Mark Blaine a.k.a. Chillblaine has been a part of The Flash since Season 7, and this year, the actor who plays Mark, Jon Cor, was upgraded to series regular status for the final season! Mark is part of a gang of Rogues that teams up in the February 22 episode “Rogues of War,” and to promote the episode, FlashTVNews was able to speak with the actor about tonight’s show as well as recent developments involving his character, who has been through a lot in the wake of recently losing Frost (Danielle Panabaker).
You can check out the interview below. Don’t miss the episode tonight, and stay tuned to FlashTVNews later today as this isn’t the only Flash interview we are dropping for this episode!
FLASHTVNEWS’ CRAIG BYRNE: How angry is Mark that Team Flash would not save Frost?
JON COR: Angry is an understatement, and I think a bit of an abstract concept in this context. It’s not so much that he’s angry, it’s that he’s consumed. I think that his love for Frost overrides his moral compass, so there is no good or bad… there is what he believes Frost would want/need/like/prefer, be proud of him for doing or not doing, etc. And that is more or less where he’s at. He’s just very much on fire, having a very hard time coping with thoughts and feelings he never thought or felt he’d ever have. He’s very much a grown man who feels very small, very scared on the inside… and that’s where we find him at the beginning of the season.
Is there anyone specific that he’s the most upset with?
Probably Barry. I’ve been very careful to play Mark in such a way that when it comes to Barry, there’s this automatic level of respect. Barry is godlike on so many levels, and he self controls. He’s a good guy who makes moral choices that he doesn’t need to make. He doesn’t have to. He chooses to, and so I think Mark respects that a great deal, because with that level of power, who knows what Mark would do?
But hat’s coupled with a lot of resentment as well, because why won’t Barry do XYZ for Mark and Frost, and yet, maybe he’ll do XYZ for Nora, or for himself, or for Iris, or this or that. So yeah, there’s a lot of respect but there’s that mixed in. I think Mark is pretty heavily focused on Barry a lot of the time, in the absence of Frost.
Does Mark feel that he’s not being listened to at all?
Yes,and no. I mean, he’s extremely fortunate to even be in the orbit of Team Flash after a lot of the things that he’s said and done, and I think he’s aware of that, so there’s a humility. But again, there’s also a resentment, and a confusion, and I think he’s vulnerable right now. He’s not really sure where his allegiances lie.
Is there any hope that Frost is still there inside of Khione somewhere?
100%. I think that’s the idea. The body, the voice… it’s all too familiar. She has to be there, as far as he’s concerned, and he’s willing to sacrifice anything and everything to find her.
The new season of The Flash has had a number of big names returning. Has there been anybody that you’ve been specifically excited to meet?
This is going to sound cheesy, but very single person. I mean, I grew up watching John Wesley Shipp in the 90s, and I’m an enormous DC fan. There are some really exciting arcs coming up.
Being a part of the Arrowverse, period, and being able to dip into some plotlines with the other shows and contribute to putting a button on some of those… overall, it’s a tremendous honor. It’s a really exciting season. Hopefully, one of the best!
Without spoiling things, can you preview the Rogue team-up in Flash 903?
The episode promises to be tons of fun. It’s shot with this sort of Western aesthetic. We all got along so Well, we were goofing the entire time. I think it’s going to be a lot of fun. Lots of action, a lot of laughs, a lot of emotions, of course, as is par for the course here.
Is Mark jealous that Barry is listening to somebody like Hartley Rathaway?
Yeah. It just happens organically. I mean, I love Andy…we had a blast… but our characters, we just found we couldn’t stop trying to have the last word, or shoving each other on the way out, or whatever. I think we definitely built kind of a feud this episode. “I want to be Barry’s favorite Rogue!”
What was your reaction when you found out you’re going to be made a series regular for The Flash Season 9?
I was blown away, of course. I cried and called my mom. It was that job for me. I was a guest who was invited to stay longer, and to be involved in such a big way… when it comes to such an impactful legacy. This show has love, and hope, and inclusivity, and community, and things like that… it’s just really, really special, and it’s not something that I’m capable of overlooking or taking for granted. I’m in no rush to finish filming. I’m in no rush to see these episodes, because I’m very happy to be here. And yet, all good things must come to an end… but I just couldn’t be more grateful or present, taking every bit as it comes. I just can’t thank everybody on both sides of this production, including the fans, or having me.
