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Natalie Abrams
July 11, 2015 AT 12:00 PM EDT

Teddy Sears and Shantel VanSanten have joined the cast of The Flash as DC comic book characters in season 2, it was announced during Saturday’s Comic-Con panel.

Sears (Masters of Sex) will play Jay Garrick, well known as the first DC Comics character to take on the mantle of The Flash. In the TV show, Jay is a mysterious figure who arrives in Central City to warn Barry Allen and his team at STAR Labs of an impending danger that he along cannot hope to stop.

“Having Jay Garrick come onto the show was one of our earliest ideas,” executive producer Andrew Kreisberg said. “It is so exciting, as we rush into season 2, that we finally get to bring the Crimson Comet to life. We couldn’t imagine anyone more suited to play the original Flash than Teddy.”

Meanwhile, VanSanten (One Tree Hill, The Messengers) will play Patty Spivot, a more recent addition to The Flash’s comic book history. Patty is a police officer and science enthusiast who catches the eye of Barry Allen. Patty is obsessed with metahumans and partners with Det. Joe West (Jesse L. Martin) this season, but has no idea that her new crush is The Flash.

“We were huge fans of The Messengers and are excited to have Shantel join us to help complicate Barry Allen’s love life in season 2,” said Kreisberg.

Check out The Flash sizzle reel:

The Flash returns Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.

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