#TheFlash 1×11 Trailer Breakdown: Paying the Piper

“The prodigal son returns.”

In the trailer for next Tuesday’s all-new episode of The Flash, Barry Allen and Team Flash encounter a metahuman that – surprise – is out to make sure Harrison Wells answers for his crime that was the failed particle accelerator or pay the piper, so to speak.

Meet Hartley Rathaway aka the Pied Piper (hey, Cisco assigns the nicknames around here, buddy), who has some history with Wells and is using sonic technology to seek revenge for the Particle Accelerator explosion.


Here are three things from the trailer that have us buzzing:

1. What happened between Wells and Hartley in the past?

Not that anyone needs an excuse to be hating on Harrison Wells because of the whole Particle Accelerator catastrophe, but from the sound of it the history between these two runs deep. And Hartley intends for Wells to pay the piper.

2. What are Hartley’s intentions?

Typically the metahumans Team Flash encounters have specific motives, some domination, others revenge. Is Hartley really only seeking revenge on Wells or do his motives run deeper than that?

3. Is the prison chamber at S.T.A.R. Labs compromised?

One of the shots features what appears to be Cisco down where Team Flash keeps all of the dangerous metahumans they’ve captured followed by an explosion. And oh crap is the Pied Piper the least of our worries here?

The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8/7c on The CW.

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