Wally West may not turn out to be the hero that Flashpoint made him.
As viewers of The Flash have come to learn, Wally (Keiynan Lonsdale) has been dreaming of a reality in which he has powers, a side effect recent meta-of-the-week Magenta suffered before receiving her powers from big bad Doctor Alchemy. Will Wally also turn into a villain in a bid to gain super speed? EW turned to Lonsdale to find out:
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Wally is starting to have dreams of being a speedster. How will he react to learning that he had powers in this alternate timeline?
KEIYNAN LONSDALE: I don’t think he’ll necessarily be super cool with it. He’s had this feeling, and he’s been expressing that he has this feeling, that he’s wanted to be a speedster. Finding out that he’s not crazy and there actually is another life where he was that speedster, it’s disheartening because Wally always wants people to have faith in him. His insecurity is then played on, because people often think he’s a bit of a loose cannon. For him, he thinks that people can’t trust him being the good guy that he is. I think he’s a little ticked off by that.
Will he be angry with Barry over Flashpoint?
He still has to stand with where he stands. Everyone made the decision that we won’t know about our alternate lives in Flashpoint. That’s the decision that we all made. As much as he can be angry, they all agreed on this. He’s not going to be able to stop his emotions, but at the same time, he can’t take everything out on Barry.
He basically jumped in front of a truck to get speed, so how far will he go to get powers? Should we be worried that Wally could turn evil?
I definitely think we can be worried. With Alchemy being involved, it’s dangerous. Wally really does want these powers, but he also is a good guy at heart. This is going to be something that’s super tempting for him. We’ll just have to see what he’s willing to lose of himself to go that far, if he does.
How will this affect Wally’s dynamic with his family?
They certainly love him and want to protect him. They’ve only just recently gotten to know and love each other. No one wants to let that go, but Wally is feeling a little restricted. Either way, with or without powers, at the end of the day, he’s feeling like he can’t be his full self and that will always be a problem. That’s going to be an ongoing thing.
We see in the promo that they lock up Wally. How will he feel about that?
There’s a lot going on in Wally’s head in this episode. As they said in the sneak peek, he’s possessed, so we really don’t know what he’s going to do, how much power Alchemy has over him, or whether this is pure just desperation for wanting his powers. They lock him up and I don’t think he would love the idea, but I’m sure that if there was a discussion and he knew he was out of his head, it’s something he’d have to agree with.
This must be an interesting season for you to go from elation over getting to suit up as Kid Flash to the possibility of being a villain.
I’ve been so lucky with Wally. He’s constantly growing and evolving. It’s so much fun in such a short amount of time. For me, an episode like this was so much fun, because I got to play someone who is completely and totally different to how a sane Wally is. His emotions are being played with almost every episode with something new. It’s been challenging.
With Caitlin hiding her own powers, will she and Wally find any common ground?
Everyone can relate that has powers in general. For Wally, right now, it’s Will he be getting powers? He’s really just thinking about himself at this point. I’m sure that he could relate to anyone struggling with that. Caitlin, as this stage, she’s not really interested in having those powers, where Wally is, so I think they’re on a different scale.
Will Wally play any role in the crossover?
Is there anything you can tease about the midseason finale?
This midseason finale is going to be really awesome. The fans are going to love it. It’ll be a really great and exciting way to pause the season and leave you guessing what’s going to happen next. It was really fun to shoot. It was awesome for me, because I joined around the midseason finale last season, so it was a really cool moment for me to be like, “Wow, I’ve been here pretty much a year,” and it’s still so much fun.
We’ll find out who Doctor Alchemy is in the midseason finale. How surprised were you by the reveal?
It’s all pretty surprising. There are certain things that we get to find out early on, and other things they leave to the last second for us. It was another surprise. People will be excited about it. I was.
The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.