Danielle Panabaker Discusses Caitlin, Killer Frost Personality Struggle
One of the biggest questions The Flash fans had over the summer was how Caitlin would figure out how to live with her alter ego Killer Frost.
In the season four premiere, viewers saw that Caitlin has some small control over her frosty other half, but she’s obviously still fighting her.
Actress Danielle Panabaker discussed balancing Caitlin’s two sides with Entertainment Weekly.
“She’s still struggling with her identity and this duality of her life right now,” she said. “This year is a little bit different because now some time has passed. I feel like during season three, they were dealing with the shock of this other person living inside of Caitlin, and now it’s been a little bit of time, there’s less surprise about it, and I think Caitlin is trying to understand it a little bit better, and she’s also trying to stay in control a little bit more. Is she successful at that? Not necessarily.”
In the premiere Caitlin didn’t tell her friends that she’s still struggling, choosing to keep hiding Killer Frost from Team Flash.
“She’s trying to deal with things herself,” said Panabaker. “As a doctor, I think it appeals to her to try to understand and try to get a handle on what’s going on, and she is not as quick to reach out to members of Team Flash for support as she has been with different things in the past.”
Things may get even more difficult for Caitlin, as it was also revealed that she’s been working for smuggler Amunet Black/Blacksmith (Katee Sackhoff).
“Caitlin is struggling and attempting to separate herself from Amunet,” she said. “Obviously Killer Frost is an incredible tool and an incredible ally to have. She’s very powerful, so I don’t think Amunet wants to let her go.”
Exactly what Caitlin and Killer Frost have been doing for Amunet will be revealed slowly.
“The six months between the end of season three and the beginning of season four, for Caitlin, are not completely addressed from the beginning,” she said. “We’re going to start [to see that]. It’s going to be hopefully a slow burn as we start to see a little bit more about what Caitlin was up to and her struggle over those last six months, and then unfortunately, as tends to happen, things that we try to keep secret find a way of bubbling to the surface, and sometimes in inopportune moments.”
Panabaker stresses that Caitlin and Killer Frost may share a body, but they are two very different personalities.
“I think that as Caitlin and as Team Flash come to understand a little more about Killer Frost and Caitlin — and that while they may inhabit the same body, they are not the same person, and they certainly have very different intentions — I think my hope is that Team Flash, and Iris in particular, can forgive Caitlin and that they don’t necessarily hold Caitlin accountable for Killer Frost’s actions,” said Panabaker. “They are two different people, even though they look the same, and I hope that Team Flash, and Iris in particular, can forgive Killer Frost ultimately as well.”
The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8 pm on The CW.
Source: Entertainment Weekly