[Warning: Potential SPOILER for The Flash ahead.]
When we last saw Ronnie Raymond (Robbie Amell) a.k.a one half of Firestorm, he was working along side Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) to save Central City, sacrificing his life - for the second time - in the process. His death on The Flash has left a lasting impact on everyone at Star Labs, causing Barry to reevaluate working on a team, and influencing Caitlin Snow's (Danielle Panabaker) new romance with Jay Garrick (Teddy Sears). When the new Firestorm was created with Professor Martin Stein (Victor Garber) and Jefferson “Jax” Jackson (Franz Drameh), viewers worried that we had seen the last of fan-favorite Raymond.
Luckily, as the show explores the multiverse new opportunities to see dead - or presumed dead - characters in a new light arise. Since the bridge between Earth 1 and Earth 2 opened up we have already met the alternate Dr. Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh), and Amell has confirmed he will return, not as the amiable Firestorm, but as the sinister Deathstorm. We now have more information about what impact his charterer will have on the show, and it sounds like he will live up to his name.
Speaking at the Heroes and Villains Fan Fest panel in New Jersey, Amell opened up about returning to the show in a new role. He confirmed that he and Panabaker would be taking on the roles of Deathstorm and Killer Frost, and let one major spoiler out in the process.
"In episode 13, so in a couple weeks, you'll see me as Deathstorm, and Caitlin as Killer Frost. So I get to come back, and I kill a series regular. So there's that, I'm probably going to get in trouble for saying that."
At a glance this revelation can seem enormous, however the extended trailer has already shown the team journeying to Earth 2, meaning this death is likely not permanent. Whatever regular player is killed by Deathstorm could still be alive and well on Earth 1, where most of the show takes place. It's still unclear if they will exploring the deadly Black Lantern Corps storyline from the comics, but it is clear that Deathstorm and Killer Frost are as romantically entangled as their Earth 1 counterparts and are working in tandem.
One of the few drawbacks to both the multiverse and Barry's ability to time travel is the corresponding lowering of stakes for characters frequently thrust into life or death situations. It's difficult to worry too much for anyone on the team when Barry can reset time, as was the case when Cisco died, or have the actor return to the show as a different version of their character, as we saw with Dr. Wells. Seeing Amell back onscreen will be a treat, but it will be even more interesting to see if this rumored death lasts on the show.
The Flash airs Tuesdays @8pm on The CW. Arrow airs Wednesdays @8pm on The CW. DC’s Legends of Tomorrow airs Thursdays @8pm on The CW.