The Flash Eobard Thawne/Reverse-Flash Returns

The Flash: Matt Letscher to Make 'Impossible' Return as Reverse-Flash

As if The Flash‘s Barry Allen doesn’t have enough evil speedster problems already.

Matt Letscher will reprise his role as Season 1 nemesis Eobard Thawne (aka Reverse-Flash) in an upcoming installment.

Per EW.com, the actor appears in Episode 11 when Eobard’s “impossible return to Central City” — remember, he was erased from the timeline when his ancestor Eddie Thawne killed himself — “puts a member of the S.T.A.R. Labs team in unexpected danger,” executive producer Todd Helbing tells the site. Barry is then forced “to make a life-changing decision.”

The Flash returns with new episodes on Jan. 19 at 8/7c.

Flash fans, do you think we’re about to meet Earth-Two’s Eobard Thawne? Tell us what you think in the comments!

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38 Comments
  1. Ian says:

    This show just gets crappier and crappier.

    • hannah says:

      then don’t watch if you don’t like it. its common sense.

    • Jerry says:

      You are entitled to your opinion. It’s wrong, but you are entitled to it.

    • Sarah says:

      Then why do you read the articles related to the show?

    • Rebecca says:

      @Ian I agree the show just hasn’t been good since it returned. Focusing on the most random and pointless storylines. For example Patty Spivot. Why is her character there?

      Not enough, Jay, Cisco, Iris or Joe.

      Wally shows up for five minutes and the rest of the episode is Patty whining about her Dad.

      The show lost it’s footing. Season 1 was fantastic. Season 2 so far has been completely average.

      • Peter says:

        @Rebecca, I don’t think there’s nothing wrong with this show. Just like in the comic books of old, a lot of unnecessary things happen just to make you keep up with the story. There are some twists that need to be done so that these guys have a job. Even so, the storyline still remains, “The Flash Saves The Day”. Just like in everyday life there are some things that happen to you that do not even concern you, your background, your career or any part of your life, but still happen and tomorrow is another day. If they don’t spend the whole episode talking about Patty and screen Wally for five minutes, they will end up doing four episodes per season.

      • Phoenix5634 says:

        I’m so sick of Iris’s fan group, the show is awesome, it’s her fan group that is ruining the show. All they want is a Iris/ Barry soap opera and they could care less about the actual storylines, and are threatened by Patty taking Barry, and taking Iris’s screen time. So all Iris fans have done this season is complain about everything. So critical, an impatient it’s pathetic. Like I’ve heard some of them say they fast forward through the scenes they don’t like ( or pretty much scenes that have Patty), missing who knows what in the episodes actual storyline. It’s just pathetic.

  2. If he was erased from the timeline, how does everyone remember him? And who killed Flash’s mom? Maybe this episode answers that.

    • Sarah says:

      The Earth 1 version got erased from time. The Earth 2 version still exists.

    • John NYC says:

      The same way they remember Wells: he was erased at the moment Eddie killed himself, the past before than wasn’t altered. ?

    • tvjunkie says:

      Well if Eddie killing himself erased Eobard from the timeline, then none of the events that involved Eobard happened and Eddie wouldn’t have had a reason to kill himself so then Eobard was not erased and everything he did still happened, but then Eddie kileld himself again, etc, etc, etc. It’s a time conundrum. The way I see it’s a mulitverse that can be explained just like Back to the Future movies. When Eddie killed himself the timeline for everyone went into a new direction, but the other timeline still exists. Basically everything that can happen does happen and creates infinite universes with infinite timelines.

      • Robert Dassler says:

        Oh. My. God. What a convoluted mess you have just described.

      • Adam says:

        Sorry but are you retarded that is basically saying if I died now everything I’ve ever done wouldn’t have happened of course all the stuff eobard did still happened when Eddie killed himself coz if that was the case then BARRY ALLEN WOULD NOT BE THE FLASH YOU COMPLETE TOOL oh and just so everyone knows not everything they show on tv or films copy’s the books or comics word for word so obviously it’s going to be a different story line to what everyone knows jeez some people are just gullible use your common sense people

  3. Julie says:

    Bring back Rock Cosnett instead..:

  4. justsomeguy says:

    Best show on TV. Can’t wait for whatever is coming next!

  5. zackkattackk843 says:

    Obviously it’s the Earth 2 version. Unless, that is, something in the Legends of DC happens and they change something and that allows Eobard to exist again. Only things I can think of.

  6. courtney says:

    I can’t wait!

  7. Shaun says:

    How can the danger be unexpected?!

  8. Adam says:

    He can’t be from Earth 2 just because wells was basically the same in both worlds doesn’t mean eobard even exists in earth 2 because his only reason for returning was to kill Barry as a child and in earth 2 Barry is not the flash jay Garrick is and his opposite is zoom not the return flash my theory is that when the singularity started and eddies body was sucked in it spat him out in earth 2 and because they seem to have better tech they somehow manage to revive him then eobard would technically be able to exist again but that’s just me

  9. clint says:

    i predict unholy alliance between reverse flash and the flash to help take down zoom and reverse flash will steal zooms power and goes back home also maybe alternate timeline eddie may never met iris and met the woman had thawne ancestor

  10. Robert Dassler says:

    So, what was the point of the whole of the first season and the apparently futile sacrifice of Eddie? Did I really waste all my time watching that just so they could negate it all? These DC shows get worse and worse with each passing season. This does not bode well for Legends of Tomorrow.

