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The Reverse Flash: Breaking down the logic behind his timeline

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The Reverse Flash. First he was here. Then he wasn’t. Then he was again. And then he wasn’t. If the whole bouncing through time thing makes your head hurt, The Reverse Flash’s return to Central City probably left you with a migraine. Everyone was trying to figure out how The Reverse Flash could still exist. I thought he just bounced in from another version of Earth, kind of like Otherworld Wells did. That would have made more sense to me than the explanation they gave us.

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According to Harry Wells, The Reverse Flash is still alive because he was killed in the present time but his existence originated in the future. That theory doesn’t fly.

Remember Eddie Thawn? Eddie was Eobard’s direct ancestor. Eddie sacrificed himself to erase The Reverse Flash from existence. If your however-many-greats grandfather dies before you are born, you cannot be born— no matter how many timelines you tap-dance through. If your past ceases to exist, you have no future. That I can understand. I’m sure there are folks out there who are saying that it’s a bit more complicated than that, and I just don’t get it.

Sherlock image: BBC/Sherlock
Sherlock image: BBC/Sherlock

Wells explains that Thawne stayed alive within the speed force which protected him like a bomb shelter. There was something about a timeline remnant and a whole lot of scientific blah blah blah.

It still makes no sense to me. Guess this is one of those little incongruities I force myself to overlook because, even though Barry sent Thawne back to the future, the Reverse Flash has promised to return for yet another chance to kick The Flash’s ass.

Yet another reason Barry has to improve his speed. It’s a good thing the Geek Squad at Star Labs has the Turtle locked up so they can study how he manages to slow Barry down.

Oh, wait …

No more Turtle. Gee, remind me again of how that happened.

That’s right. It was Otherworld Wells and his hidden agenda. No matter from what universe or timeline Wells hails, he seems hardwired to the dark, devious, and secretive.

At least Garrick is wise enough to not trust Harry. Of course, Garrick has experienced him within the context of his own world. That means Garrick has an understanding of Wells that the others don’t share. Too bad he can’t get them to listen to him.

I wonder if people from Earth 2 enjoy saying I told you so as much as people from Earth 1. I’m betting they do! If you want to know for sure, I guess you’ll have to stay tuned.

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


Nikki Reid

Hi! I'm Nikki. I am a shameless TV addict! My dearest friends are Netflix and DVR. I am a former journalist with experience in both print and broadcast media, but my passion is creative writing. Combining my love for writing with my obsession for all things TV, places me smack dab in the middle of the best of both worlds.

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