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The Flash: [SPOILER] Leaves the Team - And Central City

SPOILER WARNING: This article contains major spoilers for “Luck Be a Lady,” the latest episode of The Flash.

Wally West is taking a sabbatical from Team Flash. In "Luck Be a Lady," the latest episode of The Flash, the speedster known as Kid Flash revealed that he is leaving Central City for Blue Valley in order to "focus on himself."

Wally announced his decision in the wake of Hazard's capture. "The city was about to blow up and no one realized I wasn't here," he said to the team. "I went to Earth-2. I had to talk to Jesse [about her decision to break up with me]. Hear it from her. She told me she needs to focus on herself, and I get it. And I think I have to do the same, right? So I'm leaving Central City. I'm going to go stay with a friend in Blue Valley for a while."

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This revelation, of course, stunned the team. Nevertheless, Barry was quick to validate Wally's decision. "Every hero has their own journey. If yours is taking you on a new path, you owe it to yourself to go," he told Wally.

Wally responded by giving Barry a hug, then moved around the room to hug the rest of the team, pausing only when his father Joe pulled him aside. "I don't want anything more than for you to find what you're looking for, but I've spent so much time without you in my life. I don't want to lose you," Joe said tearfully.

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"You'll never lose me, Dad," Wally replied. "Plus, I'm a speedster. You need me, and I'll come running." This opens the door for Wally to return whenever he is needed.

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Notably, Wally will be headed to Blue Valley, a location which should sound familiar to longtime Flash fans. In the comics, Wally West was born and raised in Blue Valley, a town in northeastern Nebraska. The town is also the home of Pat Dugan, aka S.T.R.I.P.E., and Courtney Whitmore, aka Stargirl, who also appeared in DC's Legends of Tomorrow as a member of the Justice Society of America.

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Team Flash won't have to wait long to fill the gap left by Wally's absence. In the next episode, “Elongated Journey Into Night,” Ralph Dibney -- aka Elongated Man -- will turn up in Central City.

Starring Grant Gustin as the Scarlet Speedster, The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW. The series also stars Jesse L. Martin, Tom Cavanagh, Carlos Valdes, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Keiynan Lonsdale and more.

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