Danielle Panabaker Talks Season 2 of The Flash and More at Dragon Con 2015


By: Haylee Fisher (@haylee_fisher)


Despite mentioning a need for more coffee, Danielle Panabaker is wide awake on the second morning of a busy convention. She’s even on her toes enough to not reveal spoilers about season two of The Flash.


It’s 9 a.m. at Dragon Con, the annual sci-fi, fantasy, and pop culture convention in Atlanta that’s known for its growing fanbase, cosplay celebrations, and all-night parties. Panabaker’s co-star Robbie Amell even got into the spirit of things, telling the moderator at the group panel for The Flash later that afternoon that he was so hungover. But before then, Panabaker sat down with a small group of journalists for a press conference to discuss new storylines and new characters on The Flash, the potential for a musical episode, just how long it may take her character Dr. Caitlin Snow to become super villain Killer Frost, and more.


One of the biggest revelations of season one of The Flash was that STAR Labs’ Harrison Wells was not actually Harrison Wells. He was actually Eobard Thawne. And with Eddie Thawne’s sacrifice, Eobard doesn’t exist anymore. Panabaker said the fact that Wells is no longer the team mentor will definitely be brought up and viewers will get to see how that affects the characters.


“The season premiere will address some stuff from the finale,” Panabaker said. “It’s not just going to be some title card that says ‘six months later.’ We will deal with the singularity and everything that’s going on. Tom [Cavanaugh]’s still on our show. Obviously some time is going to pass between the season one finale and the season two premiere, and so that will give the various characters some time to sort of deal with the changes that have occurred since the finale.”


Because of Wells’ absence, Professor Martin Stein will be seen more, but Panabaker was coy when it came to describing the capacity in which he will be seen.


“We will see more of Professor Stein, which is great,” she said. “[In] episode four, I get to work a lot with Victor [Garber], which is so nice. He’s just the best. So yes, he will be around for a little while. Obviously Legends [of Tomorrow] is coming, but he’ll be around for a little bit in season two.”


She also couldn’t say much about Ronnie Raymond, half of Firestorm along with Stein and to whom her character got married in the season one finale.


“I also love Robbie [Amell] so much. He’s the best,” she said. “He – what can I tell you? They got married! You’ll see him on The Flash.”


In addition to the characters audiences came to know and love in season one, season two will introduce some new characters, including a possible love interest for Barry Allen in Patty Spivot and even another Flash, Jay Garrick.


In the comics, Spivot loves science, even working as Barry’s assistant in the lab at the Central City Police Department. However, that doesn’t mean Spivot, played by Shantel VanSanten, has had any interaction with Panabaker’s Caitlin, but Panabaker hopes it will happen in the future.


“I would love that. Shantel is amazing,” said Panabaker. “The two big additions to our cast this season are Shantel and Teddy [Sears] and they’re both so wonderful. They truly feel like they belong on our show. I remember that Jesse [Martin] said at one point very early on to Teddy, ‘You fit here, dude.’ It’s perfect. So that’s been great. Shantel and I – she’s great – but we haven’t actually worked together yet as of episode six, but my understanding is that that will change. And I’m really looking forward to it. I’m not sure what context it will change. Hopefully she’ll come to STAR Labs and we can just be two girls hanging out. I think Caitlin needs some girlfriends!”


Perhaps the two of them could hang out outside the lab, something Panabaker is always hoping for.


“One of my favorite episodes from last season was – well, two of my favorite episodes were both the karaoke episode and 13 [and] 14 where everything happens with Ronnie and Firestorm. In those, Caitlin’s out of the lab. It’s fun to see that. Of course I want more. I wish I was in charge of these things,” she said with a laugh.


The other big addition is Jay Garrick, another Flash from another timeline, who will be portrayed by Sears. But Panabaker couldn’t say much about these upcoming storylines, nervous she would spoil things she wasn’t supposed to.


“I love Teddy,” said Panabaker. “He’s a wonderful addition to the show and I’m very excited to have him on the show. I’m breaking out in hives, like ‘Oh my God, what am I not supposed to say?’”


Despite these new characters and the introduction of time travel, Panabaker doesn’t think the show will now be too confusing for a mainstream audience and that viewers won’t have to read the comics to understand what’s going on. She said she even gets confused sometimes, but has trust in the writers to produce the best material possible.


“Because I’m not as familiar with that comic book world, I do have to have them sit me down and explain,” Panabaker said. “Andrew [Kreisberg] was up on set this week and I was like, ‘Now can you just slow things down for me just a little bit?’ But I think they were pretty ambitious last year in terms of the storylines they took on. Like, who would have thought they’d take on the Reverse Flash in Season 1? So hopefully it will be similar this year. They’re not afraid of taking on big storylines, which is great, and I love that they’re so ambitious and I think it inspires the writers to work harder to pull it off. So I don’t know if they’re concerned. That’s my perspective, though.”


Obviously villains are a big part of these ambitious storylines, and Panabaker has a few favorites.


