Last night’s post Earth-2 episode of The CW’s “The Flash” ended a run of new episodes with a big reveal – the identity of the season long villain Zoom.
The producers previously indicated they intended to keep Zoom’s identity secret longer than they had kept Reverse-Flash’s identity secret in the first season – they were right, saving the reveal for the show’s fifteenth episode instead of the ninth like last year.
It turns out Zoom is in fact Jay Garrick, or at least one version of him. The scene at the end involved Zoom dumping the body of Earth-2 Jay Garrick in front of a masked prisoner and taking off his own mask to reveal Jay’s face underneath. The masked prisoner’s identity wasn’t revealed, but he’s widely speculated to be a version of Jay as well.
In an earlier episode we briefly saw, at a distance, the Earth-1 version of Jay Garrick who went by the name Hunter Zolomon. Now, speaking with EW, executive producer Andrew Kreisberg has spoken about the Zoom reveal:
“Zoom’s identity has been revealed: He is Hunter Zolomon, a.k.a Jay Garrick. 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 shinning armor.
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.”
Kreisberg wouldn’t reveal the identity of the man in the iron mask, saying its “an even bigger surprise than this one” and will be a mystery to “pull you through the season”. He also says will make good on his promise not to leave that man behind.
“The Flash” is now on a break for several weeks, returning with the final run of episodes from March 22nd.