Everyone take a minute, breathe death and hold the hand of someone nearby if you think it will help. Death has come to “The Flash” and this one really hurts.
After it looked like Team Flash had finally gotten one over on Zoom (Teddy Sears), the dark speedster returned to kill none other than Henry Allen (John Wesley Shipp), Barry’s (Grant Gustin) dad. All it took was a fist through the heart and Henry was done, leaving Barry completely gutted. Zoom’s reasoning? If Barry loses both of his parents, he’ll go evil just like Zoom.
After an episode that saw a reinvigorated Barry thinking he was practically indestructible, this was definitely the moment that brings reality crashing down around him. Now, without either of his parents, Barry will be lost in a way he’s never been before.
With only one episode left in Season 2, “The Flash” is at a point of no return. The show needs to wrap up the Zoom story, reveal the man in the iron mask and set up whatever the thrust of Season 3 is likely going to be.
All of that said, the death of Henry may give Barry a much needed edge going into his final battle with Zoom, but it’ll be interesting to see if any of that darkness sticks around as he mourns his father going forward.
Beyond that, the truth is clearly out about his other life as The Flash. Wally (Keiynan Lonsdale) was practically the only one in Barry’s life who didn’t know about his also being a costumed superhero. When he sped off after Zoom though, the veil was lifted. The change in their dynamic will be another thing to be on the lookout for.