As crazy as it sounds – I think these things are all related!
This week the Flash totally redeemed last week’s quasi-controlled-cluster-fu*k and delivered one of their best episodes. This set the stage for two more speedsters – Wally and Jessie; and gave us some good classic Zoom villain moments. I also think there was a lot more going on…
We got the see Barry’s dad – which I don’t think was a fluke. These writers are comic book guys, they don’t just have scenes for no reason. He’s been absent this season, but he’s back, and we learned his mother’s maiden name was Garrick. Significant? Yes. Hear me out…I think I’ve pieced together the secret of the man in the mask!
My theory is that the man that Zoom is keeping in the iron mask is actually the real Jay Garrick – which will be Barry’s father from an alternate Earth. Think about it. Zoom has only hinted at who is there but refuses to tell Barry. Why hide it? Why even hold a prisoner unless he is of some use to you? Barry’s dad has a link to the name. This Jay wouldn’t necessarily be Barry’s dad per se, but at least the actor playing him. Most likely it woulds be a version of Barry’s dad from Earth 2, who we haven’t seen yet. I like to think that the writers still want to give us the doughboy-helmet-wearing Jay Garrick; merely with a different actor playing him – in this case John Wesley Shipp. My theory is that when they do crack open that mask, we will see Shipp in the role of Jay Garrick.
The writers have already have demonstrated a fondness for the original Flash TV series, bringing back Mark Hamill as the Trickster – twice. The producers and writers are pretty good at playing up to the comic book fan base.
Best of all, we as Flash fans would get to see the 1980’s Flash recast in a role as the Golden Age Flash. Not only that, we will probably get one of those awesome villain scenes with Zoom holding (essentially) Barry’s dad by the scruff of neck, threatening the hero. Otherwise, why would Zoom keep a prisoner if not as an ace up his sleeve to hold the Flash in check.
Frankly, I hope the writer’s do go down this path. One, it’s cool. Two, it’s a treat for those of us that remember John Wesley Shipp playing the role of a Flash, even if it is the Golden Age speedster.
Alright pundits, tear this theory apart!