The character can be hard to accept at first, but I think he’s he’s fleshing out and fitting in well, and I couldn’t be happier. “Thank you,” I guess, the short answer.
Do you have any last things you’d like to say to the fans will be reading this?
Thank you, from the bottom of my heart. Expect the unexpected. This is something a lot of people care about on all sides of camera, and we’re digging deep. If you buckle up and come with us on this ride, these arcs, I think, are really rewarding. They really deliver. It’s hard to talk about; so bittersweet. I just really hope you love it as much as we do.
You can see a trailer for “Rogues of War” below. A gallery of promotional photos can be found here.
The Flash: Speaking With Tom Cavanagh Before Tonight’s Finale
Tom Cavanagh discusses his return as the Reverse Flash in the series finale of the Flash airing March 24
Tom Cavanagh was a part of The Flash from the start, first playing Harrison Wells-but-actually-the Reverse Flash, and then giving us a myriad of Wells throughout the multiverse. He’s also proven himself to be a fantastic director, helming multiple episodes of The Flash as well as fellow CW superhero staple Superman & Lois. Tonight, he’s back in front of the camera, playing Barry’s arch enemy once again.
FlashTVNews spoke with Tom Cavanagh in the days leading to tonight’s finale, and here are some highlights of that conversation:
How did it feel to be back? “I think the emotions are probably very different for somebody like myself or Carlos Valdes who decided to leave after Season 6; myself with the knowledge that [I have] this parachute of the fact that I play the Reverse Flash and he’s gonna come in every four or five months and blow up Central City and try and kill the Flash. It was a tremendous situation for me, because that’s exactly how it played out. I got to come back, and see my friends, and put on the suit, and enjoy that. It was just a grand circumstance anytime out to see the crew and the cast and put on that suit.”
On the importance of bringing the Reverse Flash back for the series finale: “It was understood that when we got to the series finale, that we have to include the Joker to the Batman; or in this case, Reverse Flash to The Flash.”
Would he like to play Reverse Flash again? “Reverse Flash, for me, was just a joy to play, as an antagonist or arch-enemy. There’s charisma to that character, and I delighted in. I would suit up again in a heartbeat.”
Cavanagh has pitch for a return on a possible Reverse Flash spinoff project. “Here’s my pitch: What if Reverse Flash, with all his villainy, fell for a civilian and then suddenly that complicated his agenda? Where would he go with his paramour, and how would it affect him? Would he then be able to carry through on his designs of destroying Barry? The reason we didn’t do that on The Flash was because you’d need to call that show Reverse Flash. We’ve got The Flash, which I wholeheartedly support. That being said, I think there’s room in the multiverse now that The Flash is over for us to explore that. And so, that’s my pitch for a Reverse Flash spinoff.”
Is Eobard afraid of any of the other speedsters? “Heck no, and that will be readily apparent in the finale.”
Was it fun to play Eobard insulting Eddie and Hunter Zolomon in the finale? “Poor Teddy Sears. Poor Rick Cosnett. Grand humans, all. And then, they roll on camera and it’s just, like, me taking shots. Teddy would quote them back to me a month later and I’d ask ‘who said that?’ ‘You said it!’ It’s so fast and furious, that I can’t keep track sometimes. I have to say, there’s one descriptor for those guys: It’s ‘tolerant’.”
Any final words for the fans who have followed the series for nine years? “I think it’s great that you bring that up, because often times, when a show has run a long time, a lot of the concentration is on the people who are the face of the show on camera, but off camera is the audience. They are the reason we were even given these nine years. It’s never lost on me. I remember [Superman & Lois and former Flash showrunner] Todd Helbing saying this: ‘These people invite us into their homes for an hour a week, and it is such a privilege and a responsibility. We want to let them know that we don’t take it lightly.’ That would be the message that I would like to basically parrot. Certainly, we’re grateful for the audience showing up week after week, which gave us those nine years. And even though I’m sure we didn’t always succeed story wise, it’s important for us to let the audience know that it was not from lack of trying. We understood that they were the reason we were there, and we were always doing our best to try to tell stories that they would enjoy, and keep coming back.”
