The Flash Spoilers Killer Frost

As Team Flash Battles Killer Frost, a Hero's 'Worst Nightmare' Comes True

Beauty and the beast.

That’s the scene inside one of the Vancouver area’s myriad empty warehouse spaces, as The Flash‘s Killer Frost takes a clandestine meeting with Savitar. As the tense confab draws to a close, the hulking speed god leans in toward his new ally to make clear her mission in three growled words — one of which is kill.

With stakes so dire, will Barry, Cisco and kindly Caitlin Snow’s other Team Flash mates be willing to do what it takes to ice her evil alter ego? In the name of eliminating any obstacles to stopping Iris’ imminent death? That weighty matter looms as the CW hit continues Season 3 this Tuesday at 8/7c.

Having just returned from his trip to the year 2024, “Barry is devastated to find out that Killer Frost helped Savitar. And now he’s back, and it’s happening for real,” Grant Gustin says of the unexpected alliance. “It looks like she’s helping Savitar, so this is another step in the future actually coming true.” Step 1 for Team Flash, therefore, “is making sure there’s no team-up here and they get their friend back.”

Caitlin, though, appears to be well beyond the pep talk stage that previously pulled her off the Killer Frost ledge. “That worked once; I’m not sure it’ll work again,” says Carlos Valdes, who plays Cisco. “We might have to resort to some more desperate measures.”

The debate over how desperate those measures should get stirs friction among Team Flash, especially as Cisco grapples with his role as the one most likely to vanquish Caitlin’s cold-hearted alter.

“Today I’m doing a scene with the beautiful Tom Felton, who makes it very difficult for me to stay focused on the scene because of how gorgeous he is…,” Valdes quipped during TVLine’s visit to the set, in the wake of an extremely intense scene where Cisco and Julian engaged in a war of words. “They reach a bit of a rift, because Cisco carries these reservations with him as of late about his powers. This is his worst nightmare, because the last thing he wants to do is hurt Caitlin.”

Felton in turn frames the row thusly: “Killer Frost is on the rampage, and Cisco and I are falling out slightly over the best manner in which to try and get her back. She’s full-blown nutter, so we have to rely on some pretty severe methods to try and stop her.”

Emblematic of what a piece of work she is, Killer Frost knows — and takes advantage — of the inner torment she is causing Cisco et al. “Knowing that that person is still physically their Caitlin Snow, they do want to save her,” Danielle Panabaker points out. “But I think that gives Killer Frost an upper hand, because she knows that they won’t kill her. Or she’s at least gambling on the fact that they won’t.”

The Flash SpoilersOne recurring question as pertains to Killer Frost is: Why do Caitlin’s post-Flashpoint powers, when unbridled, steer her toward evil? When that isn’t the case with most anyone else?

“I had a lot of conversations with the writers, particularly around Episode 7 [‘Killer Frost’], which was Kevin Smith’s episode,” Panabaker answers, “and the way that this has been explained to me is that it’s almost like there’s this dark person inside of her who’s itching to get let out. It’s like an addict, almost, this person who craves the malice and the harm that she can do to people. Caitlin, with the help of the necklace and the cuffs, was able to keep that in check, but now the Killer Frost inside her has become a too strong and too powerful.”

Even so, Killer Frost will contend with her own moral conundrum as she and Team Flash clash over their opposing agendas. “It’s a real test of Killer Frost’s abilities, her devotion, and how badly she wants to be a part of the dark side,” Panabaker says, “as they sort of duke it out.”

“It’s going to be a much more difficult battle this time,” she makes clear, “to see if good can triumph over evil.”

Speaking of eeevil: Killer Frost has been made privy to who is nestled inside Savitar’s Transformers-like armor, and it appears that Barry is next to have the baddie’s identity confirmed. Might super-savvy fans have already guessed right?

“It’s actually not the same as past reveals in other seasons, where the audience kind of starts to have a feeling first,” Gustin said during our early-March talk. “It’s more of a jarring reveal, and it happens kind of suddenly for everyone at the same time.”

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30 Comments
  1. Gee says:

    The Caitlin being innately evil thus being an evil version of herself as killer frost is by far the most ridiculous explanation I read so far.

