In The Flash Season 2, Barry Allen got played by Jay Garrick whose Earth-1 doppelganger is Hunter Solomon whose alter-ego is Zoom. Confusing? Basically, he’s this season’s main baddie who pretended to mentor The Flash but was actually just trying to steal his speed.
Viewers only have little intel on Zoom, but actor Teddy Sears sat down with Entertainment Weekly to give enough teasers to tickle viewers’ imaginations.
On the April 19 episode of The Flash Season 2, the story will focus on Hunter Zolomon’s past. According to Sears, viewers will get a glimpse of what happened to Hunter as a child, which is very similar to what happened to Barry Allen. The only thing that sets apart Barry’s and Hunter’s story is that “one man went one way and one man went the other.”
When asked if viewers will feel any sympathy for Hunter in the upcoming episode of The Flash, Sears said he did a scene with Grant Austin which will give the audience a window towards understanding Hunter.
“I’m personally hopeful that that happens,” Sears said. “That would certainly add another dimension and make it more rich and interesting. Although fans are aware that Hunter is a sociopathic and power-obsessed manipulator, there’s still much left to learn about how far his motives go.
Before Hunter was exposed as the evil villain that he is, there was a point in The Flash Season 2 where viewers enjoyed having him as Barry’s mentor. It was a time when Barry needed Dr. Wells’ mentorship the most. Hunter (as Jay) offered to help not just in terms of guiding Barry but also in comforting a heartbroken Caitlin, played by Danielle Panabaker.
Which begs the question: Did Hunter really care for Caitlin or was that an act as well? Teddy Sears said Hunter’s feelings for Caitlin were, in fact, real.
“While there were games being played on all the other members of S.T.A.R. Labs, what [Hunter] felt for Caitlin was the real deal,” Sears spilled. “He essentially is one gigantic liar who has played them all, but he never played her.”
The upcoming “Versus Zoom” episode on Tuesday night will be an epic battle royale between the two speedsters. At this point, Zoom may hold the upper hand in the match. According to Carter Matt, Zoom has seen The Flash train, thus, he knows his weaknesses and strength; he knows where to throw the right punches.
The Flash Season 2 airs Tuesday nights on the CW.