The next season is definitely much anticipated as fans are expecting a major comeback after a slightly disappointing finale. In the Flash season 3 finale, we saw Barry Allen left Central city & his loved ones behind and went into the speed-force with his mother. After they defeated Savitar with the help of Jay Garrick (Henry Allen dopple-ganger), the speed-force became extremely volatile and unstable, led to massive earthquakes that wreaked havoc upon the common folk. It required a powerful speedster to stabilize the effects and Flash volunteered as he held himself guilty of creating Flashpoint timeline.
It would be interesting to see how Team Flash grapples with Barry’s disappearance and new threats that awaits them. Things will get a lot crazier as the new villain who is known as “The Thinker” will come to the Central city to make things very difficult for Team Flash. He ain’t a speedster with a sinister agenda like Savitar, instead, he is the smartest person alive who will beat Cisco at his own game.
There were teases in season 3 as well, finally, at SDCC 2017, it was announced that Clifford DeVoe aka The Thinker will be the main villain of season 4. He will be the first ever non-speedster villain on the show. The actor is famous for his role in NCIS, The 100 etc. He is no stranger to larger than life characters.
Instead of speed, he will use his brain to outwit Flash. The battle is called as The Fastest Man Alive vs The Fastest Mind Alive. He was also caught in particle accelerator explosion and became super intelligent meta-human who intend to solve everything wrong with the humanity. He will have help from “The Mechanic” who is another DC villain. She will be the right-hand person of “The Thinker”. Her character has been described as “the truest of true believers who’ll stop at nothing to help him implement his plan to fix humanity”.
Todd Helbing, the show-runner of The Flash, recently spoke to TVLine and said:
“The Thinker literally is the smartest guy on the planet, so there’s a lot of chess pieces that he’s moving around simultaneously. As our team is figuring out who he is and what they think the plan is, there’s a lot of fun as we show the audience information and then have our team catch up to that information or surpass it. It’s a big mystery.”
Till now Flash has been pushed to his physical limits, Thinker will test his mental limits. Recently, WBTV released the official synopsis of premiere episodes of all the superhero shows. For “The Flash” season 4, it goes like this:
“Running up against an evil time remnant version of yourself is something no one should ever have to do, but that’s exactly what faced Barry Allen (aka The Flash) as he fought to save the life of fiancée Iris West from the God of Speed known as Savitar. Barry’s victory was short-lived, however, as an unbalanced Speed Force began to wreak havoc on Central City, forcing Barry to sacrifice himself for the greater good. With The Fastest Man Alive now trapped inside an extra-dimensional energy, and unknown dangers lurking in the shadows, it will be up to Team Flash to free Barry from his own personal Hell”.
The Flash season 4 premieres on October 10, 2017, on CW network. CHEERS!