The Flash Stars Talk Caitlin-Ronnie Flashbacks, Tease Firestorm's Arrival

The Flash Season 1 Spoilers Robbie Amell

He’s not dead yet!?

The Flash is breathing new life into Caitlin Snow’s presumed deceased fiancé, Ronnie Raymond (played by The Tomorrow People‘s Robbie Amell). But before he rises, Tuesday’s episode (The CW, 8/7c) features glimpses of the couple as the S.T.A.R. Labs crew prepared to launch the Particle Accelerator that took Ronnie’s life.

“I’m so excited for the flashbacks,” star Danielle Panabaker said during a recent set visit. “It’s a great thing to see Caitlin in her element. She’s a scientist, and she’s excited. This is sort of their Mona Lisa. It’s an incredible unveiling that they’re doing, and she gets to share it with the love of her life, her fiancé.”

Whereas present day Caitlin is closed off, “there’s so much warmth” between the pair in the memories, a vibe Panabaker found easily accessible.

“What’s so great about Robbie is that he’s such a wonderful actor, it made [the chemistry] innate with us,” the actress says. “I adore him, and we have such a great chemistry just as people. So hopefully that comes across when you first see [Caitlin and Ronnie]. There is so much love there and so much happiness. You begin to understand why she’s a sad scientist these days.”

Helping to crack that dour, cold exterior is Barry, who bonds with Caitlin when he gets her to open up about Ronnie. “Barry is getting closer to the whole group at S.T.A.R. Labs,” leading man Grant Gustin previews. “At first, he didn’t necessarily trust them, but he’s finding more and more trust in all of them. And Caitlin is really the person that helps initiate that.” (Despite the moment of kinship, “for Barry, right now,” things are just platonic between the partners, the actor says.)

Given that Amell will reprise his role as one half of the DC Comics entity known as Firestorm – and everyone will encounter him “sooner than I expected,” Gustin teases – how might Caitlin react to seeing her supposedly lost love?

“Caitlin is doing a lot of grieving,” Panabaker replies. “She’s having a hard time letting go of him, and she’s displacing some of her grief on Barry. I can only imagine the trauma of something such as thinking your fiancé was dead, and then maybe suspecting otherwise.”

At least that scenario is potentially less damaging than going from being lovers to bitter foes. In the comics, Caitlin Snow becomes the supervillian Killer Frost, who counts Firestorm among her enemies. It’s a potential fate that Panabaker finds “really exciting.”

“What’s so cool about this show is — at least in my experience — how faithful they are being to all the comic-book lore,” she explains. “They’re so respectful of the stories that have been told. The thought that goes into The Flash costume and all of that, it would be exciting to be a part of that.”

Whatever happens down the line, Ronnie’s imminent resurrection will be an eventful one. “There’s a lot of mystery surrounding that character,” Gustin teases. “And even when [we] encounter him, there’s still a lot of questions to be answered.”

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26 Comments
  1. Lena says:

    The writer of this article is apparently a Caitlin/Barry shipper. Of course, Barry and Caitlin are platonic. She is killer frost. Also, Barry is in love with Iris. Every other woman will always be second place.

    • Annette says:

      Seemed like rote “boy and girl interacting! is it romance?” style questioning to me. And immediately shut down by Gustin, as it should have been. Surprised it took this long for someone to bring it up tbh.

    • Judicar says:

      Please dont start with this crap. The show is only two episodes in and you shippers are already at each others throats. Barry/Iris or Barry/Caitlin, it doesnt really matter, Barry’s true love will alwasy be the Speed Force.

      • Leo says:

        Barry/iris shippers have a huge chip on their shoulder. Basically if you don’t ship them its because you’re racist to them

        • Isn’t it really weird, and kinda Oliver-swapping-sister-vaginal-juices-level creepy, to want to fall in love with and marry someone who is essentially your foster sister?

        • Darrian says:

          lol it has nothing to do with race…I personally KNOW that Barry and Iris will get together…it’s only a matter of time before it happens…if they’re following the comic books like they say they are then it’ll happen seeing how SPOILER ALERT Barry Allen and Iris West-(Allen) are married with children in the comic books…Hell, they even have a grandchild named Bart Allen (I give you the 4th Flash)

      • Skittles&Bits says:

        Well said. The shippers are already moving to ruin this show the way they ruined Arrow. They should make t-shirts with that: “Barry’s OTL is the Speed Force”.

  2. Joey Padron says:

    Good preview about new episode. Can’t wait to watch it. Can’t wait to see Robbie on the show!

  3. Jared says:

    Can’t wait to see Robbie back on The CW!

  4. Maryann says:

    I see no Barry/Iris chemistry at all. He needs someone intelligent enough to be interested in the scientific subjects that make up his life, and not someone who immediately shuts down that part of the conversation.

  5. aura says:

    I ship Caitlin and Barry!!! I love their dynamic and chemistry :) I hope it eventually becomes romantic.

  6. talia says:

    Robbie can’t act and neither can Danielle

  7. Briggs says:

    We may be getting Barry/Felicity first, based on the kiss in the promo for the first half of the season (and her cameo in episode 4), so all other ships may need to line up behind them. Besides which, Caitlin may be destined for villain-hood, so any romance she has might be doomed.
    .
    One thing I know for sure is that they tested for chemistry in this show, and it does indeed *show*. So enough with the ‘they have no chemistry’ argument. It’s gone from old to annoying.
    .
    Never having seen Robbie Amell act, I can’t wait to see what he’s like, tonight.

  8. herman1959 says:

    I’m ignoring the shipping (on every show). The photos look promising – maybe one of the better episodes – I’m looking forward to it!

  9. Gerri says:

    I am looking forward to seeing Robbie on the show. The show is missing the hot guy factor. Hopefully he has reason to be shirtless. The Flash “lightning gives me abs” was just sad.

  10. Sheldon W. says:

    They’re so respectful of canon that they killed off Simon Stagg and Java. No Metamorpho in this universe…

  11. Jessica Holt says:

    Iris seems stuffy and stuck up like Laurel….where do they find these girls and why are these powerful men into them…..I like the smart interesting girls like Felicity and Caitlin….more interesting to see them interact with the superheroes.

    • Briggs says:

      Actually, up until last night’s ep, I thought that Caitlin was the ice queen. Iris is warm and friendly… and willing to let Barry ramble, even when she doesn’t understand what he’s saying. So we can agree to disagree.

      • Jessica has a very valid point though, that the writers have NEVER addressed on Arrow and have not yet addressed on The Flash, though they still have some time.

        What does Oliver Queen gain from dating Laurel, or ever having dated her? What does she even bring to the table? She’s not especially intelligent, or particularly moral, and completely out of touch with reality (and herself) in a lot of ways that should give any guy pause. So … is it just the sex?

        Similarly, what does Eddie Thawne gain from dating Iris? He seems to generally have his stuff together — i.e. it’s not “You Complete Me” or anything — so … is it just the sex?

        • My point is: I should be able to explain to ANYONE asking about these two shows that I like, and watch … why the leading man finds the leading woman desirable.

          I can’t. With either show.

          Writers, please fix this STAT.

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