So I didn’t get time to write a post about the last Flash episode, but I did want to discuss a little about Zoom. Up until recently we haven’t seen too much of Zoom, but now that we have a greater sense of who he is, it’s time to starting theorising on his true identity.
Spoilers for The Flash season 2 follow!
Last season we spent a little while trying to figure out who the man in yellow was. For the comic readers out there things got confusing when they introduced Eddie Thawne and not the other Thawne we all knew. Eventually we found out that Harrison Wells isn’t Harrison Wells but indeed Eobard Thawne! And his origin story was changed a lot from the comics.
From that it’s hard to figure out who Zoom is in this season. It’s easy to say, well it must be the other prominent Reverse Flash, Hunter Zolomon. Yes in the comics the character called Zoom is Hunter Zolomon but considering this show doesn’t really follow the comics too closely, that’s probably not going to be the case.
Also Hunter Zolomon is a character that is attached to Wally West’s Flash. Hunter Zolomon was Wally’s friend, and thought to make Wally a better Flash he needed more tragedy in his life, like the previous Flash Barry Allen. So Hunter decided to make that tragedy for Wally.
So using Hunter in that sense doesn’t really work for the show. Barry isn’t Wally, and has already been through a lot of tragedy, he doesn’t need Hunter creating more for him.
And with the latest appearance of Zoom there’s been some major theories coming out surrounding who Zoom may be:
1. Earth-2 Barry Allen: My personal favourite theory, this theory suggests that Zoom is in fact Earth-2’s Barry Allen. A lot of people have considered that Zoom is The Flash, and it would make sense. There have been a number of parallels between Barry and Zoom set up already. The characters on the show continue to talk about how fast Barry is. Jay made the point that Barry is even faster than him. Zoom comes in and has a speed to match, and even beat Barry.If anyone has a speed like Zoom’s, it would make sense for it to be another Barry Allen. Then you have the whole evil doppleganger thing being a prominent plot point this season. We saw in the beginning, random Central City citizens having evil Earth-2 counterparts. Linda herself has an evil Earth-2 counterpart in the form of Dr. Light. So once again, this theme could easily be carried over to Barry.
2. Henry Allen: This theory really started when a photo of Zoom was released, and he seemed to have eyes very similar to that of Henry Allen. Now for all we know that could have just been a stunt actor in that suit, but it did look a lot like Henry Allen. I can’t imagine them making Barry’s dad from Earth-1 evil (that would just be incredibly rude) so if this is the case it’s probably Earth-2 Henry Allen. Perhaps Barry Allen doesn’t even exist on Earth-2, the only Allen left may be Henry. Remember we heard that on Earth-2 Oliver Queen wasn’t the Green Arrow, his dad was. So perhaps they will continue this idea to Zoom, with Henry Allen being the Speedster, not Barry.
They’ve been a bit weird with Henry Allen’s character on The Flash this season. They release him from jail, just to send him away for really flaky reasons. He returns this week, and it’s coincidentally the same time things with Zoom have really started to heat up. So maybe there is a connection there. I mean Harrison Wells was Barry’s father figure last year and he was evil, maybe they want to continue that. But it would seem a little overused. It would obviously have a lot more emotional impact if they made it Henry Allen from Earth-1, but it’d just be too much of a leap to make Earth-1 Henry evil.
3. Eobard Thawne…again: We know that on Earth-1 Eobard Thawne killed Harrison Wells and became him. Earth-2 Harrison Wells is actually Harrison Wells, so the question is does Eobard Thawne exist on Earth-2 as well? If he does it would make sense for him to be Zoom. However although logical, it’s boring. From a storytelling point-of-view, it’s uninspiring to use Thawne again. Maybe if this was season 5 and the last time we saw Thawne was back in season 1, it could have been cool to bring that character back. But we just saw Thawne, no need to use him again so soon.
4. Eddie Thawne: For a long time many of us thought (me included) that surely Eddie must be some kind of Reverse Flash. But he wasn’t, and ended up sacrificing himself to save everyone. However people are apparently not keen to let him go, and suggest that he could be Zoom. Whether this is the Earth-1 or Earth-2 Eddie, I don’t know. Either way I highly doubt it.Eddie is like the Tommy from Arrow. He was a character we connected to in season 1 who got taken away early, and is never going to return again. Arrow likes to bring back everyone from the dead these days, but it seems like the one character they won’t ever touch is Tommy. And I think the same can be said for Eddie. Let’s remember him as the guy we thought was evil but ended up being the ultimate hero. No need to tarnish that.
Because Zoom’s identity has been so tight-lipped it only makes sense for it to be a character that we already know. It wouldn’t make sense for Zoom to take off his mask and it’s “Johnny Lee”, some random guy with no connection to anyone or anything! Zoom’s reveal will be big and will be dramatic.
The Flash is often an emotional show and likes to explore the complex dynamics of relationships. How they make us who we are. How relationships can bring the most pain in our lives, but also the most joy. Relationships is an integral part of the show, and so is Barry’s reflection of himself. He’s had his ups and downs, and sometimes loses himself with his life as The Flash. And it’s these things that suggest to me that the theories above are the most viable.
Now of course it could be none of those theories, which is very possible considering I’m often left very surprised with what The Flash does. But I would hope that Zoom has some personal connection to Barry in one way or another.
Right now Zoom is proving to be an incredibly terrifying villain. He doesn’t like to waste time, he likes to make a point. A point which he proved pretty nicely last episode. He is stronger, faster and smarter than Barry right now. He left Barry a cripple and waved his weakened opponent around for everyone to see. I’m definitely looking forward to finding out more on Zoom’s back story and motivations, we’re in for a good season of The Flash!
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