Published On: Thu, Feb 23rd, 2017

‘Arrow’ season 5: David Ramsey talks Diggle, the Russia plot and Black Canary

The current season of Arrow has been tough on David Ramsey’s John Diggle, and the actor talked about the problems with the law in a new interview.

After re-joining the military and being set up as a patsy, he was sent to prison only to be broken out by Oliver (Stephen Amell) and company. After months in hiding — only coming out to join Team Arrow as Spartan — he was arrested once again after being set up by the mysterious Prometheus. Now, thanks to Oliver, Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards), and the legal prowess of Adrian Chase (Josh Segarra), Diggle is a free man again.

Variety spoke with Ramsey about Diggle’s freedom, his trip to Russia to meet the Bratva, and Ramsey says he believes Diggle’s problems are behind him.

“Yes, I think that’s a chapter that’s behind him. We’ve seen him for most of this season being incredibly introspective — especially earlier in the season when he was willing to stay in jail to continue this penance he felt he had to pay for killing his brother — but I think he’s gone through enough of this emotional repayment.”

He continued: “Now it’s back down to business, and back down to what he does well — which is seeing the blindspots on the team. Before he went back to prison he was helping and bonding with Rene (Rick Gonzalez), and you’ll see that same thing happen with Dinah Drake (Juliana Harkavy). He’ll serve as a bit of a welcoming committee.”

Ramsey says fans can expect Diggle and General Walker to cross again and chimed in about the recent Black Canary drama.

“Diggle, like he saw with Rene, sees someone in agony. There are similarities that come about, and I think he is kindred spirits with both Rene and Dinah. He trusts her, and gains her trust fairly quickly. She’s looking for a sense of normalcy, and that’s what Diggle brings.”

Diggle finally shows up in Russia: “He’s definitely there to watch their six, but one thing about Team Arrow is there is always one person who has the blinders on, and there is someone who calls that person on it. I think that Diggle often serves in that capacity. He calls Felicity on some of the morally compromising choices that she makes, and he’s there to watch Oliver to see how far he’ll go in terms of this alliance with the Bratva.”

Check out the full interview HERE




Arrow airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on the CW.

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