It was announced last month that Carlos Valdes would be leaving The Flash during the show’s current seventh season, and sadly for the actor’s fans, his departure is happening in next week’s episode titled Good-Bye Vibrations.
In the episode, Cisco Ramon (Valdes) and Kamilla Hwang (Victoria Park) finally tell Team Flash that they are leaving Central City for San Francisco. But Barry Allen (Grant Gustin), Iris West-Allen (Candice Patton) and Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker) don’t have much time to digest the news, as a new version of Rainbow Raider (Jona Xiao) strikes and the OG Team Flash must join together one final time to save the city.
Ahead of his exit, Valdes talked to ComicBook.com and was asked why he decided to leave the CW series. “This is a heavy question,” said the actor, who has been part of the show since it launched back in 2014. “[But] I felt like there was a perfect kind of synergy between Cisco’s trajectory and my trajectory as a person.”
Valdes continued: “[Showrunner] Eric Wallace has sort of been weaving in these new energies into the show, and they’re amazing energies, honestly, because they don’t just revitalize the energy of the narrative, they’re also kind of revitalizing our cast dynamics in a really interesting way. But I think Cisco has always sort of had this seed in him of not really feeling too sure about the responsibility of being on this team, I think, and that’s the seed that was hinted at when he chose to sort of take the cure and leave his powers behind, which drew a lot of controversy.”
As fans of The Flash have probably been noticed, Cisco has apparently been moving towards the decision to leave the team for the past couple of seasons. And pretty much like his character, Valdes implied that he has long been considering departing the series to seek new acting opportunities. The actor, however, finally made up his mind to exit the show after it started to welcome new characters like Chester P. Runk (Brandon McKnight).
“I think his (Cisco’s) decision to sort of step away and build his own thing and sort of have more of his own thing with Kamilla, I think the new energy in the story, the new people on the team made it easier for him to reach that decision,” Valdes said. “And you know, Cisco, he’s very proud of the work he does, very proud of his tech. He’s very proud of his suits. And so I think when Chester came along, he saw somebody that was so uniquely equipped to take on those responsibilities and those specialties that, I think, enabled him to come to that decision.”
“And similarly, for me, seeing the sort of, for lack of a better term, new blood come into our show, that helped me reach my decision, too,” Valdes added. “I eventually, at a certain point, realized like ‘Oh, I’m not scared to move on anymore because the show is such a strong show that sort of new ensemble will lift it and make it better than it used to be.’”
Though it seems that fans aren’t going to see Cisco for a long time after next week’s episode, Wallace said last month that they’re wrapping Cisco’s story in a way that they can bring him back to the show in the future ― just like what they did with the multiple characters of Tom Cavanagh, who left the series earlier in the season.
“Tom and Carlos have been an integral part of our show for seven seasons, and will be greatly missed,” Wallace said in a statement to Deadline. “Both are incredible talents who created beloved characters that fans and audiences around the world have come to love. Which is why we are happily keeping the door open for return appearances.”
The Flash airs every Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.