For the first 9 episodes of The Flash, there has been teasing at the identity of Reverse Flash. There has been debate about who Dr. Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh) really is. There has been significant pondering as to the future of one Eddie Thawne (Rick Cosnett). So if you don’t want to know who the Reverse Flash is on CW’s The Flash, stop reading right now. Every blogger wants readers – but this is a major spoiler and I don’t want you to ruin it for yourself. Wait another few minutes and those of you who live on the East Coast will be able to watch the newest episode tonight (Jan. 20). Or keep reading and speculate with me.
At “The Heroes and Villains of Arrow and The Flash” panel at the Television Critics Association’s winter TV previews, Tom Cavanagh revealed some news about Reverse Flash. “Yes, I am Reverse Flash.” My first reaction when I read the news was disappointment. I felt like I had been cheated out of a dramatic reveal on the show. But knowing the creators of the show and their track record… that answer seems too obvious. That suspicion seems justified as Andrew Kreisberg also had this to say about episode 17 of The Flash, “We’re going to see what happened that night [the murder of Barry Allen’s mother] from the Reverse Flash’s point of view.” He continues, “I didn’t say it was from Wells’ point of view, I said it was from the Reverse Flash’s point of view.” Everyone now with a collective, “Whaaaaaaat?!”
Of course, this leads the speculators to wonder if Eddie Thawne is a different Reverse Flash, due to his familiar name (as we have seen multiple variations in the comic books). Kreisberg mysteriously noted, “His name is not an accident,” Kreisberg said. “Eddie’s connection to the Reverse Flash lore is going to pay off big time in the back half of the year.” Indeed, the mystery goes even deeper as Cavanagh remarked that “There is just one Reverse Flash.”
So Cavanagh is the Reverse Flash… or is he? Only further episodes of the show will reveal, and judging by the developments of prior shows from these creators and writers – the payoff will be well worth the wait. Nothing is necessarily what it seems, as Grant Gustin said to EW of the season, “There’s a big twist that even surprised me. I’ve seen all the predictions online. No one has predicted the big twist that’s coming at the end of this season.”
Keep watching The Flash on the CW on Tuesdays at 8/7c!