Money, Money, Money: The Flash’s Carlos Valdes On How Flashpoint Changes Cisco Ramon

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With The Flash going “Flashpoint”, fans can expect a new status quo for the show.

Well..for the first few episodes anyway.

While, at least in promos, the show doesn’t seem to get as dark as the comics get. (And the comics get super dark in the Flashpoint Paradox storyline.) We’re still going to be stepping into bizarro land now that Barry has saved his mom.

Friends become enemies. Enemies become friends. Rip Hunter is somewhere face-palming and wanting to cry over how screwed up the timeline is going to be.

While tremors of these changes will be felt in other shows, we’re going for the epicenter in The Flash. One of those characters who gets changed is Cisco Ramon (Carlos Valdes).

In an interview with Collider, Valdes talks about what’s happening with Cisco.

He said: “This character I’m playing is still Cisco Ramon, but it’s obviously an alternate reality version of him in which he is still a genius and still posses a technological prowess about him. Now though he’s able to cash in on that prowess and build his way up the ladder to become the richest man in America. He’s a billionaire! He’s created all these things and these apps at Ramon Industries — which looks a lot like S.T.A.R. Labs — and he’s ostentatious, not afraid to flaunt his wealth which makes for interesting colors and relationship dynamics. Barry has to struggle with the fact that this is not the Cisco he knows and there’s a bit of an antagonistic energy to this Cisco. It’s what makes the beginning of Season 3 so interesting.”

Barry (Grant Gustin) and Cisco do have an adorable bromance. So it’s going to be sad to see these two so at odds with each other. It definitely promises an interesting story for how Barry comes to terms with just how much he’s changed.

Valdes, however, does want to reassure fans most of all that the stuff from Flashpoint will not mark a permanent change in the show. At least, not in the ways you’re thinking.

He said: “I think it’s important to stress that the altered timeline of Flashpoint will not overtake the season. I think this season is more focused on the repercussions of the creation of that timeline and it being opened. I think a lot of fans are expressing concern at their favorite characters and relationships being gone, but without giving too much away, I can assure fans that is NOT the case.”

Oh thank God. Look the Flashpoint stuff is going to be fun and cool, but dammit. I like the show the way it was before Barry broke the universe.

The Flash returns on October 4th at 8/7c on the CW.

Bec Heim