Since the very beginning of The Flash, there’s been a place for John Wesley Shipp. He was the star of CBS’ The Flash in 1990, and he played Barry Allen’s father, Henry Allen, in the new series. Additionally, Shipp was cast as the Flash of Earth-3, Jay Garrick. He eventually reprised his role as the older Barry Allen from the original series during Elseworlds. However, Shipp’s Barry met his demise in Crisis on Infinite Earths, But that doesn’t mean he’s done with The Flash. During an interview with Den of Geek, Shipp confirmed that he’ll be back as Jay in The Flash season 7. He just doesn’t know exactly when he will appear.
“I know Jay Garrick is coming back to the CW show, but they were supposed to be at a further point in the story,” said Shipp. “They didn’t get to play out the end of season six because of COVID as we know, so they’ve got to tie up some things. [The Flash showrunner] Eric Wallace has said that he does want to talk to me about some ideas about Jay Garrick going forward.”
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Jay’s Earth-3 was destroyed during Crisis along with other alternate universes. Regardless, Shipp assured fans that Jay and his wife, Joan, both survived the cataclysm.
“We know that Joan (Williams-Garrick) and Jay are on Earth Prime,” added Shipp. “We’ll see what they come up with. My experience with this group is that they’ve given you every reason to have faith that whatever they come up with is going to be interesting and you’re going to want to play it.”
The Flash season 7 will hit The CW in 2021.
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