started rolling out images and synopses for upcoming episodes, which will deal with the fallout from Flashpoint and the changes Barry made (and then changed back … you can never go back, Barry!)
But the main thing about these “Paradox” images is that they show us Tom Felton‘s character for the first time. The synopsis for the episode is,
Barry (Grant Gustin) realizes the effects from Flashpoint are much greater than he thought. Meanwhile, Barry meets new co-worker Julian Albert (Tom Felton) and is surprised by Julian’s immediate disdain for Barry. Ralph Hemecker directed the episode written by Aaron Helbing & Todd Helbing
Who wouldn’t like Barry? Draco Malfoy, that’s who. But seriously, after all of the craziness of Earth-2 and Zoom and Flashpoint, I’m really looking forward to seeing the show slow down (hopefully) and give Barry a more grounded adversary. The Flash will have villains of the week and super-powered foes, sure, but in Season 2 we almost never saw Barry at work as a CSI (remember that that’s a thing?) It would be nice to see the show take a break from communing with the Speed Force and focusing on other storylines, even if just for a little bit.
Because … then it’s back to business. In “Magenta,” we’re going to be joining back up with our Earth-2 pals Harry (Tom Cavanagh) and Jesse (Violett Beane), who according to the synopsis:
Barry (Grant Gustin) and Team Flash are thrilled to reunite with Earth-2 Wells (Tom Cavanagh) and Jesse (guest star Violett Beane). Wells confides to Barry and Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) that Jesse has all the powers of a speedster and has been saving people on his Earth. He is concerned about her safety and wants them to talk her out of using her powers. Meanwhile, Magenta, (guest star Joey King) a new meta who can control metal, terrorizes the city. Armen V. Kevorkian directed the episode written by Judalina Neira & David Kob
Though Flashpoint gave us Kid Flash in Wally West, it looks like the re-altered timeline has given us a Jesse Quick. It’s confusing. (We also got a little teaser of Magenta recently from King’s social media account). Speedsters abound!
Check out all of the new images below. The Flash‘s Season 3 premiere lands Tuesday, October 4th on The CW.