Comic-Con

The Flash Adds Teddy Sears as Jay Garrick, Casts Barry's Love Interest

Barry Allen, meet your predecessor.

Masters of Sex alum Teddy Sears has joined Season 2 of The Flash as Jay Garrick, the first DC Comics character to take on the title of the scarlet speedster, it was announced at the show’s Comic-Con panel on Saturday.

Jay is described as a mysterious figure who arrives in Central City to warn Barry and the S.T.A.R. Labs team of an impending danger that he alone cannot hope to stop. His iconic helmet was spotted coming out of the worm hole in the Season 1 finale.

Additionally, Shantel VanSanten (The Messengers, One Tree Hill) has been cast as Barry’s love interest, Patty Spivot. As previously reported, Patty is a police officer and science enthusiast — think “Think ‘Felicity Smoak’ from Arrow,” the casting call read — who partners with Det. Joe West. She is obsessed with metahumans, but has no idea that her new crush is the fastest man alive.

“Having Jay Garrick come onto the show was one of our earliest ideas,” executive producer Andrew Kreisberg said in a statement. “It is so exciting, as we rush into Season 2, that we finally get to bring the Crimson Comet to life. We couldn’t imagine anyone more suited to play the original Flash than Teddy.”

“We were huge fans of The Messengers and are excited to have Shantel join us to help complicate Barry Allen’s love life in season two,” Kreisberg continued.

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