The pilot episode of The CW’s Flash series airing tonight sets up quite a few big mysteries, but we apparently won’t have to wait too long for answers. Promise.
Executive producer Andrew Kreisberg chatted with TV Guide about the new series, and specifically addressed the mystery surrounding the death of Barry Allen’s mother. We already know she died in a mysterious, super-fast blur when Barry was a child (Then all the comic readers go: “Mmmhmmm”), and Kreisberg promises they won’t try to string that mystery out for the length of the series.
In fact, we can apparently expect that storyline to be wrapped up with “satisfactory answers” before the end of the first season, though that doesn’t mean there won’t be a ton of new mysteries we’ll want solved by that point:
“The mystery of what happened to Barry's mother and everything that happened that night will be answered over the course of the first season. We don't believe in stringing people along for too much. There's a very clear mystery and a very clear plot and a very clear Big Bad who will emerge and we have all that worked out. At the end of this year, you will feel like you got the satisfactory answers to your long mystery and launch new mysteries.”
Kreisberg also touched on the balance of building a mythology while keeping the day-to-day series going with case of the week stories. It sounds like they’ll be borrowing a few pages from the Arrow playbook, which is very good news. it also sounds like some baddies could be recurring players themselves, ala fellow DC primetime series Gotham, not to mention some new heroes:
“The destruction of the S.T.A.R. Labs and the creation of the meta-humans is the great engine for the series, but we have Captain Cold coming up and we have Heatwave and we have the Pied Piper, who are all human villains with superior technology. It's not going to be monster-of-the-week. Sometimes it's villains who have technology. We already have some villains who are going to be recurring throughout the course of the season and I think, like Arrow, there's always the case-of-the-week to drive it, but there's the ongoing mysteries and relationships. And the mysteries that come up in subsequent episodes, that haven't even been alluded to in the pilot, that we will pick up. Certainly we have the mystery of Firestorm, Robbie Amell's character, and what happened to him the night the accelerator exploded.”
The first season of The CW’s Flash series begins tonight, and Kreisberg's full interview is well worth a read. Will you be watching?
(Via TV Guide)