Dr. Caitlin Snow - the STAR Labs biologist with an icy alter ego from The Flash - will not be picking up a new love interest in the upcoming fifth season of the popular superhero show. At the very least, neither Snow nor her Killer Frost persona are planned to hook up with the Elongated Man Ralph Dibny.
It would be an understatement to say that Dr. Snow has had quite the troubled love life over the course of the series. She lost her fiancee twice - first when engineer Ronnie Raymond was seemingly vaporized during the explosion of STAR Labs' particle accelerator, then again shortly after they were married, when Ronnie sacrificed himself to save the world as the hero Firestorm in the opening episode of the second season. She would later fall for the hero she knew as Jay Garrick, only to learn that he was truly a super-fast serial killer named Hunter Zolomon (aka. Zoom), who had posed as Jay Garrick for his own twisted ends. Finally, she had a brief romance with forensic scientist Julian Albert, which ended after Caitlin's metagene awakened and her life was taken over by her murderous Killer Frost persona.
Digital Spy reported on a roundtable discussion at San Diego Comic-Con where actor Hartley Sawyer (who plays Ralph Diby/Elongated Man) discussed the plans for his character and Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker). Reportedly there had been some early discussion in season 4 of Ralph and one of Caitlin's two personalities hooking-up. "People always thought it was going to be a romance, because every year Caitlin dates the new white guy on the show," Sawyer explained.
While everyone eventually agreed it was a bad idea, nobody was firmer about that point than Panabaker, whom Sawyer says "put the kibosh on it quicker than anybody." Panabaker confirmed her feelings in a separate interview, where she discussed the more active role that Caitlin took in season 4 as she achieved a balance between her two personalities and Killer Frost was persuaded to start working on the side of Team Flash. Panabaker said:
"I think it’s nice for Caitlin not to be defined by a man for the first time. And her relationships aren’t contingent on the possibility of a romance or lack thereof. I think that’s a little bit more realistic. Like, I am not in love with every man that I see. It’s a nice change for Caitlin, I think."
Certainly Caitlin will have far more to occupy her mind than romance as The Flash goes into its fifth season. Ignoring the threat posed by the new villain, Caitlin may still be trying to reawaken her powers and find her "other half" after having her powers and Killer Frost persona shut-down by The Thinker near the end of last season. There's also the mystery posed by one line in the season 4 finale and the suggestion that Caitlin had super-powers as a child, long before the STAR Labs particle accelerator explosion apparently awakened her metagene.
The Flash season 5 premieres Tuesday, October 9, on The CW.
Source: Digital Spy