The Climb
Arrow Season 3



Critic Ratings: 14
Critics Consensus

The tense confrontation between Oliver and Ra's al Ghul makes for an exciting -- and literal -- mid-season cliffhanger.

Episode Info

Nyssa returns and tells Oliver that her father, Ra's al Ghul, has given him 48 hours to find Sara's killer or the League of Assassins will start killing the citizens of Starling City. Meanwhile, Laurel is stunned when her mother visits at Christmas; and Ray tries to make amends with Felicity.


Stephen Amell
as Oliver Queen
Katie Cassidy
as Dinah "Laurel" Lance
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
Colton Haynes
as Roy Harper
John Barrowman
as Malcolm Merlyn
Matt Nable
as Ra's al Ghul
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Critic Reviews for The Climb

The truth about a lot of things came to the surface and I don't think anybody saw that ending coming the way it did. But, like any good climb, we have to start at the bottom to work our way to the top.

Aug 8, 2018 | Full Review…

Arrow never disappoints when it comes to finales (mid-season or otherwise). This episode offered a steady stream of tension and emotional drama as Ollie learned the truth about his sister and chose to confront his own death.

Aug 7, 2018 | Rating: 8.6/10 | Full Review…

On this week's episode of Arrow a number of characters did complete about-faces, and it was fantastic.

Aug 7, 2018 | Full Review…

Either way, 'The Climb' spectacularly shifts focus back onto Oliver's sister - she's the episode's driving force and she's everything that our hero is fighting for.

Aug 7, 2018 | Full Review…

That Oliver/Ra's fight -- and the literal cliffhanger that followed? That was pretty sweet, and a good note to go into the break on.

Aug 6, 2018 | Full Review…

What followed was a compelling, twisty melange of sleuthing, discovery, uncanny fan speculation and... well, those final few minutes.

Aug 6, 2018 | Full Review…

"The Climb" delivered one of the show's best fight scenes as well a lot of other great character moments. There was something in this episode for everyone to love.

Aug 7, 2018 | Full Review…

I honestly can't believe the maturity of Arrow and it's little brother show, The Flash.

Aug 6, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

I'm anxious to hear how all of the Malcolm Merlyn fans defend his actions. He has a soul so black there is no way to redeem him.

Aug 6, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

While the former ended with at least a brief flare of hope for a better tomorrow, the latter ended on a literal cliffhanger. And I don't know if I've seen a braver (or bolder) conclusion to an episode than this one tonight.

Aug 3, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

This Ra's is every inch the megalomaniacal assassin comic fans enjoyed for so long.

Aug 3, 2018 | Full Review…

Blimey. What an ending.

Aug 3, 2018 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…