The Flash fans have gotten used to meeting new versions of Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh), and it sounds like Season 5 will introduce a one-of-a-kind one.
In a recent interview with TVLine, showrunner Todd Helbing gave details about the newest iteration of Wells, who is dubbed “Sherloque”. As Helbing revealed, Sherloque Wells will play a unique role in taking down Season 5 big bad David Hersch/Cicada (Chris Klein), even if he ruffles a few feathers in the process.
“[He’s] a master detective from a different earth, and he’s come to help [the team] track down Cicada.” Helbing explained. “He’s pretty awesome at his job, and Ralph [Dibny (Hartley Sawyer)] doesn’t take too kindly to somebody that has skills that may or may not be better than his.”
According to Helbing, Sherloque will also get a female love interest in Season 5, but it’s unclear if that will be a new or existing character.
Those involved with The Flash have teased bits and pieces about Sherloque in the past, with Cavanagh having a pretty lighthearted approach to it all.
“I’m just doing my darnedest to get this show cancelled, one guy after one guy after one guy and somehow I haven’t quite struck that note yet, but maybe this year,” Cavanagh joked during this summer’s San Diego Comic-Con. “This guy will be filled with intrigue and deceit, fun, humor, intensity, and very loud. I don’t know about the last bit, but it’s going to be really a prime-time viewing. I think. It’s good, it’s going to be really fun. You’ll have to watch and see.”
The Flash has certainly had its fair share of Harrison Wellses over the years, ranging from the maniacal to the fairly kooky. With Season 5, Cavanagh and Helbing actually entertained a few different possibilities, before ultimately deciding on Sherloque.