Warning: spoilers ahead for the November 5 episode of The Flash on The CW, called "Kiss Kiss Breach Breach."
The five-show "Crisis on Infinite Earths" crossover between The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, Batwoman, and Legends of Tomorrow is fast-approaching, and the question on a lot of fans' minds is: who is going to die? The Flash and Arrow are both working hard to sell the idea that their leading men are going to have to bite the dust before the end of the crossover event, but the events of "Kiss Kiss Breach Breach" may point toward none other than Cisco Ramon as dying in the not-too-distant future.
"Kiss Kiss Breach Breach" actually featured two Ciscos, one Danny Trejo, a computer program version of Barry, and a surprising death in the form of Gypsy. The episode was basically Cisco's origin story as a hero ready and willing to lead Team Flash after Barry dies in the Crisis, and it showcased Carlos Valdes in a way that few episodes do. He got to play both Team Flash Cisco and evil parallel universe Cisco! He and Kamilla even kinda sorta said "I love you" to each other.
Frankly, if the countdown to "Crisis" wasn't on, I would be nothing but excited about the latest Cisco developments. Unfortunately, the combination of one of the secondary heroes of the series getting a showcase episode and The Flash trying to sell that The Flash is going to die leads me to think that the end is nigh for poor Cisco Ramon.
The episode closed with Cisco safe, as content as possible while facing a Crisis, and ready to face a future in which he has to be the leader. If it had ended on more of a down note, the odds of his survival might feel better. As it is, I'm going to be on Cisco Death Watch for "Crisis on Infinite Earths." Of course, Carlos Valdes himself did debunk rumors that he was departing over the summer, explicitly saying he's "not leaving the show this season."
That said, Carlos Valdes couldn't have come out and said "Cisco is dying in 'Crisis'" months before the crossover would premiere, and back in June, The Flash was reportedly looking to cast a new scientist whose talents would overlap with Cisco's if Cisco was still around. It's certainly more likely that The Flash could conceal Carlos Valdes leaving than Grant Gustin leaving, and it's difficult to imagine The Flash would spent the first chunk of a season hyping a big death only to keep all the characters alive and well by the end of "Crisis."
Plus, the Arrow-verse is already losing one leading man thanks to the end of Arrow and what seems to be Oliver at least disappearing from Earth-1, and Cisco is a devoted friend and teammate to Barry. I could easily see him sacrificing himself if that meant saving Barry, and this episode at least means that Cisco got to fully realize his potential as a leader and hero without the advantage of superpowers.
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