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The by now wildly popular DC television program "The Flash" is off to a running start following a strong premiere and an even stronger second episode. There are a great many mysteries to the show so far, and one of the more chatter-producing ones is the oracular Dr. Harrison Wells, leader of the STAR Labs team. There are many fan theories out there, not the least of which is that Dr. Wells is actually Reverse Flash, a.k.a. Professor Zoom. My theory is different entirely. I believe he's actually future Barry, on a mission from the future to ensure his own creation and growth. Evidence? You want evidence? Ok. Here's my evidence.


Ok, so one of the things that characterizes Harrison Wells in the show is his paralysis. He claims to be bound to a wheelchair, paralyzed by falling debris during the particle accelerator implosion. At the very end of the premiere, however, we see Harrison stand up in a secret chamber in STAR Labs, and begin using what appears to be a futuristic computer console to look up the Flash's disappearance in the future, an action that generated plenty of buzz with a side headline detailing a merger between "Arrow's" Queen Consolidated and Wayne Tech, which will surely feature in "Gotham." Now, many people have speculated that he was simply lying to Barry, but his story about his condition was also corroborated by both Cisco and Caitlin, which means that they either both saw him trapped under the debris or one of them did, and they told the other. What this means is that Wells' story about paralysis has a slight shimmer of truth. Also, since he can still walk, and he was paralyzed, this could mean that he has a healing factor, a well-documented side effect of having the speed force.


He's obviously from the future. We can conclude this after two episodes. He knows Barry's future moniker, and he has access to a newspaper from the future. The theory I've developed entails a great deal of very Doctor Who-esque logic. Barry Allen, in the future is losing his powers, having depleted the speed force so much by being the Flash that it no longer helps him. So he uses the last of the speed force he has to use the Cosmic Treadmill to travel back in time and try to siphon speed force off of himself when he first got his powers, but he goes too far back and must wait years to complete his mission, giving him time to establish relationships with Simon Stagg and other people, including his old friends Cisco and Caitlin, along with the rest of STAR Labs. After stabbing Simon Stagg in the end scene of episode 2, Wells states that "the man in the red mask must be protected." Following this theory, we see that Harrison would want to protect Barry because he himself is Barry Allen, and if Barry Allen is captured by Simon Stagg and experimented upon, he will die, and that would lead to Harrison being eliminated from the timeline, which means none of the good he ever did would matter because he would never have done it.


In the police precinct, Dr. Wells and Joe West are discussing Barry and his powers, and Harrison says a lot of things that, regardless of whatever time they've spent together, is a bit too knowing of Barry Allen's psyche. My evidence for this is that Iris and Barry had a conversation earlier in the episode in which he mentioned that he had "had a crazy two weeks." Two weeks, and Dr. Wells already knows the intricacies of Barry's mind and soul? I don't think so. It's too much knowledge, too soon, and Dr. Wells is just getting started with the surprises. Somehow I think we might actually see Harrison Wells suit up in the show, if only to confound Barry as to how he's doing things he has no recollection of doing, and that Cisco and Caitlin don't remember him doing either. Also, if you put Tom Cavanagh and Grant Gustin in a side-by-side picture where Cavanagh wasn't wearing Harrison Wells' glasses, they look like they could be brothers, which I also believe is evidence enough that they're the same dude.

So what do you think? Compelling evidence, or just intangible nonsense? Let me know in the comments below, and I'll do my best to flesh out this theory as the show progresses.


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