'The Flash' season 2 spoilers: Zoom takes Joe as hostage; Grant Gustin says Barry will stay optimistic despite Henry's death

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The CW’s superhero series “The Flash” is down to its final episode for season 2, showcasing one of the most important people in Barry Allen’s (Grant Gustin) life in a threatening situation.

Titled “The Race of His Life,” episode 23, the concluding installment, will see the final showdown between the titular character and Zoom (guest star Teddy Sears). The latter reveals his true plan and Flash vows to do whatever it takes to stop him.

As Barry still reels from the shocking death of his father Henry (John Wesley Shipp) in the hands of the enemy, it seems like he may need to put his grief aside first as the stakes will be very high and personal.

The promotional photos released by the network revealed that Zoom has taken Joe (Jesse Martin) – his surrogate father and arguably, his best friend – as a hostage. The villain will order the young speedster to race him to determine who between them is really the fastest.

In a recent interview with Comicbook.com, Gustin promises to fans that Barry will not lose his optimism after witnessing the death of his father, “[His] whole perspective on life is to constantly move forward with his life, and let his past be a part of it, but stay optimistic and kind of live your life.”

The actor added that the past tragedies will help Barry at the present time, “He lost his mom at a young age, he saw her right in front of him, then went back in time and watched it again… he’ll find a way to deal with this. He’s not going to let it ruin him.”

Talking to TVLine, he also shared that going forward, “I haven’t thought about Barry or where he’s going since we ended. It was such an emotional ending that I needed a break from the character but before Comic-Con I’ll talk to our producers to kind of figure out what’s going on with season 3.”

“The Flash” season 2 finale is slated to air on Tuesday, May 24 at 8 P.M. EST.