Warning: Spoilers ahead for tonight's episode of Arrow, titled "A.W.O.L."
During our recent interview with Arrow standout David Ramsey, ComicBook.com had an opportunity to ask the actor about the surprising death on tonight's episode, titled "A.W.O.L."
Losing a recurring character can always shake up the status quo of a long-running series, but in this case, the character who died had close ties to both Lyla Michaels and Oliver Queen, putting John Diggle square in the middle of quite a bit of drama over the years.
...And she wasn't exactly a beloved person.
"Remember that time she tried to bomb the city with a drone strike?" Felicity Smoak deadpanned when Oliver and Lyla toasted to their complicated friend's memory. "Good times."
And, for John Diggle more than almost anybody else, the question of what A.R.G.U.S. looks like without Amanda Waller at the head is an intriguing one. After his daughter's birth, he didn't want Lyla working at A.R.G.U.S., but given their history, was it the danger of A.R.G.U.S. Diggle wanted to get his wife away from...or somebody as toxic as Waller?
"That’s a great question," Ramsey told us. "Both of those elements played into why he felt so strongly that his wife shouldn’t be involved with A.R.G.U.S. Both the inherent danger, and what he felt about Amanda. Now that Amanda’s gone, there’s a choice that Lyla makes or has to make about her involvement with A.R.G.U.S. We do see a future where she’s involved, and by virtue of her involvement, her husband is involved. So yeah, there’s trouble on the horizon with that. Because it does get more involved and it does get."
Before we had time to follow up, Ramsey teased with a little bit of a reveal: that rhetorical question will be answered, at least in part, during Diggle and Lyla's forthcoming trip to Central City.
"Some of that by the way will be answered in The Flash," Ramsey said. "That’s what’s so great about the way they’re putting this together, is that some of your questions will be answered in The Flash. In terms of why are we there, together with A.R.G.U.S., and Diggle’s involved, what’s that about? I think some of these great questions about how it will affect Team Arrow will be answered in The Flash, which is a great way of making sure people are watching both shows."
The Flash airs Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW. Arrow airs on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT.