'Arrow' interview: David Ramsey talks about conflict between Diggle and Oliver over Helena

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It's never good when a woman comes between two men. When that woman is a damaged vigilante with murder on her mind -- like Helena Bertinelli ( Jessica De Gouw) on "Arrow" -- things can get very bad indeed. David Ramsey, who plays Oliver Queen's (Stephen Amell) bodyguard-turned-not-sidekick, John Diggle, previewed just what effect the Huntress will have on the Oliver-Diggle relationship in the upcoming episode, "Vendetta."


In this week's episode, we have two characters -- Diggle and Helena -- who both know Oliver's secret. Will they be interacting at all?

David Ramsey: There's no interacting, but there's going to be some... I'm very interested in what the Huntress, what her presence means. There's going to be some difficulties, some problems.

He has some very strong opinions about Helena. You already saw some of that, in this past episode, about what he thinks about what she's doing. But in the next episode, you're really going to see her presence cause a problem between Oliver and Diggle.

And again, how Diggle sees justice being distributed in Starling City, as opposed to how Oliver sees it. They're going to continue to go head-to-head with this. There's gonna be a major problem between Oliver and Diggle in terms of her presence.


Does Oliver listen to Diggle at all when it comes to Helena?

David Ramsey: Oliver already has said -- to the Huntress in the last episode -- that what she is doing is vengeance, not justice. He's already grown. And I think a big part of that is because of his relationship with Diggle. He already has grown to see that what Helena is distributing in Starling City is not justice -- it's vengeance. And he's already grown enough to see that that's the thing he's struggling with is that if he recognizes that in Helena, does he recognize it in himself?  And maybe that's not where he was when he first met Diggle.


So is Diggle the reason that Oliver isn't Helena?

David Ramsey: I don't think Diggle's 100 percent responsible for that, but I think if Helena had a Diggle in her life, then she would be in a different place from where she is.


Why does having Diggle around help?

David Ramsey: There are different ways you can think of a warrior, right? If Oliver is the supreme physical specimen on the battlefield, the Diggle is the five-star general behind the scenes. Not that he's the brains -- I'm not trying to say that. But I think that he thinks about things that Oliver doesn't.

And Oliver can't because Oliver's suffering. Oliver's really suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. And I don't know if he even realizes the symptoms of it. So Diggle is in a position where he can see things that Oliver can't. Not because he's smarter, just because he can -- he's in a different place in his life.

"Vendetta" airs on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 8pm.
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