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The Flash: How Barry discovered Zoom's identity

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Warning: This story contains major spoilers from Tuesday’s episode of The Flash. Read at your own risk!

In an episode otherwise chock full of meta and pop culture references, The Flash saved its twist for the final moments.

After spending the hour attempting to up his speed, Barry (Grant Gustin) faced off with a female speedster, Trajectory, who was addicted to the Velocity-9, so much so that she overdosed, causing her lightning to change colors before she turned to dust.

Barry realized that V-9 is actually what turns the lightning blue, meaning Zoom also had the speed drug in his system. Barry’s nemesis is also sick as a result of V-9 (which is why he wants to steal The Flash’s speed), much like Jay (Teddy Sears) fell ill as a result of an earlier version of Velocity. Their fears that Jay is actually Zoom are confirmed when Cisco (Carlos Valdes) vibes and uncovers the truth.

And, as Gustin recently teased, Barry was none too happy that history has repeated itself with The Flash’s mentor being revealed as a bad guy. “It’s betrayal and disappointment in himself,” Gustin said. “Because it’s almost like he’s been through this before, and he can’t believe he let himself go through it again.”

But there are several questions that still remain, namely who is the man in the iron mask? And seriously, how is Jay Garrick — otherwise known as Hunter Zolomon, according to EP Andrew Kreisberg — actually Zoom? More on that here.

The Flash airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on The CW.

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