The Flash Season 2 Jay Garrick

The Flash EP, Teddy Sears Preview the Other Speedster's Arrival, Patty's Intro

After making his presence known at the end of last week’s The Flash, Jay Garrick officially unveils his identity and origins to the S.T.A.R. Labs team in Tuesday’s episode (The CW, 8/7c). While Barry and Co. aren’t aware of the character’s history, comic book fans are very familiar with the iconic persona, which made stepping into the role all the more exciting for his portrayer, Master of Sex alum Teddy Sears.

“It’s thrilling, but I didn’t anticipate how thrilling it was going to be when I said, ‘Yes,'” Sears says. “Besides the obvious stuff — suddenly I’m eight years old, running around in my backyard, playing superheroes with my friends — what I didn’t anticipate was how important it felt when I was doing it. It’s weird and hokey and maybe very actor-y, but there was something very important that began happening.”

The significance of the role was sealed when Sears donned a very distinctive part of Jay’s ensemble. “There’s that scene where I’m reunited with the helmet for the first time, and I remember shooting it,” he says. “There was a real awe and reverence for seeing this thing. That was absolutely not acted at all. There was such substance in that moment.”

There was also plenty of detail put into the prop by the production team. “If you look at the helmet,and we’ll certainly have enough opportunities to, it’s been around,” Sears says. “It’s beaten up, it’s got the dings, it’s seen its share of battles. To have it arrive with a story and a history and a past, that’s really what made it work for me.”

But Jay Garrick is about more than just his costume; he’s also got a big mission. “Jay’s biggest rival is Zoom, and he needs Barry’s help to defeat this guy,” Sears previews. “When we see him, he arrives without his speed and he knows what Zoom is capable of, so he very much needs to enlist Barry and he needs to have Barry harness these powers and these depths that he didn’t know he could reach. He needs Barry to achieve these things in order for him to defeat Zoom.” In partnering up to take on the Big Bad, the two (good) speedsters develop a “wonderful mentor/mentee” dynamic.

Adds Todd Helbing, who co-wrote the episode, “Last year, [Barry] didn’t really have anybody that he could speak about being a speedster with. It’s not like he could go out and have drinks with Wells and talk about being a speedster, but he can with Jay. And Jay can mentor him in some of the powers that he has and figure out the best way to use them.”

The Flash Patty SpivotJay won’t be the only memorable comic book figure coming into Barry’s life in this Tuesday’s installment. Science-minded cop Patty Spivot (One Tree Hill‘s Shantel VanSanten) will make a play for Joe’s metahuman task force… and possibly Barry’s heart.

“We wanted to make her this very strong, hardcore female cop who has a purpose,” Helbing shares. “Originally, we talked about how she’s kind of like Felicity [from Arrow], but the second we started writing her, we felt like we had to make her quite a bit different. We wanted to have her feel part of the show and part of the universe that we’ve set up. Just somebody that was in this for the right reasons, hellbent on stopping…metahumans and somebody that could feel like she was part of the metahuman task force and hold her own.”

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  1. Josh says:

    Not excited for this Patty character. Barry isn’t Oliver, he doesn’t need three(four if you count the occasional Caitlyn hints) romantic interest circling around him.

    And the Patty character seems more reactionary, “Quick, create a beautiful, non-confrotional female character to say geeking things and try to be like Felicity! Remember, she’s only hear to be a muse and never, ever go against Barry unless it’s for his own sake!”

    We already have a bunch of characters being introduced and some underdeveloped characters(aka, the two other female characters on the show; Caitlyn and Iris), so why add Patty?

    • Josh says:

      and ps, yes I know they say she isn’t like Felicity but that’s just backtracking. I can bet you she’s Felicity without the flavor or depth. Oh but she’ll be hardcore!

    • Isaac says:

      Caitlyn hints? Barry hasn’t even looked at her once. She’s like a grandma to him. Ew! She was engaged to Firestorm and got married. Barry dated Linda and is in love with Iris.

      Barry and Patty will last one season, then Barry and Iris will get together because they are destined to be together. I need to see Bart Allen.

      Patty could be cool if she’s not just a love interest and works with Joe. And Caitlin will become Killer Frost.

