Jesse L. Martin is Temporarily Leaving The Flash

Astute viewers of The Flash may have noticed that Jesse L. Martin hasn’t had a very big role in the first few episodes of the fifth season. That’s not a coincidence, because Martin was injured between the fourth and fifth seasons of the show. Now, Martin is going to take some time off to heal, which leaves the fate of his character, Joe West, a potential mystery.

Via TVLine, Martin’s medical leave of absence has been cleared by The Flash‘s producers. However, there isn’t currently a time table for Martin’s return. Martin’s back was hurt, which explains why Joe has been seated in almost all of his scenes this season. Even the serial killer, Cicada, couldn’t get Joe to stand up! Entertainment Weekly confirmed the initial report and got an official statement. “Jesse Martin is taking a medical leave of absence from The Flash. We wish him a full and speedy recovery and look forward to his return as Detective Joe West,”

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Martin’s absence will be written into the show. That means there will probably be an excuse for Joe to step aside while his extended family goes through a time travel crisis. Nora, the future daughter of Barry and Iris, has turned her back on her parents and moved in with Joe and Cecile There is a possibility that Cicada may once again go after Joe and his family. Cicada believes that Vibe / Cisco is dead, but any close examination of Joe’s past will likely reveal his links to the Flash. If the show sets up an injury angle for Joe, it will probably revolve around Cicada in some way.

The Flash‘s fifth season is currently airing Tuesday nights on The CW.

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