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The airdate for Arrow’s eighth and final season had just been locked down when Supa-Star David Ramsey, a.k.a. one of pop culture most-beloved sidekicks, John Diggle, picked up the phone, describing the announcement as “bittersweet”.
“Anyone on television that does seven or eight seasons is very fortunate, very lucky,” he offered.
“I think there’s a lot of story left in John Diggle… I’m a fan of the character, I’m a fan of the show, so I’m looking forward to telling that story.”
“Stephen [Amell] told me that he had taken the character as far as he could. Actor to actor, that is something that really punches you, and if you really have taken the character as far as you can take it, then now you’re just doing it to make money or please the family or whatever, and you really are in danger of overstaying your welcome.”
“I think it was a bold choice, but it was an honest choice, so I applaud him for that.”
Fans are so invested in the final season and the conclusion to Oliver Queen’s story because of how important the Arrowverse has become since Arrow first premiered in 2012.
“Let’s talk about Green Arrow for a second; he’s not Superman, he’s not Batman, he’s not Wonder Woman, he’s not Aquaman. He’s not in the top ten DC comic book characters,” Ramsey says.
“It’s tough to imagine now, but back in 2012, you would have thought of Green Arrow as a B character, not the A character.”
Before he signed on for Arrow, Ramsey found himself in Miami, portraying Anton Briggs in beloved Showcase cult hit Dexter, and despite leaving the show in season four, the actor continued to watch until the polarising finale.
“I’m a huge fan of the show. Michael C. Hall is just a brilliant actor,” he tells.
“I might be a bit partial, but I personally think that season four, next to season one, was the best season of Dexter. And John Lithgow, in season four, he’s just brilliant. I thought it was really the best season of Dexter.”
Like a lot of other fans, Ramsey was also conflicted after watching the show’s final episode.
“When I watched it, I was a bit deflated… there was something anticlimactic about the ending in general. So, I felt the same [as] a lot of people did. But then I thought, ‘What do you do with a guy like this?’ It’s either you kill him or you make him a lumberjack in Alaska.”
“I would’ve liked to see something a little more clever, but he’s a tough character.”
He might be most well known for his time on Dexter and Arrow, but Ramsey tells aspiring actors that every role matters.
“Anything can happen. Greg Berlanti saw me in Blue Bloods – that’s how I got Arrow.”
“Just don’t take anything for granted, do your best work and try to be the best version of yourself you can, because you have no idea what’s shaping up in places that you can’t see.”
“We’re going to our eighth season, and I swear it feels like it’s only been four seasons.”
“To be totally honest with you, more than John Diggle, more than anything else, what I’m going to miss is working with the people I’m working with. Just enjoy what you do.”
David Ramsey will appear at Supanova Comic Con & Gaming Perth (29-30 June).