The Flash's Teddy Sears on his 'world weary' version of DC hero Jay Garrick

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Oct 15, 2015, 7:52 PM EDT (Updated)

The Golden Age speedster Jay Garrick has joined The CW’s Flash, and he’ll be making his full-fledged debut in tonight’s new episode. So what does Teddy Sears, the man under the silver helmet, have to say for himself?

Sears, who will play Garrick in a supporting role this season and serve as a “big brother” of sorts to Barry Allen, opened up to Entertainment Weekly about the new gig. According to Sears, Garrick has been kicking around in Central City for months, trying to piece together Barry’s identity and how his S.T.A.R. Labs support team fits in. Oh, and the reason Garrick didn’t come speeding into the room in last week’s cliffhanger? Zoom has stolen his speed, and he needs Barry’s help to take on the Earth-2 baddie.

Check out some excerpts from his comments below and let us know what you think:

“My take on Jay is he’s a guy who’s been around. He’s been in some battles. He’s definitely world weary. Jay has seen his fair share of fights. He’s experienced his fair share of the best and worst of what it means to be a speedster — all the good it can do, all the enemies that one can make. I think being a battle-tested guy, he has more of a handle on what it means to have these powers, whereas you have Barry very much still struggling with questions of identity and how close should he let someone into his heart? There’s a nice duality set up there.

Barry is very hesitant to accept anyone into his life to begin with, but mainly he’s hesitant to accept the words of a stranger without having them be vetted first. He’s very much been burned from his experience with Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh) in season 1. He’s not sure who he wants to let in. When Jay Garrick walks in off the street and says, “This is who I am, this is what’s coming for you,” he is understandably dubious of the whole thing. Barry does not want to trust Jay. He puts him through a number of tests, for lack of a better word, to make sure that Jay is who he says he is. The kicker, of course, is the mention of the silver kettle helmet that flew through the singularity at the end of season 1. Over all the tests and all the things that Barry puts Jay through, the one thing that convinces Barry that Jay is who he says he is is the presence of this helmet and the story that goes behind it.”

Garrick is set to be a major part of tonight’s new episode of The Flash, on The CW.

(Via Entertainment Weekly)