Thanks to Flashpoint, “The Flash’s” Caitlin Snow has started to undergo some major changes. She may not have had the metahuman gene pre-Flashpoint, but all that has changed and now she’s beginning to manifest ice powers similar to her Earth-2 counterpart Killer Frost. During a set visit, Danielle Panabaker spoke to CBR and other reporters about Caitlin’s powers, why she’s kept them a secret from the team, her relationship with Barry and more.
“Episodes 5, 6 and 7 are a little more Caitlin-heavy than they have been earlier this year, so it was nice to have [Director of Photography Kim Miles] sort of shepherding into that world,” she revealed, adding that episode 5 focused more on Caitlin’s relationship with her mom than her burgeoning powers. “Obviously she is going through some physical changes, but she’s figuring that out. You know, as you maybe remember from Season 1 with Barry, it took him a minute to figure out his powers, like, ‘Oh, I kept passing out because I don’t eat enough,’ things like that. She’s going to have to figure out different ways to cope with these changes.”
As to why she has decided not to share her powers with the rest of the team, she added, “Because I think she doesn’t understand it! I think that conversation would be a little bit difficult, like, ‘Hey, guys! I don’t have any answers, but here you go!’ Especially for Caitlin, as a scientist and someone who is focused on always having the answers. I think she wants to get this figured out for herself before she comes to the team with her request from them, etc.”
In regards to whether or not we’ll see more of Caitlin dealing with her mom, she shared, “I would like to see more, always more. I think we’ve gotten to see a lot of the Allen family history, we’ve seen a little of the Ramon family and I think it’s — I would love to see more of Doctor Tannhauser and Caitlin’s relationship. Her premonition is definitely scary.”
According to Panabaker, Caitlin doesn’t blame Barry for her powers — but only because she doesn’t remember a life where she didn’t have them. “The way I sort of see it is that this version of Caitlin Snow, this is her life,” she said. “She doesn’t remember Flashpoint, and she doesn’t remember that other timeline, so she doesn’t know anything else, so I don’t think she’s really mad at Barry. I think it’s fascinating, and also from a scientific perspective I think it’s interesting to her, but I don’t think she’s mad at him about it because this is all she knows.”
“Barry has not been as present in STAR Labs as he has been in past episodes. I think that’s what’s great about the show is that they’ve really allowed Caitlin and Cisco in particular and whatever Wells is in the picture to keep moving everything forward at STAR Labs. Barry is a little bit more out in the streets, that sort of thing,” she continued.
“I’m like, ‘Let’s get Caitlin outside of STAR Labs, whatever that looks like!’ There’s a social outing in episode 6, but Barry doesn’t go, so you know… That’s what’s great about an ensemble,” she added. “It’s not ‘everybody has to be working all the time.’ There are different episodes that are bigger for different characters. I’m really happy because I’ve gotten to work with Keiynan [Lonsdale]. I just said this to Keiynan this morning, like, ‘I’m so glad we’re getting to work together some more,’ which is new for me this year.”
Starring Grant Gustin as the Scarlet Speedster, “The Flash” airs Tuesdays at 8 pm ET/PT on The CW. The series also stars Jesse L. Martin, Tom Cavanagh, Carlos Valdes, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Keiynan Lonsdale and more.
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