When veteran Arrowverse show The Flash comes back next week, the series will bid farewell to one of its original stars, the tech wiz of STAR Labs. Carlos Valdes, who has portrayed Cisco Ramone since the very beginning of the show, is exiting the CW superhero series, and the actor is revealing when he decided it was time for Cisco’s story to end.
Carlos Valdes is just the latest star from The Flash to depart from the series as, earlier this season, Tom Cavanagh’s exit marked the end of the many versions of Harrison Wells. Valdes opened up to TVLine about when he decided on what Cisco’s end should be, as well as why he decided to end this chapter on a part of his life that's lasted for over seven years:
It’s been a long time, actually. Doing this kind of show with the sort of commitment that comes with it, it happened very fast, and I think that at the time I was in a place where I was still figuring out my life. And right around Season 4, I started debating what the end for this character might look like. So, that seed was always there, but it didn’t really start becoming a reality until much later on — like, the end of Season 5, Season 6, where I started to become more comfortable with the idea of, ‘Oh, I think there’s a good way to put an end to this chapter.’
A recent episode of The Flash even set up Cisco’s departure, and it was true to the character. His girlfriend, Kamilla, revealed that her photos were noticed by a place out in San Francisco and, while the news didn’t sit well with Cisco at first, he soon came around to the idea of moving on to something different and began looking at open positions in the Bay Area. The upcoming episode will include an emotional farewell that will surely leave a hole in Team Flash.
Earlier this month, Tom Cavanagh revealed why he decided to leave The Flash after seven seasons, and the reasoning was similar to Valdes’, just wanting to do something different. With Season 8 of The Flash already in the works and Cisco seemingly being given an open-ended exit, it’s possible fans could see the character return, should he to ever pay a visit to his friends at STAR Labs in a future season.
Carlos Valdes’ final episode of The Flash, appropriately titled “Good-Bye Vibrations,” (a wordplay on the classic Beach Boys song and a nod to Cisco’s metahuman counterpart Vibe) airs next Tuesday, June 8 at 8 p.m. EST on The CW. Although it'll be hard to imagine the show without Cisco, the door will likely be left open for him so, hopefully, this episode won’t be the last time fans see him.