Left Behind
Arrow Season 3



Critic Ratings: 16
Critics Consensus

Oliver Queen is absent for most of the aptly named "Left Behind" -- although not gone forever; the show is named Arrow, after all -- but it gives the rest of the cast a chance to shine in the stunt scenes.

Episode Info

The team try to protect the city in the Arrow's absence and fear the worst may have befallen their friend. But Felicity refuses to believe Oliver could be dead, until Merlyn pays the team a surprise visit. Meanwhile, Ray tests a part of his new suit; and Laurel takes up the mantel of the Black Canary.


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/Arsenal
John Barrowman
as Malcolm Merlyn
Matt Nable
as Ra's al Ghul
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Critic Reviews for Left Behind

Some really spectacular stunt work in this episode, but my favorite shot involved Roy dodging bullets as he ran through the pipes during the fight with Brick's men. That was just stunning.

Aug 9, 2018 | Full Review…

Brick seems like an interesting new villain, and it's about time we saw Laurel do something heroic and not lawyer-ish.

Aug 8, 2018 | Full Review…

The relative lack of Oliver Queen did nothing to hurt Arrow in its mid-season premiere.

Aug 7, 2018 | Rating: 8.7/10 | Full Review…

Arrow is back, and it's letting us know a couple of important things. One -- no one can even guess where this season is going to go. Two -- it's going to be incredibly sweet to get there.

Aug 7, 2018 | Full Review…

'Left Behind' is a busy but compelling episode of Arrow skilfully scripted to allow its many miscellaneous plot threads time to breathe.

Aug 7, 2018 | Full Review…

So, you have your answer.

Aug 6, 2018 | Full Review…

Arrow returns with "Left Behind" and immediately does exactly what it does very best.

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

To be honest, the introduction of Arrow's newest villain, Brick, wasn't all that compelling, but Emily Bett Rickards' performance along with the rest of Team Arrow's response to Oliver's death carried the episode.

Aug 7, 2018 | Full Review…

The win of the night goes to the boys and Laurel for carrying on and stepping up.

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

Here's hoping that some of the DC mythology bleeds its way into next week's episode by way of explanation, because for a mid-season premiere, this episode was only so-so.

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

All in all, a very entertaining and eventful beginning to the second part of Arrow's third season.

Aug 3, 2018 | Full Review…

I can't be the only one who cried, can I?

Aug 3, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…