The Flash series finale airs tonight on The CW.
Flashback: Revisiting Our Earliest Flash Cast Interviews
FlashTVNews revisits our earliest interviews with the cast of The Flash.
The final episode of The Flash airs tonight (May 24) at 8PM ET/PT on The CW… and we’re feeling pretty retrospective right now. Sure, we have a new interview with Tom Cavanagh that will be posted this afternoon, but beyond that, we’re thinking about the long run that got us here.
FlashTVNews had the opportunity over the years to interview almost every series regular in the show’s 9-season run, at one time or another. Whether it was at a Comic-Con, a carpet for a crossover, or the very first Flash appearance at the Television Critics Association press tour… we were there. Below you can find some of those interviews, starting from the TCA Press Tour and moving down the list. Sadly, we never did get to do video with such folks as Brandon McKnight, Jon Cor, or Kayla Compton… but if you want to see how the cast was talking about the show in the early days, this may be a treat for you. And again, the series finale “A New World, Part Four” airs tonight at 8PM ET/PT.
Candice Patton (Iris West):
Jesse L. Martin (Joe West):
Tom Cavanagh (Eobard Thawne/Various Wells):
Carlos Valdes (Cisco Ramon):
Rick Cosnett (Eddie Thawne):
Grant Gustin (Barry Allen… the fastest man alive!):
Danielle Panabaker (Caitlin Snow):
John Wesley Shipp (Daddy Flash):
Teddy Sears (Zoom/Jay Garrick/Hunter Zolomon):
Jessica Parker Kennedy (Nora West-Allen):
Keiynan Lonsdale (Wally West):
Danielle Nicolet (
The Seal Cecile Horton/Virtue):
Michelle Harrison (Nora WHY DID I SAY THAT NAME):
Patrick Sabongui (Captain Singh):
The Flash: Eric Wallace Would Be Open To Continuing The Story
Flash Showrunner Eric Wallace discusses the possibility of Flash audio adventures after the series is done.
Could there be a continuation of The Flash after Wednesday’s final episode? It’s possible.
Before he landed on The Flash, Showrunner Eric Wallace had been involved with Big Finish Productions’ audio continuations of the classic gothic TV soap Dark Shadows, having written or co-written three stories for the studio. Stories like the ones told by Big Finish can keep a franchise alive – they were the leading source of new Doctor Who stories during the “wilderness years” between the 1996 Paul McGann TV movie and Christopher Eccleston’s debut in 2005’s “Rose.”
When we spoke with Eric Wallace prior to the launch of The Flash Season 9 earlier this year (well before the current writers’ strike), we asked him if he’d have any interest in writing Flash audio adventures one day, and in addition, which character from Dark Shadows lore he would “borrow” to meet Team Flash if he ever could, a very nerdy question that might only be understood by a fraction of the audience reading this website.
“Yes, I would love to,” he confirmed. “Not immediately.. give me a year off, I need a break… but I would love to write a Flash audio adventure at some point in the future, to tell the stories that I wasn’t able to tell during this particular moment.”
As for the second part of the question, asked only for fun? “I already know what the answer is, but I’m gonna qualify it: I would want to bring over Barnabas Collins, but I think the more appropriate character to come on to this show is Quentin, because Quentin is a man out of time, much moreso than Barnabas is. Barnabas was locked in a coffin and then woke up after 200 years and is dealing with past baggage, so obviously, he would have a lot to talk about with Barry Allen. But Quentin is a man of the past who was thrust into modern times, and actually starts to adjust, but a curse follows him, so he can’t ever have a future, so seems to me that there’s a definite story between Quentin and Iris, right there.”
And that’s not all: “Having said that, Julia [Dr. Julia Hoffman] and Reverend Trask are my next two favorites. I have to sneak them in too somehow,” he said, making us wonder why we never managed to get the actors David Selby or Jerry Lacy on The Flash TV show as Max Mercury or a character in that vein.
In the months since this interview was conducted, Grant Gustin has also addressed his Flash future beyond May 24:
“I think regardless of if I put the suit on again or not – and I love this – I’ll be associated with this character for the rest of my life, so if anybody wants to call me about The Flash, I will take the phone call and hear them out,” Grant said in a recent interview with EW.
Maybe this means May 24 won’t be the end after all…