With this Tuesday’s episode of The Flash, Barry Allen was finally openly pitted against Harrison Wells, also known as Eobard Thawne/Reverse Flash. Although the episodes each week keep getting better, and “The Trap” was packed with fantastic action, effects, twists and reveals, it really didn’t have the same bang for viewers who had hoped in the first half of the season that Harrison Wells was a future Barry Allen.
Yes, the most recent episodes established that Wells is Eobard Thawne/Reverse Flash and a killer, but how much more interesting would this story have been if Wells had been a darker version of Barry similar to how the original Star Trek presented darker versions of Spock, Kirk, etc? Although Eobard is out of the comics, how much more interesting would it have been if future Barry had killed Thawne and then had to take his place for some reason?
One popular theory was that Eobard was not actually from the future, but instead someone that both Nora and Henry knew, which meant that the fight between the Reverse Flash and the Flash was between a future Barry and a past Eobard.
There’s no doubt that the CW will continue to mold The Flash into an outstanding series, but it appears that many of the incredible time-related possibilities that could have resulted from Wells being future Barry will only be found in fanfiction.