Earlier this week, The CW released a new trailer for Season 2 of The Flash, which debuts Tuesday, October 6 at 8 PM ET. Today, the network released an extended trailer, which features much of the same footage, but gives us our first look at Shantel VanSanten as Patty Spivot. Patty is a new cop at the Central City Police Department, who has an obsession with "metahumans" and develops a crush on Barry Allen (Grant Gustin), unaware that he is actually The Flash. In addition to this trailer, Entertainment Weekly spoke with executive producer Andrew Kreisberg, who shed some light on a number of the new characters we'll see this season, starting with Patty Spivot. Here's what he had to say below.
"She's got a very specific reason for wanting to fight metahumans, which we'll learn about during the course of the season. She's a science nerd, too. She really loves the science aspect of it, and she and Barry Allen really bond on that level, but she also loves the action. She earns her metahuman fighting stripes in the second episode. One of the cool things about Patty is it's one thing to take on bank robbers, it's another to take on someone who can turn into poison gas, or another guy who can control the weather. At a key moment early on, Patty is the only cop who stands her ground, and that proves to Joe that she's got what it takes."
Another new addition this season is the original Flash, Jay Garrick, played by Teddy Sears. Jay was the first Flash in the comics, but it was revealed in the iconic 1961 comic, "Flash of Two Worlds," that they both existed in alternate universes, known as Earth-1 and Earth-2. In this series, Jay comes to warn Barry and his team about a nefarious threat, and as Andrew Kreisberg explains, he's more "world-weary" than Barry is.
"There's a little condescension from Jay. Jay is a little bit more world-weary and he's seen a lot. He's been The Flash for a while, so he's a little further along in his career. He's seen a lot of darkness, and it's jaded him a little bit. He thinks Barry can be a bit naïve about the way the world works... One of Barry's greatest gifts - and truly it's one of Grant's greatest gifts, too - is he's got such an infectious energy and such a purity of heart that he makes you want to be a better person. As much as Barry learns from Jay about being The Flash, Jay learns just as much about being a good person from Barry."
Another character fans are excited to see is Wally West, played by Keiynan Lonsdale. Wally is the nephew of Iris West, played by Candice Patton, who, in the comics, becomes known as Kid Flash. Here's what Andrew Kreisberg had to say about adding Wally West this season.
"I would liken Wally coming in to the way we brought on Colton Haynes on to Arrow. Just like with Colton Haynes, who eventually one day put on the Arsenal costume, I wouldn't be surprised if one day Wally West becomes Kid Flash. Part of the season is watching Barry mature and grow up not just as The Flash, but as Barry Allen. Suddenly introducing him to a bit of a wayward kid who has some attitude problems and some authority issues and is quick with a sassy remark - all of which is very Wally West - and then watching Wally integrate into S.T.A.R. Labs universe, but also just the world of these characters, is going to be a lot of the fun of the back half of the year."
Finally, Andrew Kreisberg gave some new details on this season's main villain, Zoom, who will be voiced by Tony Todd. However, a big part of this season revolves around the mystery of who Zoom really is, underneath that demonic mask and costume. The executive producer revealed that Zoom will have a specific agenda that will be laid out in the first half of this season.
"We wanted another speedster as a villain, but we wanted to do something slightly different. Reverse Flash felt like a warrior, and what we wanted this time was something more akin to a monster. When you finally see Zoom, he looks like a demon, and it's really scary. It's more horrific. You should feel like when one of H.R. Giger's aliens comes in the room. The mask is really amazing. Like with Wells last year, he has a very specific agenda and a very specific and very clean reason for doing what he's doing. When we open the season, he's a villain of Earth-Two, and now he has access to Earth-One. Yet again, our team has created their own nemeses for the season. Watching how Zoom enacts his plan is the plot of the first nine episodes."
In addition, Andrew Kreisberg was also tasked with giving brief teases for a number of the show's characters. For Barry, he replied, "New love," Iris' tease was "Face from the past and Caitlin Snow's tease was a cryptic "Brrrr." In the first season finale, fans got a glimpse of Caitlin as her villainous alter-ego from the alternate dimension, Killer Frost. For Cisco, the producer teased "Metahuman," hinting at a possible transformation into Vibe, and he also hinted that Harrison Wells is "Alive?" Rounding out these brief teases are "Stalwart" for Joe West, "Bravery" for Ronnie Raymond, "Heart" for Henry, "Broken" for Jay Garrick and "Delightful" for Patty Spivot. Take a look at the latest trailer for The Flash before the new season arrives October 6.