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The Flash is wrapping up Season 1 next Tuesday with the episode “Fast Enough,” but since the show is coming back for another season, there are more big moments ahead. And not just for the Scarlet Speedster, but his supporting cast as well. Take S.T.A.R. Labs ally Caitlin Snow. Since she shares the same name as the New 52 version of Killer Frost (the fourth woman to hold that identity), many have wondered whether she’s destined to become the super villain on the TV series. Well wonder no more, as actress Danielle Panabaker has confirmed that Caitlin’s transformation into Killer Frost will be happening at some point.
During a Reddit AMA, Panabaker was asked whether she was told that her character was named after the villain when she was brought aboard, as well as if she’s excited about possibly playing evil down the road. This was her response:
Yes - from the beginning I knew that Caitlin Snow becomes Killer Frost. And I can't wait to suit up and duke it out with the boys!
Panabaker also confirmed later in the AMA that a Killer Frost costume has been made, so clearly this has been in the works for quite some time. The actress didn’t specify when fans would see her frosty turn towards evil, but she did tell one questioner curious about the “Killer Frost hype” to watch Tuesday’s season finale.
Whenever we do see Killer Frost, she will join the ranks of other cold-themed bad guys that are appearing on live-action television, like Captain Cold - who is a major recurring villain on The Flash and one of the stars of Legends of Tomorrow - and Mr. Freeze, who will appear on Gotham next season. Caitlin also shares a bigger character destiny with her coworker Cisco Ramon, who has been teased to eventually take on his superhero identity from the comics, Vibe.
Previews for “Fast Enough” show Caitlin in a wedding gown, presumably marrying her longtime fiancé Ronnie Raymond. That hardly seems like a setting where one becomes a super villain (unless it involves criminals spraying the crowd with bullets), so that could just mean any Killer Frost reference we get is minor. However, there may be another option.
Next week’s finale will have Barry traveling back in time to save his mother from the Reverse-Flash. If he is successful, we could get something similar to the Flashpoint storyline from the comics; i.e. a distorted timeline where many of the DC characters have been significantly changed. If that’s the case, we may see a radically different version of Caitlin as Killer Frost. So while she’s still good in the main timeline, in this altered timeline she could turn to the dark side and start hurting people with freezing powers. Conversely, this could also be how we see Cisco fighting crime as Vibe. You gotta love time travel and the unpredictable effects it has on people!
The Flash Season 1 finale will air next Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.