Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) took a major risk in Arrow when he chose to bring Diggle (David Ramsey) into his secret hideaway to save him from one of Deadshot’s poisoned bullets. He could have saved Diggle and dropped him off on the street somewhere, but instead, he sat with and watched over his friend to ensure a proper recovery. And that resulted in Diggle learning Oliver’s secret, which now puts Diggle in the precarious position of what to do with the knowledge.
But don’t worry, Arrow fans, you won’t have to wait long to see what Diggle decides. In the next all-new episode, “An Innocent Man”, Diggle takes a second to process what he witnessed and ask himself a few key questions before ultimately joining Oliver in what Ramsey himself called a partnership.
“The questions that he asks himself: is this the right thing to do? Should he be doing this? He makes the decision, and he tells Oliver why he makes the decision,” Ramsey told LA TV Insider Examiner when we caught up with him earlier today.
“There’s something that Diggle makes clear to Oliver when he joins him in that he’s not going to be just a ‘yes man.’ Diggle is a soldier, and he takes the sense of what’s right very seriously. He does agree with Oliver in the sense that the city does need help and law enforcement can’t do everything, but it doesn’t always prove to be just. He doesn’t always agree with the way that Oliver does things. He’s there to be a moral compass in a lot of ways.”
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Since Diggle comes from the Starling City world, he is very much a regular guy who will serve to constantly remind Oliver of his own humanity and challenge some of his seemingly rash decisions to take down the bad guys at any and all costs.
“I think Diggle is a lot slower to kill in general,” Ramsey, who shared he is personally more closely aligned with Diggle’s views than Oliver’s, said.
“I don’t agree wholeheartedly with capital punishment. I believe in the justice system in terms of people being judged by their peers, but I don’t think that we’ve evolved to a place where we can judge a person and say ‘You must deserve death’…But I think Oliver needs that; I think Oliver needs a person that will say something to make him reconsider it. I think that helps the show; it helps the argument in terms of what’s right and what’s wrong, what’s ethical and what isn’t. And I think it helps Oliver’s development as a person because he has turned into someone else on that island, and he has to be reminded how the person he has become fits into this world he has returned to.”
Ramsey also pointed out that Diggle won’t be pressuring Oliver to tell his secret to anyone else, nor will Diggle himself be sharing the news with loved ones, despite the danger in which they could find themselves.
“He understands the need to be covert,” Ramsey noted.
“As the series goes forward, there are consequences to each of their actions…there are people from each of their lives who are put in harm’s way. [But Diggle]’s never been afraid to put himself in harm’s way. He’s a guy who lives on the grenade. In terms of sacrificing his own life for what’s right, he’s been doing it since he was thirteen years old and decided he wanted to be a soldier…He doesn’t question that. But there will be some re-examining of his decision based on what is done to his extended family and the people he cares about.”
Arrow airs on The CW on Wednesday nights at 8 p.m.
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