The Flash, developed by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, and Geoff Johns kicked off back in 2014 as a spin-off to CW’s Arrow starring Grant Gustin as Barry Allen. Now in its seventh season, The Flash will finally bid farewell to the beloved Cisco Ramon in the upcoming episode ‘Good-Bye Vibrations‘ that is scheduled to air this Tuesday.
Carlos Valdes, who first made his appearance as Cisco Ramon in the first season of The Flash has been one of the most popular characters in the Arrowverse. Known for his sharp humor and his iconic graphic tees, Cisco Ramon quickly became a fan-favorite for his sci-fi movie references and a genius intellect. Later in the show, Cisco also became a metahuman named Vibe with the ability to traverse the multiverse. In the upcoming episode ‘Good-Bye Vibrations’, Cisco will once again reunite with Barry and Caitlin for the final time in an emotional yet fun adventure before moving to Star City from Central City. The trio will face a new version of Rainbow Raider in their final adventure. Interestingly, the trio also faced the first Rainbow Raider in Flash vs Arrow, the Arrowverse‘s first-ever crossover episode.
Ahead of his emotional farewell this Tuesday, Carlos Valdes has opened up regarding his decision to leave the show after seven long years in his latest interview with Entertainment Weekly.
Valdes said this about his decision to leave the show:
“The idea [of leaving] was always there, but I don’t think I felt comfortable acting on it until much later. I’m the child of an immigrant, so my whole ethos is “earn your place or card” and I think that’s what I did for a long time. I just put my head down and I made it work. And a lot of joy and satisfaction and career rewards and momentum have come from that. And I’m so appreciative of that, but at the end of the day, mental health is important. And I was talking to a friend of mine this morning and he said that he thinks our culture is slowly gravitating towards seeking out healing energy. And just as Cisco had to leave his powers behind for the sake of his mental health, just as this morning [Naomi] Osaka had to drop out of the French Open for her mental health. These are highly controversial choices that people are making and it’s always really rewarding to see when fans respond positively to those kinds of moves because it gives me hope in humanity and that people understand that mental health is an important priority. And so for me to step away from the show, it’s a way of me taking care of myself.”
Valdes’ decision to bid farewell to the show stems from his reel-life counterpart’s focus on mental health is commendable. When asked about his plans after his massively successful portrayal as Cisco, Valdes had an interesting answer:
“I love that I’m giving this chapter a respectable goodbye and that my next step out of that goodbye is a question mark. I think that question marks tend to give people a lot of anxiety, but as I get older, I’m starting to learn that there is something very sweet about living in that question mark. And I’m learning to appreciate that mystery. So I don’t know. My instinct tells me that perhaps I will dive in a more committed fashion into making music, but who knows?
Interestingly, Tom Cavanagh, another fan-favorite from the show who played the role of Harrison Wells will also be making his last appearance in the seventh season.
The Flash returns on Tuesday, June 8th, 2021.