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THE FLASH Star Candice Patton Teases Iris and Season 2

By on September 6, 2015

Candice Patton

Joseph Zitt assisted with on-site reporting. 

The Flash’s first season offered quite a whirlwind introduction to the world of Central City, and fans quickly fell in love with its host of characters.

One of those characters is Iris West, a smart and audacious journalist for Central City News. The daughter of police detective Joe West, Iris is also the foster sister, best friend and — as we briefly saw — the future wife — of Barry Allen, better known as The Flash.  

The series first season saw Iris’ journalistic senses and relationship with Barry grow in interesting and emotional ways. Her loyalty was tested and her heart was broken. It also saw her gradually move out of the darkness about the identity of the city’s masked speedster, and by the end, she had finally (and permanently) uncovered Barry’s other “job” as a hero to and protector of Central City.

Season two’s Tuesday, October 6 premiere is coming up fast. As such, we took the opportunity to talk with Patton at this year’s DragonCon about what’s ahead for Iris and the rest of the Star Lab crew. Here are eight things we learned about The Flash’s highly anticipated sophomore season and one of its leading ladies.


Iris Might Not Lead Team Flash, But She’ll Help Save It

Fans got a taste of what Iris would bring to team Flash last season, and from that many anticipated she would to take on a serious leadership role within the team. Some even went so far as to say she’d be the new team parent, filling Wells’ old shoes. Patton confirmed that fans will see Iris in a much different role.

[Iris] is one of the few people who can really, really talk to Barry and rally him when he needs to be rallied,” Patton said. “There’s a point very early on in season two that she needs to do that with Barry and gets Star Labs back together, and back on its footing. They’re all shaken up and I think a lot of them are at the point of walking away. Iris is the one who comes in and tells them “We’re a team and we have to fight to save this city.” So that’s kind of her role in terms of being a leader in that sense.”

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