Next week’s Arrow sees a major change to the program’s status quo. In fact, it’s such a huge change, we suggest watching the episode before proceeding any further. For those of you who have seen it, you know something big has happened to Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) and as this preview of next week’s episode illustrates, everyone has an opinion on the new situation. But Captain Dinah Drake (Juliana Harkavy) may have the most pertinent advice for Ollie.
Okay, let’s get right to it: the Ricardo Diaz (Kirk Acevedo) storyline is finally over! As long time readers may know, I’ve never been a fan of the character as he seemed to be a ill-suited replacement for Michael Emerson’s bizarrely discarded Cayden James last season. In fact, Diaz became the symbol of many of the sixth season’s woes. Thankfully, we can all breath a sigh of relief as the character has finally breathed his last.
Or has he?
Oliver did leave him in that cell still breathing and Diaz has a habit of consistently surviving situation which would kill lesser men. Acevedo was also promoted to series regular, which could mean he will be back to haunt Oliver and company after the “Elseworlds” crossover. Which, to be honest, would be really disappointing as the show needs to move on from the character and his non-starter schemes to amass power. Instead, the show needs to lean into the beginnings of the status quo William (Ben Lewis), Roy (Colton Haynes) and Dinah are experiencing in the future. That’s a far more interesting thread.
Arrow airs Mondays on The CW.