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As Season 3 of The Flash rolls on, we’re slowly learning more and more about the effects Barry’s timeline changes have created. The Flashpoint timeline was only around for one episode, but Barry’s attempt to restore things back to normal only muddled things further. One of the recent and most interesting developments is Caitlin’s newfound ice powers.

At the end of last week’s episode, Caitlin accidentally froze her entire bathroom while in the shower and then panicked when she discovered a shock of white hair on her head. On tonight’s episode, ‘Monster,’ we’ll finally meet Caitlin’s mother (guest star Susan Walters) when Caitlin turns to her for advice.

A Frightening Chill in the Air

Entertainment Weekly talked to actress Danielle Panabaker about Caitlin’s new powers and where she’ll go from here.

“It’s definitely been a challenging couple of months,” said Panabaker. “At first, she doesn’t really know what to make of her powers. She’s experimenting a little bit, as we saw in episode 4, and it’s getting to the point where she knows she needs help and she’s not ready to go to Team Flash yet, because I don’t think she knows what she’s going to say. So she goes to her mom as another expert in the medical field, and tries to get some assistance from her mom, but she’s not quite as successful as she’d hoped.”

“They don’t have a great relationship, they’re not close like the Wests are.”

It’s been pretty clear since the conversation between Caitlin and her Earth-2 doppelganger, Killer Frost, last season that Caitlin and her mother don’t have the best relationship. “I was so excited to see the relationship between Caitlin and her mom,” said Panabaker. “Their interaction, though sort of brief over this one episode, starts to fill in a lot of the blanks as to why we haven’t seen Caitlin’s family, or her mom, for the last couple of years. They don’t have a great relationship, they’re not close like the Wests are. You get a little bit more insight into how that came to be.”

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The Road to Killer Frost?

So why is Caitlin so intent on keeping her powers a secret? Is she afraid she’s going to turn evil like Killer Frost? “Absolutely,” said Panabaker. “After hearing [about], and briefly meeting, Killer Frost at the end of season 2, I think she’s terrified that could be her future, She said to Cisco at the end of last season, ‘I’m scared, I don’t want to become her,’ as she was suffering from her PTSD after everything with Zoom. It is something that she’s very afraid of and cognizant of and trying to avoid.”

“‘I’m scared, I don’t want to become her.'”

Isolation is a dangerous tool, though. Panabaker confirmed that keeping her powers to herself could actually lead her down a dark path. “I do think it will have an affect on her. I understand why she would want to keep this to herself as she started to figure it out, but hopefully she learns how to ask for help from those who we’ve seen in the past are fantastic at helping others.”

For much more from Danielle Panabaker, including blaming Barry for her powers and Caitlin’s chances at love, check out the full interview at EW.com.

The Flash episode 2×05 ‘Monster’ airs tonight at 8/7c on The CW. Stay tuned for more coverage leading up the episode and a full episode recap after it airs.

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