Flash team talks Grodd's return in Season 2, Henry Allen's abrupt exit

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Oct 23, 2015, 11:28 AM EDT

With the addition of Jay Garrick, the second season of The Flash has proven to be one heck of an ambitious swing at the fences. But that doesn’t mean they’re forgetting about everything that happened last year.

First up is Grodd: The psychic gorilla will be coming back to cause more trouble in Central City, and he’ll apparently have some unfinished business with Dr. Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker). Panabaker told The Wrap we only got to see “a tiny bit” of her relationship with Grodd. When the big guy comes back, she said we’ll get to “understand their connection” from before the particle accelerator accident at S.T.A.R. Labs. Grodd’s arrival made for one of the show’s most ambitious episodes last year, and we can’t wait to see what they do with him this time around.

Now, on to the weirdest twist in Season 2: Henry Allen’s (John Wesley Shipp) release from prison and abrupt departure from Central City. In a separate interview with TV Line, most of the cast also seemed perplexed by the creative move, which essentially made Shipp’s role as a free man even smaller than it was as a prisoner.

Grant Gustin (Barry Allen) said he was “shocked” that it happened so quickly, while Jesse L. Martin (Joe) said he was “still grappling” with the change. Gustin went on to address how his fictional counterpart is likely handling the decision:

“Barry was not really understanding why, but trying to just give it to him and be supportive of him needing space, I guess, even though it’s kind of confusing to Barry. He’s not sure if he’s supposed to reach out or not right now, but he’ll be there again when Barry needs him.”

You have to think the writers have something in store for Henry later this season, because shipping him off was one heck of a weird move. Barry fought so hard to get his father released, and then he booked it out of town the moment he was free. They’ve got to be setting something up, right?

What do you think they’re cooking up for Season 2 on these fronts?

(Via The Wrap, TV Line)