June 29, 2022

Tom Cavanagh Talks Throwing It Again Into Reverse for ‘The Flash’

[Warning: The below contains MAJOR spoilers for The Flash Season 8 Episode 19 “Negative, Part 1.” So if you haven’t watched yet, how the hell do you expect to help us save Iris?!]

The Flash pulled a quick one on us tonight!

Within the first hour of their two-part season finale, we noticed Nonetheless Power host Deon (Christian Magby) drain the ability from villainous Eobard Thawne (Tom Cavanagh), who was being held captive in an ARGUS jail. Like, all the way in which all the way down to a husk of a human. It regarded like we had been lastly rid of the Reverse-Flash for good.

However then, within the hour’s last moments, we bought the twist! Whereas battling Deon and his Detrimental Velocity squad, the O.G. good-guy Thawne (Matt Letscher), now loaded with Velocity Power skills from his boss Quick Monitor, aka Dr. Meena Dhawan (Kausar Mohammed), began to scream in agony. Earlier than lets say “Wait, is he tearing off his face?” Thawne was tearing off his face to disclose Cavanagh’s clearly extra evil Thawne beneath. It was grisly as hell and an effective way to convey again the present’s unique dangerous man as soon as extra, particularly after tragedy seemingly caught our Iris (Candice Patton).

The Flash -Grant Gustin + Matthew Letscher + Kausar Mohammed

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Right here, unique forged member Cavanagh form of explains what is going on and appears again on the myriad roles he has stuffed since The Flash hit the bottom eight years in the past.

So…they actually have discovered about 25 other ways to make use of you now on this present.

Tom Cavanagh: Positive. As they need to [Laughs]

You’ve gotten to play just about every part doable.

Form of feels that manner, yeah. Our costume designer, Kate Important…her parting present to the forged and crew was a wardrobe hanger of all the main fits that appeared on the present, which is simply so evocative and so lovely. And one factor that she gave me was a framed image known as “Wells of Inspiration” the place she mainly put all of the characters I’ve performed up to now — I’m taking a look at it in my workplace proper now — on The Flash, all grouped collectively, simply form of hanging out.

The Flash - Tom Cavanagh

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The loopy factor is, so most of the characters you’ve performed have been deeply vital to the present, who’ve really helped the opposite characters develop. The work you probably did with Carlos Valdes actually helped Cisco develop.

That was one of many true pleasures, working with a proficient actor like that and discovering what the bond is. And every certainly one of them had some type of bond with Cisco, be it good, good or dangerous. It was only a delight to play.

Watching the episode, it was odd to me that they’d you doing press for the episode, as a result of it appeared like your Thawne was dead-dead early on. After which we get this last scene twist… is that this setting you as much as possibly shut out the collection subsequent season because the Large Unhealthy?

I don’t know that the collection is gonna shut out subsequent yr and simply from conversations with Greg Berlanti through the years, such as you form of wanna reserve the Joker-Batman factor for precise finale, proper? And I believe we had been type of aiming that manner this yr as a result of I believe it regarded like Grant [Gustin] may go. In fact now, I believe it’s public data that he’s not, however I believe we needed to pivot just a little bit and the author’s room did a jolly good job with the storylines on this season. That being stated, I haven’t heard from anybody that subsequent season is the final season but when that does wind up being the case, you then form of must hold Flash-vs-Reverse Flash arrow within the quiver, proper? In order that’s a roundabout manner of not making an attempt to spoil what occurs subsequent season. [Laughs]

I get it. Now, I’m assuming to get to trigger a ton of hell within the second half of this finale?

Hear, you already know, I’ve it in my contract that if I’m not blowing up at the least half of Central Metropolis, I’m not coming in. So make of that what you’ll. [Laughs]

And the way in which, the poor residents of Central Metropolis have gotten to be like, “Why are we at all times collateral injury to this man? Why is he so cross?” It’s just like the individuals in Hawkins on Stranger Issues. Why don’t you progress elsewhere? I don’t see that this city has plenty of stuff that different cities don’t have, so possibly go transfer like, 10 miles east! [Laughs]

Actually. Jitters must be beneath fixed development.

Yeah. “I’m gonna go decide up a espresso.” “The place are you going, Starbucks?” “No, Jitters.” Whyyyyyyy?!

I might additionally like to know what number of TV screens they’ve ruined as a result of somebody is at all times operating into or being thrown at a flatscreen.

Sure, you’re so proper! That’s so nice. That’s so nice. You go to Props and so they’re like, “Hey what do you want? Damaged or able to go? Prepared to interrupt? Gotcha!” [Laughs]

So what’s Reverse-Flash’s motivation this time? Is he simply nonetheless making an attempt to kill Barry? Like, is that his factor?

Have you ever learn Moby Dick? [Laughs] Hear, when a man has a white whale on the market, he’s not gonna settle. And there’s extra to it and I gained’t give it away, however that’s what it appears to be in broad strokes, you already know? Thanks, Herman Melville.

And I simply realized that you just’re additionally going to be directing the season premiere of Superman & Lois.

Yeah. I used to be doing the finale of The Flash and it was like, “All proper, nicely what else is out there?” And so they had been asking concerning the premiere and I imply, that present has the benefit of the anamorphic lenses and that visible richness. So for a director, it’s simply such a pleasure to go there and have these instruments at your disposal. And that’s simply the technical aspect, not even mentioning the super forged and crew, and pleasure with which they form of deal with their tales. So, yeah I’m actually trying ahead to leaping again within the seat to do their premiere.

The Flash, Wednesdays, 8/7c, The CW