Tuesday night’s new episode of “The Flash” gave you so much to enjoy, whether it be a King Shark cameo, a new Firestorm, and also the big reveal that Iris West has a brother that she did not know about prior to digging into her mom Francine’s life. While the name “Wally West” was never mentioned on the show, we have to assume that this is where the story was going.
Are there differences between the TV show and the comics when it comes to this character? Sure. Wally in the comics is Iris’ nephew, but as executive producer Andrew Kreisberg explains to Variety, the show is changing that up mostly because this story ties better into the universe. He also confirmed that Joe West is in fact Wally’s father, which was not 100% confirmed on the show:
“We have these ideas in the previous season so we always knew we were leading up to this, and rather than them suddenly having some cousin that inexplicably… We always hated on TV shows that it’s year two and somebody’s like, ‘Well, Cousin John’s coming!’ And it’s like, ‘Oh, good ol’ Cousin John!’ who no one ever mentioned before. It was always weird. The notion that they don’t know Wally was where that came from, and then that was the idea that Francine was still alive and then that whole storyline. Iris is now in the position that Barry was in last year – she’s keeping a secret to protect somebody and she’s going to find that, for all of her anger at Barry and Joe from last year, keeping this secret is not going to be so easy and it’s going to be weighing on her before she finally decides to take some action in an upcoming episode.”
What’s interesting is that there is a secret child living in Central City already, but it’s probably not Wally depending on where he is; instead, it is Oliver Queen’s secret son, who he still does not even know about. We’re wondering when that is going to become a plot point.
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