“The Flash’s” Wally West (Keiynan Lonsdale) might be new to Central City, but DC Comics fans know that he’s destined for greatness as the Scarlet Speedster’s future protege and eventual successor — so it’s no surprise that the character is already feeling the need for speed, even if that puts him at odds with his law-abiding sister Iris (Candice Patton) and cop father Joe (Jesse L. Martin).
In the Jan. 2 episode of The CW hit, titled “Fast Lane,” Iris becomes concerned for Wally’s safety after she finds out about his drag racing hobby, and Variety has an exclusive sneak peek at what comes next, as Iris makes a bold move that may backfire on both West siblings.
“It’s a really interesting episode because Wally’s drag racing starts to become a real issue for both him and Joe,” executive producer Andrew Kreisberg recently told Variety. “And Iris takes it upon her journalistic self to insert herself into the story. It’s really Iris driving the action in that episode and there’s some great emotion between Iris and Wally and a great scene between Joe and Wally. As we said at the beginning of the year, because so much of the Allen family drama from last year was solved, it’s really been about the West family and these episodes with Wally and Joe and Iris all getting to know each other and trickily trying to navigate this insta-family comes to a head in that episode.”
Elsewhere in the hour, Barry (Grant Gustin) teams up with Wells (Tom Cavanagh) to figure out a way to close the breaches, but they are distracted by a meta-human nicknamed Tar Pit (guest star Marco Grazzini) who can transform into liquid asphalt. Rachel Talalay directed the episode with story by Brooke Eikmeier and teleplay by Kai Yu Wu & Joe Peracchio.
Check out our interview with Kreisberg to learn more about what’s coming up on “The Flash,” including an impending visit to Earth-2.
“The Flash” airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on The CW.