Tom Cavanagh’s Harrison Wells will be back for season 4 of The Flash. What could the latest version of this character do on the show?
Through three seasons of The Flash, Tom Cavanagh played three different Harrison Wells roles. The first was the imposter Wells, with Eobard “Reverver Flash” Thawne taking over the Earth-1 version. He was season 1’s big bad.
In season 2, “Harry” Wells returned, except from Earth-2 as The Flash explored other dimensions. This was a serious version of this non-comic book character, but also featured him as the father to Jesse Quick.
Season 3 had the humorous “HR” Wells enter from Earth-19. He remained for most of the season, until his death in the second-to-last episode. Earth-2’s Wells re-entered the picture.
For season 4’s version of Wells, The Flash executive producer Andrew Kreisberg teased to Entertainment Weekly the plans for Cavanagh’s character. It will bring back Harry, but there may be more to come:
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"Initially, it’s a return to the Earth-2 Wells, though I can tease that Harry won’t be the only Wells we’ll see this season. In the meantime, Harry will be struggling to find his own place. “He’s a genius, and his daughter is safe, and she’s The Flash on Earth-3, and he’s one of those people who’s realizing that he doesn’t have a life,” EP Andrew Kreisberg says. “So season 4 for Harry is really realizing what he’s missing in his life and what it is he needs to become a better, more complete person, and so he’s going to be going on a fairly epic emotional journey this season that is tied to The Thinker’s plan.”"
So, it looks like Harry will start season 4, but after that, it’s something viewers will have to wait and see what happens. There are dozens of Earths for The Flash to explore and given how Harrison Wells isn’t a comic book character, he can be plucked from anywhere in the multiverse.
For Harry, his ties to The Thinker will be interesting. It might be him feeling challenged by the smarts of Clifford DeVoe and further “struggling to find his own place,” as Kreisberg mentioned.
“What he needs in life” could also mean Harry looks for a girlfriend or future wife. The Flash applied a romance storyline for most, if not all, of its characters. Barry Allen, Iris, Joe and Wally West, Jesse, HR, Cisco Ramon, and Caitlin Snow are just some of those that were involved in a love arc.
What should be in store for Harry Wells and the next version of Harrison Wells?