ByTrent Tofte, writer at Creators.co
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Ever since the ending of The Flash episode "King Shark," fans have been divided over the identity of the evil speedster. Zoom finally removed his mask and "appeared" to be Jay Garrick's doppelgänger Hunter Zolomon. This was presumed to be confirmed by the fact that we see Zoom holding the lifeless corpse of Jay Garrick.

"Hi, I'm evil."
"Hi, I'm evil."

However, some have questioned whether the corpse we saw was truly that of Earth-2's Crimson Comet. Some theories suggest that it could be an identical twin to Jay's Earth-1 doppelgänger Hunter. Some even pontificate that there is a clone of one or the other somehow involved in all of this. In this article, I am going to examine each of these possibilities (except the clone and twin scenarios) and leave it up to you to decide who the man in black really is.

Scenario 1: Jay Garrick Is Zoom And The Corpse Is Hunter Zolomon

"Look! Up in the sky! It's Superman!"
"Look! Up in the sky! It's Superman!"

Let me start by saying this scenario is completely impossible. Here's why: If the Jay Garrick we see Zoom kill during "King Shark" is actually Hunter Zolomon, then Zoom would not see his death as consequential enough to warrant the response, "Well, THAT'S a complication." Also, if Zoom had actually killed Zolomon, it is likely that Zolomon would have tried to tell Team Flash that he wasn't the same Jay they knew. So then, the next scenario?

Scenario 2: Hunter Zolomon Is Zoom And The Corpse Is Jay Garrick

Hunter Zolomon: Chillin' like a villain.
Hunter Zolomon: Chillin' like a villain.

This is obviously the most likely theory, but even this one has a few problems. Assuming the Jay we know was who he claimed to be, why did Zoom attack his Earth-2 counterpart before returning to his own Earth to deal with the Scarlet Speedster? Also, how do we know if the Jay Garrick the team met was really Jay, or if it was Zolomon posing as Jay? Well, that's where the next possibility comes in.

Scenario 3: Zoom Is Posing As Jay, While The Real Jay Is Zoom's Mysterious Prisoner

"I'm not Jay, I'm Leo. Let me out!"
"I'm not Jay, I'm Leo. Let me out!"

OK, here's where things get complicated, so stay with me. The Jay we know, (who, for sake of clarity, will hereafter be known as Jay-1), was never on our Earth at all and the man we thought was Jay-1 was actually Zoom posing as his archenemy. In this scenario, Zoom's mysterious prisoner in the iron mask is actually Jay-1. But in this scenario, that still leaves the corpse's identity unaccounted for. At that point, we are forced to branch out into the concepts of twins and clones, both of which are completely bogus. Thus, this theory shows itself to be self-defeating. So, what is the final explanation based on the facts we've been given?

The Conclusion: Jay Was Jay, Zoom Is Hunter Zolomon, And The Man In The Iron Mask Is Earth-2's Eobard Thawne

Yup, THAT Eobard Thawne.
Yup, THAT Eobard Thawne.

Now you may be wondering why I believe that the man in the iron mask is Earth-2's Reverse Flash. Well, remember when someone (I don't quite recall if it was Wells or Jay) stated, "There are certain events that remain constant on all the Earths." So, what if the Reverse Flash killing the Flash's mom is one of those constant events? After all, we never see Jay's mom when we get the flashback to when he's a small child in the trailer for the upcoming episode. So, my scenario is this: Reverse Flash-2 killed Jay's mom, lost his speed, and bided his time to wait for the particle accelerator explosion. At that point, Jay became a superhero and would've gone after the man who killed his mother, but was unable to do so because he had vanished. The explanation for his disappearance is that Zoom, recognizing RF2's connection with Jay, captured him for the triune purpose of learning more about his rival, eliminating competition against Jay, and the idea of enabling Thawne-2 to regain his speed just long enough for Zoom to snatch it away. Thus, when Barry appears on Earth-2, Thawne-2 asks where Jay is because he is aware of Zoom's intentions and believes Jay to be the only one capable of upsetting those intentions.

What do you guys think? Is Jay Garrick actually Zoom? Or is it Hunter Zolomon? Comment below with your theories!

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