Tension rises between Diggle and Oliver as they start questioning Arrow's villain list
Though Diggle and Oliver didn’t quite get along when “Arrow” first started, the two have become quite the dynamic duo. And on tonight’s episode, the two of them unite once again, this time in their skepticism about the villain list Oliver’s father left behind.
The list, however, includes Ted Gaynor, Diggle's mentor from his time in the armed forces. He’s a man Diggle trusts completely, and his inclusion on the list makes both Diggle and Oliver question Oliver’s father’s judgment.
“Ted Gaynor was his commanding officer back in Afghanistan,” David Ramsey, the actor who plays Diggle, tells Zap2it. “They did a few tours together and grew very, very close.
“However, he is on the list, on Oliver's kill list -- or at least his talk-to-sternly list. Diggle ends up siding with Ted . . . and this causes a real, major conflict between him and Oliver. Not just, obviously because Ted is a friend and Diggle has an allegiance to Oliver, but because of the validity or lack of validity of the list. At this point, the list has been compromised, but Oliver has his charge, his mission.”
Ramsey promises there’ll be more of his character’s backstory revealed in the last half of the season – his relationships, his world outside of Oliver’s, and what he’s capable of.
But the big question remains, is Diggle going to play a more “active” role in the fight for justice?
“I hope so,” says Ramsey. “The first few episodes, we got a real teaser as to what Diggle can physically do, and then he fell into a role of kind of a mentor, kind of an advisor, and all that's fine. Particularly over the course of a season, you find out what different people can do, you concentrate on different characters.
“But physically, I think you're going to see Diggle in action more. He's a military-trained expert in hand-to-hand combat. He's a big asset to what Oliver does. And that's always been the plan of the writers, but it's a long season.”
“Arrow” airs Wednesdays at 7 p.m. ET on CTV. Full episodes are also available online at CTV.ca.
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