SDCC 2018: ‘The Flash’ Cast Teases Season 5

With Season 5 of The Flash underway, the cast of the hit CW series joined With An Accent and other outlets at San Diego Comic Con along with their showrunner Todd Helbing to discuss everything in store for Central City. You can find star Grant Gustin’s interview here before checking out what Candice Patton (Iris West-Allen), Jessica Parker Kennedy (Nora West-Allen), Tom Cavanagh (Harrison Wells), Carlos Valdes (Cisco Ramon), Danielle Panabaker (Caitlin Snow), Hartley Sawyer (Ralph Dibny) and Danielle Nicolet (Cecile Horton) had to say below.

“Next season we’re going to see Iris dealing with the fact that her and Nora don’t have the best relationship,” Patton began, teasing that fans would find out the reason behind the strained mother-daughter dynamic. “Iris didn’t have a mother figure growing up, and I think it’s going to speak to a fear she has in herself that in the future she’s not the best mother.” But that trepidation won’t stop Iris from being thrilled to have her daughter around, because as Patton explained, “To Iris it means that her and Barry actually get the happy ending they’ve been fighting for.” It’s a happy ending that Joe and Cecile may help them work towards, as Patton hinted that “There’ll be a lot of West house conversations on how to be a parent.”

Aside from motherhood, Iris will also be stepping back into journalism and Patton couldn’t have been more satisfied at the turn of events. “I’ve been pushing for that for years. Writers and producers have also been pushing for that, and also of course fans.” Her hope was that the real-life important of reporters would be reflected in The Flash, especially in this day and age. “Journalism is in its own way a form of being a superhero… I hope it’s something we really do right on our show, because I think there’s a lot of power behind it.” Of course, that doesn’t mean Iris is done being a leader at STAR Labs, as the actress confirmed that “Iris will still be very much a part of the team.” Far from disappearing from the lab set, “She’ll still be around, in the thick of it.”

Parker Kennedy, meanwhile, elaborated on how quickly the tension surrounding Nora and Iris would be resolved. “Something has happened to make me feel much closer to my father than my mother,” she agreed. “It’s something you’ll find relatively early on in the season.” As for her connection to her father, Parker Kennedy explained that she’s a lot like Barry in her personality. “She’s finding her footing, she’s googy, she’s dorky. She’s very young-spirited, prone to making mistakes… She’s in the experimental phase of her life.”

She was very tight-lipped about other future plot points, however, such as whether Nora might be part of a package deal known as the Tornado Twins. The self-proclaimed horrible liar finally settled on a simple, “Anything is possible,” which is more than fair in the world of The Flash. In general, she said that “Nora’s stuff right now is very much with her parents, but I really hope I get some one-on-one time with other characters on the show.” She has enjoyed her time spent with Gustin and Patton though, saying, “It’s a really fun dynamic. They’re perfect at it. It all feels really awkward as soon as the cameras start rolling.”

After being dumped at the end of last season, Valdes claimed that Cisco would be hard-pressed to find romantic love anytime soon. “Most of the love that’s going to be for Cisco is going to come from his sororal figure,” the actor quipped, referencing Caitlin. “The love will mostly come from her and Ralph, who have a personal interest in getting Cisco back on his feet.”

Cavanagh was faced with the question of how many versions of Harrison Wells he’d be playing this season on The Flash. “I don’t think we’re going to try to get the show canceled with so many Wells,” he joked. “But we’re going to do a few Wells.” He also answered in the affirmative to the question everyone’s been dying to ask: are Cisco and Wells going to be allowed to step foot outside STAR Labs this year? “Yes. Yes, they are.”

When asked about directing The Flash for the first time this year, Panabaker explained some of her process. “I shadowed a lot in Season 4. Tom Cavanagh in general has been very generous.” She also said that she’s been taking classes at Warner Bros. and continues to watch the show itself to learn more about how it’s made. “The more you understand the limitations of our small budget [and] our time constraints, I think it can help you support the show in a different way.”

And what about the relationship between Caitlin and Killer Frost? “I’m excited for Season 5 to hopefully get to delve into that a little bit more,” Panabaker said. “By slowing down and rewinding and understanding how she came to be,” Caitlin will learn more about her alter ego, figure out her past, and hopefully find out who Thomas is. While she didn’t know yet whether her mother would return to help answer those questions, she hoped there would be more of that dynamic. “I feel like her project this year is herself,” the actress concluded.

Sawyer began by reminiscing about his previous death and resurrection, revealing that he was informed of both after filming the sixth episode of last season. In Season 5, though, he teased that most of his excitement was for Ralph becoming a detective. “That was probably the first thing that I started talking to them about.” That being said, he knew that it made sense to build towards that rather jumpstart him to his final form. “We had to start him where he was [so] that we have all this room to go.”

In the meantime, Sawyer previewed the developing dynamics now that Ralph is a regular on The Flash. “There’s going to be a lot of Ralph and Caitlin and developing that relationship.” Even though everyone thought it would be romantic because “Every year Caitlin dates the new white guy on the show,” both actors and producers vetoed that immediately. Instead Sawyer discussed the blossoming friendship not only with Caitlin, but also Cisco given that both boys are currently bachelors on the town.

Nicolet confirmed that Cecile would have her hands full with Baby Jenna, but she also expressed hope that her character could “Represent all of the working women in the world who have a baby, and then they throw that baby on their hip and go back to work because they have jobs that matter.” It sounds like more than just a wish, because the actress confirmed, “I do know for sure that Cecile’s going to be back in the courtroom quite a lot. Hopefully this time she wins.”

While she didn’t know precisely what kinds of dynamics she’d be dealing with next season, Nicolet looked forward to Team Flash working towards more and more. “I think something happened where Team [Flash’s] walls expanded,” she said about the previous season. “Bigger is better.”

Finally, Executive Producer and showrunner Todd Helbing gave out quite a few tidbits about the upcoming season and especially Nora’s arrival. “It’s a unique position to put Barry in because he’s screwed up so many times, [it’s] nice for him to be on the other side.” He wouldn’t say whether this might lead to other family members making an appearance, but he did concede that “It has a ripple effect.” The effect will certainly be mirrored in the season’s theme of legacy, which Helbing elaborated on a bit. “What’s really important to people and what they leave behind. Is it more important for Barry to be a good father or the Flash?”

Since it’s not The Flash without other speedsters, Helbing revealed that Wally would be in three episodes and added, “The story we have for him is really cool.” He also acknowledged that Iris West’s blog using a byline of Central City citizen was very much on purpose. “In the premiere and multiple episodes [we’ll see] flashbacks to the Crisis article, and it’s Central City Citizen. We just have to get Iris to where she can write this [story].”

With the news that the season’s villain is Cicada and played by Chris Klein, Helbing compared how different he is to the Thinker. “This is a physical obstacle for him that he’s never had to deal with before.”

The Flash‘s fifth season returns to the CW on October 9th, 2018 at 8/7c.