      • Josh says:

        Did you not see the karaoke episode? Or the shapeshifter episode?

        • Lisa V says:

          Josh, both those episodes prove Isaac’s point. In episode 12, Barry meets up with Caitlyn because Iris goes out with Eddie, instead of meeting with him to work on an article. Caitlyn gets drunk, Barry takes her home, she’s practically giving it away, and he doesn’t seem the least bit interested. In fact, I believe he meets Lunda that same night! In episode 19, Hannibal Bates, a shapeshifter, kisses Caitlyn. Barry is unaware of the kiss. Caitlyn loved and married Ronnie Raymond. Moreover, it won’t matter who gets thrown at Barry, because Iris will always have his heart. In fact, I venture to guess that Patty will be the catalyst to Westallen.

          • s says:

            He doesnt want to take advatage of a drunk girl, so that makes him not interested?? Sorry, but I agree with issac, there have been looks, but thats it.They haven;t taken it that far yet, but they could if so inclined.

  2. Jake says:

    That’s right! No-one wants Felicity 2.0 we want Patty to have a function other than whining and crying like Felicity.

    But they already ruined Patty. Stop with the unnecessary love interests and focus on your main characters.

    Andrew Kreisberg needs to take a step back and let writers who aren’t hellbent on forcing new love interests on us take the helm.

  3. MelB says:

    I am actually really excited for Patty, but disappointed she’s being brought in as a love interest. My hope is she comes in and they kind of try it out and then realize they are way better as friends/teammates and she can join the squad as her own character, Not as an add-on to barry.

  4. Lily says:

    Patty Spivot has no purpose besides a temporary doomed love interest, so why does Barry have to have one at all? I’m worried that the writers decided they didn’t want to do Barry/Iris anymore, like what happened to Oliver/Laurel on Arrow. Is that what happened here? I mean, to play on it so heavily all of last season and get ZERO resolution on it, and now just to dump it entirely? That doesn’t make much sense to me…if they intended Barry/Iris to get together, they have to play up the romance and feelings btw them even if they try to force him to be with somebody else, and it doesn’t look like they’re doing that. Iris just doesn’t care. So how on earth would they ever even get together in that case? I’m worried they’re icing the whole storyline. Barry’s NOT supposed to love anyone other than Iris, she’s his only real love.

    • Lisa V says:

      Iris is in love with Barry. If he hadn’t gone into a coma, Eddie would never have been a factor. This season that will be revealed. Patty is “a complication” for Westallen. Barry is a meta-human. Patty Spivot is anti-meta human. He won’t be able to truly be himself with Patty.

      Iris, at some point, will have an emotional exchange with Barry. We will probably get her POV of Barry being in the coma, and then going back in time; the possibility of him not being a part of her life. There will be guilt because she didn’t love Eddie the way he loved her; he knew that, and still sacrificed himself for her anyway. And we all know that Barry and Iris, will be Barry and Iris. Patty will feel threatened, especially since Iris knows he’s the Flash and they will be working closely together. Iris will always be Barry’s one true love.

    • Haley says:

      Sorry, i’m so slow, but who is Patty Spivot?

  5. Alex says:

    Whining and complaining about Patty before she debuts. SMH Barry is single so writers can do whatever they want.

    • Lily says:

      He’s not supposed to actually love anyone except Iris. They’re ruining the iconic comics relationship on the show.

      • Petra says:

        Besides the fact that the TV show doesn’t need to line up with the comics (see Arrow), Barry Allen did, in fact, love someone else. He was in love with and almost married a woman named Fiona (before she was almost killed by the Reverse Flash).

        • Lily says:

          This only happened because he thought Iris was dead. There is no world in which Iris is alive, that the two are not together. They’re supposed to be a married couple. They were never on/off, will they/won’t they, ridiculous soap opera.

        • Lisa V says:

          Fiona Webb comes after Iris West. She goes mad because she thinks Barry left her at the alter. Barry kills The Reverse Flash, learns that Iris is alive in another universe, and goes back to her. Iris West is his one true love.

          • Petra says:

            My point that he was in love with someone other than Iris stands. The only reason he doesn’t marry Fiona is because of what happens with TRF, the ensuing trial, and him abandoning the Barry Allen persona (partly to protect Fiona). Soulmates and one true loves are sweet, but also romantic nonsense.

