10 Reasons Arrow's bromance is way more entertaining than Olicity
People were flipping out over the Olicity happiness in the season premiere of Arrow, but they were still missing some romance. A bromance, that is.
It finally happened at the end of last season and fans were flipping out over the fact that Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) were still enjoying their blissful romance when the series returned. But as happy as the new couple was, there was a dark cloud over Starling City and it was the breakup of Oliver and Diggle (David Ramsey). Here's why Olicity hasn't got anything on the bromance.
Warning! Major spoilers are ahead. Consider yourself warned.
1. Diggle can reach parts of Oliver's heart no one else can
Dig has every right in the world to be royally pissed at Oliver, but every time Diggle snarled at Oliver, it was torture. The way they know each other is a blessing, but when they get mad, that closeness can also be a curse. Dig's digs were like barbs straight into Oliver's heart. When he told Oliver that he didn't trust and he didn't love, it broke the fandom's hearts.
2. The team doesn't work as well
While it was admittedly entertaining to see a team of mostly women kicking ass and taking names to keep Starling City safe, the dynamic was just off somehow. We need Oliver and Dig as the core of the unit. They are what started it and, without them, it doesn't have the same impact.
3. Their bond is powerful
Oliver and Diggle have worked together for so long that they probably know each other's moves before they make them. They understand each other in ways like no other and it's that bond that will undoubtedly keep pulling them back toward one another — no matter what else happens.
4. They've been through too much
How many lives have they saved? How many times were they there for each other when they couldn't save someone they cared about? No matter how angry Diggle is right now, you can't throw something like that away — and just as Lyla (Audrey Marie Anderson) told her husband, they still have a lot to learn from each other.
5. Diggle was the first
Back when Oliver had just returned from the island and was running around town in a green hoodie trying to save the city, he had no one to turn to. But then a miraculous thing happened: Oliver discovered that he could trust the man who had been given the job as his bodyguard. Oliver opened up to Diggle and let him see the side of him no one had seen from home.
6. They always come to the other's rescue
Diggle saved Oliver's life on the train, even as mad as he was and even though he made it pretty clear he wanted Oliver out of Starling City as soon as possible. That's the kind of friendship they have. It bridges even the biggest wars between them.
7. Oliver taught Dig to love their city
Diggle used to be a reluctant assistant when it came to fighting crime in Starling City. But over time, Oliver got his buddy to see that there was a lot that needed to be done. Now Diggle has taken that fight for his own and has even begun referring to it as "his" city.
8. Dig learned the benefits of wearing a mask
If someone had told Diggle five years ago that he would be donning a mask and taking down criminals, he probably would have laughed in their face. It probably wouldn't have just been the idea of the mask, but rather the idea that he would ever feel the need to hide his identity. But now Diggle has seen that, sometimes, in order to do the most good, you have to remain anonymous.
9. They're not quite there yet, but they will be
It took three seasons for Olicity to finally happen, but here's hoping it doesn't take nearly that long for Diggle and Oliver to get past this bump in their bromance and get back to being fast friends. They made some strides in the latest episode and though Diggle still isn't there yet, we have no doubt he will be someday soon.
10. Diggle's death could destroy Oliver more than anyone else's
In the last scene of the episode, time suddenly shot forward six months and we went from seeing Oliver and Felicity enjoying a happy moment at home to Oliver standing above a grave. If Felicity is the one that is gone, it will devastate Oliver. But if that's the case, chances are we would see him don the mask for revenge. But if Diggle is the one in that grave, it's a fair bet to say that it might break Oliver to the point where he would say goodbye to the hero inside of him for good.