The death of Laurel has shaken the team to their very core on Arrow, but seemingly none is reacting as harshly to her demise as Diggle (David Ramsey). The trailer for the April 27 episode, Canary Cry, shows the man who is usually the moral center of Team Arrow going rogue in an effort to track down his own brother and Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough).
“Diggle takes this very personally. Clearly, it was because of Andy’s betrayal, among other things,” Ramsey tells Zap2it. “That was a huge piece of this catastrophic puzzle that led to Laurel’s death.”
There’s a piece of Diggle that feels personally responsible for the death and it’s causing him to lash out.
“It was his trust of Andy and his mistrust of Oliver’s judgment that led to this happening,” Ramsey explains. “He’s wounded deeply by this and we’re going to see a Diggle who’s willing to do things that he’s never done before to avenge his friend, to right the wrong.”
What will be shown is very different from the Diggle fans know and love, which is exciting for Ramsey, as he gets to step outside of his comfort zone.
“This is all part and parcel to another side of Diggle we’re exploring this season, which is great,” he says. “Every time you set a person on high like Diggle has been, it’s great to see the fall.”
He continues, “That the guy whose fall you can watch crumble like a train wreck because he’s so high up. We have a lot of that story to tell.”
As for the other major change to the team — Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) stepping down — fans haven’t seen much of Diggle’s thoughts about one of his best friends leaving the group. While Ramsey says that particular side of the relationship likely won’t be addressed, “as much as the fans would like,” he does have a reaction.
Furthermore, team or not, these are people who will grieve a loss together. Beyond Team Arrow, they’re simply a family that is suffering. “There’s some great moments that Diggle and Felicity have — in terms of how they deal with their grief — that we haven’t seen yet,” Ramsey teases.
Arrow airs Wednesdays at 7 p.m. on CW33.