THE FLASH cast and crew reveal identity of Reverse Flash, tease upcoming episodes

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SPOILER ALERT! Well, kind-of SPOILER ALERT for anybody who couldn’t yet figure out the fairly obvious clues thrown at the audience in The Flash‘s explosive mid-season finale “The Man In Yellow”. CW’s hit DC Comics series ended its first batch of episodes last year by having the identity of Barry Allen aka The Flash’s blurry nemesis possibly revealed when the always shady Dr Harrison Wells was shown to be in possession of the yellow suit worn by the “Reverse Flash” that killed Barry’s mother and threatened Det. West.

But since Wells was previously shown to be in the room at the same time as the Reverse Flash, and one other character is a very likely suspect (more on that later), some fans were still not entirely convinced that Wells was the man in yellow. Well, get ready to be convinced, because during a “Heroes and Villains” panel held at TCA yesterday (via EW), actor Tom Cavanagh, who plays wells in the hit show, cleared the air quite unequivocally:

“[Wells is] the man in the yellow suit. Yes, I am Reverse Flash.”

Well, that leaves no room for doubt. If you’re left scratching your head at how the Wells and the Reverse Flash could be in the same room together though, well… Ok, so I won’t spoil that one for you, but if you’re a comic book fan and know how the Reverse Flash’s powers work, you would know that it would be quite easy for him to pull off. One of the reasons why I don’t want to give anything away is because it also ties into how/why Reverse Flash killed Barry’s mom nearly two decades earlier. That’s something that we will definitely see in the upcoming episodes, but in a special way, as executive producer Andrew Kreisberg explained:

“We’re going to see what happened that night from the Reverse Flash’s point of view. I didn’t say it was from Wells’ point of view, I said it was from the Reverse Flash’s point of view.”

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The plot thickens! Speaking of which, I mentioned earlier that there was another candidate for the identity of Reverse Flash, and it’s somebody that won’t be obvious to non-comic book readers: Det. Edward Thawne (played by Rick Cosnett). In the comics, the Reverse Flash’s real name is Eobard Thawne. That’s far too close to be a co-inky-dink, and that’s because it’s not, as Kreisberg continued:

“His name is not an accident. Eddie’s connection to the Reverse Flash lore is going to pay off big time in the back half of the year.”

So could there be two Reverse Flashes? After all, there have been different people in the Flash comic book mythology to hold that title. Well, that would be a definitive no, according to Cavanagh:

“There is just one Reverse Flash. When we get into that moment and really start parsing through details of what that moment is, it’s going to be very gratifying to the audience. It’s got deeper levels. There’s so much more to it.”

And we will start getting into those deeper levels when The Flash returns from it’s mid-season break with it’s 10th episode, “Revenge of the Rogues”. That episode hits US screens next week on the 20th January, while locally it will air on the 27th January.

Last Updated: January 13, 2015

Kervyn Cloete

A man of many passions - but very little sleep - I've been geeking out over movies, video games, comics, books, anime, TV series and lemon meringues as far back as I can remember. So show up for the geeky insight, stay for the delicious pastries.

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