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Why did Cisco leave The Flash?

The Flash, which has been renewed for season eight, said goodbye to a long-standing cast member, Cisco Ramon.

In the latest episode of The Flash, Good-Bye Vibrations, Cisco, played by Carlos Valdes, announced his and his girlfriend, Kamila, played by Victoria Park’s departure from Central City. He revealed that he and Kamila decided to leave the city to start a new chapter of their lives. Kamila decided to leave the city to travel to Miami for a gallery show, while Cisco will take over Chip Cooper’s job at A.R.G.U.S. Kamila’s plan after her gallery is to reunite with Cisco in Star City.

Cisco’s news not only shocked fans, but other characters as well. Barry Allen and Caitlin Snow suppressed their emotions for the sake of Cisco’s happiness, and their muted reaction gave Cisco the impression that his friends do not care about him. Upon confronting Allen and Snow about their impassive reaction, they admit that they are barely holding it together. Allen explains that he wishes he could ask Cisco to stay, but he could not bring himself to be so selfish.

Before leaving the city, Cisco helps his friends solve one last case involving Rainbow Raider. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Valdes explained why he decided to leave the show. He stated, “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 so, for me to step away from the show, it’s a way of me taking care of myself.”

Valdes has not booked any projects post-Flash. However, he did admit to EW that he sort of likes the idea of not knowing what is next for him, revealing that his gut instincts are telling him to commit more to his music career.

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