Is Lyla Michaels Good or Evil on 'Arrow'? Diggle's Love Could Have Some A.R.G.U.S. Secrets
Arrow has its main crew of crime fighters that we see just about every episode, including Oliver, Diggle, Felicity and Roy, but there are others in the mix in Starling City. One of them happens to be Lyla Michaels, Diggle's ex-wife, who he's currently in a relationship and raising an adorable baby daughter with. Layla has always been wrapped up in A.R.G.U.S., the behind-the-scenes agency that helps vigilantes in the DC universe. Considering that A.R.G.U.S. is (mostly) good, and that Diggle is good, by default Lyla has to be good on Arrow , too, right?
Lyla does appear to be on the good side, but even the good side has those blurry lines and shades of gray — I mean, for the first season Oliver did kill a lot of people in the name of the city. But with Lyla, it's not so much about what is right and wrong, but what is good for the greatest number of people. If you think back to Arrow's Season 2 finale, Lyla would have most definitely killed Waller, had she not called off the drone strike ordered to level Starling City. Lyla is a soldier at heart, but she's got a good heart and a moral conscious as well. Basically, she's the perfect person for Diggle.
The character of Lyla Michaels actually appears in the DC comics, and that backstory has been hinted at once before when Lyla went by the codename "Harbinger" while on assignment with A.R.G.U.S. It was sort of one of those winks to the comics that will probably never pan out, considering that Harbinger can fly, split herself in half, and teleport through time and space, while Arrow's Lyla probably can not. However, the name, and the code name, is very telling of someone who can be an ally for both Oliver and Starling City, and Lyla has proved herself to be just that so far.
I mean, she appears to have an open door policy for late dinners, even though she has a baby.
But — and sorry about this but — in the second half of the epic Flash and Arrow crossover, A.R.G.U.S. is targeted by a former scorned member, Captain Boomerang. He's got a bone to pick with A.R.G.U.S., and from the synopsis released for the episode, it appears that Lyla has something to hide about the organization. Every fictional government agency, especially the ones that deal with superheroes, is allowed those secrets. Hopefully Lyla's past, and current, involvement in A.R.G.U.S. doesn't put her life, along with Diggle and li'l Sara's, in jeopardy.
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