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“Let’s take a break,” said none of the cast and crew of The Flash ever. No one would blame them if they wanted to: it’s first season is the most-watched CW show of all time, received near universal praise, and, in this nerd’s humble opinion, was the most good ol’ fashioned fun seen on a TV show in long time. The Flash team deserves to stop and smell their successful roses. Instead, the show is following the lead of its namesake, accelerating towards season two with a slew of casting announcements and a new costume for our hero.

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First up, Keiynan Lonsdale will join the cast as Wally West, aka Kid Flash aka Flash III. According to Variety, Lonsdale will be a series regular, although his connection to the West family is still undetermined. (Wally is Iris West’s nephew in the comics, but she appears to be an only child in the show.) Additionally, it is unclear how quickly the character will follow in the Scarlet Speedster’s fast footsteps. Executive producer Andrew Kreisberg said the Insurgent star was cast because he “embodied all of the heart and courage of a hero,” so expect Wally to suit up at some point during the season. My money’s on a mid-season sweeps episode.

Lonsdale’s casting is the latest addition to the expanding Flash family. At Comic-Con, it was announced that Teddy Sears will play Jay Garrick, aka the Golden Age Flash, and Shantel VanSanten will play Patty Spivot, the new partner of Det. Joe West. Because Eddie, you know … *wipes tears off keyboard*

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In a crossover episode with Arrow, this season will also introduce a few Legends of Tomorrow characters, the latest spin-off in the DC-CW-universe. Casper Crump will play Vandal Savage, the show’s immortal big bad, and Falk Henstchel will play Hawkman. Real quick, can we all admire how perfect that casting for Savage is:

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To top all this off, a preview photo shows Barry wearing a new costume that brings him one step closer to his comic book design.

So much Flash goodness to bask in. One of my favorite parts about the show is how eagerly and quickly they embraced their comic book roots, and these casting announcements suggest they’ll continue that trend during season two. Here’s hoping some of that energy will radiate onto Arrow, as well.

Put on the brakes for a second and let us know: are you excited for the debut of Wally and the other characters? Or is the show starting to look a bit crowded?

Variety; all photos from Variety

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