Who is Savitar? Some Popular Theories on The Speedster’s Identity


I follow a lot of shows and one of my favorites is The CW’s The Flash (despite some noticeable flaws) and there is a lot of mystery behind the identity of the main antagonist…

On The Flash, Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) has had to deal with a lot of threats, the two biggest ones being speedsters ie Reverse Flash and Zoom. So it’s no surprise that The Flash’s current foe is yet again another speedster. The difference being this speedster who calls themself “Savitar,” (after the Hindu God of Speed) seems to have a very personal connection to Barry Allen.

Here are the facts so far:

At some point in the future, The Flash is going to trap and imprison Savitar in The Speed Force, causing him to develop this intense hatred for Barry.

Savitar knows every member of Team Flash. He even prophesied “..One shall betray you, One shall fall, One will suffer a fate far worse than death.” So far we have seen two of those scenarios come to fruition. Caitlyn betrayed the team when she kept part of the Philosopher’s Stone to try and get rid of her cold powers and Wally West was trapped in the Speed Force, which is a fate far worse than death.

Savitar seems jealous of Barry’s life. He mentions that he is “…a good guy. The boy Joe raised. The man Iris loves. You have everything and deserve none of it.”

Savitar claims to have not wanted to start a conflict with Barry but that the conflict resulted in Savitar losing everything.

Savitar also claims to be Barry’s greatest foe.

Savitar says that Barry is there when he is created.

All these facts lead me to believe that Savitar is someone who is close to Barry, and most likely a member of Team Flash. But who has the most reason to hate Barry enough to ruin his life?


Wally West (Flashpoint)

He was a speedster in Flashpoint and lost that the moment Barry changed the timeline back. So it’s possible this version of Wally found a way back into existence and resents Barry for taking his powers away and it would make sense why he was trying to restore all the powers back to the people who had them in Flashpoint. This seems to be the big theory going around right now and I think it holds some weight.

jaygarrick3Jay Garrick

Now I know what you’re thinking, why would Jay possibly be Savitar? He is a good guy. Well, if you are caught up you would know that Jay recently took Wally’s place in the Speed Force (because the rules of the Speed Force dictate it). Yes this was a self-less act and it seems silly for Jay to develop this hatred for it, but what if he is there for much longer than he expected and it changes him. We have no idea what nightmares Jay would see in The Speed Force, so it is possible it could be enough to drive him insane and insane enough to want revenge. What an emotional punch in the gut that would be to see Jay Garrick, Barry’s mentor turn into his greatest foe!


Joe West

Now this is a theory making the rounds. What if Barry’s adoptive father is his greatest enemy. Now the only motive I could see is if Joe lost everything, maybe he loses Wally and or Iris and he reaches his breaking point. This would be quite a shock and would really kill Barry, more than the reveal of Reverse Flash and Zoom. I don’t see it happening, but it’s still fun to think about!


H.R. Wells

Now this is interesting, but another evil Wells, really? The basis for this argument is that he addresses Wally as Wallace like Savitar and that he seems to know things that don’t really add up. He knew a little about the Speed Force, but I personally think it’s too predictable and overdone for the writers of The Flash to do. Please let it be anyone else! No more evil Wells!

flashvsflashA Future Version of Barry Allen

Now this one is very intriguing because it could tie into things happening on “Legends of Tomorrow,” where it was revealed that a future version of Barry Allen sent a message to Rip Hunter (Arthur Darville) and warned that not even Barry could be trusted. That is very ominous. So how does this tie in? Well what if Barry cannot be trusted because he is on the path to becoming Savitar and he does something so unthinkable that he cannot be trusted by anyone including Oliver, Kara, and The Legends.

This would be a cool twist on the comic storyline where a future blue Flash goes back in time to kill Barry Allen because he realizes he is going to screw up the timeline.

What if Barry Allen sometime in the future falls so far and so he goes back in time to stop his past self. It would bring new meaning to all of those quotes from Savitar especially “…you have everything and deserve none of it”

Savitar has a point because Barry (who in his defense had just lost his father to Zoom) selfishly changed the time-line to save his parents and it had a HUGE impact on everyone, especially after Barry restored or at least tried to restore the time-line. Cisco’s brother died, Caitlyn had ice powers, John Diggle’s daughter became a son, Wally West was no longer a speedster etc.

Maybe Barry after being tired of losing so much does even more damage which leads to Barry becoming Savitar and Savitar is trying to right those wrongs. Maybe in his effort to become faster, he inadvertently turns into Savitar. I don’t know this is all speculation. It would be pretty deep and profound if Barry turned out to be his greatest enemy. Afterall you know what they say, you are your own worst enemy. Either way I think Savitar is someone Barry knows and not a brand new character, and I cannot wait for the reveal!

What say you? Do you agree with these theories? Who do you think is Savitar? Whatever your thoughts let me know!