This Is Your Sword



Critic Consensus: An intense episode -- partly because every member of the supporting cast has something to do -- "This is Your Sword" serves as an exciting lead-in to the season finale.

Episode Info

Al Sah-him completes his training and takes the final steps to become the next Ra's al Ghul. Meanwhile, Ra's threatens Nyssa and delivers some shocking news; Malcolm makes a surprising offer to Team Arrow; and Thea and Roy reunite.


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 This Is Your Sword

Everything is built up and it seems like we'll finally get the action finale we've been hoping for, especially because it looks like, go figure, none of the regulars actually died.

Aug 7, 2018 | Full Review…

There was still drama in other forms, including Diggle's rage at his former friend and the heartfelt, tragic reunion between Maseo and Tatsu. But the show lost some momentum this week.

Aug 7, 2018 | Rating: 7.6/10 | Full Review…

I laughed so hard I think a part of me died. I'll have to carry that dead weight around with me for the rest of my life and it's worth it.

Aug 7, 2018 | Full Review…

"Cloudy with a chance of death" is the best way to describe Arrow's penultimate episode of the season. But by the end of the hour, the fate of one character is crystal clear.

Aug 6, 2018 | Full Review…

"This is Your Sword," another strong installment of Arrow, focuses primarily on the scars Team Arrow incurred during their confrontation with Al Sah-Him last week.

Aug 7, 2018 | Full Review…

The final showdown between Maseo and Tatsu was beautiful.

Aug 6, 2018 | Full Review…

The fight scene was fun, except Felicity has no place anywhere near combat like that. It's getting out of hand that she keeps surviving those events unscathed.

Aug 6, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

I maintain that it might just be the most ambitious episode Arrow has ever attempted.

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

I was officially tricked, and I'm so happy about it!

Aug 6, 2018 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

It's a beautiful, kinetic fight carried out with precision and heart against a wonderful mountaintop vista. The bittersweet end sees Tatsu victorious, releasing Maseo from his prison through death.

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