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The Flash Recap: Zoom Wants to Kill Barry in Season 2 Premiere

Grant Gustin as The Flash
Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) is off protecting Central City in The Flash.

Television’s favorite speedster is back and better than ever! Full of just as much action as ever, The Flash’s Season 2 premiere picked up six months from where Season 1 finale left off, when the Singularity nearly swallowed Central City (not to mention the rest of the world) whole. And even though Team Flash came out victorious in the end, the battle against meta-evil is still far from over. Let’s “zoom” in!

Gone in a Flash

The Singularity may have been defeated, but unfortunately, it came with a terrible price. It turned out that Barry’s (Grant Gustin) speed wasn’t enough to keep the Wormhole at bay. In order to completely eliminate the threat, Ronnie (Robbie Amell) and Martin Stein (Victor Garber) had to intervene as Firestorm. But in the process, Ronnie didn’t survive. (Or at least that’s how it seems for now. No body was actually found.) Since then, Barry has been racked with guilt and decided to cut pretty much everyone out of his life so that no one else would get killed because of him.

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The Flash
Jesse L. Martin as Detective Joe West, Grant Gustin as Barry Allen, Candice Patton as Iris West, Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow, Victor Garber as Professor Stein and Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon on The Flash

Zoom In

As a way to say thank you to The Flash for all that he’s done, Central City sponsored an official Flash Day, granting their masked vigilante the keys to the city. However, the rally was rudely interrupted by Season 2’s very first meta-human of the week: Al Rothstein (Adam Copeland), who Stein later nicknames “The Atom Smasher,” given that his superpower is absorbing radiation. After some coaxing, Barry agreed to let his friends help take Rothstein down. But in Rothstein’s final moments, Barry asked why he wanted to kill him and his answer was simple: Zoom told him to do it.

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Free at Last

Dr. Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh) may have been the Big Bad of last season, but during Tuesday’s premiere, he took a very big step in rectifying all of those past wrongs. Wells had apparently arranged a living will that left Star Labs to Barry under the one stipulation that he watch a video Wells had left behind. And while Barry was initially hesitant to watch said video, it’s a really good thing that he did because it was actually a confession, leaving him completely responsible for Nora Allen’s murder. Which meant Barry’s dad, Henry (John Wesley Shipp), was cleared of all charges and released from prison. But knowing that Barry has important work to do and that having his dad around would only serve as a distraction, Henry decided to take off (temporarily) so that Central City could have their Flash.

Stranger Danger

The meta human wasn’t the only new face to appear in Central City this week. In the final few moments of the episode, Barry & Co. were interrupted by a man who goes by the name Jay Garrick (Teddy Sears). And he came with a warning: “Your world is in danger.” What are the odds that he’s referring to this mysterious Zoom character?

Tune in for new episodes of The Flash on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.

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