The Flash will begin its midseason break this week, and fans of the "fastest man alive" will have to wait until Tuesday, January 19, 2016, for Episode 10 of Season 2 to air. The break could not have come at a worse time for fans of The Flash, as there were an abundance of important plot developments in the midseason finale episode, entitled "Running to Stand Still." While we still have to wait more than a month for Episode 10, entitled "Potential Energy," to air, there is an interesting trailer available to give you an idea of what to expect from Barry Allen (Grant Gustin), Cisco Ramon (Carlos Valdes), and the rest of your favorite heroes attempting to keep Central City safe.As you can see from the trailer, Barry continues to hide his true identify from girlfriend, Patty Spivot (Shantel VanSanten), and the consequences could be dire this time. As the evil speedster from Earth-2, Zoom (Tony Todd), has proven so far this season, he is ruthless and will do whatever is necessary in order to accomplish his goal of becoming the fastest man alive. He has already captured and taken the daughter of Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh) from Earth-2 as his prisoner, and has made numerous threats to kill her if Harrison does not do exactly what he says. This is, by far, the biggest threat that the Flash has had to face.
As seen in Episode 9, Zoom's ultimate goal is not to kill Barry at this point, but to first make him faster. Eventually, after Barry maxes out his speed potential, Zoom plans to kill him and steal all of his power. This is similar to what the Reverse Flash did in Season 1, but the reasons appear to be different. The Reverse Flash wanted Barry to get faster so he could use the speed in order to return to the future where he is originally from. He still planned on killing Barry, but his reasoning made more sense from a practical standpoint. Zoom, on the other hand, is targeting Barry for his own ego and power. He literally wants to eradicate every other speedster in the universe, and stealing his or her power to become faster is just a bonus in his mind.
As Harrison tells Barry in the trailer, Zoom uses loved ones as leverage to get exactly what he wants. For that reason, it appears as though he plans on telling Patty that he is really the Flash, but it could be too late. While the trailer cuts off fairly quickly, it looks as though Zoom, or one of his henchmen, has taken Patty and has her in a compromising situation. Whether or not Patty finds out that Barry is the Flash in Episode 10 remains to be seen, but according to an interview from Entertainment Weekly with Grant Gustin, Barry has struggled with having to lie to her about who he really is.
"He's trying to tiptoe around it without blatantly lying to Patty at first, which creates some awkward situations. Barry's a little bit better at lying this year than he was last year. He's been doing it longer. He's getting used to lying to people that he loves to try to keep them safe. The idea of telling her is bouncing around in his head in the near future, but he doesn't really know how to approach it. He's not sure, so mostly he's just thinking about it. He's not even thinking of ways to tell her at this point. He knows it's kind of inevitable if they stay together, but I don't think he's ready to tell her yet. We're going to see him trying to tiptoe around it and lie some."With Patty potentially being kidnapped in the next episode, Barry may finally have to admit to her that he is the Flash. Stranger things have happened in the series though, and Barry has been able to hide his identity in compromising and seemingly impossible situations before. Zoom is an entirely different ballgame though, so it will be interesting to see if Patty finally learns that Barry Allen is the Flash when Episode 10 airs on Tuesday, January 19, 2016. If you cannot wait until January 19, you can view the midseason finale episode of The Flash again for free, courtesy of the CW. [Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images]