    • Patrick says:

      Agreed. Just say that her powers adversely affect her brain chemistry.

    • tommy says:

      It’s the one that makes the most sense. She’s always been true neutral – not interested in being heroic if the personal stakes are high. Killer Frost is just her with her social filters off.

    • Mary says:

      That’s not quite what they’re saying. Everyone has some darkness to them, it’s just that the majority don’t act upon that darkness. Caitlin was made more aware of her own darkness by meeting her Earth 2 counterpart and talking with her she realized how much they had in common. So instead of accepting that part of herself and truly working to overcome it, she’s chosen to live in fear of it and unintentionally fed it through her actions. She became reliant first on the bands that Cisco made to control her powers and then the necklace, instead of learning to control it herself and learning to deal with her fear.

    • chiguy79 says:

      Not necessarily given all the tragedy in her life that she seems to bottle up and not process. I’m not saying it’s the best answer the writers could probably come up with but given her family history along with her poor luck in tragic endings to romantic relationships, I could see a darkness inside her ready to blowup.

  2. Cordell says:

    We all knew Catlin was going to eventually become Killer Frost but I was hoping they wouldn’t toy with this for another three seasons but I like it

    • Wordsmith says:

      I agree that this was their end goal when they started, but I wish they had tried harder to keep it in mind while writing her since then.
      If she had been prickly and standoffish all along (like Julian, for example) I’d buy the twist, but they took the easy route and made her sweet and empathetic like basically every other character on the show.

  3. Mo says:

    As long as this ends with OTF in a good place I’ll be happy. Gotta love Barry is again on the sideline while team flash cleans up his mess. /s

  4. LEP says:

    Not familiar enough with the comics …. does flashpoint ever resolve to the original timeline, at least in the comics?

    • Butch says:

      No still an ongoing story . Flashpoint lead to the New 52 where all the characters were much younger and no longer had long histories. Basically the comics are saying someone interfered with time when Flashpoint ended creating the New 52. About a year ago they started reintroducing elements that were forgotten during the New 52. They call this “Rebirth.”

  5. Rachel says:

    Please keep Killer Frost. My gosh, Caitlin is boring.

  6. Lili says:

    The Caitlin story line is the best of the season, for me is the central topic right now and if Barry want to save her just because if one of the future prophecy I will riot

  7. joni cole says:

    Catlin add more to the show being killer Frost Dan her real self.

  8. joni cole says:

    Catlin add more to the show being killer frost than her real self

  9. As Caitlin she was kind of drab. She’s hot as Killer Frost!

  10. Calling it right now. Future Cisco is Savitar.

  11. Mary says:

    “Good over evil” which will win? I’m hoping that she can overpower the evil and help Team Flash save Iris. Look forward to tomorrow’s episode.

  12. Summer says:

    I expected Caitlin’s transformation to play out a little differently – with her getting colder and colder every season with each (not necessarily romantic) heartbreak (Ronnie, Hunter, her mother, etc) that she experiences until she finally closes off enough to literally become cold, and that turns her into a villain.

    • murley says:

      Arg that sounds so much better.

    • safistikaytdlayd says:

      That was the storyline I was hoping for!

    • Tamara says:

      Me too. Heartbreak leading to a gradual transformation would have been more believable. No one is buying that Caitlin is evil or has a chemical imbalance. Metas become more of who they really are inside. Show should have revealed more of Caitlin’s dark side and internal struggle.

  13. Keslen says:

    Who the heck is Cisco? No one I’ve perceived in the Berlanti-verse has that name. The context strongly suggests that it’s supposed to be talking about Sisco, but the S –> C typographical error is pretty far fetched (especially considering how many times it occurred) so it must be talking about a different person.

    Then again, where is Sisco throughout this whole thing? This whole article reeks of shoddy reporting, either because it introduces a new character or because it misspells the name of an existing one.

  14. Greg says:

    Just wanna see this savitar… Iris must not die…

  15. Luis Roman says:

    There’s always the Jekyll/Hyde explanation. I think when Caitlin’s metahuman gene is activated, in addition to giving her the active powers of KF, also suppresses the areas of the brain responsible for “warm” emotions like love, kindness, sympathy and empathy, leaving KF driven by self-interest, bitterness and anger.