All summer, cast and crew of The Flash have been teasing what Barry’s return from the Speed Force will mean for the team and for his life with Iris. Now, executive producer Andrew Kreisberg offers one concrete detail: couple’s therapy.
Kreisberg told Entertainment Weekly that sharing a leadership role on Team Flash will lead to the couple, played by Grant Gustin and Candace Patton, needing a mediator. “Barry and Iris keep comically clashing inadvertently because she’s used to being in charge, and he’s used to being in charge,” he explained. “The two of them with the therapist is some of the funniest stuff we have ever done on this show, but it also leads to a deepening of their relationship.”
You would think every member of Team Flash would already be in therapy considering their various traumas, unresolved issues from childhood, and cross-dimensional love affairs. Granted, Cisco would probably have to travel to Earth-19 to find a licensed therapist familiar with the sorts of issues he experiences thanks to to his Vibe abilities. Then again, there has to be a Harrison Wells somewhere in the Multiverse who chose counseling as his calling, right?
But highlighting Barry and Iris’s relationship woes and, hopefully, working through them would be a change of pace for the series. These two have a habit of walking away from each other over the slightest of disagreements. I wonder if that’s because they grew up as siblings? Or are we not talking about that anymore?
The Flash returns October 10th on The CW.