HR Wells is in a world of trouble. In "Dead or Alive," tonight's episode of "The Flash," a bounty hunter called Gypsy arrives in Central City to take him back to Earth-19 -- but Team Flash isn't going to let him go without a fight. In an effort to protect him, Cisco Ramon challenges Gypsy to a fight to the death, but he may just be out of his league; after all, Gypsy has the ability to vibe just like he does, but she's far more adept at it than he is.
"Sleepy Hollow" star Jessica Camacho, who plays Gypsy, recently spoke with CBR about her upcoming role, including her character's dynamic with Cisco, the "sacred" laws of Earth-19, Gypsy's initial reaction to Team Flash and more. Additionally, Camacho teased her chances of returning to the show following her trial by combat with Cisco.
In the preview for next week's episode, Gypsy looks and acts a little different than her comic book counterpart. Can you tell us about your take on the character?
Jessica Camacho: Well, I think it's obvious from the first seconds of watching her that she is just a truly capable, committed, confident foe. I mean, I don't know if she's a foe, but -- when we see her -- she's very much on a mission and she very much knows what she's looking for, what she intends to do and what she is willing to do in order to make that mission a success. So she is just an absolute force, I would say.
Will we learn anything about her background in this upcoming episode?
So she's from Earth-19, which is where HR is from. She is sent to collect him, so we find out that she's a bounty hunter, and she's an undefeated bounty hunter on a mission to bring HR Wells back to Earth-19 to stand trial for violating one of their most sacred, important laws, which is no one is allowed inter-dimensional travel. You find out reasons why this law is so sacred to them and their earth, but her mission is to find HR and bring him back so that he can stand trial. So that's what she's doing when we first meet her.
Does Gypsy have a pre-existing relationship with HR, or is this strictly an assignment for her?
Nope! This is an assignment. This is just another number for her. This is supposed to be just another case for her that's supposed to be closed as instantly as it's opened. I think that Gypsy is very, very used to getting assigned a criminal, tracking them down and bringing them back, and we see that from her record. When she walks into this situation and finds this team of people that have kind of banded behind and with HR, she's like, "Wow, this is different! Okay!" She's very much up for the challenge. It's something different for her, but it's something where she's like, "Okay, cool, then you can all be my opposition. That's fine." And then we see that Cisco kind of steps in for HR, and she's like, "Oh, hello. Who are you?" [laughs] There's another interesting thing that takes off between Gypsy and Cisco.
What is Gypsy's first impression of Earth-1's Team Flash?
I think she's… curious is not the word. She's sees that they're very much a cohesive team, that they very much have each other's backs, even more so than just a functioning team, that they actually care about one another. She doesn't expect that. I think she's put off by that. I think she doesn't understand why this group of people is willing to sacrifice so much for HR, who has become an essential part of their team. I think she didn't expect to encounter that, that care that they have for one another and I think that's something that she's curious about and I think that's something different for her.
Since the news came out about Gypsy's debut, Carlos Valdes and the executive producers have talked a little about her complicated relationship with Cisco. What can you tell us about their dynamic?
Well, when she first meets Cisco, he vibes in order to protect HR and so immediately there's this connection between them. She's like, "Oh, you can do this too, huh?" And so she's curious about that and then it's Cisco's Cisco-ness that kind of makes her lift her eyebrows and say, "Well, who is this person?" He kind of flirts with her, and I don't think that's a very common occurrence, because she has a reputation of being this undefeated force that you don't mess with. When he kind of stands up to her, but with humor, he does it in a way that is very innate to him. His weakness, his innocence, his goodness, and yet his bravery? I think she finds this mix very, very intriguing and yet she finds herself in this position of having to battle him to the death, which sucks. [laughs] But she's there to do what she's been sent there to do: to bring HR back at all costs. If anybody's going to step in the way, it's going to be a matter of life and death. So there's this situation that they finds themselves in where they're interested in each other, there's this spark between them, there's an undeniable bond that they've built from the get-go, and they find themselves on either side of the battlefield.
Aside from Cisco, does Gypsy have an interaction with any other member of Team Flash that you're excited for fans to see?
I think Cisco kind of takes the center stage, just because he puts himself in that situation where it's now, "Okay, you and I are facing off, so I'm going to focus on you, because you're my opponent." She is, from the sidelines, able to observe everybody else. I think, at this point, she's kind of assessing who they all are in reference to one another, where they fit on this team and how she feels about all of them. Certainly in this episode, we'll definitely see her and Cisco focusing on one another the most, but there are moments that she has with other characters where she kind of is taking them in, seeing what they're all about and how she feels about them. She's still trying to feel them out.
Gypsy and Cisco seem to have the same power set, but Gypsy is clearly far more advanced. Can you tease what we'll see from her in this episode?
We'll see Gypsy in her element. We'll see Gypsy doing what she does on any day of the week when she goes up against somebody who doesn't want to go with her willingly. We'll see her very much exercising what she's best at, but then we'll see her encountering someone who has this potential. I think that that makes it very interesting, because of the same reasons that Gypsy connects to Cisco in terms of their chemistry. I think we'll also see that displayed in the way that they fight, and I don't think that she expects that. I think that she expected that this was going to be, "Okay, yeah, let's get this over with," but -- when she goes into battle with him -- they resonate. They kind of reflect one another. She doesn't expect to find as capable an opponent as she does in Cisco.
Is there a chance we'll see Gypsy again after this episode?
I feel like the chance is in the mutliverse, because of the nature of the multiverse and that characters can weave in and weave out and it still makes perfect sense. I think there's still a chance. I hope there's still a chance.
Airing Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW, "The Flash" stars Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes, Tom Cavanagh, Jesse L. Martin and Keiynan Lonsdale.