Throughout the first season of “The Flash,” Eobard Thawne/Reverse Flash (Tom Cavanagh) has brought nothing but pain and destruction to Barry (Grant Gustin) and the team. While all attempts to stop him have failed, could the solution to stopping him be as simple as Eddie Thawne (Rick Cosnett) killing himself?
Seeing as Eobard is a member of the Thawne family from the future, ending that family line might prevent him from ever being born. Eddie making the sacrifice could not only save Team Flash, but all of Central City.
When presented with the theory, Cosnett tells Zap2it he’s not sure “whether Eddie would be willing to do that.” However, he teases, “The gang is gonna find Eddie. What state they find him in, I can’t say. Whether they rescue him or not, I can’t say either.”
Given what Eddie’s been told about his failed future — both in terms of his career and his relationship with Iris (Candice Patton), who ends up marrying Barry — you almost couldn’t blame him if he wanted to take the reins of his fate to steer toward a more meaningful purpose.
Eddie prides himself on being man who always does what he believes is right, regardless of how it impacts him. If he were to sacrifice himself and end Reverse Flash’s reign of terror, his legacy would be the one he deserves; that of a hero.
Still, the proposed solution may not actually stop Eobard. While Eobard is a distant member of the Thawne family, it’s unclear if he’s a direct descendant of Eddie’s or not. Killing himself could just be a futile move — plus be a bummer for fans who love him on the show.
“The Flash” airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.