Warning! MAJOR SPOILERS for The Flash season 4, episode 12 ahead!
In tonight’s episode of The Flash, the warden of Iron Heights Penitentiary learned that Barry Allen is The Flash by recording him using his super speed with a newly installed prison camera. And if we’re being honest, this was bound to happen sooner or later seeing as Barry can’t resist using his powers. But what makes this development all the more surprising is what happens after Warden Wolfe confronts Barry and reveals he’s uncovered the truth – Wolfe drugs Barry, throws him in a metahuman-proof cell, and calls up Amunet, offering to sell her The Flash.
This isn’t the first time the Iron Heights warden has acted suspiciously. In an earlier episode this season, Warden Wolfe was seen intensely observing the meta-human, Ramsey Deacon AKA Kilg%re in his prison cell. To clue us in that his sudden interest in Kilg%re wasn’t good, ominous music played over the scene as the camera lingered on Wolfe’s cold expression. We still don’t know what, if anything, happened to Kilg%re, but considering what the warden just did to Barry, chances are he didn’t fare much better.
Amunet, if you’ll recall, is the meta-human crime boss who can control metal. Killer Frost worked as her hired muscle for a time, but she’s mostly been shown trading metahumans on the black market – specifically, the people granted powers while on the bus that was hit with dark matter. First it was The Weeper, a meta-human whose tears had psycho-active properties that could be used to manufacture psychedelic party drugs. Later on, it was Dominic, the telepath who Amunet delivered to Clifford DeVoe AKA The Thinker, allowing him to then transfer his mind into Dominic’s body.
We’ll learn what exactly Amunet has in store for Barry in next week’s episode, but it seems safe to assume he isn’t the first metahuman that Warden Wolfe has sent her way. Her response to his call, “Do you have another fish to sell me?” implies they’ve made this exchange before. What remains unclear, however, is if this shady business is directly linked to The Thinker or if it’s just something he’s using to his advantage?
The full scope of The Thinker’s plan has yet to be revealed, but one thing that’s been pretty obvious is his need for Barry to be out of the picture. The DeVoes first framed Barry for murder, resulting in him getting sent to prison, and now he’s been taken from prison to Amunet’s underground, metahuman slave trade/fight club where who knows what new horrors await. That’s awfully convenient. Almost as convenient as the man who actually committed the crime for which Big Sir was convicted being the same man Team Flash was trying to apprehend in tonight’s episode. That it’s this link between Barry’s prison life and Team Flash’s weekly case that serves as the impetus for Barry getting caught by Wolfe is only all the more convenient.
So is it all connected? Has The Thinker been so meticulous in his planning that he arranged for Barry to not only get convicted for murder, but then kidnapped and sent somewhere even worse than prison? Seems likely, after all, as Harry repeatedly pointed out: “There are no coincidences,” and someone as smart as The Thinker wouldn’t leave anything to chance.
The Flash season 4 continues next Tuesday with ‘True Colors’ at 8pm/9c on The CW.
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