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The Flash flashback: Who Teddy Sears thought was Zoom

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By now, Zoom has been unmasked on The Flash.

The man purporting to be the Crimson Comet, a.k.a. Jay Garrick, was actually none other than dastardly sociopath Hunter Zolomon. But earlier this season, when Jay Garrick was still, at least to the audience, an unlucky former superhero-turned-mentor for Barry Allen (Grant Gustin), EW hit the set of the CW series to pose the burning question of season 2: Who is Zoom?

“We all have our theories,” Sears said coyly at the time, careful not to tip his hand one way or the other. As Sears recently revealed, he’s known about this turn all along, but decided against lying to the fans and instead he became Switzerland and stayed neutral. “I feel like he’s Darth Vader; we’ll know who he is when he pulls his helmet off.” And that’s exactly what happened.

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“In the meantime, he’s this amazingly badass voice,” Sears continued. “I have my speculation, but I’m not going to share it because I could be way wrong, and I don’t want the audience to be like, ‘What the eff, man!’ Yes, [I know who Zoom is,] but I’m not ready to reveal it yet.” Sneaky, sneaky, sir, but hey, at least he didn’t accidentally reveal the big season-long mystery early!

Even though Sears was told about Jay’s true intentions ahead of production on season 2, the producers didn’t tip their hand in the scripts for so long that even he thought the plans might have changed. “I really thought maybe they changed their minds, maybe they were going to go get someone else to play Zoom,” Sears recently told EW. “I was hoping against hope, because I was really enjoying being Jay Garrick. I had grown quite attached to him. But then in the episode where Caitlin and I are in the park and I point out my doppelgänger Hunter Zolomon, as soon as I read that, I thought we’re going to follow-through on this plan.”

Tuesday’s episode of The Flash will finally unveil how Hunter Zolomon became the villain known as Zoom. Read more from Sears on that here.

The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.