There’s no love lost between Caitlin Snow and her former love interest, Julian Albert, because the latter is MIA in The Flash Season 4 and the former couldn’t care less. Killer Frost really is ice cold.
In the Season 4 trailer released at San Diego Comic-Con, Caitlin Snow appeared to be back on Team Flash, but Julian Albert was missing. Casting reports that soon followed confirmed that actor Tom Felton would not return to the show.
If any character from Team Flash would miss Julian, it’d be his Season 3 love interest, Caitlin Snow. But in an interview with Digital Spy published Monday, actress Danielle Panabaker confirmed that it might be one of those “she’s just not that into you” situations: “Here’s the one thing I will say about Caitlin’s relationship with Julian last year — I think he was more into her than she was into him.”
Wow. Ice cold.
Caitlin Snow spent much of Season 3 dealing with her gradual transformation into the villainous Killer Frost. Panabaker said, “[Caitlin] was dealing with so much personal stuff, so much turmoil, as she was learning about her powers.” In the midst of that came a fleeting romance with Julian.
Caitlin was fairly clear that she’d rather die than fully become Killer Frost. When Julian ignored her wishes to save her life in the final moments of the mid-season finale at the expense of Caitlin’s humanity, he might have destroyed their relationship for good. Even worse, it led Caitlin to team up with Savitar as Killer Frost. In a way, all of that was Julian’s fault, even if Killer Frost managed to turn a little bit good in the Season 3 finale.
Still, Panabaker admits that losing Julian will affect the team, even if it doesn’t hit Caitlin particularly hard: “I think it’s a loss for the show and for Team Flash, but I don’t know that Caitlin feels Julian’s absence as deeply as she felt, for example, [her late fiancé] Ronnie’s absence.”
In the Season 4 finale, Killer Frost decided to go her own way rather than accept a cure for her meta-human powers from Julian. “She’d been through so much, and was so confused,” Panabaker said. “I think the whole Savitar / Barry thing was very difficult for her, and I think she needed some time to step away from Team Flash, and sort of find herself, and find her own power again.”
That’s where we’ll find Caitlin / Killer Frost when Season 4 resumes, and there’ll definitely be no Julian Albert pining after her.
The Flash Season 4 premieres Tuesday, October 10, at 8 p.m. Eastern.