6:00pm PT by Philiana Ng
'The Flash': Will Iris and Eddie's Romance Survive? Rick Cosnett on Their Future
[WARNING: Spoilers ahead from Tuesday's episode of The Flash, "Things You Can't Outrun."]
Now that Iris (Candice Patton) and Eddie's (Rick Cosnett) secret relationship is out, will it be smooth sailing for the couple on The Flash? Considering Detective Joe West's (Jesse L. Martin) reaction to their budding romance at the hospital, the likelihood of them being in the clear is small. Very small. Joe even warns Iris that things will "be complicated" moving forward, a risk she's willing to take.
"Eddie was hoping, in a perfect world, that Joe would be OK with it. When it does spill out, Eddie has this huge sigh of relief at the hospital," Cosnett tells The Hollywood Reporter. "Then he suddenly realizes, 'Oh no, wait, this is going to be really bad.' "
It's Eddie's realization that this could ultimately threaten his standing with Joe, his Central City P.D. partner, that forces him to rethink the future. "He's left with this feeling of 'What's going to happen next?' between those two [Eddie and Joe]," Cosnett adds. "The consequences are very serious." Next week's episode, "Going Rogue," further explores the repercussions of their relationship when Iris gets the cold shoulder from her father as a result.
It was important for the hospital-room scene between Cosnett, Patton and Martin to be intense and uncomfortable. "[Jesse] really wanted to make that [moment] serious and high stakes," Cosnett recalls. "Joe's not messing around and this is something very serious to him."
But it won't be all doom and gloom. Some comedy will come out of Joe and Eddie's new wrinkle in their working relationship. "It almost creates more comedy between the two of them," Cosnett says. "Things get more and more awkward before things come to a head."
Whether this prompts Joe to start questioning other secrets or non-truths Eddie may be hiding, remains a mystery — at least for the moment.
"That's a very interesting question," Cosnett says. "That's more on Joe's side of things because Eddie knows Joe is a good man and he trusts him. Eddie now has to gain his trust back and that's going to be difficult."
Cosnett hints that The Flash's ninth episode, which happens to be Christmas in Central City, will be huge for his character. "Something really big happens that will be revealed. It's going to go one way or another," he says, joking that the holiday season never bodes well for TV characters. "It's like, 'Merry Christmas!' "
The Flash, which just received a full-season pickup, airs at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays on The CW.