SPOILER WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers for “Heart of the Matter, Part 2,” the latest episode of The Flash.
Team Flash has done it again! In “Heart of the Matter, Part 2,” The Flash‘s Season 7 finale, the Flash family was able to defeat August Heart, winning the Godspeed war by using a little time trickery of their own — and just in time for the West-Allens to share an important moment with their future children. The episode drew to a close with a vow renewal that gave Barry and Iris the ceremony they never had, which — in turn — allowed Nora and Bart to participate in their own unique ways.
Speaking to CBR, The Flash star Jessica Parker Kennedy recalled Nora’s presence at several West-Allen milestones, including their doomed wedding in “Crisis on Earth-X.” She broke down the Flash family’s fight against the Godspeeds as well as the vow renewal ceremony, revealing that one scene had to change locations due to inclement weather. She also teased her return for Season 8, explained why she wants Nora to team up with Frost and more.
CBR: The big Flash family fight against Godspeed was a joy to watch. What was filming that scene like for you, behind the scenes?
Jessica Parker Kennedy: Really surreal, just because we’re all in a row like that and we all landed and started walking together at the same time. There was something where I was like, “Oh my god, I’m a frickin’ superhero! I’m doing this with other real superheroes.” And even though it’s a fictional world, I was like, “Yeah, but it’s really happening in this moment.”
So other than the fact that when you’re doing that, you’re pretending so much — you know, it’s easier to pretend when you have a group of people all pretending with you. At the end of the day, everybody, all the actors, just want the scene to be as awesome as possible. So it’s fun. It’s like we’re a bunch of grownups who get to play very, very cool make believe. I definitely felt like a part of the tribe when I was doing it. It was very cool.
The vow renewal was also lovely. What was it like to be present at another West-Allen milestone?
Yeah, it’s crazy. I feel like I’ve been so fortunate to, multiple times, have been a part of really cool episodes. I was a part of the 100th episode. It was the 100th episode, I think, which was directed by Tom Cavanagh. The fact that I got to be at the first wedding, which of course got interrupted. So I feel like Nora has been this lucky little character that’s been able to pop into these really important moments for the show throughout.
We were all actually crying on that day, especially because Jordan [Fisher] sings and that song is so, so beautiful that he sings. It’s a song that [showrunner] Eric Wallace actually picked out, which I felt like it was just so perfect for the moment. Candice [Patton] was crying and I was crying and Dani [Nicolet] was crying. We were all crying! [laughs] It felt very real in a lot of ways.
Last minute, we had to change the location of that wedding, too. It was supposed to be outside but we had really bad weather. There was something really lovely about being able to do it right in the house. It was always supposed to be in the backyard of the house, but I don’t know! There’s something about being in that living room and just doing it right there that was really, really, really special.
Can we expect you to do some singing at the next one?
Singing at the next one? You know, I mean, I definitely can sing. I’m a singer. I’m a trained singer, but I haven’t done that a lot in my career or made that a part of my film and TV career, whereas Jordan very obviously is an actor, a dancer, a singer; that’s a big part of him. So I feel like on this show that’s his thing.
But if I ever get asked this thing, every time I get asked, I would always, always say yes, because I do love it, but I don’t think I’d be comfortable singing following up after Jordan, because that he’s pretty darn good. So I don’t think I would want to go after him!
What was one of your favorite memories from set this year?
Oh, man! Jordan is just so funny and so silly. Being without Tom [Cavanagh] on set and without Carlos [Valdes] on set, who are so hilarious, I was really missing them, and then to have Jordan be there and be so silly, which made Grant [Gustin] be so silly, which made Candice be so silly. So we giggled a lot and we had a lot of fun.
Also, both Grant and Jordan are trained dancers, and it’s hilarious because they’re in their supersuit unitards, dancing and being ridiculous and doing silly ballet and spinning. They were so silly and they were so funny. I’m a big believer that life is really short and it’s important, the silliness. The silliness is so, so, so important. They both have a really good balance.
I mean, I feel like everyone on set has a really good balance of being silly but being focused. So I don’t have a specific memory, but I would definitely say all dancing, for sure. The pirouettes and nonsense. All the silly nonsense.
What are the odds we’ll see you return for Season 8?
Oh, I think the odds are pretty good. I feel like we ended in a way that that says anything could happen. I think the odds are in our favor. That being said, one never knows.
What would be your dream story arc for Nora?
I mean, I think at the end of the day, I always felt like I wanted to — you know, so much of my stuff was with my mom and dad, all through Season 5. I think I just would really like to work with the other characters on the show. I always thought it’d be so cool if XS and Frost were able to do something together. How neat would that be? A girl power moment! Or even if it was me, Frost and my mom or something, and we got to go save the day.
I always think of Killer Frost as the badass one on the show, when Nora spent a lot of time trying to do the right thing, getting in trouble and then having her mom and dad be like, “It’s okay!” and coming to her rescue. I just think it would be really fun if we could see her really handle something on her own, with a really cool, badass, mature character like Frost.
I feel like Reverse-Flash is also due for an ass-kicking.
I think he might be as well, yes. We never get tired of beating that guy up, that’s for sure.
You’ve been part of the whole CW superhero thing since Smallville, where you appeared as Plastique. What do you think it is about this genre that always keeps audiences coming back?
First of all, we all want to have superpowers. You know, we all want to be able to save the day. I mean, that’s such a fun fantasy, this idea. Without being morose, the world’s kind of a dark place. There’s a lot of really awful things that are happening here. I think this concept that we have this number to dial or we can put the Batman sign in the sky and Batman can come and save the day, it comes from our inner child trying to fix things and that’s a really cool, simple way and balance good and evil. On TV, we get to watch that happen every week.
So I think there’s something really powerful about that, in that superhero shows are so hopeful. It’s also an escape. I mean, yeah, caped crusaders have always been such a huge part of pop culture and it’s pretty bananas that I get to be a part of this huge, huge, huge tornado of superheroes that’s been happening for the last few years.
The Flash stars Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Jesse L. Martin, Danielle Panabaker, Kayla Compton and Brandon McKnight. New episodes air Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.