ByLee Westney, writer at
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So a couple of weeks ago I wrote a little blog post reg the big bad in season 2 of The Flash called Zoom. The post basically said that I thought that it would be cool if Zoom turned out to be the Earth 2 version of Barry’s dad Henry Allen.

Well… scrap that, as I have a completely different idea to who I think it is now.

Be warned that if you haven’t seen Ep 5 of Season 2 (UK is one week behind the States which sucks) yet then you may not want to read any further as spoilers lie ahead.

Sammy the Spoiler Squirrel is your last warning …

If you are like that cat that is far too curious for its own good then read ahead for my take on it.

So here it is. I think that ZOOM is none other than Earth 2’s version of……. Barry Allen. There are prob plenty of other people that have thought this already but here is my take on it.

Here is how I would like it to have happened. The Earth 2 version of Barry Allen was a normal kid with a loving family until 1 day he loses his parents in a car crash. This has a devastating effect on him but he seems to get through it after being taken in by family friend Joe West.

Jump forward to adult Barry who is now working as a forensic scientist for the police force (same as the Earth 1 version). The particle accelerator incident happens which again causes Barry to be struck by lightning and is in a coma for 9mths. Now here’s where we take this version in the other direction. After waking up, Barry finds out that Joe and Iris were killed by a metahuman which causes Barry to have a mental break as he has lost everyone that he ever loved.

He begins to use his powers and slowly gets faster and faster until one day he somehow crosses over to our Earth. While here he sees E1 Barry and sees how his life is different and that he has friends and loved ones around him which enrages E2 Barry. While here he discovers that he is the Flash and decides that he wants to destroy his life so he becomes Zoom (this is my theory on why the suit looks similar to E1 Barry. Zoom’s life has been a nightmare so he becomes the nightmare version of the Flash).

Zoom then crosses back over to his world and then finds that he can no longer get back across to ours which only causes his anger to increase and he then goes after the next best thing, Jay Garrick, and proceeds to terrorise him for the next 2 years.

When the singularity happens Zoom realises that he now has the means to truly destroy Barry’s life and puts his plan into motion.

There have been a couple of things that have made me think this. 1 – since the singularity happened, we haven’t heard anything of the Earth 2 version of Barry or the gang. If you were in that situation would you not want to know about the other version of yourself. Maybe the reason why we haven’t seen anything is because its coming up in a future episode.

2 – Zooms suit is the pretty much identical to Barry’s. You could say its a nightmare version which may be a clue to the mental state of Earth 2 Barry as he is living a waking nightmare.

3 – There was a few times in Ep 5 where time travel is mentioned and how Barry has done it a couple of times. Then when you see that Zoom has Wells daughter and she says that her father will kill him, Zoom responds with “I will not die, but yours and your father’s fate is undecided”. Is this because he has figured out time travel also and has been to the future himself and seen certain things. Maybe he has figured out how to cross into other versions of Earth and has already killed other versions of Flash and already absorbed their Speed Force which is why he is so strong. Earth 2 Wells mentions the multi verse in the episode so it’s not impossible.

This could be so far off the mark that its silly but you just never know.

I for one am very excited to see how it pans out.

That’s all for now.

See you soon.


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