City of Blood
Arrow Season 2



Critic Ratings: 10
Critics Consensus

Arrow's writing team lands emotional blows over physical ones in the tumultuous and dramatically satisfying "City of Blood."

Episode Info

Oliver is forced to weigh up his options when Slade threatens to destroy everything he loves. Meanwhile, Thea considers leaving the city.


Stephen Amell
as Oliver Queen
Katie Cassidy
as Dinah "Laurel" Lance
Colin Donnell
as Tommy Merlyn
Colin Salmon
as Walter Steele
David Ramsey
as John Diggle
Jamey Sheridan
as Robert Queen
Paul Blackthorne
as Quentin Lance
Willa Holland
as Thea Queen
Emily Bett Rickards
as Felicity Smoak
Kevin Alejandro
as Sebastian Blood
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Critic Reviews for City of Blood

This was just a set-up episode, but it was pretty good nonetheless. The ending was fast and furious with action taking place everywhere

Feb 7, 2019 | Full Review…

The show is confident enough both in its star and in its audience to spend a good chunk of the episode focusing on the despair of its hero.

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

The interplay makes good use of Kevin Alejandro for the first time in several weeks, while also setting up the action that winds up leaving the episode on a cliffhanger.

Feb 7, 2019 | Full Review…

Stephen Amell's good value this week, giving us an Oliver who's not broken per se but certainly chipped around the edges, quietly consumed with guilt.

Feb 7, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

While "City of Blood" did that, it also devoted much of its energy to dealing with the fallout from Moira's death at the end of last week's episode. That allowed Arrow to give itself the space to actually deal with Oliver and Thea's pain.

Feb 7, 2019 | Full Review…

Coming down from an episode like last week's "Seeing Red," there was no way "City of Blood" wouldn't take at least a bit of a breather, or wind up positioning pieces for the final two installments more so than hold its own weight as an episode.

Aug 3, 2018 | Full Review…

It's a predictable installment, but that's mainly because it needs to set specific events into motion.

Aug 2, 2018 | Rating: 8.2/10 | Full Review…

'City of Blood' is for the most part action-lite, but far from underwhelming - delivering one emotional sucker punch after the other.

Aug 1, 2018 | Full Review…

A good number of supporting cast members turned in their best performances of the series tonight, all in the service of restoring the confidence of one of their own.

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

The writers took things slow leading into the final two episodes, focusing less on spectacle and more on the intense emotional fallout of Moira's death. The result was quite possibly the best episode in a season full of winners.

Aug 1, 2018 | Rating: 9.7/10 | Full Review…