In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Gustin revealed that spending so many months in the Speed Force after taking Savitar’s place in the Season 3 finale will have a profound effect on our speedy superhero. Here’s what Gustin said:
“Initially, Barry is pretty scrambled when he comes out of the Speed Force. He’s not himself, he’s talking nonsense. The way I see it, when he was in the Speed Force, he experienced his whole life laid out in front of him from start to finish. So in some sense, he comes out very wise, kind of knowing everything, but he has no understanding of what he’s seen, so he comes out very jumbled and talking what he thinks makes complete sense, but just nonsense to the rest of the crew.”
Despite everything, the experience will have some positive effects on our boy Barry, who kinda/sorta lost his way in the last few seasons. According to Gustin, Barry will forgive himself for all the mistakes he’s made over the last couple years (*cough* Flashpoint *cough*) and find happiness again.
Executive producer Andrew Kreisberg also explained how this will come about, making a point to add that the show won't necessarily be following DC Comics' The Flash: Rebirth comic book storyline:
“The most important thing about Barry this year is that the experience of being in the Speed Force was a bit of a baptism for him. The premiere episode is called ‘The Flash Reborn’ and Barry, in a way, has been born again. His experience in there has really washed away a lot of his sins and cleansed him of a lot of his doubts, his fears, and his guilts, and it really is leaving him free and clear to just have an open road and a fresh start. He really loves being The Flash again.”
The Flash returns on Oct. 10. Are you excited for Season 4?