Me: Dig… what are you doing?
Also me: DIG WHAT ARE YOU DOING??
Me at the end of the episode…: So you aren’t going to tell Oliver but you ARE going to take on his mantle KNOWING you are physically unstable right now?
…Five minutes after the episode: doesn’t John also have a wife and kid but just forgot?
Well, David did say John would loose a few things between 6.01 and 6.07 so, maybe keeping secrets isn’t his only crutch right now. Things are looking far worse in Diggle’s life than he’s letting on and Dinah’s slowly loosing patience with it, which is good in one way and really bad in another because:
Chances of someone getting seriously hurt under Dig’s leadership, rising to 60%.
Chance of Dinah being rebellious with said leadership, 100%.
Chance of Dinah getting supremely cocky by 6.09 - 6.12 and making a huge-ass error, ALSO rising to 100%.
The kids are learning without Big Daddy Oliver. Time to make all those mistakes for him to have to come clean up later…
THIS IS GOING TO BE SO GOOD.
For the first ever time - save his smallish thingie in S4 - Diggle is going to be in the hot-seat and fucking up. Succeeding but also, screwing up. But it’s up to him to come forwards about what’s happening with himself: to admit the problem.
I have a feeling Oliver won’t know for a while. Sooner or later, something will give and then Oliver will respond. And I don’t mean by giving advice.
In regards to Oliver permanently passing on the torch, I wouldn’t worry. At all. It’s just like Arrow to slow everything WAY the hell down and regress a little at the beginning or end of a season.
Remember Stephen mentioning something about an argument with Diggle involving being the GA and Diggle making some sort of cluster fuck during thanksgiving? Maybe that’s roughly when he’ll be back in action.
He had to give Ned the Nerve some attention.
Plus, we saw pictures of him in the costume for the crossover so, we’re cool!
I for one can’t wait to watch this explode.
Good television peeps!
I bring this up however for a reason.
Next episode is a Diggle orientated one and for all the people who state that he and Felicity wouldn’t get any focus because of BS/BC, I’m hoping this makes you feels better. It’s unrealistic to expect to receive everything you want in one sitting and I’m glad they’re taking their time.
Oliver’s also taking some time out to bond with his son. (THEIR SCENES ARE KILLING ME SO GOOD). To earn the title ‘dad’. Slowly, he can start bringing Felicity into the equation as I’m guessing we’ll see in 6.03/4. Right now, Arrow is focusing on Diggle and Dinah being vigilantes and how they approach problems/enemies/personal demons. But the priority is William. Once headway is made there, we’ll see a lot more of Oliver in scenes with Diggle and Felicity and the rest of the team. BUT!
Do not be surprised by gaps.
For example, I’m pretty sure 6.03 and 6.04 are Oliver and William/Oliver and Felicity centred.
(LET’S JUST STARE AT THAT FOR A SECOND…)
But then, we’ll get 6.05/6 which is heavily Oliver/Slade/their sons centred so I wouldn’t be surprised if Oliver and Felicity didn’t interact. He could be off helping Slade whilst Felicity starts her company. Or maybe we’ll get solid Dig and Oliver interaction but no Felicity and Diggle interaction and so on and so forth.
This is what can happen when character centred episodes are produced.
Also, anyone else really relieved that Jack (William) is a decent actor? I was worried; I’ve seen some shows bring in kids and god, it has not gone well.