The following recap, by the very definition of the word “recap,” contains spoilers from the Season 2 finale of The CW’s The Flash.

Picking up right where we left off, Barry hovers over his father’s dying, mauled body, crying, “Dad don’t leave me, not again.” Standing nearby, Zoom taunts his rival: “You feel the anger, don’t you, Flash? Now, the two of us are the same.” A fight/chase around town ensues, ending with Barry poised to lớn off his opponent — only to lớn realize that it’s yet another time remnant. Observing Barry’s bloodthirst, the real Zoom notes, “You’re almost ready,” before speeding away.

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Henry is laid lớn rest next khổng lồ his wife Nora. With a nod of tư vấn from Iris, Barry starts khổng lồ but is unable to lớn eulogize his father. Instead, Joe speaks lớn Henry’s losses, being blamed for a crime he didn’t commit. “Henry Allen was proof that love can get you through the darkest of days,” Joe said. “And that love will keep him alive in all of our hearts.” Barry then finally finds words khổng lồ say, promising his father to “take from what he took from you.”

Afterward, Barry shares Zoom’s recent warning, that he is “almost ready,” but all are at a loss on how to stop he who can rip mở cửa time breaches. Stepping outside, Barry asks Iris how he can ever find peace, having emerged from the speed Force so sense of confidence và purpose, only to lớn then thất bại his dad. Zoom crashes the quiet moment to lớn challenge Barry to lớn a race, khổng lồ see who’s the fastest — or else thảm bại more loved ones.

The next day at S.T.A.R. Labs, the team debates the prospect of a race — a prospect made more complicated when Harry notes that Mercury Labs is developing a magnetar aka a power nguồn amplifier that can be easily weaponized. With the right nguồn source — as in his and Barry’s combine energy — Zoom could rip infinite multiverse planets in half (as Cisco envisioned of Earth-Two), or worse. “I have to lớn race him. & I have lớn win,” Barry decides.

Confronted by Joe about his animus for Zoom, Barry makes clear, “I want to vị a hell of a lot more than kill him. I want him khổng lồ suffer.” With that said, Joe apologizes… for the tranq dart Harry is about to shoot him with, before locking up Barry in the Pipeline. Worse, Barry realizes, everyone on the team — Iris and Cisco included — was behind this well-intentioned double-cross. The team’s plan: Caitlin will distract Zoom while Harry and Joe slap him with a boot, at which point Cisco will open the breach khổng lồ shove him through. After that, they’ll “destroy the magnetar, save the universe.”

Caitlin sets the trap, apologizes for abandoning him.says she is ready to lớn tap into her Killer Frost side và “accept who I really am.” Zoom goes for kill, but Caitlin is just a hologram, During his confusion, Cisco vibes open a breach while Joe — after his tranq gun jams on him, oops — manually plunges the darts into Zoom, before Harry zaps the baddie through the portal back khổng lồ Earth-Two. Except, Zoom grabs for Joe & takes him with! Afterward, Cisco tries but fails khổng lồ “vibe” Joe’s whereabouts, while we see that Zoom has Mr. West strung up in the same lair as The Man in the Iron Mask. Asked about the mystery man’s identity, zoom explains how he created a tốc độ drug that enabled him to lớn run to lớn another Earth, where he discovered “him.” Thereafter, he discovered that the V-9 had a nasty side effect. Zoom tried to lớn steal Iron Mask;s speed, lớn no effect. At that point, he got distracted by Barry’s existence on Earth-One, và kept Iron Mask as a trophy: “I even borrowed his name: Jay Garrick.”

Back at S.T.A.R. Labs, Wally frees Barry, in trade for his help — to find và save Joe. Confronted by a furious Barry, Caitlin urges him to lớn “stop và take a breath,” that if he forges ahead in this state, “You will lose,” Harry warns. But Barry is determined khổng lồ move ahead with our without their blessing. So Cisco agrees lớn “vibe” Barry khổng lồ Earth-Two, to lớn accept Zoom’s race challenge — if Joe is returned unharmed.

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Gathering for the race, Zoom confirms his endgame: to use the magnetar to lớn send a shockwave from Earth-One to all the other Earths, destroying them. With Iris charging him to lớn “kick his ass,” Barry readies to lớn race Zoom, enough laps khổng lồ power the magnetar — unless Barry can somehow stop him first. Or, if Barry bails, Joe dies. “Run, Barry, Run,” Zoom growls, and they’re off! Sure ’nuff, the magnetar begins lớn get powered, emitting a beam into the sky. Barry though manages lớn jump back in time and create a time remnant of himself to save Joe, after which Zoom tackles him — and then cackles he’s too late khổng lồ save the multiverse. Barry’s time remnant races on a loop khổng lồ counteract the pulse, killing himself in the process, while Barry whales on Zoom. At the end, Barry is able lớn go for the kill, but instead lets the time wraiths vày the dirty work for him, escorting Zoom off to lớn who-knows-where.

The drama is not over yet, though.


At S.T.A.R. Labs, Harry và Cisco remove the Iron Mask, to lớn reveal the real Jay Garrick — who is the spitting image (give or take some facial hair) of Henry Allen. (Read our Q&A with John Wesley Shipp here.) Barry freaks a bit, but is soothed some by Joe. Jay cleans up & suits up, then happily crushes the power-dampening mask he’d worn for too long. He dons the helmet that Zolomon once wore, if only as a symbol of hope, then plots his way back to Earth-Three, his home, by way of Earth-Two — khổng lồ which Harry and Jesse are also heading. Harry says some sad goodbyes, even to lớn Ramon Cisco, who creates a breach for the trio to lớn travel through.

Afterward, Barry cannot help thinking about his father’s doppelgänger — how even after beating Zoom, “Why does it feel lượt thích I just lost?” Iris suggests that pursuing what they have as a couple might bring a good something khổng lồ his life, but he says he needs to “fix” whats wrong with him first, lớn “find some peace.” “You waited for me for years,” Iris says. “I am going lớn do

the same thing for you. Whatever you need lớn do, vị it. I’ll be here…. I love you.”

“I love you, too. I always will,” Barry says after a sweet kiss. After Iris heads back inside, he continues, “…and that’s why I’m so sorry. But I have to bởi this.” At which point he speeds back in time to save his mother on that fateful night và kill stop Reverse-Flash, as his Season 1 self looks on… before vanishing. Nora is a bit wigged out, but adult Barry assures her, “You’re safe….”

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