Just by looking at the pics below we can tell just how heavy the whole situation is for Barry. He’s returning to a world where not only is he not the Flash, he might even be in the way, as he plays second fiddle to Wally West. We also see that Barry is forced to play sentry to his greatest nemesis, the Reverse Flash, without having the added support from his team at STAR labs. As Barry attempts to reconnect with his friends and family in a world where they have no shared history, he must also contend with the memories of his past which continue to slip away. The world will always need the Flash, but can there be a Flash without Barry Allen; and more importantly, should there be?
The name of the second episode of the season “Paradox” has already been released along with the description (via CBR.com)
“THE FLASH “Paradox” — (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (TV-14, LV) THE AFTERMATH — Barry (Grant Gustin) realizes the effects from Flashpoint are much greater than he thought. Meanwhile, Barry meets new co-worker Julian Albert (Tom Felton) and is surprised by Julian’s immediate disdain for Barry. Ralph Hemecker directed the episode written by Aaron Helbing & Todd Helbing. Original airdate 10/11/2016.”
Not much is known about the character of Julian Albert as of now, beyond his rivalry with Barry as a CSI. It’s also unclear if he has any connection to The Flash or if he has latent abilities or already is a metahuman. Felton of course is no stranger to villains, as he’s played a villain in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and of course his iconic role as Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter films. In any case, while his character appears to be just a rival, Felton’s history at villainous roles could be hinting at something much more sinister down the road.
“Flashpoint” premieres this Tuesday, Octobcer 4th 8PM/7PM Central, with “Paradox” the following week October 11th at the same time; only on the CW.