The CW’s “The Flash” is on yet another hiatus until April 19, leaving fans with a lot of time to get excited about the upcoming rematch between Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) and the newly unmasked villain Zoom (Teddy Sears). With the fate of every parallel earth dimension hanging in the balance, episode 18 will, at long last, provide the villain’s complicated origin story.
Luckily, just because “The Flash” won’t return for a few weeks doesn’t mean that fans are going to be completely in the dark about Zoom until then. It was previously revealed that Zoom is someone who looks a lot like Jay Garrick, the speedster from Earth-2 that introduced the gang to the concept of multiple realities as well as the demonic black-suited monster. When Zoom appeared to kill Garrick, the gang figured out that they were somehow being played all along by his doppelganger.
Since then, the Flash has been working on his speed, even propelling him through to an alternate reality that plays home to CBS’ “Supergirl.” However, the training fun is over in the upcoming episode as the teaser video below shows him face-to-face with none other than Hunter Zolomon.
As previously reported, Zolomon is the identity of Zoom in the DC Comics source material. He was previously introduced on the show as Garrick’s Earth-1 doppelganger, but was deemed by Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker) to be harmless and without any speedster powers of his own. Now, in the clip below, it seems the S.T.A.R. Labs team is wise to Zolomon. Apparently, he was a serial killer that got his powers after a brush with Central City’s electric chair.
It’s unclear how at this point, but the villain makes his way back to Earth-1 and a confident Barry believes he can finally take him down now that Eobard Thawne (Tom Cavanagh) has helped him crack the speed equation. However, that’s not before asking him a few questions about who he is and why he does what he does. The video teaser ends on an ominous note as the villain reveals that the demonic face of his costume wasn’t an act. Zolomon’s eyes go black and he shockingly tells Barry that he “can’t lock up the darkness.”
With Barry dealing with stranger forces than he’s ever encountered before, he’ll need the help of every player in his orbit to finally bring down Zoom and rescue all of his friends on Earth-2 as the hero’s second season draws to a close.
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