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The Flash Reveals a Softer Side of Julian Albert

Is there a bromance brewing?

Megan Vick

[Warning: The following contains spoilers from Tuesday's episode of The Flash. Read at your own risk!]

It turns out that Julian Albert (Tom Felton) has a soft side after all!

This week's episode of The Flashrevealed a new possible bromance in Barry's (Grant Gustin) future. After weeks of passive aggressive warring with his CSI boss, Barry and Julian were finally able find some common ground after battling a hologram monster terrorizing Central City.

It turns out that Julian's fierce dedication to the rules -- and his hatred of Barry's disregard for them -- is because he so badly wants to be a meta himself. He wants powers so that he can change the world and finds it pathetic when meta humans use their extraordinary powers for things like robbing banks. The chip on his shoulder comes from his wealthy British family, which prides itself on tradition, and Julian never felt like he could fit in (cue all the Harry Potter fans laughing at this vague Malfoy-esque description).

What's the new Flash team member's secret?

Julian finally opening up to Barry was just the thing the two needed to find a way to communicate with each other that didn't drive the other one crazy. Barry may have the powers that Julian covets so badly, but he can definitely understand what it's like to constantly feel like you can never catch up to the world around you, no matter how fast you're going. There's always someone faster and more powerful, and you fear for yourself and the ones you love every day because you have no control over it.

The new bond doesn't just mean that Julian and Barry will have a more peaceful work existence, but could be the first steps to inducting Julian into Team Flash. We're pretty stoked about that, if only to have Cisco (Carlos Valdes) have the opportunity to make meta Draco jokes. On the serious side, now that we know that H.R. (Tom Cavanagh) is not the scientist that the team was hoping for, Julian could be the extra scientific mind the team needs. He may not get the powers, but heading up Team Flash could give Julian that chance he wants to change the world and be the foremost meta-human expert in the world. That'd make his parents' head spin, right?

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