In this week’s episode of The CW’s “The Flash,” things took an unexpected turn when it was revealed that Jay Garrick (Teddy Sears) is the man behind new big bad Zoom’s mask.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, “The Flash” executive producer Andrew Kreisberg broke down the new twist. “Zoom’s identity has been revealed: He is Hunter Zolomon, a.k.a Jay Garrick,” Kreisberg told EW.
According to the “Flash” boss, how the revelation plays out in the series will be unveiled when “The Flash” returns next month from its mini-hiatus. In the meantime, Kreisberg says that the clues have been there all along. “I don’t think you can assume anything that Jay has said to the team or the audience is the full truth. It is a version of the truth,” he told TVLine.
“What’s funny is we showed that Jay’s doppelganger was Hunter Zolomon, and we assumed the comic book fans would say, ‘A-ha’ right away. ‘Jay must be Zoom,'” the showrunner said, referring to how, in the comics, Hunter Zolomon is the real name of the original Zoom. But, he said, just like Barry Allen/The Flash (Grant Gustin) and the rest of Team Flash, those who were knowledgeable enough about the comic book storyline to figure it out just couldn’t – or didn’t want to – believe it.
Kreisberg also hinted at the identity of the mysterious man who was locked up in Zoom’s lair. According to the “Flash” executive producer, the true identity of the man in the iron mask may give viewers an even bigger shock than this week’s revelation about Zoom. He also said that the new mystery is something that will pull fans through the remaining episodes of the season.
“Barry swore he wasn’t going to leave him behind,” Kreisberg said in the EW interview. “Something tells me Barry’s going to make good on that promise.”
“The Flash” returns Tuesday, March 22, at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.