As a main component of Team Arrow, he’s frequently in the middle of the action on the DC Comics-based CW series. But viewers have seen something of a softer side of Diggle (David Ramsey) as of late, between rekindling his relationship with his A.R.G.U.S. operative ex-wife Lyla Michaels (Audrey Marie Anderson) and the subsequent birth of their child, Sara.
In tonight’s episode, “Suicidal Tendencies,” the power couple get hitched again. Unfortunately, the honeymoon is over before it’s truly begun when the newlyweds get hijacked by Deadshot — with a new mission for Suicide Squad, first seen on “Arrow” last season. With a wife and baby counting on him, Diggle has more at stake than ever before.Â Â
Ahead of Diggle’s impending nuptials, CBR News spoke to Ramsey about the cost of marriage, Diggle’s attitude towards the Suicide Squad and stepping up as a leader. In addition, he hinted at Ra’s al Ghul’s next move — and what it means for Diggle and Lyla.Â
CBR News: Diggle is getting married! How pleased are you that the writers are taking the time to explore that facet of his life?
David Ramsey: I’m glad you asked — I’m very happy about that! “Arrow” is not hurting for stories. There is a lot to tell in this show. Over three seasons in, we’re still finding out more about all the characters, Oliver included. Any time they take the time to delve into Diggle’s personal life or back story is always a treat. There’s a lot more to tell on this guy. I’ve said before that you can take any one character from the show and talk about them for a season.
There must be a better way to spend your wedding night, though. What convinces Diggle and Lyla to partake in this mission?
Lyla is part of A.R.G.U.S. They employ the Suicide Squad, or I should say, they work for A.R.G.U.S. By virtue of being married to Lyla, Diggle is now part of the Suicide Squad as well. This comes right on the heels of, essentially, their honeymoon. I think Diggle feels he can keep an eye on his wife and protect her, to some degree, when they are together. And he also tunes into the higher purpose: they are there to save a U.S. senator. That’s good work in Diggle’s eyes. That compels him. He looks beyond working with A.R.G.U.S and the Suicide Squad to achieve a higher goal.
The members of Team Arrow are like a family and look out for each other. How does he feel about the Suicide Squad being so expendable?
That’s part of the thing he has a hard time with. Diggle doesn’t deal with the gray. Diggle is sort of a black and white guy. He’s a military guy. He works with Oliver because he feels compelled to work with him. It’s a higher calling to him. He doesn’t deal well with working with an organization like A.R.G.U.S., which puts explosives in the heads of people to coerce them into doing what they want them to do. That’s the gray. That’s part of Diggle’s gripe.
How does Diggle balance being a family man and going on these perilous adventures?
The fact that he and his wife are on this mission together, and if they die, they will leave their baby alone is hard. That becomes a very real issue in a nice moment in this episode, where they both come to grips with that and have to face it. I don’t think Diggle has ever really allowed himself to think about that gray area, that he could lose his family. That’s the kind of guy he is. He just tunes into the higher goal and goes for it. You’ll see that growth through the rest of the season, and even into the next season, that he has some real soul-searching to do in terms of the fact he does have a family. He’s going to have to make some strong decisions.
Could Diggle potentially lead the Suicide Squad?
Yes. I think he has the qualities to lead Team Arrow, to lead A.R.G.U.S. or lead the Suicide Squad. In terms of who he is, Diggle is a leader. So, yes, he could lead any squadron of any army or any military facility on the planet. John Diggle is that guy. I do think he’s better equipped to lead an organization like A.R.G.U.S., which would probably reassign a group like the Suicide Squad.
I don’t think he believes in the philosophy that A.R.G.U.S. is using to implement the talents of the Suicide Squad. He doesn’t believe in planting bombs in the necks or spines of the people you want to coerce. He does see talent in the Bronze Tiger. He sees talent in Deadshot. He sees talent in Cupid, and I think he would find other ways to facilitate their talents.
Diggle has never been too keen on the Suicide Squad, but by the end of this episode, is there a shift in his attitude towards them?
Absolutely. There’s more of that understanding towards the gray area and towards understanding that Cupid and Deadshot, for whatever reason, have been brought to this place in their lives. It was a certain chain of events. Instead of looking at them as mercenaries or hired guns, Diggle goes deeper in this episode. He really sees them as people. They’ve been brought to this place through a certain number of events that he has to respect and honor. I think he gets to a different place of respect for Deadshot and Cupid by the end of this episode.
Finally, Ra’s al Ghul recently asked Oliver to take over his position as head of the League of Assassins, an offer which Oliver declined. As a result, Ra’s al Ghul framed Arrow for murder. What is Ra’s course of action moving forward, and what does it mean for Diggle?
Ra’s al Ghul will stop at nothing to achieve his goal of having Oliver become Ra’s al Ghul. That’s just the kind of guy he is. No one is spared. That being said, he’s going to touch all of our lives in a very personal way in his effort to get Oliver Queen. Diggle and Lyla are no exception. They will be touched in a personal way by Ra’s al Ghul.
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