The Flash Finally Reveals Who's Behind Zoom's Mask

The Flash Finally Reveals Who's Behind Zoom's Mask

It's taken quite a while, but the evil speedster from Earth-2 finally revealed his true identity on the latest excellent episode of The Flash. Spoilers!

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[Editor's Note: Turn back now ye who do not wish to be massively spoiled!]

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It's... Jay Garrick! Well, it's a Jay Garrick. But it's a Jay Garrick who doesn't seem like he could be from Earth-2, because the real Earth-2 Jay Garrick has been hanging out on Earth-1 all season with our heroes, and also because this Jay Garrick — who I will call Zoom to for here on to try to keep things from being totally confusing — killed Earth-2 Jay Garrick at the very end of last week's episode (that's Earth-2 Jay's body that Zoom drops to the floor).

The obvious first candidate would be the Jay Garrick of Earth-1, who we saw from afar a few weeks ago, looking for all the world like a regular guy. He was adopted and renamed Hunter Zolomon, which Flash comic fans will know is Zoom's real name. However, it seems like Zoom has been terrorizing the inhabitants of Earth-2 for quite some time, even before Barry opened the breaches between worlds in the season one finale. If Zolomon is Zoom, how was he able to travel to Earth-2 prior to Barry? If he has Zoom's powers, why would he start his reign of terror on Earth-2 instead of his regular dimension

One other question that is probably relevant: Who is the man in the iron mask? He knew something about Zoom's identity, and he's dangerous enough to Zoom that he not only has him looked up but is keeping his face hidden from his other prisoners. Is it... another Jay Garrick? Is Earth-3 involved? Your theories in the comments, please!


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    So super heroes dress like they're going to the Mardi Gra and bad guys dress like they've been confined to some medieval dungeon ;-)

    the man in the mask is...
    Jay Garrick from earth 5-6-7-8 probably, for a brief moment you could see the man in the masks hair which was blond.

    The man in the iron mask is a younger Jay Garrick, who was originally a hero. After the particle accelerator, he became Earth 2 Flash, but was obsessed with getting faster. He develops the Velocity serum to increase his speed, but it drives him insane, and he becomes obsessed with more and more speed, becoming Zoom. Also, the serum destroys his body's ability to heal, so as time passes he weakens. He uses time travel twice; first, he kidnaps the newly-minted "Jay Garrick-hero-Flash" and imprisons him, hiding his face so that everyone he imprisons on [Earth 2] doesn't know their secret, and he can siphon off his speed and also use his healthy cells and healing factor. He time travels a second time to a future where a sick, weakened almost powerless Jay Garrick has learned about Earth One. Together, they hatch a plan: "Jay Garrick" pose as Earth 2 Flash, battles Zoom (this is why Earth 2 Wells holds him in such low esteem--he keeps losing to Zoom), and go through the breach to foremost help Barry get faster (as does Harrison Wells, a nice but not planned on bonus) so there is more Speed Force to steal. Jay will also get the top minds on Earth 1 (Caitlin) to perfect the Velocity serum (this is why it works on Jay, and being the Flash on Earth 2 ages ago, plays the part of Hero so well) as an added boost to stealing Flash's power. Zoom then sends rogue after rogue after Barry so he can ultimately steal his speed. Barry and team have closed all the breaches WITHOUT Zoom stealing Barry's Speed, hence, Zoom can't leave "Jay" back on Earth 1 for any reason, hence having to kill him and bring him back: "Well, this is a complication." Zoom now has no way to get to Earth 2, and knows the fate he will suffer losing his powers. Theory: Barry and team figure out how to open the breach, confront Zoom, and Wally volunteers to use Velocity 9 to help Barry take down Zoom and free the younger Jay. It works, but in the future Wally starts having side effects (Like Thea Queen post-Lazarus pit).

    Ok people I'm going to throw something out there, two possibilities about the guy in the mask and one about Zoom.

    Zoom most likely shape shifting Eobard Thawne.
    Masked Man 1. Real Jay Garrick 2. Eddie Thawne
    I will say Eddie Thawne is the guy in the mask and I think Eobard Thawne survived with Eddie when they both got sucked into the wormhole.

    Let me know what you think guys....

    The man in the mask is wally west aka my boy keiynan lonsdale.

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