Teddy Sears Teases Zoom's Origin Story--And the One Thing He Wasn't Lying About

Tuesday, 12 April 2016 - 2:38PM
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Tuesday, 12 April 2016 - 2:38PM
Teddy Sears Teases Zoom's Origin Story--And the One Thing He Wasn't Lying About

Spoilers for The Flash season 2 follow!


After a half-season of teasing, we finally learned Zoom's identity in the mid-season finale of The Flash, and it was Teddy Sears' Jay Garrick (slash Hunter Zolomon, slash we don't even know anymore). In next week's episode, we're finally going to learn Zoom's origin story, and Sears previews that it is actually quite similar to Barry's"

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"Hunter Zolomon's origin story is that it very closely mirrors the Barry Allen origin story," he told EW. "We're going to see what happened to Hunter as a child look almost exactly like what happened to Barry when he was a child. One man went one way and one man went the other."
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This isn't too much of a surprise, as the hero and villain share similar origin stories in the comics as well. Barry Allen's mother was murdered by a supervillain (Reverse-Flash in the show, and Zoom, funnily enough, in the comics), but his father was framed and jailed for the murder, while Zoom's mother was actually murdered by his father. So it seems that Zoom's origin on the television show will likely be somewhat similar to his comic book origins.

Sears also confirmed that the "Jay Garrick" that has been hanging out with Team Flash has been lying and manipulating them all along, and is "100 percent sociopathic":

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"Hunter absolutely is there on Earth-1 to steal Barry's speed; that's what takes him there. What begins to happen, too, is... like a truth [sic] sociopath would, Hunter would begin to enjoy the game; the game that one can play with another human being. If you're in a sociopathic state, that's one thing that you get a great kick out of; the hunt, the game, the chase... 

He's 100 percent sociopathic, 100 percent obsessed, very much a megalomaniac, someone who is obsessed with his own power. However, there was a really wonderful scene that I did with Grant where that opportunity for the audience to experience an understanding or a pathos for Hunter exists - at least that's what we were attempting."
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It seems that small shred of humanity will likely have something to do with Caitlin (as well as his mother). When asked if Hunter really cared about Caitlin, Sears responded:

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"Absolutely. That's something that Andrew Kreisberg, from the beginning, wanted to hammer into me. While there were games being played on all the other members of S.T.A.R. Labs, what he felt for Caitlin was the real deal... He essentially is one gigantic liar who has played them all, but he never played her. There are real feelings there. There's even an under-layer based on where he came from in his life - his origin story - that plays a big part in why he wants her, why he needs her, why he loves her."
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The Flash "Versus Zoom" airs April 19 at 8pm on The CW.
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