The third season of The CW's speed-fueled superhero series "The Flash" has taken a darker turn for many of its characters, perhaps most notably for Cisco Ramon (Carlos Valdés) and Wally West (Keiynan Lonsdale,) both of whom have suffered great personal losses and have undergone significant life changes as the show's timeline transforms around them thanks to Barry's Flashpoint mistake.
Speaking with ComicBook.com, the two actors revealed their differing approaches to their characters' changing circumstance.
For Valdés, it is all about balancing Cisco's comedic side, while also allowing him to realistically express grief for his character's dead brother. "It's been interesting and continues to be interesting to explore how that grief defines Cisco and his trajectory from here on out," the actor said. "It becomes clearer as more episodes transpire how Dante's death plays a role in Cisco's growth as a person."
By contrast, Lonsdale thinks that the sense of loss Wally is experiencing in Season 3 isn't just linked to the absence of his speedster powers, but is something that has always been at the core of the character. "I think [Wally] has always felt a little bit unsure of his place and what he's supposed to do in this world." The actor said, "Now especially dealing with the fact that he's having dreams and knows that there's potentially another path for him, he's sort of mad about that."
Of course, when it comes playing different sides of the same character, neither Valdés nor Lonsdale have had the task of Tom Cavanagh, who has played multiple different versions of Harrison Wells over the shows three seasons, including one that was later revealed to be series villain Eobard Thane pretending to be Wells.
According to Cavanagh, who also recently spoke with ComicBook, the fact that other characters cannot necessarily trust Wells is a great part of his appeal on the show.
As the actor explains, "It's good to have a daily antagonist, someone you can't trust, a malcontent, but ultimately he's kind of a good guy. In the first season, he seems good, but he's bad and in the second season, he seems bad, but he's good, and then in the third season -- well, I wonder what he is? A bit of a con man."
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.