    • Phoenix5634 says:

      The stuff that happened in season 1 was only like a fraction of the story between future Barry and Eobard. Firstly I’m blown away no one has mentioned the difference between our Barry an Future Barry’s lightening. Or that we don’t know what exactly happened to Future Barry ( where he went after saving his younger self ) and what happened to cause Eobard to lose his speedforce. And not even to mention there’s so many quotes from Barry, wells/Eobards foreshadowing he’d be back no matter what basically.

      my theory for Eobards loss of his speedforce ( in season 1) is that when they were fighting in the future, Eobard was the one who opened the rift in time to go back to kill younger Barry, so he went through first an it was his powers that opened. But maybe he used too much because they were mid-fight and not only opened a rift in time, but between earths. So maybe future Barry and Eobard last season were not only from the future, but another Earth ( not necessarily E2, but possible )

      Right now E2 is representing golden age comics, but maybe in the future( when Barry and Eobard are from ) E2 might be like the silver age comics in their future.

  11. Ben Waldinger says:

    I think the show is great I only think how does eobard come back if he died in season 1

    • Phoenix5634 says:

      Reverse Flash’s powers are slightly different than the Flash’s. For one when the RF time travels, he’s not linked to his self in other timelines, like the Flash is ( atleast in the comics ).

      I also have a theory that when future Barry and Eobard were fighting in season 1, becuz of the fight, Eobard when tried to travel back to kill Barry as a child, was going to fast and not only travelled back in time, but travelled to different Earths. And that’s maybe why his speedforce became finite.

  12. Ben Waldinger says:

    Here is a great theory I think reverse flash wasnt bad at all because he wanted barry to get stronger to steal his speed to then fight zoom because at the end of last episode it said zoom wanted barry to get faster just like reverse flash and zoom has stole everyone’s speed including reverse flash from the past thats how he was stuck there and now reverse flash and flash have to work together to fight zoom. Remember this is just a theory.

    • Phoenix5634 says:

      Reverse Flash in season 1 only wanted Barry to get fast enough, and have enough control over his powers to be able to open the timestream and allow Eobard to return home. RF was still hiding a lot of speedforce abilties. He only taught/ made Barry aware of his ability to phase through objects when it was a life or death matter, and if Barry died, then his plan would fail. He only wanted Barry to be fast enough to do what he wanted him to do, RF was keeping a lot secrets. After all, he didn’t want Barry to be able to beat him, and since RF’s speedforce became finite coming to this time period, Barry would have a clear advantage.

      I do feel tho that this RF will play a significant role in either distracting (on purpose or not), or helping fighting zoom. Zoom isn’t a regular speedster, he’s either like a modified hunter zolomon speedster. Or some undesirable affect of erasing the RF from this timeline, the speedforce itself is essentially immortal and can’t be destroyed, so maybe a black flash? It’s still unclear, but it is clear zoom is a different type of speedster than we have seen so far.

  13. Ben Waldinger says:

    Best show on tv

  14. Phoenix5634 says:

    So glad to see Eobard/RF back this season! I’ve been waiting for this since last season ended, I knew the story between him and Barry wasn’t over, not for a moment. So excited to see where this goes! Who wants to bet future Barry pays a visit again soon? yellow lightening, watch for that. It either means it’s future Barry, or our Barry is getting stronger

  15. Phoenix5634 says:

    One comment that I cannot stress enough on this show, if the showrunners are planning on making Wally the main Flash instead of Barry, I will quit watching. It’s a really bad move if ur thinking of replacing the main character, just because in the comics multiples characters take on the persona of the Flash. But news flash lol, that happened over decades in the comics, not mere years. Keep Barry as the main Flash all through out the series. Feel free to make other Flash’s, but keep the TV show focused on Barry

    • Adam says:

      He won’t be replacing Barry as the flash if you knew anything about the flash you would know that wally west is the original kid flash which later became the flash after Barry Allens death so am guessing that when they go to earth 2 in the new episodes wally somehow creates the same conditions for him to tap into the speed force but he isn’t anywhere as fast as Barry as he isn’t a blood relative like Bart Allen aka impulse

  16. Phoenix5634 says:

    By the way, congrats CW, I like the Flash show enough that it got me interested in Arrow, and recently binge watched the series over the holidays. Never was interested in it before, but hey you got a new fan now lol. Great crossover this year too! Only negetive I can say are the changes to vandal savages origin story, but I understand why it was done. Great series, keep it up! Can’t wait for them to come back to TV in a couple weeks!

  17. Samuel says:

    Okay, I don’t care what anyone says: this show is awesome! I’m talking about the entire season one AND season two so far. Period. The stories are amazing, no matter how small or “pointless.” Maybe all the nay sayers should just be patient, you have no idea what could be build up for a huge turning point down the road.