A few month back, Arrow star Stephen Amell claimed that if he recited the season six narration for a group of fans, it would constitute a massive spoiler about the sixth season. The narration returned last night — in fact, it was the only Berlantiverse show to use a premise-explaining monologue this week — but seemed little changed from previous years. It may have been shorter, but it kept the key points: after five years in hell, Oliver Queen returned to Star City to save it. In order to do so, he had to become someone else. Some thing else.
And now it appears that thing will have to be someone else.
If last night’s episode proved anything, it’s the untenable nature of being a single-parent, a mayor and a superhero. With the FBI looking to grill William, Anatoly (David Nykl) believing Oliver’s compromised position would net him $20 million, and the mystery around the leaked photo linking Ollie to the Green Arrow, it was finally time to pass on his alter ego. If this feels familiar, it has happened before. Hell, even Ollie getting outed as the Arrow has happened before. And like before, I expected Roy Harper (Colton Haynes) to appear and take Ollie’s place. But instead, it’s finally John Diggle’s (David Ramsey) time to be the team leader. It’s just a shame he couldn’t tell Ollie about the shrapnel he took during the Lian Yu explosion.
I have to give the show credit for doing this as quickly as they have. Even though we all know Oliver will take the suit back at some point, I didn’t expect him to come to this conclusion in episode two. In previous years, this would’ve been a mid-season cliffhanger. Perhaps that also suggests how short lived Diggle’s time as the Green Arrow will be. Maybe Roy will also make an attempt to replace Ollie.
Then again, remember that early Legends of Tomorrow episode in which the team discovered Diggle’s son roaming the streets as Green Arrow in 2046? Maybe Diggle’s tenure will last awhile; with his son eventually replacing him. I, for one, would like to see him in the role for some time. Especially if it means he has to recite the opening narration from now on.
Meanwhile, in this preview of next week’s Arrow, Rene (Rick Gonzalez) voices some concerns about the new team leader. Maybe he’ll convince me that Diggle is the wrong man for the job.