'The Flash' season 3 spoilers: Executive producer talks Flashpoint, villains and lighter tone


“The Flash” is returning to The CW this October, and when the show premieres, fans will find that things are very different in Central City after Barry (Grant Gustin) triggered the Flashpoint event. Ahead of the premiere, executive producer Aaron Helbing previewed the new season, revealing how Flashpoint will affect everyone, and how this season will have a lighter tone than the previous installment.

Speaking with Collider at the Television Critics Association summer press tour, Helbing said that when viewers get to see Barry again, he’s living with his parents and is very happy about it.

“He finally is having the life that he’s always wanted, but there’s always a give and take to everything,” said the producer. As part of the consequences of changing the timeline, Barry no longer has his foster father, Joe (Jesse L. Martin), in his life, and he never grew up with Iris (Candice Patton). He also did not go to S.T.A.R. Labs and have Cisco (Carlos Valdes), Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) and Dr. Wells (Tom Cavanagh).

Helbing said that at some point, Barry will realize that there are consequences to what he has done.

“He’ll realize that there are consequences to the choices that he made, and he has to deal with those consequences,” he explained. “Every time you make a choice, it can go A or B.”

Helbing also said that season 3 won’t be as dark as the previous season.

“This season, we definitely plan on having a lighter tone,” he revealed, adding that while evil will still be in Barry’s world, things won’t definitely be as dark as the Zoom storyline.

On the big bads that Barry will be facing this season, Helbing said that he’s excited about Doctor Alchemy as they haven’t had someone like him on the show.

“He can take X and turn it into Y,” the producer said about the new villain, adding that it mirrors what happened with Barry when he was just a normal guy who got struck by lightning with the dark matter from the Particle Accelerator.

Other than Doctor Alchemy, “Awkward” star Ashley Rickards will guest star as The Top, a character who has the power to make people’s heads spin. The show will also see the return of Reverse-Flash (Matt Letscher) and Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller).

“The Flash” season 3 premieres Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.