The Flash recap: Nora and Eobard Thawne’s plans begin to unravel

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On the latest episode of The Flash, Sherloque deciphered the key to Nora’s secret language. In it, the detective extraordinaire uncovered that Nora has been working secretly with another speedster: Eobard Thawne.

Before Nora’s first trip to see Eobard Thawne, fans had suspicions of the young speedster was concealing a dark secret and they turned out to be right. Last night’s episode of The Flash confirmed that Nora (Jessica Parker Kennedy) and Eobard Thawne (Tom Kavanagh) were working together to correct the timeline.

While Nora had good intentions, secretly plotting with Thawne was probably the biggest betrayal to Barry (Grant Gustin). He suffered at Thawne’s hands on more than one occasion and was the initial trigger that set Barry Allen on his path to becoming the Flash—all due to Thawne’s hand in manipulating the timeline.

Nevertheless, Nora’s partnership with Thawne wound up being for naught. Her attempts to correct the timeline only created a paradoxical future with an even more terrifying villain, a new Cicada. Team Flash now has to contend with this new threat but that’s not their only concern.

Next week’s episode will delve deeper into Nora’s partnership with Eobard Thawne and she’ll have to confess to Team Flash. Thawne can be heard in the promo for “Time Bomb” directing Nora to tell her father the truth. We don’t know if Nora will be forthcoming but the episode’s emphasis on the truth gives us the impression that XS will do the right thing.

Watch the teaser to next week’s episode, below:

The concern now is how the West-Allen family will react to the revelation of Nora working with Eobard Thawne. Every member of Team Flash and the Allen family is familiar with Thawne’s work so the idea of Nora being under his employ could change their opinion of the young speedster.

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Everyone deserves forgiveness but Thawne is the one villain who the West-Allens can’t forgive. Thawne got Eddie killed, murdered Barry’s mother, played a role in Henry Allen’s murder at Zoom’s hands, and he’s tried to kill Barry multiple times.

Because of those factors, Nora could be grouped in with Thawne as one of history’s worst villains. She hasn’t done anything unforgivable yet but if further discoveries reveal that she assisted Thawne’s other missions, Team Flash might not be able to look at Nora the same way anymore.

On the other hand, Barry and Iris (Candace Patton) don’t seem like the type of parents to push their daughter away—even if she worked with Eobard Thawne. They’ve also learned how to be good parents through their numerous experiences in Season 5 which means we can probably count on them empathizing with Nora. Of course, that all depends on how deeply involved Nora and Thawne really are.

There’s also a distinct possibility that Nora’s affiliation with Eobard Thawne goes even further. For all we know, Nora is actually an imposter impersonating Barry and Iris’ real daughter.

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The first season of The Flash revealed that Eobard Thawne used a piece of future tech to absorb Harrison Wells’ life-force—becoming him in the process—what’s to say the person who claims to be Nora didn’t use a similar piece of technology on the real XS? That would be a truly dark future but we shouldn’t put it past the show’s producers to craft a twisted origin for Nora West Allen.

What do you think is at the heart of Nora and Eobard Thawne’s relationship? Let us know in the comments section below.

The Flash airs Tuesdays on The CW.