Viewers had to know getting away from Zoom would never be that easy on “The Flash.” After seemingly escaping back to Earth-1 with a rescued Jessie in tow, Barry (Grant Gustin), Harry (Tom Cavanagh) and Cisco (Carlos Valdes) were safe as can be.
Sadly, Jay Garrick (Teddy Sears) wasn’t. At the last second, as the door to Earth-2 was closing, Zoom’s hand came peeking through — right into Jay’s chest — and ripped Earth-2’s speedster back home. In theory, that would mean Jay is dead. After all, viewers have seen what happens when a speedster phases their hand through a person. Nobody wants to relive that revised Cisco timeline.
It’s time to play the theory game, though. What if Jay isn’t dead? What if, instead, he’s Zoom? That may sound crazy, but let’s take a look at the facts.
Jay admitted to Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) in “Welcome to Earth-2” that it wasn’t Zoom who took his speed, but rather his desire for the velocity drug and his need to become faster. Sounds a lot like Zoom, doesn’t it?
Then there’s the man in the iron mask — no, not Leonardo DiCaprio — in Zoom’s dungeon and the messages he was trying to send Barry and Jessie. He was able to get one word out, Jay, but could handle it when Barry assured him Jay was alive and well.
Could it be this man is the actual Jay Garrick or someone who knows that Earth-2’s Jay Garrick is actually Zoom or even perhaps Jay’s twin brother — the real Earth-2 Flash? These all sound like crazy theories, but so many things just don’t add up about Jay coming to Earth-01, especially considering his doppelganger is a man known as Hunter Zolomon — Zoom in the comics.
Lastly, you may be wondering how, if Jay were Zoom, he managed to stick his own arm through his chest and pull himself back through a wormhole into Earth-2. That one — and the reason Jay would be able to so easily jump back and forth between the two Earths — is the simplest to answer.
In Season 2, when Harrison Wells was terrorizing the team as Reverse Flash, he was able to move so fast that it appeared he was beating himself up. Given that Zoom is so much faster than Barry or Reverse Flash could dream of, it’s not out of line to think he could pull this all off.
So, is Jay Garrick actually Zoom? If so, who’s the man in the mask and what is his connection to Jay? As “The Flash” seemingly dives deeper into the comic book mythology the show is based on, the mystery only becomes harder to solve.
At this rate though, don’t be shocked when it turns out the speed demon is a man Team Flash has grown to trust all season — a man Caitlin may be falling in love with. It certainly wouldn’t be the craziest thing to happen on the show.