“The Flash” showrunner Eric Wallace teases the threats coming for Barry and his team in season 7 while also promising Zoom will eventually return…
“The Flash” returned for season 7 on Tuesday night but there’s still a lot of unfinished business to wrap up from season 6 in the first few episodes.
The debut saw Barry finally get his speed back after Nash Wells sacrificed himself to complete building the Artificial Speed Force, which gives The Flash the necessary weapon he needs in order to go after the new Mirror Master — Eva McCulloch — as well as hopefully rescue his wife Iris from the mirror universe.
The first few episodes during “The Flash” season 7 are actually a continuation of a story that was supposed to wrap up in season 6 but the coronavirus pandemic shut down production, which forced the series to change plans for the finale from last season as well as the start of the new season.
Once the Mirror Master storyline is completed, “The Flash” showrunner Eric Wallace teases that he’s got a lot of plans for the “big bads” coming for Team Flash in season 7. The way Wallace has orchestrated “The Flash” under his leadership is that he sets up every season like a graphic novel from the comic books so each one serves as its own story while also setting up whatever happens next.
“Both of the big bads for “Graphic Novel #3″ and #4 [in season 7], we’ve got some new characters, right? I don’t think it’s any spoiler [to say] at some point this season we might just meet the real Godspeed,” Wallace said when speaking to EW. “But the way he fits into Barry’s life, I think, is going to come in a more unexpected way.
“As far as the other big bads for the season, let’s just say we’ll continue to introduce a major big bad that has not been seen in previous seasons. I think we can accurately say that. As far as their connection and to why they come into conflict with the Flash, there just might be a secret connection in Barry’s past that he is unaware of.”
Wallace also promised that after Barry and Iris spent so much time apart in season 6, he’s setting them up for a huge storyline together during season 7 when they will have to team up to face off with a particular set of villains.
“Last year, Barry and Iris spent a lot of time apart,” Wallace explained. “There’s a conscious effort this year, especially in the back half, to bring Barry and Iris not just together, not just stronger than ever, but to have the big bads of the two sides of the season actually be villains of them as a couple, not just of the Flash separately. It creates stories that have more of Candice [Patton] and Grant [Gustin] together in really fun ways.”
One other teaser that Wallace shared is that he plans on reintroducing a villain during season 7 that previously appeared in the first three seasons of the show.
Wallace has never been shy when speaking about his love for the character Zoom aka Hunter Zolomon, who was played quite brilliantly by Teddy Sears back in season 2.
“I’m particularly excited to bring back a big bad from the first three seasons of The Flash, and I hope the fans enjoy that person’s return as much as I did, because it’s just going to be awesome,” Wallace said.
“No [it’s not Zoom] I can only say that because of the first three speedster villains, everybody knows I have a special place for Zoom in my heart.”
That said, Wallace fully intends on reintroducing Zoom to “The Flash” at some point in the future even if it’s just a guest appearance rather than serving as a full fledged big bad for an entire season.
“Everybody loves Savitar. But I love me some Zoom, and I love me some season 2,” Wallace said. “I am determined at some point to bring Zoom back, even if it’s only for a few episodes. I just haven’t figured out how yet, but I will do it. Give me time.”
“The Flash” currently airs at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday nights on The CW.