When Barry Allen sacrificed himself to the Speed Force, the residents of Central City were left without a Scarlet Speedster to protect them. And the emotional moment left us wondering if we had truly seen the last of the Flash.
With that in mind, fans set their sights on the person most likely to take over Barry's mantle: Central City's own Kid Flash, Wally West. If Wally were indeed to become the Flash, it would not only make sense from a storyline standpoint, but it would also mirror the comics, which saw the character don the iconic red suit after Barry Allen's demise. West is the third Flash in the comics, and having Wally take over the mantle on the show would make complete sense.
However, during an interview with Newsweek, actor Keiynan Lonsdale responded to these rumors, telling us that as far as he is concerned, the idea of Wally becoming the titular character was unlikely. When asked about whether he'd be trading in his yellow suit for the red one, he stated:
"It’s not something that’s on my radar...I feel as though there is so much story to tell and Wally has so much growing to do. I’d like to see that journey continue. That's what I think is important. We need to see how these character realistically get to where they are headed for."
He was extra careful not to reveal any spoilers, admitting that he had accidentally spoiled Rick Cosnett's return back in Season 2. Thus, while he didn't actually give anything away about Season 4 or its plot, it seems like Kid Flash will be featured as we get used to a world without Barry Allen, but not as the Flash.
A Starring Role For Kid Flash
Lonsdale's comments may suggest that Wally won't become the Scarlet Speedster, but they remind us that the character still has a lot of growing to do as Kid Flash, and he'll be afforded his time to shine. Since joining the show in the second season, Wally has overcome a lot to get to where he is. And in all likelihood, he will now get the chance to be the leader we all know that he's capable of becoming.
Barry's disappearance will undoubtedly leave Team Flash in a state of shock, and it will be up to Wally to steer them back on track, keeping Central City safe. After all, while we will undoubtedly see Earth-3's Flash Jay Garrick and Earth-2's Flash Jesse Quick featured in some capacity, it seems that both respective actors — John Wesley Shipp and Violett Beane — will be remaining guest stars while Lonsdale's character will be the only regular speedster in Barry's absence.
While Wally will have assistance from Cisco — probably from behind the desk and out in the field as Vibe — and the returning Earth-2 Harrison Wells (Harry), all eyes will be on Kid Flash as he grows into the superhero he is destined to be. And from Lonsdale's comments, it's clear to see that while Wally becoming the Flash may be an eventuality, it's not something that the show will be rushing into.
Due to the fact that Grant Gustin will be returning to the show for Season 4, this one probably already goes without saying. But in case it doesn't: Lonsdale's comments prove that we haven't seen the last of Barry Allen.
After Season 3 went to great lengths to prove how flawed a hero Barry truly was, many of us worried that his ultimate sacrifice in the finale was the fitting farewell to the Barry Allen era. And since fellow Flashes Wally West and Jay Garrick were prominently featured in the finale, there was always the possibility that one of them could take over. But with Lonsdale's comments on Wally's growth as Kid Flash, accompanied by the fact that Jay will inevitably need to return to Earth-3, it seems like the show will be left without a Flash. Something that undoubtedly won't last long.
Barry Allen's absence in the beginning of The Flash Season 4 will give Wally West a well-earned chance to shine, but it appears that he will be doing so as Kid Flash, not as the Scarlet Speedster like many initially thought. After excelling in the supporting role for almost two years, it will be nice to Kid Flash take center stage. But it's also good to know that the Flash will eventually make a comeback as well.
After all, the show is called The Flash — and if it's not going to be Wally, then it's only a matter of time until Barry Allen returns to save the day.
Do you think Lonsdale is right about Kid Flash in Season 4? Would you prefer to see him take over the show as the Flash? Let us know in the comments below!