Thanks to some serious vibing from Cisco (Carlos Valdes), we now know that Caitlin’s (Danielle Panabaker) frosty new future is decidedly evil.
But just how evil? And does she kind of deserve to go a little nuts?
We’ve definitely noticed the seeds of distrust planted between Caitlin and Cisco so far in Season 3. First, the death of Cisco’s brother gave us a much darker version of everyone’s favorite jokester, and it created an uncomfortable distance between the formerly friendly pair. While he’s softened up significantly in the past few episodes, there are still small signs that he’s not quite the Cisco he used to be.
His choice to betray Caitlin and reveal her secret against her wishes is definitely the first step on the road to that epic battle he got a peek at.
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On Caitlin’s end, this secret has turned her into a much colder person — no pun intended.
Throughout Seasons 1 and 2, we really saw Caitlin open up and create close bonds of trust with everyone on the team. Lying to her friends about something this big has caused her to pull away from them in a big way. Where is the Caitlin who pulled a Killer Frost joke on Cisco, and then steadfastly reassured him that she could never turn evil?
The reality of these powers has definitely made her much less sure of her own moral fiber than they were in theory — and when you really think about it, if anyone has a reason to go dark, it’s Caitlin.
Barry (Grant Gustin) correctly surmised that Caitlin’s transformation was yet another unpredictable Flashpoint side effect. In her mind, if he hadn’t selfishly rewritten the timeline, she would still be our normal, everyday Caitlin Snow. And on top of all of that, she’s lost her husband twice now, and spent all last year falling madly in love with a psychopath who kidnapped and tried to kill her.
It hasn’t exactly been a banner year for Caitlin Snow, okay?
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At this point, we’re mostly afraid that all this pain, confusion and rage will manifest into a vendetta against Barry. After all, when viewed from a certain lens, he’s kind of the source of all her troubles.
He’s the reason Eobard Thawne (Matt Letscher) came back in time and sabotaged the particle accelerator, which caused the whole Ronnie (Robbie Amell) situation. He’s also the reason Zoom (Teddy Sears) came calling in Season 2, which no doubt left its mark on her. Now, it looks like Flashpoint might be strike three for Barry.
While never like to see Barry and Caitlin (Snowberry if you will) at odds with each other, we have to concede a major point that Caitlin kind of deserves to go a little nuts at this point.
Still, at the end of the day, these kids better put their superpowers away and talk it out like adults. Use your words, Caitlin, not your icicles!
“The Flash” airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.