Hartley Sawyer Interview: The Flash Season 6 and Introducing Sue Dearbon

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The CW’s The Flash star Hartley Sawyer teased that “Crisis on Infinite Earths” is going to change all of the characters in the Arrow-verse forever. “It’s going to be a tremendous game-changer in terms of all the geography and how all this Arrow-verse looks. I know people say this kind of stuff a lot, but it is going to change things forever. There’s no doubt about it,” said Sawyer.

Hartley Sawyer spoke about the sixth season of The Flash while at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con. Season six premieres on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 8pm ET/PT.

Will we finally see Ralph investigate what happened to Sue Dearbon? It seemed to be teased in the season five finale.

Hartley Sawyer: “We saw that last year in the finale. We saw the Dearbon file and we’re going to pursue that. I can’t say too much about that. But, that’s a thing. That’s now a thing that we’re finally doing.

That’s probably the number question that I got since I started playing this character was, ‘What about Sue?’ And we knew when we started in season four with Ralph if things go well, if he fits into the team, if it all works and all of that…all roads lead to Sue Dibny. I mean, Sue Dearbon first.

That’s just something that I’ve been excited about, but I like that we did not put that in any earlier than we’re bringing it in now. I really, really do. I think it would have been too soon. He’s got to get ready for that. He’s got to mature for that. Now he’s there; he’s ready for that. He’s ready for love.”



That was a great final scene between Ralph and Wells at the end of last season.

Hartley Sawyer: “I really, really enjoyed doing that. You know, any chance I get to work with Tom (Cavanagh) is amazing because I learn a lot as an actor because his instincts are so good, and his abilities are so good. I think we all know that with the five billion characters that he plays on the show.

The fun thing about working with Tom is he’s so quick and he’s so witty, especially with that character, that you just had to keep up. I like that because I love doing some improv and I love just trying to keep up with that stuff. That was super fun for me. I love those characters together. I also love how that kind of became what it became at the end of the season, a mutually endearing kind of thing.”

Has Ralph’s relationship with Cisco changed now that Cisco gave up his powers?

Hartley Sawyer: “You know, I don’t think it’s the strain on the friendship. […] From Ralph’s standpoint…I think he said this last year to Killer Frost…people should have a choice if they want to take that or not, if they want to participate in being a metahuman or not. I believe he said people should have a choice. And so, I think for him, if his friend is happy and thinks this is the right choice for him, he supports that. I don’t think it would be a black mark on their friendship or anything like that.

They really bonded last year a lot and those scenes were really, really fun to shoot and really fun stuff to do with those two guys together. But I think what’s funny about Ralph and Cisco is they’re so different in so many ways but they have a tremendous amount in common, actually, just in terms of the way they kind of deal with things with humor and sarcasm. It’s really fun to work together.”

The Flash Season 6 Hartley Sawyer

Carlos Valdes, Hartley Sawyer, Danielle Panabaker and Grant Gustin in ‘The Flash’ season 6 (Photo: Jeff Weddell © 2019 The CW Network)

Is Ralph going to get a new wingman?

Hartley Sawyer: “He is, and I can’t say too much about it. Yeah, he is, but I can’t say too much more about it. But that’s going to be a thing. He’s also going to be a lot more independent this year than he’s ever been. In the sense of, ‘I’m going to go solve whatever I’m going to solve. I’m going to go figure this out.’ But yes, there is going to be a wingman.”

Ralph’s grown so much throughout the seasons. Will we maybe see Ralph Dibny the leader in the future?

Hartley Sawyer: “Maybe on a long enough timeline. That’s above my paygrade. The one thing I can tell you is I love the progression. I had a ball playing this guy in season four and doing the Tex Avery version of him as a total wacky, walking Looney Tunes. And, I love still doing that stuff when those elements come in when he’s out in the field.

I love the whole progression from the beginning to the end of season four. And you know the end of season four when he died and The Thinker took him and then he came back, that obviously changed the guy and changed him tremendously. It allowed us in season five to start him where he was, a little more mature. And then he grew throughout season five. We’re going to see more of that in season six.

He’s going to be challenged by ‘Crisis’ – what’s going to happen in the crossover is going to challenge everybody tremendously. Ralph is going to be particularly affected by what might take place during ‘Crisis’ and that’s going to change him.

And then the introduction of Sue which we’ll get to at some point. You’ve got to change when that happens, too. You’ve got to evolve when that happens to you.”




Kevin Finnerty

Professional film critic since 2003 and a member of the San Diego Film Critics Society. Host of “The Movie Guys” radio film review show from 2007 through 2013. Film and television critic for Showbizjunkies.com and a movie buff since 1973.
Kevin Finnerty
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