One of the most controversial elements of DC's The New 52 reboot in 2011 among longtime fans was the unshakeable sense that Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) -- The Flash -- had escaped any kind of consequences for the irresponsible use of his powers that led to the Flashpoint crisis and, by extension, the reworked New 52 timeline.
On television (so far), things have been a little better on that front: years of hindsight, maybe, and a writers' room instead of one guy who had to set the stage for something bigger than the tale he was telling, play into it, but we've seen at least a couple of people really lay into Barry for being irresponsible with his powers.
Fans have also been wondering: how will John Diggle (David Ramsey) handle it? Not even a character on The Flash, the Arrow regular is barely on a first-name basis with Barry Allen, and yet he's one of the characters whose life was changed in the biggest ways.
For those who haven't yet watched the season premiere of The Flash, or who didn't catch the line of dialogue in last week's Arrow that referred to "John Jr.," here's the skinny: When Barry returned from an alternate timeline (one he had created by traveling to the past to save his mother from being murdered, and then eliminated by traveling back a second time to allow her murder to play out), it was revealed that John Diggle and Lyla Michaels's daughter Sara no longer existed, and was replaced by a son -- John, Jr.
With John already handling a mountain of personal trauma (most notably the fallout from choosing to kill his brother, a HIVE agent, last season), ComicBook.com spoke with Ramsey at the Arrow 100th episode party over the weekend, and asked him: how will Diggle handle the revelation?
"Much more compassionately than you might think," Ramsey said. "Diggle can't miss anything he's never had and 'Flashpoint' changes history -- it changes his history directly -- so he never can really miss Baby Sara anymore, becuase he never had her, but he is concerned about Barry. Barry's actions were reckless, and with all that power, being reckless -- to someone as disciplined as Diggle -- comes as a shock."
In a previous episode of DC's Legends of Tomorrow, fans saw that a version of John Diggle, Jr., had grown up to become the next Green Arrow, going by the name of Connor Hawke and dressing in an outfit close to that character's costume from the comics. That reality, though, was a bleak and dangerous one triggered by the accumulation of too much power on the part of Vandal Savage, who died in Legends's first season. Whether the "real" version of John, Jr. will grow into the role of Connor Hawke isn't clear.
Arrow airs on Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.