The next incorporates spoilers from the Could 4 episode of The Flash.
The thirteenth episode of the season was not a fortunate one for a long-running character on The CW’s The Flash.
The excellent news popping out of the episode “Demise Falls” is that Deathstorm’s reign of murderous, grief-guzzling terror has ended. The unhappy information is that in the middle of leveling as much as change into “Hellfrost” after which sapping Deathstorm of his lethal powers, Caitlin’s doppelganger couldn’t take the warmth, and perished again on the S.T.A.R. Labs med bay.
The demise was, in some ways, a bit poetic, seeing as unique solid member Danielle Panabaker first slipped into the Killer Frost persona for a Season 2 episode that additionally noticed costar Robbie Amell debut a Deathstorm look, over on Earth-2. Now, Amell’s villainous Season 8 encore paved the best way for Frost to get completely iced.
Panabaker tells TVLine that when showrunner Eric Wallace pitched this arc to her throughout final summer season’s hiatus, “My solely query was, ‘Are we actually going to kill her?’ As a result of it didn’t really feel proper to do a fake-out. This wanted to be her actual demise, so as to really feel truthful and sincere.”
The subsequent step was bringing again a key sequence alumni, to facilitate the unhappy sendoff. “It was at all times the plan to hopefully have Robbie [Amell] come again as Deathstorm, and I’m so glad that labored out together with his schedule,” says Panabaker. “He and I’ve at all times labored actually good collectively.”
Although she hadn’t seen it by the point we spoke, Panabaker was “actually proud” of Frost’s remaining episode, partially as a result of the hour additionally concerned a number of Crew Flash members being visited/laid low with “Grief Ghosts” comparable to Eddie Thawne, Nora Allen, Chester’s dad and Allegra’s cousin.
“It’s a huge episode,” Panabaker notes. “In hindsight, there have been a number of totally different tales that they’ve been telling on this second Graphic Novel of Season 8 which have a distinct weight to them whenever you notice that it’s additionally the tip of Frost’s journey.”
Frost’s send-off itself in the meantime served up quite a lot of fraught moments, together with when Deathstorm tormented his would-be bride’s “sister” about being nothing however a soulless “copy,” or when Mark aka Chillblaine feared the worst, having made so many plans for his and Frost’s future. “The writing was actually stellar,” Panabaker says. “It’s good to be given the chance to play all of these totally different feelings.”
On prime of all that, she who was as soon as often known as Killer Frost — launched as an alternate, villainous, meta-enhanced character of Caitlin’s throughout the Savitar arc, however in the end break up off into a personality of her personal — went out a hero.
“Considered one of my favourite issues about taking part in First the final couple of years is how a lot of a metamorphosis she made, by way of actually coming into her personal and taking accountability for her actions,” Panabaker displays. “It’s been an excellent experience, for certain.”
“I feel that each staff member goes to have a distinct journey,” Panabaker previews. “For Barry, who’s been across the longest, it’s going to be a problem for him to study to maneuver on. However most importantly for Caitlin.
“She’s misplaced a lot in her life already, and solely just lately come to a reasonably symbiotic place with Frost,” the actress continues. “They’ve definitely had their ups and downs through the years, so it’s going to hit Caitlin the toughest. And she or he’s going to grieve in quite a lot of other ways, which is practical and genuine.” Which means, the staff’s very wise scientist may, say, act out? “Completely,” Panabaker hints. “There’s denial, anger, resentment…. She’ll most likely undergo all of it earlier than the tip of this season.”
And what’s subsequent for Panabaker herself? The Flash was renewed for Season 9 after Grant Gustin inked a new deal to proceed on because the titular speedster. However since then, Jesse L. Martin announced that he is stepping down as a sequence common (to headline an NBC pilot), and no different unique solid members have been introduced as signed for subsequent season.
“I hope to be again…,” Panabaker, who directed this season’s seventeenth episode (of 20), shared with TVLine. “I will say that I used to be very shocked to see that there was one other season [ordered]. I feel that emotionally, I, not less than, was planning for Season 8 to be our final. However I’m grateful to the present and to the followers, and hopefully there’s extra story to be informed.”