‘The Flash’ season 2 finale reaction: John Wesley Shipp on huge Jay Garrick surprise

Iron MaskFor those of you who were hoping for something big on the season 2 finale of “The Flash” Tuesday night, the producers certainly came up with a really interesting idea for introducing the Man in the Iron Mask beyond that signature costume. They had it be Jay Garrick (a common theory), but the real twist here was that this was actually someone who looked exactly like Henry Allen! Apparently, in another world Henry is Jay, and thanks to that he is a part of this universe in a big way. He’s a speedster in his own right, and there is even more of a tie-in to the original show in ways beyond what we first thought.

For John Wesley Shipp, this was as big of a shock to him as anyone. Speaking on the matter to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor had the following to say:

“I never saw this coming … I left at the beginning of the season, I came back once, but for the most of the season, I was gone. So to be brought back as part of a triple whammy, first with Henry’s death, which I expected, then the reveal of the man in the iron mask, which is me, which I didn’t expect, and then I certainly didn’t expect the man in the iron mask to be Jay Garrick. It’s a triple whammy for sure.”

As for whether or not we could see Jay moving forward on the show now, it certainly sounds like it’s possible:

“It has been indicated to me that I will play an important role going forward, again … But this is Grant Gustin’s The Flash. He is the speedster on the show. I will be privileged to show up and support his journey in any way that I can. But it has been indicated to me that the palate is so much broader now and there’s so many more things I can do on the show now.”

One interesting possibility here is Jay’s role in the Justice Society of America, which was introduced for the first time recently on the “Legends of Tomorrow” finale. Wouldn’t that be an interesting introduction?

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