What if Cicada has something to do with why Thawne is locked up at Iron Heights? It struck me when Thawne told Nora that they’ll deal with Cicada first, destroy his dagger and then save Barry. It seemed to me that Thawne wanted Cicada out the way as if Cicada never being stopped means bad news for Thawne.
My theory is that like Cisco, Thawne lost his powers after being infected with a shard from Cicada’s dagger during an encounter. This led to Thawne becoming powerless and what enabled authorities to arrest him as there was little he could do to now evade capture without his speed. We know that so far Team Flash nor any other hero ever stop Cicada and that once Barry disappears after the events of “Crisis on Infinite Earths” Cicada eventually resumes his spree. Maybe upon his return, Cicada crossed paths with Thawne and while Thawne escaped the fight alive, he lost his powers in the process.
With Thawne being a vicious criminal who played a role in the events of “Crisis on Infinite Earths” no one helped remove the shard from him. Now Thawne seeks to change the timeline to ensure Team Flash stops Cicada in the past and destroy the dagger by having Nora go back and follow his instructions. With Cicada defeated and the dagger out of the equation, Thawne gets his powers back and thus his current predicament is removed from him. Not to mention, in a weird way he would be a hero of sorts in terms of stopping Cicada’s rampage that no other hero could, not even the Flash.
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