          • ariel drury says:

            Maybe in real life, but that’s why it’s perfect for books, shows and movies. It isn’t real life, it’s idealized and they ARE supposed to be each other’s true loves. If Barry falls in love with Patty it completely and totally diminishes Iris’s importance. You can’t deny that someone’s partner becomes more important in their life than their platonic friends.

        • Lisa V says:

          The relationship between Oliver and Laurel in the tv show was toxic, and the chemistry wasn’t there. That comic isn’t as iconic as The Flash. Barry Allen and Iris West were married in the comics from 1956 until the DC reboot in 2011. The Executive Producers are fans of The Flash and it’s mythos. My understanding is that although Barry and Iris aren’t a couple in the new 52, it’s only a matter of time before they’re back together. Barry Allen and The Flash are synonymous with Iris West. Like Clark Kent and Superman with Lois Lane. Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson.

          • Lily says:

            I honestly don’t know if they think like that about Barry and Iris. If they did, why would they have Barry fall in love with someone else for an entire season? I hope he doesn’t really like her THAT much, it’s more like he only dates her because he thinks Iris doesn’t love him. If he’s really into Patty it’s going to suck.

          • Petra says:

            Barry is dating Patty in the reboot and has never been married to Iris. Therefore, Barry/Patty are also canon. That being said, unless there’s some crazy chemistry between Grant and the woman playing Patty, it’s been pretty obvious that the creators/writers of the show are pushing toward a Barry/Iris pairing.

      • Haley says:

        yeah, but they are going to be changing a lot tho.Same if with the arrow as well, but hopefully both t.v shows will still be amazing. *fingers crossed* lol.

      • Eric says:

        I don’t know if you’ve realized this but none of this is cannon with the original comics. They are not following the old comics but instead the new 52 comics. In those comics Patty Spivot is Barrys love interest and Iris and Barry never happen. If they keep following the new 52 then there will be no WestAllen instead it will be pivotallen.

  6. Joey Padron says:

    Good scoop about new characters. Can’t wait to see more of Jay in tomorrow’s episode!

  7. Luke says:

    Actually since the New 52 in the comics Barry has been in a relationship with Patty and has never been with Iris so the TVshow didn’t come up with the idea of them dating;
    I wouldn’t mind them having a relationship but only if it’s done right and it feels natural and not just a redo of last season’s relationship with Linda;
    Now while I haven’t yet seen the character in action I feel that she is meant be kind of like how Felicity descibed Ray Palmer “I’m dating Barry in Oliver’s body”; Patty is supposed to be a combination of Felicity and Iris; and also now that Eddy is gone someone has to feel his role at the police station( and crime related scenes) with Joe;
    In short I don’t mind the introduction of the character as long as it doesn’t take away from other characters and everyone gets their fair share of development (quite frankly I would very much like to see Iris as more than just Barry’s love interest);

  8. Kate says:

    I’m looking forward to Patty. She sounds like she’ll be like a breath of fresh air.

  9. Haley says:

    Ok so, how come in the last episode of season 1, (whatever its called) Eobard Thawne died (because eddie, is great, great, great, grand father or whatever, killed himself), which caused eobard to die. So how come harrison wells/eobard thawne, was back in the new episode?(season 2, episode 1) because I know that he died in the last episode in season 1, i just dont understand why he is back now? Also how come Henry didnt stay with Barry when he got out of jail?

  10. Ms Thing says:

    Please! Not another Felicity. Can’t stand one of her.

    • Arambam, Y.S says:

      Flash Season 2 more interesting with appearance of Jay Garrick as Original Flash. So far Flash not shown yet to fight in his full potential as most his enemy in the series are not same speedster like him. I felt Barry Allen so weak in his action in this and do like normal guy that don’t expect from a superhero. In this way this series lacks super powerful action sequence. Bringing of Zoom another line of Zoom characters may be bring some good developments besides others. Introducing too many characters without much developments is also another weakness. I can’t agree early removal of Firestorm ! Expecting serious conflicts with Zoom . It will great to see Flash of two worlds finally know each other !