There might be another speedster in Central City and he's more than up for the challenge.
On Tuesday's episode of The Flash, Wally West (Keiynan Lonsdale) will realize that he was very in touch with the speed force during "Flashpoint." The dreams of his former abilities will come back to him, and that means he can go to Dr. Alchemy to have those powers invigorated in the current timeline.
Wally having full use of his speedster powers is something fans have been waiting for since he first appeared on the show last season. The audience was teased with it in "Flashpoint," but now Wally may have the chance to fully embrace his destiny as Kid Flash. We know that he'll at least meet with Dr. Alchemy, but it remains to be seen whether Wally will make a deadly deal to get the powers he thinks he deserves.
TVGuide.com talked to Lonsdale about what it would mean for Wally to become a speedster, whether it'll help him with his long distance relationship and what Wally needs in order to be the hero he believes himself to be.
TVGuide.com: Why does Wally feel like he needs these powers in order to contribute to the team?
Keiynan Lonsdale: I think, especially now, there's a feeling that he has since "Flashpoint," where he can sense and he can feel that there is a part of him that is supposed to be the superhero, that is supposed to be a speedster. First, he just had this feeling. Then it was the fact he was hit with the Particle Accelerator last season, but didn't receive any powers. Then Jesse [Violett Beane] has powers. Now he's getting these visions and it's like, "Okay, this is meant to be." He's really following that and it feels like his destiny to him. He's never really completely found his place or known exactly who he was or where he stands in this world. For the first time, he has that feeling.
Can you tease what his reaction will be when he finds out that he had these powers in "Flashpoint" and Barry neglected to tell him?
Lonsdale: I think he'll just be confused. Wally struggles a lot. In The Flash world, there are a lot of secrets. These people can get really affected by that. They know that, at the end of the day, everyone is hiding something to protect them and keep them safe. It's out of love, but that can be really frustrating because a lot of these people feel the right to know who they are. When that's being kept from you, that can be a little disheartening. For Wally, he's getting a little bit frustrated with other people shaping his destiny. He wants to shape it for himself.
Will getting his powers help him deal with his insecurity complex when it comes to Barry?
Lonsdale: That's definitely lessened from last season. When he didn't know that Barry was The Flash, that was a big reason for his insecurities. He couldn't understand why everyone was looking up to Barry, what it was he was doing or who he was. Now he has a huge appreciation and respect for that. There's still, I suppose, a little bit of tension there. For Wally, if he feels like there's this uneven treatment, he's going to call it out. In terms, of getting powers, will that help him? Getting powers doesn't always change the person that you are. It can heighten certain qualities. That's something that Wally would have to, with or without powers, sort of deal with.
When you have powers we know that speedsters have the capability of jumping between dimensions and Earths. Would getting powers make it easier for Wally and Jesse to be together?
Lonsdale: [laughs] I suppose! If that was the case, then the long distance relationship would be easier to manage. I feel like that takes some skill and effort. I don't know if the family would always approve of him jumping to different Earths.
What are you most excited for fans to see in this episode?
Lonsdale: It's a different side of Wally, completely. For me, it was so much fun to play, as we saw in the trailer, he's been getting these sort of visions. He's sort of possessed and that was so much fun to play, someone that's out of control...Fans can be excited about the interaction between Wally and Iris. When I read the kind of beef that they have, and the physical sort of fight that's going on, I was really excited for Iris' character. It was really fun.
What do you think Wally needs to be fully happy and content?
Lonsdale: For Wally to be truly happy and on the right path, I think he needs to be confident enough to stand on his own. He is the youngest in the group, but I think it's a matter of him being able to step up and say, "Yes, I'm young. Yes, I'm inexperienced but I know my place in this world. I'm going to do the right thing and everyone has to trust me with doing that." He just wants to feel like they all believe in him.
The last question is a little bit about the future. I know that you have a lot of professional dance experience thanks to Dance Academy. Is there any chance we're going to see those moves in the musical crossover later this season?
Lonsdale: I have no idea. That's the honest truth. I really, really hope so.
We should start lobbying for that, right now.
Lonsdale: Please do!
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The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8/7c on The CW.