'The Flash' Rumors: Will The Reverse-Flash Help Barry Defeat Zoom? Season 2 Return Date, News, And Schedule

Rumors regarding the identity of Zoom (Tony Todd) are running rampant, and fans of The Flash have speculated that pretty much every hero from Earth-One could be the evil speedster from Earth-Two. While Zoom's identity is likely to be withheld for at least a few more episodes, we do know that he is going to continue to make life miserable for Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) and his friends.

Finally, the mid-season break for season 2 is over, and the mid-season premiere for The Flash is set to air on January 19. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, episode 10 is going to focus on Barry attempting to tell his girlfriend, Patty Spivot (Shantel VanSanten), that he is actually The Flash. It appears as though he is interrupted and an unknown enemy kidnaps Patty. While originally speculated to be Zoom, it appears as though it actually might be another meta-human.

The Reverse-Flash Returns January 26, 2016

While episode 10, entitled "Potential Energy," is sure to be fun, fans are really waiting for episode 11, entitled "The Reverse-Flash Returns." At the end of season 1, the Reverse-Flash was erased from history after his ancestor, Eddie Thawne (Rick Cosnett), committed suicide in order to save everyone in Central City.

Many fans have speculated that the Reverse-Flash that we will see in episode 11 will be from Earth-Two, but it has been confirmed that this is not true. According to Entertainment Weekly, this is the same exact Reverse-Flash that we have come to love and hate from season 1.

Since time travel is possible in The Flash, this will apparently be an earlier version of the Reverse-Flash. While it is still Barry's hated rival, it is possibly going to be a version that does not have as much disdain for him yet. The Flash show runner, Andrew Kreisberg, provided a little more insight into the return of the beloved villain.

"Time on our show does not unfold linearly. Sometimes you've seen events from one direction and then you start to see them from the other. This Reverse-Flash is not exactly the Reverse-Flash that we saw disintegrate at the end of the year. It's a Reverse-Flash from an earlier timeline. It's not the Earth-Two Reverse-Flash, it's the Reverse-Flash. That is, hands down, one of our best episodes."
Since this Reverse-Flash could be neutral towards Barry, is there a chance that he could actually help in defeating Zoom? While it is unlikely that this Reverse-Flash will actually be a good guy, it may be in his best interest if Zoom is no longer around. While we still do not know all of Zoom's motivations for evil, we do know that one of his goals is to become the fastest man alive.

In order to ensure that no one else is faster, Zoom is on a mission to kill and take the speed of every other speedster. At this point, it is apparent that Barry is nowhere near as fast as Zoom. In season 1, Barry was also considerably slower than the Reverse-Flash and only managed to survive after Eddie committed suicide.

Since this Reverse-Flash will be on an earlier timeline, there is a chance that he may not even be as fast as Barry is. If he is faster than Barry, will he be as fast as Zoom? While the Reverse-Flash easily defeated Barry in their battles in season 1, Zoom literally toyed with him in their only fight in season 2.

Since Zoom's goal is to kill every other speedster, the Reverse-Flash is definitely on his list. As Malcolm Merlyn worked with Arrow to defeat Ra's al Ghul in season 3 of Arrow, we could see a similar team up here.

Upcoming Season 2 Schedule for The Flash

Episode 10 - "Potential Energy": January 19, 2016

Episode 11 - "The Reverse-Flash Returns": January 26, 2016

Episode 12 - "Fast Lane": February 2, 2016

TBA - "Welcome to Earth-2"

Rumors regarding Zoom's identity and the endgame for the return of the Reverse-Flash will continue to come out, but we should have more clarity in the coming weeks.

You can watch new episodes of The Flash on Tuesday nights at 8 p.m on The CW.

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