Last Tuesday’s episode of The Flash changed everything we thought we knew about Harrison Wells. In a season-finale level 17th episode, we learned the shocking truth about Wells through a series of flashbacks that brought about one shocking revelation.
Turns out, Harrison Wells isn’t Harrison Wells. Eobard Thawne is Wells.
While we’ve gotten a lot of flashbacks this season, the flashbacks to Eobard and Wells were by far the most enlightening as it showed us two things: how our Wells got to where he is and also how one can mess with time travel and alter the course of time. It’s what Eobard did in the flashbacks.
The flashbacks brought us back to the night of Nora Allen’s murder as we got a new view of what happened that night; we saw the two speedsters speed into the Allen house and battle each other as they fought to prevent (in Barry’s case) or enact (in Reverse Flash’s case) that key moment in time.
As Reverse Flash darted down a Central City street, we watched him lose his super speed and collapse on the ground. Reverse Flash turned to his trusted technological sidekick Gideon, who revealed the tragic news: Eobard had lost his super speed when he time jumped with The Flash. Translation? He can’t return home; he’s stuck.
In the flashbacks we watched as Eobard stalked Harrison Wells; the real Wells. This Wells was happily married to his wife Tess, who we learned in the present had passed away and that’s what brought Wells to Central City.
But when we saw Wells and his wife riding in their car, I knew this was it; this was the moment where Tess died and things were set in motion for S.T.A.R. Labs and the Particle Accelerator. So it was more of, what caused the accident?
Well, that’d be Eobard Thawne, who placed metal spikes in the road that blew out the tires and caused the car to flip on its side. We watched Wells, the real Wells, helpless as he couldn’t save his wife, who he watched die in front of him. “Why aren’t you helping her?” Wells bellowed at the mysterious man. His response? “This woman has been dead for centuries.”
Eobard dragged Wells out of the car and proceeded to tell him of his future; how he created S.T.A.R. Labs and the particle accelerator in 2020, which altered the course of time. The only thing is, Eobard needed it to happen a little sooner because he needs to return home.
So Eobard pulls out some
Eobard broke out this “genetic camouflage” device and literally rewrote his DNA to match that of Wells, leaving the real Wells’ body decayed as he took over his identity.
In the end credit scene, the police arrived on the scene to find Wells aka Eobard Thawne in the car in search of help. When the police asked who he was, Eobard replied: “I’m Harrison Wells.”
The sad thing is the real Wells seemed to be a genuinely good human being destined for greatness. But his life, and his wife Tess’, was cut drastically short as Eobard had to adjust time to help him return home to the future.
Well, the good news is that we finally know (some of) the truth about Wells. Even if it shocked me to the point where I don’t know what to believe anymore. Literally anything is possible on this show.