Iris West’s mourning period is about to come to a close.
When The Flash returns next Tuesday (The CW, 8/7c), the reporter’s professional and personal relationships will finally begin to heat up as she moves on from the death of her fiancé Eddie Thawne.
With the discovery that her mother Francine is alive and that she has a brother, “so much of this year for [Iris] has been [about] family,” executive producer Andrew Kreisberg says. The back half of the season, he continues, will see the journalistic and romantic aspects of her life start to take center stage.
But with whom will Iris possibly spark? One potential prospect is her new boss at Central City Picture News, Scott Evans (played by Truth Be Told‘s Tone Bell). However, they will first have to overcome a difference of opinion about the city’s most famous resident.
“It’s interesting, because [Scott] can’t stand The Flash,” Kreisberg previews. “He thinks The Flash is a phony, and he has a great storyline about why he doesn’t believe in heroes anymore. So, whereas Iris has become a little bit like Lois Lane [as] The Flash’s biggest booster, her new editor is dedicated to taking some of the shine off” the Scarlet Speedster.
While that “leads to a lot of conflict” for the pair, Kreisberg adds, “There is chemistry between them.”
Then, of course, there’s Iris’ pal Barry, who has long harbored feelings for her. The two even shared a lip lock last season before a bit of time travel reset the timeline. So will he ever kiss and tell with Ms. West about their smooch?
“Barry has a much bigger thing that he’s going to have to tell her coming up soon,” Kreisberg replies. “Things are going to change for them in a way that I think [is] going to make fans happy.”