Arrow's David Ramsey on What [SPOILER]'s Death Means For Diggle, Lyla and Team Arrow

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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.

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    • Kevin
    • 526 Posts in 25 Months

    Daughter's death?

    • CB123855
    • 1 Posts in 7 Months

    English is not my native language, and my cognitive skills so early not the best, but what i understand, more likely Amanda Waller dies on stage, not Diggle's offspring...

  1. It was Waller. Lot of space wasting up there. She may not be a beloved person, but she has always been one of my favorite villains since she appeared in JLU and Checkmate. I have sneaking suspicion they killed her off because of the Suicide Squad movie and they want to make Viola Davis stand out more.

    • Gamerskum
    • 9 Posts in 18 Months

    Doubtful that she is actually dead.

  2. Might be interesting if Amanda Waller were more of a figurehead. Like a title or a position, a la James Bond (if you buy into that theory) and several episodes down the line another powerful woman of color steps into to run ARGUS as Amanda Waller. No explanation, just a quick throw away line and we move on. Won't happen, but it would be interesting.

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