SPOILER WARNING: This article contains major spoilers for "My Name Is Emiko Queen," the mid-season premiere of Arrow Season 7.
Arrow's Suicide Squad is back -- kind of. In "My Name Is Emiko Queen," the mid-season premiere, John Diggle reinstated A.R.G.U.S.'s practice of using villains for high-risk missions. This time around, though, the team will be known as the Ghost Initiative.
As Dig attempted to pry information out of Ricardo Diaz, he realized the antagonist would only talk if he was offered his freedom. Diaz agreed to exchange information for his freedom, but didn't realize the caveat until it was too late. By the end of the episode, Dig used the A.R.G.U.S. facility to plant a bomb in Diaz's head to ensure his cooperation. In "Past Sins," next week's episode, Diaz will join China White, Cupid and Slade Wilson's son Kane Wolfson as a member of the Ghost Initiative.
“It’s just a really fun way to use Diaz in a way that we haven’t seen before. Basically, the reason that they recruited him is that it’s the former Suicide Squad, but there’s a new name for it called the Ghost Initiative,” showrunner Beth Schwartz told EntertainmentWeekly. “I’ve always loved the Suicide Squad, and we’ve always loved the characters. Because we told the first half of the season being in prison with a lot of our former villains, that’s kind of the fun of the Suicide Squad — having our former villains working with our heroes, and it’s always fun to do an episode or two every season about it. But having Diaz join the Suicide Squad, I mean, that’s priceless.”
Dig's wife Lyla, who is also his boss as A.R.G.U.S. Director, wasn't exactly on board with the decision. Dig made the offer to Diaz before she could stop him; worse, a deputy director observed the deal go down and promised to tell the Pentagon. In effect, Dig strong-armed her into resurrecting the Ghost Initiative program -- the very program she disbanded as soon as she became director. During a heart-to-heart, she even accused him of acting like her predecessor Amanda Waller.
Airing Mondays at 8 pm ET/PT on The CW, Arrow stars Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen, David Ramsey as John Diggle, Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak, Rick Gonzalez as Wild Dog, Echo Kellum as Mr. Terrific, Juliana Harkavy as Black Canary, Colton Haynes as Arsenal, Kirk Acevedo as Diaz, and Katie Cassidy as Black Siren. The series returns for the back half of Season 7 on Jan. 21.