The Promise
Arrow Season 2

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Critic Ratings: 11
Critics Consensus

Living up to the title, this is Arrow at its best.

Episode Info

The battle comes home when Oliver discovers that friend-turned-foe Slade is in town. Plus, more light is shed on the events on the island.

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Critic Reviews for The Promise

It made for a fun episode, that's for sure. Much better than the ones that largely focus on the meaningless bad guy of the week!

Feb 7, 2019 | Full Review…

This episode is Arrow at its most confident, and with such confidence comes exuberance, a willingness to try anything in pursuit of the best possible story.

Jul 30, 2018 | Rating: A | Full Review…

Manu Bennett brings something formidable, equal parts charm and menace, to Slade Wilson, and he's genuinely chilling in the scene where he kills the captain of the Amazo.

Feb 7, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It's with some sense of relief, then, that I can say that "The Promise" was a much better episode than "The Odyssey," on both a character level and on an action level.

Feb 7, 2019 | Full Review…

"The Promise" at least lives up to its namesake of ensuring the latter half of 'Arrow''s second season will prove just as explosive and incredible as the events that brought (and continue to bring) us there.

Aug 3, 2018 | Full Review…

It was only a matter of time before an Island flashback took up a majority of an episode's screen time, and "The Promise" sees that idea come to fruition. The result is one of the best episodes of the whole series.

Aug 2, 2018 | Rating: 9.1/10 | Full Review…

"The Promise," is two episodes in one. The first is a wrenching tragedy. The second is one of the most delightful comic half-hours of television I have ever seen. This is the Arrow episode to watch, people.

Aug 2, 2018 | Full Review…

"The Promise" offered plenty of great interaction between Slade and Ollie in the past while frequently juxtaposing that relationship with the one that exists in the present.

Aug 2, 2018 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

We're given plenty to chew over for now - 'The Promise' is smart and powerful television with plenty of style and substance.

Aug 1, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

"The Promise" might very well be the best episode Arrow has ever done, and true to its name, it fulfills every bit of the promise we've seen from this show's best moments, even going all the way back to season one.

Aug 1, 2018 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

My prayers were answered in this week's episode, "The Promise," which not only changed up the story structure in a big way, but did it with explosive panache.

Jul 31, 2018 | Rating: A | Full Review…