Thursday, December 04, 2014
Just who is The Flash's 'Harrison Wells'?
Why would I lay odds on this? Well, keep reading and hitch a ride on my train of thought.
See, first and foremost, Rip Hunter has been focused on preserving the timeline, which is something we've already seen Harrison obsess over. One of his major focal points has been the future newspaper article with the headline "Flash Missing: Vanishes in Crisis" ... which is a blatant nod to Barry's sacrifice to stop the Anti-Monitor in the original Crisis on Infinite Earths storyline. Another, more subtle nod, comes from the side story's headline, "Red Skies Vanish". In the DC Universe, red skies always seem to be a precursor to some catastrophic, multiverse spanning event. Hell, the upcoming Convergence event is already being foretold with the same red skies. So, in the DC "Berlantiverse" (which is a moniker I'm going to take credit for making up right now ... unless it's discovered someone beat me to it), it's possible that "Harrison Wells" (yes, I'm thinking it's an "H.G. Wells"/time traveler pseudonym) knows that for his future to continue, he has to ensure the creation of the Flash, and guide Barry to his ultimate fate.
It makes sense that Harrison Wells could turn out to be Rip Hunter. Rip has had no problems getting his hands dirty for what he believes to be the greater good. Meanwhile, over on The Flash, we've seen Wells more than willing to do the same in order to protect Barry and the future that the Flash represents. Of course, the writers could end up throwing viewers a huge curve and turn Wells into Zoom, a New God (another rising theory), or hell ... maybe he'll turn out to be Mister Mxyzptlk for all we know. Realistically, there's no reason Wells HAS to end up being ANYONE from the comics, just like Caitlin doesn't HAVE to end up becoming Killer Frost and Cisco doesn't HAVE to end up becoming Vibe (thankfully). The writers can tinker around with things to their hearts' content, so long as the fans stay entertained.
But if we end up seeing an episode titled something along the lines of "A Rip in Time", then I'm calling it.