How can the Flash outthink the Thinker?

Grant Gustin (photo by FanAboutTown/ Flickr)
Grant Gustin (photo by FanAboutTown/ Flickr)

Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) may have finally unlocked the mystery of the surge of metahumans on “The Flash.” Newly introduced hero, Elongated Man/ Ralph Dibny (Harley Sawyer), revealed the name DeVoe (Neil Sandilands) – apparently linked to the main villain for this season in the Thinker.

The revelation came at the end of the episode titled “An Elongated Journey Into Night,” when Barry offered Ralph a fresh start and erase the stigma of being a dirty cop. Allen staggered a bit upon hearing the name of DeVoe. The name was mentioned on several occasions in the past when the Scarlet Speedster crossed paths with Abra Kadabra and Savitar.

Now, Barry is likely aware that he is up against a witty and organized villain. The Thinker thinks, plans and strategizes ahead and may or may not be involved at the same time. Some may have seen him in the comic books but showrunner Todd Helbing made it clear that their version has been re-imagined and different, Cinema Blend reported.

With the Thinker one step ahead, it looks like “The Flash” will be in for another chess match. He had the same last season against Savitar but DeVoe may have more aces up his sleeve. Was the Thinker keeping track of that showdown?

Though the revelation of DeVoe sets things clearer, there are still loose ends to cover. One is the link between the Thinker and the Speed Force plus the metahumans that were affected on that bus. Are the victims of that blast purely evil? Was Dibny the only one who came out clean?

Aside from Barry, will Team Flash also be affected? Caitlyn Snow/ Killer Frost (Danielle Panabaker) has so far managed to hold off her evil self but all that could change at some point. How about Cisco Ramon (Carlos Valdes), Iris West (Candice Patton), Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh) and Joe West (Jesse L. Martin)? Will DeVoe take aim at them too?

“The Flash” returns Wednesday with the fifth episode titled “Girls Night Out” on the CW.