Flash EP Promises Season 3 Will Have Lighter Tone

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With the constant and deadly threat of Zoom hanging over Team Flash, season two of the speedster's CW series took a turn down a dark path. But, as executive producer Todd Helbing revealed in a chat with TV Line, season three of "The Flash" will feel more in-line with the show's upbeat first season.

Helbing said that the “last five [or] six episodes [of season two] were pretty dark,” acknowledging that the storyline -- which saw Zoom murder someone close to Barry Allen -- "got darker than we probably anticipated. So we’re making a conscious effort to go back more toward the tone of Season one.”

But just because season three will be lighter in tone doesn't mean Barry Allen will be safe from harm. In fact, the Flash will go up against two major villains -- at once. Those villains will be the still uncast "speed god" Savitar and Dr. Alchemy (voiced by Tobin Bell).

“[Season 3] is more about psychological warfare,” said Helbing, adding that “everything about [Savitar] is different than Zoom or Reverse-Flash... I can’t go into too much detail, but he’s quite a bit different.” The double threat will also put Barry in a new bind. “‘Just when I think I’ve taken down this guy, I’ve got this [other] dude to worry about, and vice versa,'” said Helbing, getting into Barry's mind a bit. “It’s like flanking.”

"The Flash" returns to the CW for season three on Tuesday, October 4 at 8 PM ET.

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