One thing you’ll notice when you tune in to the season four premiere of The Flash? There are smiles, jokes, laughter. A lightness has returned, replacing the grim solemnity that nearly swallowed season three whole.
Barry Allen may be trapped in the speed force, but The Flash has returned to form.
“Hopefully this season is going to be a little bit more fun,” starDanielle Panabaker told E! News about the new season, premiering Tuesday, Oct. 10. “We’re hoping to bring back some of the levity we had in season one, that kind of thing.”
“In general, season three was about dealing with Barry Allen’s actions and the repercussions, and this season is going to be more about Team Flash and their actions, and the repercussions to that,” Valdes explained.
Of course, this is still The Flash—and that means there’s still got to be a villain to defeat. But unlike seasons past, the new Big Bad won’t be someone with powers that mirror Barry’s. “We’ve got a different kind of Big Bad this year,” Gustin explained. “We’ve always had a speedster villain on the show, and this year we’re going a different route. We’ve got the Thinker.” (While The Thinker has been four different characters in DC Comics lore, he’s always had a technologically-derived ability of telekinesis, telepathy, and mind control.)
Luckily, we have a feeling she won’t have to wait much longer for his return.
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The Flash returns for season four on Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 8 p.m. on the CW. (EN)