Ricardo Diaz Resurfaces When Arrow Returns In March

by Erik Amaya

Arrow is taking a short pause for the next few weeks, but when it returns, Ricardo Diaz (Kirk Acevedo) makes his next play for freedom and revenge. Also, as indicated in this preview for the next episode, Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) learns the truth about John’s (David Ramsey) involvement in transferring Diaz to A.R.G.U.S. Will this be the moment she finally leaves Team Arrow behind?

At this point, we’re assuming Felicity makes a conscious decision to leave the team — and Oliver (Stephen Amell) — because of the most recent events in the flash-forward story; which continues to be more interesting than the anything going on in the present.
Blackstar (Katerine McNamara) revealed herself to be Mia Smoak. But she also refers to herself “Felicity’s daughter.” This is counterpointed with Felicity getting a call in the present day suggesting she might be pregnant. Which leaves us with a few possibilities. One: the name “Queen” is unsafe to use in the 2040s. Two: Mia is not Oliver’s daughter. Three: Felicity leaves everyone behind before Mia is born.
The third option plays into some of the things we know about Felicity in the future. It also suggests a very different dynamic for the eighth season should she renounce her Team Arrow ties at the end of the season.
And considering how lackluster Curtis’s (Echo Kellum) goodbye and Dinah’s (Juliana Harkavy) injury were this week, a radical shift may be what the show needs. In fact, considering Kellum is leaving the show, the lack of impact in his final moments illustrates how much of a shake-up the show needs. Of course, I’ve been advocating the more radical solution of shifting to the 2040s story entirely, but an Oliver completely without family — for reals this time — might be as radical a shift as anything the show can pull off at this point.
Arrow returns March 4th on The CW.

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