Did The Flash Just Give Away a Big Clue to Zoom’s Real Identity in Last Night’s Episode?

Wednesday, 17 February 2016 - 12:29PM
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Wednesday, 17 February 2016 - 12:29PM
Did The Flash Just Give Away a Big Clue to Zoom’s Real Identity in Last Night’s Episode?
The Flash has continued to bring fans an outstanding level of quality action, emotion, and storytelling, and the excitement only seems to grow as the show gears up for its last quarter of season 2. Though Zoom's identity in the comics is pretty fairly well known, fans have questioned whether or not it's really Hunter Zolomon behind the mask of this season's villain of the same namesake. As the show strides towards the conclusion of its second season, the answer to that question is now closer than ever, and last night's episode, "Escape From Earth-2," may have given a big hint as to who's really behind the mask.  

"Escape From Earth-2" began with Barry in Zoom's personal holding cell, alongside Harrison Wells' daughter, Jessie, and an unknown man in a steel mask. He stayed there for pretty much the duration of the episode, although while there, he made significant progress by teaming up with Jessie to try and figure out what exactly the man in the mask was trying to tell them by his incessant knocking. They soon come to the conclusion that the man's knocking was a type of code used by POW's, and were then able to get the first word from his code: Jay.  

Zoom soon found out that they were communicating and gave the Flash a good beating, a reminder of who's really the fastest man alive. Yet not before the Flash expresses his confusion to the man in the mask…what about Jay? Jay's back in Earth-1, he can't help, can he? The implications of the man's message could be a huge clue to the real identity of Zoom, and they'll be discussed in detail a bit further below.  

During the Flash's incarceration by Zoom, the team tracked down Killer Frost, under the impression that she might help them find Barry since he killed her lover, Deathstorm, in the previous episode. After she put up a bit of a fight and Cisco Ramone made the obligatory reference to Princess Elsa of Frozen, she agrees to lead them there.

Meanwhile, back on Earth-1, Caitlyn was able to create a new dose of the velocity serum that allows Jay to regain his speed for a brief time and save the city from Geomancer's destruction. Of course, this all came on the tail end of Central City questioning whether the Flash could really be there when they need him most - an answer which Iris was desperate to answer with a "yes" by way of an encouraging article in one of Central City's newspapers. She'll have no problem doing that, as the remainder of the team on Earth-1 finally put a stop to the villain's attacks.  

In the end, the rescue team on Earth-2 learns that Killer Frost tricked them into coming to Zoom's lair. However, she has a change of heart at the last moment, and is able to stop Zoom from following them while they make their getaway. The man in the mask has to be left behind, though, and the Flash promised to come back for him. The episode ends with a huge cliffhanger, as the Flash, Harrison, Jessie, and Cisco jump through the portal right after the team on Earth-1 is able to get it operational again. They close it, but not before Zoom reaches one hand in at the final moment, phasing it through Jay Garrick's chest and bringing him through the portal with him.  

So what exactly does all this mean concerning the identity of Zoom? Well, it all goes back to when Jay Garrick told Caitlyn that his Earth-1 counterpart was named Hunter Zolomon. Keeping that in mind, what if the man who fans have come to believe is Jay Garrick was actually lying about his identity when he first introduced himself? What if he was Hunter Zolomon from the opposite Earth, teaming up with his doppelganger to make sure that the team never got too close to bringing Zoom down?

There are some definite holes in this fan theory (most of them fillable, however), which is but one of those to hit the internet over the course of the season. Yet it does seem to make sense viewed in light of the man in the mask's message from last night's episode. What if the man was tapping out "Jay" because it was his name? What if that's why he was so distressed when Barry tried to explain that Jay was back on  Earth-1? One can't help but wonder that this might be the case.    

Other fan theories implicate the Earth-2 version of Barry's father, but this is purely based off of images of Zoom's eyes and facial structures compared to those of John Wesley Shipp's. Likewise, some believe that the only Hunter Zolomon is the one from Earth-1, and that he is somehow Zoom while his Earth-2 counterpart is Jay Garrick. As one can see, there's definitely no shortages of theories and speculations about the identity of this season's big bad.

The fact that this question has kept fans guessing for so long only demonstrates the strength of the creative team. The Flash continues to deliver tremendous acting, especially on the part of its lead (though admittedly, it was not nearly as fun to watch Earth-2 Barry), and the action has gotten increasingly better from some of the lackluster scenes featured earlier in the season. For instance, watching Jay Garrick finally being able to save the day was a whole lot of fun, and it's something that fans have been waiting months to see.

The Flash has continued to be a nearly impeccable show for its genre, and how the creative team behind it has been able to keep things so fresh and interesting with no huge "uh-oh, we screwed up with this" moments two years into the game is amazing. However, the fact that the show has reached such a peak towards the end of its second season is a bit troubling, considering that's when things made a terrible turn for the worse in reference to quality for its sister show, Arrow. Hopefully The Flash won't take a similar turn, and its lighthearted nature will save it from any similar potential pitfalls.  

Catch The Flash again next week at 8 p.m. Tuesday night.  
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