(Warning -- if you haven't yet seen Wednesday January 27's episode of Arrow, then the following can reasonably be considered to contain major plot SPOILERS. Proceed with whatever level of caution that suggests to you is wise...)
Now, with Arrow (along with the rest of its CW-set superhero show kin) having long since proven itself to be more than happy to kill off major characters in the name of keeping us on our toes as an audience, it's arguably not all that shocking for the show to kill off a less prominent supporting character.
After all, once you've killed off your lead (albeit temporarily), any other deaths seem relatively tame in comparison.
(Note, this is where those aforementioned SPOILERS kick in...)
That Doesn't Mean That Last Night's Big Death Wasn't A Big Deal, Though
After all, Amanda Waller (as played by Cynthia Addai-Robinson) may not have been the most central figure within the show, but her (actually surprisingly shocking) death halfway through last night's episode could well still reverberate throughout the rest of Arrow's fourth season... and beyond.
In fact, when David Ramsey, a.k.a. John Diggle, recently spoke to ComicBook.com about Waller's demise, he not only teased a pretty major change within Arrow itself, but some substantial involvement from another major 'Arrowverse' show too. Asked whether Diggle's reluctance for Lyla to work at A.R.G.U.S. stemmed more from his fears for her safety or from his distrust of Waller, Ramsey's response was... revealing:
"That’s a great question...Both of those elements played into why he felt so strongly that his wife shouldn’t be involved with A.R.G.U.S. Both the inherent danger, and what he felt about Amanda. Now that Amanda’s gone, there’s a choice that Lyla makes or has to make about her involvement with A.R.G.U.S. We do see a future where she’s involved, and by virtue of her involvement, her husband is involved. So yeah, there’s trouble on the horizon with that. Because it does get more involved..."
Which, it would seem suggests a whole lot more A.R.G.U.S. action for both Lyla and Diggle -- but, of course, Ramsey wasn't done dropping revelation-based fact bombs:
"Some of that by the way will be answered in The Flash...That’s what’s so great about the way they’re putting this together, is that some of your questions will be answered in The Flash. In terms of why are we there, together with A.R.G.U.S., and Diggle’s involved, what’s that about? I think some of these great questions about how it will affect Team Arrow will be answered in The Flash, which is a great way of making sure people are watching both shows."
Or, in other words? If you aren't all caught up on both shows yet, now might well be the time to start wading through that DVR...
The big question now, though?
What do you think?