Why The Flash's New Villain Will Be The Most Disurbing Yet

Zoom. The name of that mysterious speedster has haunted Grant Gustin’s Barry Allen ever since the first episode of The Flash’s second season. Zoom has now been firmly established as the big bad of The Flash Season 2, but next to nothing is known about the Earth-2 villain. All that has been established for sure is the fact that Zoom will deeply disturb audiences. Grant Gustin recently explained what exactly makes Zoom such a haunting foe:

He’s got this demonic quality to him. As soon as Barry is face-to-face with him — like right in front of him battling with him — it becomes immediately clear to Barry, ‘Maybe I’m not ready for this.’ It’s pretty scary. It’s going to be one of the more disturbing things, I think, that the viewers will have seen happen to Barry. It’s not pretty. He’s much stronger and faster, and Barry’s not necessarily ready for this, but he thinks he is.

Zoom is quite literally a speed demon. Up until now Barry has shown a great deal of faith in himself and his team to take down Zoom as long as they cooperate – but even that may not prove enough to stop the villain. Earth-2 Flash Jay Garrick – played by Teddy Sears – admitted to being afraid of Zoom on last week’s episode of The Flash; now it seems Barry will soon find out why.

In his interview with EW, Gustin notes that something disturbing will happen to Barry when he encounters Zoom. That’s not much to go by, but based on the promos for this week’s episode of The Flash, we know that Barry will use his ex-love interest Linda Park (the Earth-1 version) to lure Zoom into a trap. Something tells us that Team Flash’s plan to ambush the demonic speedster will not go according to plan. Check out the promo for the episode “Enter Zoom” below and see for yourself:

Part of what makes Zoom such a terrifying villain stems from the fact that the character has a distinctly inhuman quality. While Harrison Wells/Eobard Thawne/Reverse Flash certainly scared and intimidated Barry during their battles – he always seemed more like a bad person than a supernaturally malignant force. Theories about the character’s true identity have ranged from a resurrected Eddie Thawne, to Earth-2 Henry Allen, to Earth-2 Barry Allen, but as of now there exists no overwhelming evidence to confirm any such theories.

We will just have to wait and see for ourselves how deeply disturbing Zoom truly is; The Flash airs tonight at 8 p.m. EST on The CW with its latest episode “Enter Zoom.”

Conner Schwerdtfeger

Originally from Connecticut, Conner grew up in San Diego and graduated from Chapman University in 2014. He now lives in Los Angeles working in and around the entertainment industry and can mostly be found binging horror movies and chugging coffee.