Jay Garrick's Future
The Season 2 finale also revealed the identity of Zoom's man in the mask. As it turns out, he was none other than Earth-3's Jay Garrick -- and Henry Allen's doppelganger. The revelation was pretty rough on Barry, who had just lost his father, but -- fortunately for him -- the Flash from Earth-3 headed home pretty quickly.
John Wesley Shipp, who plays both Jay Garrick and Henry Allen, weighed in on the big revelation, saying, " "The fact that I'm now getting to morph into an entirely different character that is so important to the Justice Society of America, which also bleeds into 'Legends of Tomorrow,' he's such an important character to this whole world -- it just opens up enormous possibilities for me as an actor going forward, and the challenge for me, having played Henry, is that I now get to create an entirely different character going forward. And how that affects Barry -- because Barry's going to want to lean on this guy who looks just like his father but is not his father -- that can create a whole bunch of psychological conflict too. I'm as excited as you are to see how all of this will play out."
"Jay does not know the emotional minefield that he's walking into," Shipp added. "If I were to lose my father, and then there was someone there who looks just like my father, my impulse would be to want to go and get the same things from this guy that I got from my father. This guy's not going to know any of that, he's not going to understand it, so I hope there are those awkward moments where Barry tries to get from Jay what he got from Henry and it's not gonna be forthcoming, and they're going to have to make their own peace and form their own relationship based on the reality of what is. That opens itself up for all kinds of psychological possibilities."
"This character looks exactly like Barry's father but is tonally and attitudinally very different from Henry Allen, who was very available emotionally and much softer; very much a warm blanket for Barry when he was at his most vulnerable. That's not gonna be Jay," he continued. "Jay's a superhero, he's an original superhero, so he's not gonna know from all that."