Post-Flashpoint, “The Flash’s” Wally West must feel like he’s running in place. After watching Jesse Wells gain speedster powers, he has wanted nothing more than to manifest metahuman abilities of his own. In “Shade,” he’ll get a taste of what that feels like when he starts to remember his Flashpoint life as Kid Flash, and – once he does – he won’t want to let it go. Speaking to CBR and other reporters during a set visit, Keiynan Lonsdale discussed why Wally is so desperate to be a hero.
“I think what we’ll see is that he’s not reckless for no reason,” he explained. “We’ll see his passion, and obviously there’s a desperation there because he wants to prove himself, and I think we start to understand why he is reckless. I think he maybe sometimes doesn’t put enough value on his own life, which is something that he needs to learn.”
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As to the visions Wally is experiencing, he added, “It’s definitely going to go deeper and deeper as the dreams go further and I guess start to manipulate in different ways. Yeah, he’ll definitely be more affected – not necessarily more reckless, but it will strike a strong chord with him.”
“For Wally, before we even met him, he’s always been missing something in his life,” he shared. “Originally, that was his father and sister, even despite not knowing about them. Now that he has that, now it’s discovering that there’s something missing within him, and I think he has always felt a little bit unsure of his place and what he’s supposed to do in this world, and now especially dealing with the fact that he is sort of having dreams and knows that there’s potentially another path for him, he’s sort of battling with that.”
Starring Grant Gustin as the Scarlet Speedster, “The Flash” airs Tuesdays at 8 pm ET/PT on The CW. The series also stars Jesse L. Martin, Tom Cavanagh, Carlos Valdes, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Keiynan Lonsdale and more.