Ricardo Diaz may have been absent for the majority of 'The Demon', but that doesn’t mean that we didn’t see him. He appeared in the
episode’s closing moments, when The Silencer (who was unaware that she was
being tracked by Felicity and Laurel) travelled
to Moscow and
found her boss threatening a frightened Anatoly.
Diaz and Anatoly previously worked together (along with Black
Siren), as part of Cayden James’ villainous alliance during the show's sixth season. When James was killed, the pair
continued to work alongside each other, until Anatoly turned on Diaz to help
his friend, Oliver, succeed in his battle against him. The Dragon then warned
Anatoly that he would regret his decision and now it looks like he’s finally
executing that promise.
While it’s always nice to see Anatoly on the show, we have
to wonder if he’ll be able to escape the Big Bad’s clutches. Whatever happens,
things just got a lot more interesting, and it’s great that the writers are
following through on some of Season 6’s unfinished business.