Spoilers follow for the Season 2 finale of The Flash.
Anybody see that coming?
While many guessed the identity of the man in the iron mask, I bet many of you (me included!) didn't forsee what happened at the end with Barry time travelling.
It seems The Flash created the Flashpoint Paradox!
The man in the iron mask is revealed to be none other than the real Jay Garrick (Zoom just borrowed his name for a time) from Earth-3, played by John Wesley Shipp. We see John Wesley Shipp as the Jay Garrick Flash -- helmet and all! I thought it was great!
EW.com revealed first look images as well as an interview with Shipp, and the good news is this isn't the last we have seen of Garrick. Shipp confirms in the interview he will be back for The Flash Season 3:
Yes. I’ve been given permission to say that yes, they have all kinds of exciting and interesting plans for me, that are interesting not only in the context of the storyline, but they continue to spin out, which will be very challenging for me as an actor. That’s all I’m allowed to say about that. But yes, I will be back next season.
Shipp also comments on Barry going back in time and saving his mother. What would Henry Allen think about that? Turns out, we already know the answer:
We know already, don’t we? Henry has already said unequivocally when Barry came to Iron Heights to say, “I can save her, I can get you out of here.” I go, “No, absolutely not. Things happen for a reason. There are unintended consequences, Barry. You cannot go and change one thing without it having myriad unintended affects.” Henry Allen was very clear with Barry back in Iron Heights that he should not go back and — excuse my French — f— with the timeline. You cannot do that. It’s one of the reasons why Barry, the first time around, stopped himself from stopping the Reverse-Flash from killing his mother. Now he’s decided, “What do I have left to lose? I’ve lost everything? I’ve lost my father. I’ve lost my mother. Screw it. What else can go wrong?” So he decides to go back and do what Henry had advised him not to do.
John Wesley Shipp is also asked how Barry changing things will affect the show, but Shipp remains coy:
That’s going to be very interesting to find out, isn’t it? That is the exact question that we want left in the minds of our audience members when the curtain comes down on our finale. [Laughs.]
Here are the first look images of John Wesley Shipp as Jay Garrick (glad he's back! I was pretty upset last week!):