The Flash's Andrew Kreisberg teases Reverse-Flash's confusing return, Zoom's identity

With the gang still trying to figure out how to take on Zoom, The CW’s Flash is pulling out the big guns and bringing back another Big Bad from Season 1. But fans are likely wondering exactly how that will work considering that [spoilers].

Spoilers ahead for Season 1 of The Flash!

As fans are well aware, the Reverse-Flash/Eobard Thawne is set to make his return in Tuesday night’s new episode. Which is strange, considering he was erased from existence in the Season 1 finale, when his ancestor, Eddie Thawne, sacrificed himself to take out Eobard. He vanished, and it was a whole big thing. So how could he be back?

According to producer Andrew Kreisberg in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, they definitely intend on answering that question — and offered up one heck of a big hint in doing so. Apparently, the version of Reverse-Flash we meet this season will be from a previous point in his own timeline, meaning he will not have experienced the events of Season 1 yet. So, maybe since he hasn’t been involved in the events that led to his own demise, that version of him from before is still around in some timey-wimey twist? Relativity, and all that?

We’ll let Kreisberg explain this one himself:

“What’s interesting about it is this Thawne hasn’t experienced last season yet, and Barry has. On Barry’s side, there’s a lot stronger feelings — a lot more anger, a lot more betrayal, and in some cases, that’s blinding Barry to what he needs to do. It’s really an episode about Barry coming to terms with what he wants to do and what he should do regarding this version of Thawne. There are some great surprises and some character interactions between this Thawne and all of our characters. Again, they all have the benefit of having enjoyed last season and he hasn’t.”

Though Reverse-Flash will certainly take up some narrative space in the next week or so, Kreisberg said Zoom is still the looming evil, and Barry will be “reeling” from Patty’s exit (this week’s episode will see her leave Central City, as was revealed last week) all the while. 

As for Zoom, Kreisberg teased that the masked baddie’s identity is obviously an important part of the ongoing storyline. He wouldn’t go so far as to confirm it’s a character we know (from Earth-2, most certainly), but it stands to reason that’s the direction they’re heading. So, yeah, Zoom’s real identity will apparently play into the show’s mythology, so keep placing bets on that one.

The Flash airs Tuesday nights on The CW.

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