'Arrow' producer on how Suicide Squad episode came to be

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The long-awaited Suicide Squad episode of Arrow is here!

In the episode, Diggle (David Ramsey) is recruited by Amanda Waller (Cynthia Addai-Robinson) for a mission to retrieve a dangerous chemical agent that poses a huge threat to the country. The catch? He’s forced to work with the team of criminals that comic book fans know as the Suicide Squad. Among them: Deadshot, Bronze Tiger, and Shrapnel. And, of course, his ex-wife Lyla (Cynthia Addai-Robinson), who executive producer Marc Guggenheim said was the catalyst for the episode.

“We wanted to do a Lyla-Diggle story,” he said. “We sort of established this relationship at the end of last year, and Diggle and Lyla [got] back together in episode 6 of this year. And it started off with, ‘What would be something good to have them fight about?’ And someone pitched in the writer’s room: ‘What if Lyla was involved with the Suicide Squad and Diggle was not approving of it? That would be a nice conflict for them.'” And it is.

In the episode, which features several flashbacks to Diggle’s time in the Army, the two butt heads over the concept of disposable humans and it makes for some tense exchanges — a character conflict that was only possible because the writers put their characters above the desire for buzz-worthy episodes, Guggenheim said. “It really started from a character perspective and us sort of recognizing that we had to have some pieces in place…we slowly put the pieces on the chess board and slowly realized that it was possible. And I’m really, really glad.”

As is David Ramsey, who said he was pleased with Diggle’s evolution in the episode, airing Wednesday night at 9 p.m. ET on the CW. “There’s a very interesting dynamic that comes out of this episode between Floyd Lawton and John Diggle,” he says. “There’s a lot of growth between both those characters. At the end of the day, Floyd Lawton is a hired gun….and I think John Diggle comes to a closure after this episode with Floyd.”

Elsewhere in the episode, look for a powerful storyline involving Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Sarah (Caity Lotz), in which Oliver is increasingly unhinged by the mounting threat from Slade and a fun Easter egg that is sure to please longtime DC fans.


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