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.
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!
Last Updated: February 25, 2016