In “Penance,” tonight’s episode of “Arrow,” Oliver will have to go to great lengths to save his friend John Diggle from a wrongful imprisonment — but he won’t be alone. He’ll take his new recruits along with him, and — as it turns out — one of them will forge a strong bond with Digg over their similar backgrounds. At the celebration of “Arrow’s” 100th episode, David Ramsey and Rick Gonzales discussed how their characters’ experience in the military will draw them together.
Asked how Digg’s military background affects his relationship with Wild Dog, Ramsey said, “That’s clearly the link, right? They both are military guys, they both have some troubled past, so there’s going to be a very deep relationship between those two men.”
“Wild Dog, I believe, connects the most to Diggle,” Gonzales agreed. “[Executive producer] Wendy Mericle mentioned before in another interview that there’s some sort of connection between Wild Dog and Diggle and they kind of see eye-to-eye on certain things. I think Diggle being ex-military, Diggle being a man of integrity and says his truth kind of resonates with Wild Dog. I think that kind of disarms him in a way, which I think is kind of nice for the character to discern what kind of moments he has to let his guard down in order to let someone in, and that’s been kind of fun.”
“Working with David Ramsey is amazing,” he added. “That guy is so dialed in with Diggle. I don’t know, it’s kind of like we’ve been doing this for years. We literally just picked up and started running. I’m excited to expand on these relationships and to work with the rest of this cast. I mean, like Paul Blackthorne. That guy’s awesome. I’m just excited about that.”
As we learned in the latest clip from “Penance,” Wild Dog was dishonorably discharged from the Navy. Though it’s unclear if the same sentence has been dropped on Digg, it’s very likely that’s the path he’s on, considering how he was framed for killing a subordinate and attempting to sell a deadly weapon. Additionally, his becoming a fugitive likely won’t help his case too much, especially if Oliver and Team Arrow are successful in breaking him out of a federal prison.
Starring Stephen Amell as the Emerald Archer, “Arrow” airs Wednesdays at 8 pm ET/PT on The CW. The series also stars Emily Bett Rickards, David Ramsey, John Barrowman, Willa Holland and more.
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