Eobard Thawne (Matthew Letscher) will appear next week on DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, and after last night’s episode, fans know what his part in the new season will be. The team goes back in time to save Archduke Franz Ferdinand’s life stopping of World War I in “The Fixed Point,”. Meanwhile, in a bid to save him, the Samurai brought their attention to the corrupt Gideon and “evil Waverider,” who had previously served as the season’s major bad. The plan was for them to take control of the alternate Waverider while the malevolent robot Legends were occupied cleaning up the timeline anomaly and their Gideon was alone.
There’s one little issue: in the DC Universe, time has an immunological response to big events being altered. As a result, Sara Lance (Caity Lotz) spends the majority of the episode attempting and failing to rescue Ferdinand before trying again and learning from her mistakes. While others have gone before and many have perished while attempting it, Sara’s regenerative powers allow her to “live, die, repeat,” as she claims.
Of course, things are more complicated than they appear, as Sara discovers the immunological nature of time’s “immune response,” and it turns out to be a known figure working against her interests. That’s where Eobard Thawne enters the picture.
This is not the Thawne who appeared on The Flash recently, but rather a continuation of where he left off when he was destroyed by the Black Flash in Season 2’s finale of Legends of Tomorrow. Even though he’s played by Tom Cavanagh in the comics, Matt Letscher is the “actual face” of Thawne here on The Flash. He also isn’t an older version of Thawne like we’ve seen before; rather than using Hal Jordan’s appearance, he uses the face of Harrison Wells.
He has no access to the Negative Speed Force here, but he has been given a device by the Time Wraiths that allows him to stop time.He is posted on the day of Ferdinand’s death, and his duty is to keep time travelers at bay by stopping anyone who might wish to breach the barrier.
Sara figures out a strategy to be immune to the machine, which she uses to defeat Thawne in combat. Instead of killing him, she has a drink with her old foe and explains her plan, and that she has no intention of actually breaking time. Pablo approves of the plan, claiming that he will make it seem as if Ferdinand has been saved for the Legends, allowing them 40 minutes to battle with the Evil Robot Legends.
It’s possible that Thawne has more of a role. After all, he’s Thawne. What are the chances that he doesn’t intend to hitchhike on the Waverider in order to leave his time loop public service? But, at least on the surface, we now know what his function is in the following week’s “Rage Against the Machines.”
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow airs on Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW, before episodes of Batwoman.