“I have a lot of favorite villains,” she said. “I love Captain Cold. I think he’s great. I really like the Weather Wizard. Who else? Emily [Kinney]. She’s great. Look, it’s great. I know they have plans to bring some villains back, which is nice. We’re really lucky. Like, Mark Hamill wants to be on The Flash? It’s crazy! And we’ve gotten really lucky with the people who have come on board and I know you will see some familiar faces in season two.”


She declined to say who those familiar faces would be, but did mention a desire to team up with Captain Cold when she becomes Killer Frost.


“Wouldn’t that be great? I pitched that storyline,” said Panabaker. “I was like, ‘I feel like Captain Cold should be involved in the way Caitlin becomes Killer Frost somehow.’ I would love that. It would be ironic. Might have a little Stockholm Syndrome. But I certainly thought it was a great idea. I don’t know if it will come to be, but it would be fun.”


She also thinks it would be exciting to make a guest appearance on Legends of Tomorrow when she becomes a baddie.


“They have huge plans for Legends,” she said. “And it’s so many characters. Obviously Caitlin’s very closely tied to Firestorm. And Captain Cold and Heat Wave originated on The Flash, so it would be great to go over there.”


Even still, Panabaker doesn’t know much about the timeline of when Caitlin may become Killer Frost, but she’s eager for it to happen.


“No one is more excited for Caitlin to become Killer Frost than I am. Unfortunately, I don’t know when that will happen,” she said. “The writers will say, ‘Oh, this is what’s gonna happen; we’re looking forward to this; this is what we’re thinking,’ and then scripts evolve, sometimes things don’t make it in the scripts as soon as we would hope, and then we sometimes shoot things that don’t even make it in to the show. I mean, I think I’ve said previously that our season one finale was [an extra] twenty minutes long, so that’s twenty minutes of stuff that they cut out of the storyline. Little things, like how Caitlin asked Barry to go get her wedding dress and they explained the toilets in the Pipeline and that sort of thing. And just because we only have 42, 44 minutes for each episode, stuff just sort of falls. So long story short, I am useless in terms of Killer Frost. I want it to happen very, very badly, but unfortunately I don’t think that it’s happening any time soon.”


So what exactly is the deal with the toilets in the Pipeline?


“Hopefully something like that will end up on the deleted scenes on the DVD,” Panabaker said. “It was cool, though. It was when they had Tom in the Pipeline. The come out of the wall and they slide back in.”


It was clear Panabaker is a huge fan of the show and everyone involved in it, as witnessed by her excitement over something as little as how the toilets worked. She said it’s still a thrill to read every script, and it sounds like episode seven is going to be a doozy. But again, she couldn’t say anything about it. She could talk about the cast and crew, though, and how exciting it is to see the words on a page in a script come to fruition when she steps on set.


“I’m not allowed to tell you what’s happening in seven. We’re shooting [episode] six right now, and so we have the script for seven, and seven’s going to be really cool,” she said. “I feel like every week, there is something new and often challenging, like, ‘Really, we’re going to pull this off? Alright, can’t wait, sign me up!’ But again, we had Andrew on set this week and he had such wonderful things to say about the crew. Everybody has such pride in the show and works really hard. Tyler [Harron, the production designer] builds these amazing sets and it’s fun to walk on — I won’t tell you that, either! See, not enough coffee to dodge these questions! But these new sets he’s built are beautiful and it’s cool. My job is cool. They’ve done such an amazing job. So it’s exciting to see.”


One thing viewers may not get to see is a musical episode of The Flash, or at least not if Panabaker has anything to do with it. Even though many in the cast are triple threats – that is, with talents in singing, acting, and dancing – Panabaker says she is not among them.


“I’m the worst person to ask [about a musical episode] because I’m not a triple threat. I’m triple threatening if you have me sing on the show,” she said. “I mean, my fantasy is that they’ll incorporate it in more sort of organic ways. Like, I’d love to see Jesse and Grant [Gustin] singing in the car or something like that. I think that’s cool.”


Panabaker also thinks it’s cool to have little kids as fans. She loves Caitlin could possibly be an inspiration for them to pursue STEM fields.


“I think it’s amazing,” Panabaker said. “It’s so nice. One of my favorite things to hear is when people tell me that they watch the show as a family. So I love that families watch it together and that people can relate to Caitlin, and hopefully she does inspire people. I was a total nerd growing up. I spent too much time in math class and that sort of thing. So it’s nice. It’s nice to have that woman out there who is successful and loves her job.”


On a personal note, Panabaker lived in my hometown of Orange, Texas, for a few years when she was little. There are plenty of other kids who also live in small towns and possibly see themselves in her. They may want to act, too, and be successful like she is. The best advice Panabaker says she could give to those kids is to just get plugged in somewhere like a community theater and keep growing.


“That’s how both my sister and I got started, doing community theater and just local stuff and I think that’s the best way to pursue a career is to just put yourself out there and be involved in whatever capacity,” she said. “It could be community theater, classes, anything else you can do in your world and just keep trying and keep putting yourself out there.”


Since this interview, The CW has released some promo photos and a teaser trailer for season two, which can be viewed here.


The Flash returns on October 6, 2015 at 8 p.m. on The CW.


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