Warning: This story contains major spoilers from Tuesday’s episode of The Flash. Read at your own risk!
And here we thought Zoom actually hailed from Earth-2…
While Team Flash dealt with the return of the Reverse-Flash (Matt Letscher) during Tuesday’s episode of The Flash, Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) set her sights on tracking down Jay Garrick’s (Teddy Sears) Earth-1 doppelgänger in hopes of using his DNA to save the Crimson Comet.
However, Jay Garrick doesn’t exist on Earth-1. Instead, his name is Hunter Zolomon — which also happens to be a big DC Comics name drop. (More on that in a minute.) In the show, Hunter’s mother died during childbirth, and he bounced around different families until he was adopted by the Zolomons, which is why he has a different name.
Sadly, Jay believes he can’t use Hunter Zolomon’s DNA because his own DNA was mutated when he became a speedster. Hence, the only way to save Jay is to catch Zoom. But what if Hunter Zolomon is Zoom on the show?
For those unfamiliar with the comics, Hunter Zolomon is otherwise known as the supervillain Zoom, who was primarily the foe to Wally West’s (Keiynan Lonsdale) version of The Flash.
The name drop is important because The Flash viewers still have no clue who Zoom is. There are plenty of theories as to his identity, which range from Earth-2 Barry Allen to Earth-2 Henry Allen (John Wesley Shipp) — because who wouldn’t want to see the original Flash from the ’90s series suit up again? But there are also far-out theories, like Zoom is actually Barry’s mother, Nora Allen, from Earth-2 or he’s Eobard Thawne (Letscher) from Earth-2.
Basically, everyone believes Zoom hails from Earth-2 because that’s where viewers first encountered him — he stole Jay’s speed during the singularity. But what if he specifically targeted Jay because he’s Zoom’s doppelgänger? Heads explode. Jaws drop. Naysayers hit the comments!
Of course, this could be a huge misdirect, and Jay Garrick’s Earth-1 doppelgänger could be a normal human being, who just so happens to live somewhere in the vicinity of Central City, where a particle accelerator recently happened to explode, creating a ton of metahumans… Riiiiight.
The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.