The Flash executive producer talks about the Zoom reveal

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This week’s episode of The Flash was a big one. After 15 episodes of terrorising the Central Cities of two separate realities, Zoom’s identity was finally revealed. Here’s the part of the story where I remind you that there are MASSIVE FREAKIN’ SPOILERS AHEAD so just in case you haven’t seen the latest episodes yet, now might be the time to close this page. Go on, I’m trying to help you out here. Scoot, skedaddle already.

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Everyone else gone? Okay, cool. So, this week’s episode of The Flash revealed that Zoom was Jay Garrick all along. Or a Jay Garrick at least, as he happened to have ended the previous episode by killing his Earth-2 counterpart. A move which might count as suicide, if you examine it carefully. Anyway, The Flash producer Andrew Kreisberg spoke about the deja vu whammy of a reveal to EW.

“Zoom’s identity has been revealed: He is Hunter Zolomon, a.k.a Jay Garrick,” Kresiberg said.

How all of that plays out and what’s actually happening, we’ll leave for after the break, but we wanted to go out on this run of episodes with a big reveal, just the same way we did at the end of episode 9 in season 1, where we revealed that Harrison Wells was the man in the yellow suit. Zoom’s identity is finally revealed.

It’s an even larger betrayal than last year in some ways, because they’re all going to feel like they should’ve been inoculated against it. ‘Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me.’…They let this person in. Part of the reason he was able to do that was because there was a hole in the center of their group, and he knew that. He was able to step in because they wanted it so desperately. Barry was missing his mentor, Wells, and here comes Jay offering to be his mentor. Caitlin had lost Ronnie, and then here comes Jay offering to be her new knight in shining armour.

This is all massively ironic of course, as Earth 2’s Harrison Wells warned the STAR labs team not to trust Garrick, even though the rest of the team didn’t trust him:

For us, there was all of this great, delicious irony to the whole thing. It happens in a way that didn’t make them look stupid, that the reason he was able to manipulate them was because he was playing on their emotions. It wasn’t because they were gullible. They actually took precautions in the beginning — Barry locked him up right away — but all of them had that need for a center and for a new star to right their ships by. Jay’s one charming, smooth guy and he was able to manipulate them in that way.

That just leaves one other mystery to be resolved: Who the hell is that chap in the iron mask that Zoom has locked up? Earth-5 Jay Garrick? An alternate reality Leonardo DiCaprio who has taken method-acting way too far? The identity of the man in the [iron] mask is, in some ways, probably an even bigger surprise than this one, if you can imagine it,” Kreisberg said.

It’s a new mystery to pull you through the season. Barry swore he wasn’t going to leave him behind. Something tells me Barry’s going to make good on that promise.

There’s a lot of head-scratching theories out there as to just what the hell is really going on, from Zoom being the evil twin of Earth-2 Garrick, a split personality or even a future version of the speedster that has gone mental. Lots of theories worth discussing. But bugger that. Let’s talk about how awesome KING FREAKIN’ SHARK WAS!

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KING. SHARK!

Last Updated: February 25, 2016

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  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    The oke wearing that kiff helmet is Blerrie’s pa!

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    That’s a rubbish shark too…

    • Think of the rugby possibilities in the Super Whatever this year, maaaaaaaaaaaaan.

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        This isn’t soccer, biting’s illegal in rugby. :/

  • Viking Of Science

    I’m Calling it, The Man in the Mask is Earth-2 Wally West, Who will somehow inherit Zoom’s Speedforce and Become (grown up) Kid Flash.

  • Hammersteyn

    When do we see Emperor Ming?

    • CypherGate

      Most probably season 3

  • bubukiddy

    It’s simple. The guy in the mask is the actual jay. If you saw up close, the hair would indicate the right type of age, and he went mental when Barry called the other guy Jay. And we all know that Hunter is the original Zoom… Damn fake jay even told Caitlin how he wasn’t fast enough and had wanted more speed…

  • ElNicko

    Think it has something to do with the ‘Velocity’ serum that Jay took on earth 2.

  • DragonSpirit009

    Oh well… I read the spoiler. Good thing I have no idea what I just read. I only started watching the first season of Flash this week.

    • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

      I watched a bit of it, and then realised that Queen would never be doing the themesong again, this made me sad and caused my loss of interest, that and the twenty crossovers to the less than appealing Arrow series, the silly acting and story in general…

      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        It’s sad to see how far Arrow has fallen. I still think for Arrow to return to form, it needs to have a character cull, or at least return to basics (in other words, just Oliver).

        I know the tumblerinas love Felicity, but the show isn’t Felicity and friends… it’s freaking ARROW!!!

  • CypherGate

    Ok first off. This series needs to flesh out there meta bad guys a lot more. King Shark looked awesome. Looked powerful and yet in a few minutes he was taken out so easily. REALLY? They could have made the fight a lot more epic. At least over two or MAYBE 3 episodes. I dont know… I just feel they can do SO much more with this series. Dont get me wrong Im loving the flash. Its awesome. What kinda is starting to irritate me is Barry being a bit of a pussy in each episode and he has to get someone that loves him to boost his confidence like all the time. REALLY? Come on mr grow a little bit more balls than that! Lastly… the Zoom identity reveal… felt so…. underwhelmed to me. I dont know. When he took it off and it turned out to be Garrick I felt like… oh ok its him. I think if they revealed him in a more devastating way like killing Garrick before the portal closes with him pulling off his mask and then vanishing would have been awesome and a shock to the core not just to the fans, but to Barry and the bunch. It would freak their minds out and give them tons more questions about WHAT THE HELL IS going on lol

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