There are only a handful of episodes left in The Flash‘s sophomore season, but the drama is still far from over. There are plenty of surprises still to come this season, including a new guest star and the appearance of an Arrow series regular. Here are three events to look forward to in the back half of The Flash Season 2.
1. Kevin Smith will direct an episode
As announced earlier this year, Clerks and Chasing Amy director Kevin Smith will helm episode 21 of the CW show’s sophomore. In the last few weeks, the director has been teasing the anticipated episode on social media, posting photos of both the script and himself on set.
“I love this show so much and dread making an episode that blows. The good news is both the cast and the crew of this most excellent entertainment do this sort of thing every week and need no help from me to craft a compelling comic book come to life,” he wrote in a caption last month. “I’m kinda just here to root them on and make the occasional suggestion.”
Adding to the anticipation for the Smith-directed installment? Zack Stentz, the writer of X-Men: First Class and Thor, penned the episode, rounding out its already great creative team.
Update 4/25/16: The CW has released the official synopsis for Smith’s episode, which reads: “With Barry gone, the team must figure out a way to handle the return of an old enemy – Girder. Realizing Girder is retracing his steps from his last attack, Iris volunteers to act as bait to trap him in S.T.A.R. Labs. Meanwhile, Barry fights to return to his old life.”
With plot details now released, fans are eagerly waiting to see how the director will bring his signature style to the episode in question, set to air on May 10. Speaking of which…
2. Jason Mewes will appear
Smith’s involvement in the series immediately sparked speculation that his famous characters, Jay and Silent Bob, may make a cameo in his episode. While Smith has debunked that rumor, he did confirm that Jason Mewes (who plays Jay) will show up in the episode in two separate roles.
“I did not put Jay and Silent Bob in it. I did put Jay in it … Arrow is his religion, he almost came to visit me on Flash, just so he could walk across the lot and look at the Arrow set, and dream about salmon laddering up,” he said during a recent Hollywood Babble-on podcast.
After hearing about Mewes being a fan, the writers wrote in a part (or actually, two, for him). “He’s got a role-role, and he plays an adult, which is weird. But we had a moment in the show where I could sneak him in ‘Where’s Waldo?’-esque into a background of a lot of characters. I can’t spoil anything, but I had a chance to put him in twice,” Smith described.
One of the roles is more significant than the other, as Smith explained. “The second one, he’s in a big shot where you see a lot of people. The [first] scene he’s in, he’s got lines, the other scene, he doesn’t. He’s standing amidst a bunch of people, but because he got to wear a mask, he loved that more than the other thing,” he said.
OK, so that doesn’t exactly tell us much, but at least now you know to keep an eye out for Mewes in background (and maybe under a mask) on the May 10 episode.
3. An Arrow character will show up
That’s right…The Flash is about to get a mini Arrow crossover. As recently revealed, Katie Cassidy will guest-star on the show as the Earth-Two version of Laurel Lance. In Arrow, Cassidy’s Laurel moonlights as the Black Canary. But in The Flash’s parallel universe, Laurel’s doppelganger will instead take on the moniker of DC hero Black Siren, a known member of the Justice Society and the mother of Dinah Laurel Lance.
Cassidy will guest star in the penultimate episode of The Flash‘s sophomore season, set to air on May 17.
The Flash airs at 8 p.m. Eastern on The CW.