The Flash’s next episode to take place in about 10 seconds of real-time

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Mar 5, 2018

Tomorrow’s installment of The CW's Flash will feature the return of Violett Beane as Jesse Quick and John Wesley Shipp as Jay Garrick. Titled “Enter Flashtime,” the episode will see our boy Barry (Grant Gustin) team-up with the other two speedsters to save Central City from a detonating nuclear bomb. With the whole thing taking place roughly 10 seconds of real-time.

The concept of “Flashtime” was first introduced a couple of episodes ago when Barry froze time around him to speak to Iris (Candice Patton) in the courtroom in “The Trial of The Flash.” In a new interview with TVLine, Beane revealed the reason for her character's Earth-1 visit: Dad Harry (Tom Cavanagh) has sent her an Apology Cube, with no message on it, which is why she shows up on Team Flash's doorstep. The actress then explained the concept of Flashtime in a bit more details.

“It’s essentially that we are running so quickly that everything else is standing still,” Beane said. “It’s less about 'freezing time' and more that our bodies and thoughts are moving so quickly that we’re able to essentially freeze time. And basically the whole episode is in Flashtime. It’s Barry and Jesse and eventually Jay [Garrick, played by John Wesley Shipp] trying to figure out how to stop this bomb. We think through a few different ways, and while this all happens over the course of a whole episode, it really transpires over 10 seconds in real time, maybe? It’s cool.”

The actress also revealed that there were some dangers to using Flashtime for a prolonged period of time. “A speedster only has so much energy. One thing you see is that even speedsters can’t run in Flashtime forever, so….” said Beane. This has actually been teased at in the trailer for tomorrow night’s episode, where it's pretty clear the whole thing is taking its toll on Barry.

While Beane couldn’t say much about her guest-appearance on the March 19 episode of DC's Legends of Tomorrow — where her ex Wally West (Keiynan Lonsdale) is now a series regular—she did hint that one of the reasons for showing up on the Waverider may have something to do with feeling she owes to meet with him face-to-face. What with having dumped him via Breakup Cube. Not cool. Even though it's the Earth-2 way.

“There’s a bit of that….” Beane said. “You see Wally and Jesse together in a room, and things are not what you expect them to be. And… that’s about all I can say! [Laughs] It’s going to be cool and, I think, pretty surprising for the audience.”

Are you excited for Beane’s return on tomorrow’s episode of The Flash as well as for her guest-starring stint on Legends of Tomorrow?

(via TVLine)