Arrow: Season 5 (2016 - 2017)


Season 5

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No stranger to dramatic twists and turns, season five of Arrow continues to introduce new villains and surprise viewers despite some inconsistency.



Critic Ratings: 13


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Air date: Oct 5, 2016
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In Season 5, the lives of the "Arrow" team have spiraled out of control after the loss of Laurel (Katie Cassidy). Oliver (Stephen Amell) is encouraged by Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) to find a new team after Diggle (David Ramsey) rejoins the Army and Thea (Willa Holland) refuses to work with him. With Thea running the Mayor's Office alone as Oliver has his focus elsewhere, she appoints Quentin (Paul Blackthorne) deputy mayor. As the powerful Prometheus targets the Green Arrow, Oliver relents and brings Rene "Wild Dog" Ramirez (Rick Gonzalez), Evelyn Sharp (Madison McLaughlin), Rory "Ragman" Regan (Joe Dinicol) and Curtis (Echo Kellum) into the fold. The new team struggles with trust issues, but with a final addition of Tina Boland (Juliana Harkavy) they find their momentum and focus on bringing down Prometheus before he can destroy both the Green Arrow and Oliver. Episode 8 is part of the crossover event with sister shows "Supergirl," "Flash" and "Legends of Tomorrow."


Stephen Amell
as Oliver Queen
David Ramsey
as John Diggle
Paul Blackthorne
as Quentin Lance
Willa Holland
as Thea Queen
Emily Bett Rickards
as Felicity Smoak
Katie Cassidy
as Dinah "Laurel" Lance
Josh Segarra
as Prometheus
Chad L. Coleman
as Tobias Church
Tyler Ritter
as Det. Malone
Lexa Doig
as Talia al Ghul
Dolph Lundgren
as Konstantin Kovar
Cody Rhodes
as Garret Runnels
Charlie Barnett
as John Diggle, Jr
Wil Traval
as Christopher Chance/Human Target
Juliana Harkavy
as Tina Boland
Kelly Hu
as China White
Rutina Wesley
as Liza Warner
Grant Gustin
as The Flash
Nick E. Tarabay
as Digger Harkness
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Critic Reviews for Arrow Season 5

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (0)

Season 5 is currently sitting in the middle overall for me, better than the last two seasons easily, but not as good as the first two.

Feb 17, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

[This show] got back on track lately and is again delivering solid dramatic adaptations of action-driven superhero stories.

Jul 11, 2018 | Full Review…

The most important accomplishment of the most recent season of Arrow was its return to grounded, personal storytelling similar to that which made the first two seasons such quality viewing.

Jul 11, 2018 | Full Review…

Arrow went out with a bang tonight in an emotional finale that brought years of storytelling to a close.

Dec 12, 2017 | Full Review…

Good grief, was Season 5 not the time for Arrow to end with a cliffhanger.

Oct 16, 2017 | Full Review…

Yet a deeper look at the episodes implies that the writers threw every ball they could think of into the air and tried like hell to catch them all before the final episode.

Oct 3, 2017 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

With new allies and new villains, Arrow manages to return to its roots while moving forward in a way that will have you itching for more ahead of the show's sixth season premiering this October.

Sep 15, 2017 | Full Review…

All in all, this was a pretty solid season opener.

Oct 6, 2016 | Full Review…

Arrow continues to follow trends in this genre of superheroes and vigilante justice instead of setting them but season five has begun in a place that feels refreshing.

Oct 6, 2016 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Season 5 manages to do something positive with its flashbacks, if you can believe it, with a wig for Oliver that doesn't look like it has its own dark powers. A strong start to what feels like it will be a much more grounded season.

Oct 4, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Arrow season 5 begins the process of rebuilding the show from its lacklustre fourth year, and so far, it appears that the showrunners may have a solid plan in mind to redeem Oliver Queen in the eyes of disillusioned fans.

Oct 2, 2016 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

Arrow is back with - thankfully - what promises to be one of its more grounded, grittier seasons ever.

Sep 30, 2016 | Rating: a- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Arrow: Season 5

  • Jun 20, 2020
    This is the one and only this is the greatest tv show in the entire universe.
  • Jun 02, 2020
    So after two bad seasons, Arrow tried to get up with this fifth, and I can say that I did, since this season is better than the third and fourth, but fails to regain the essence of the first and second. This time Oliver will have to find new members for his team arrow, while a new villain will want to kill everything Oliver loves. Yes, this sounds like the typical cliché that the villain has many opportunities to kill the heroes, but he does not do it because he wants him to suffer, etc., etc., and if it is, but, in truth, Adrian Chase (Josh Segarra) is what Best of this season, his reasons, Segarra's performance that seemed good to me, the way he executes the plans, the background of this, is very well structured, he is undoubtedly the best Arrow villain after Deathstroke. The reason why he is an outstanding villain to the rest (Ra´s al ghul, Damian Dark, Ricardo Diaz) is because he is the one who most resembles Oliver, both are in the middle of a crusade, they suffered in the past, they have reasons "Understandable" why they do what they do. It's admirable the fact that this time around he doesn't waste as much time with boring subplots and focuses more on the plot that revolves around Arrow and Prometheus. As for the new characters, I recognize the effort they made to give them a touch of personality, the new Black Canary is not bad, but Curtis aka Mr. Terrific, is a cheap joke, they present you as a loser and in the end if it is A loser, if this was a parody is fine, I would have no problem, but it is not, so I consider it impossible to take a character like Curtis in series, while Rene apart from being a loud screamer and that their performance is very bad, it ends up being one more element for the joke that is Curtis, forming a gay comic couple, but despite all that, as I said, it is appreciated that they tried to give them personality and Ragman was a character that could easily be defeated Prometheus alone, so I consider his departure too convenient and lazy. The flashbacks were good again (ENTERTAINING), it is interesting to see how the friendship between Oliver and Anatoly collapses little by little, but if we are honest, by now we already know everything we should know about Oliver, there is nothing presented to you these memories that you say "OH my GOD, I didn't come that one." This season of Arrow is an admirable attempt to return to the original roots of the series, the writers made an effort unlike other times, and without a doubt raised the hope in the fans that the series was going to improve, but as always He makes the same mistakes season after season, apart from that this season includes what in my opinion is the best chapter of the entire series "Lian Yu"
  • May 15, 2020
    Amazing villain and a charismatic hero. The season delivers and by the end we all about the comlete tales of "5 years of Hell". We can now make connections and cross reference so many plots and themes.
  • May 07, 2020
    Arrow returns after an all-time low, by returning to the gritty, action-filled show it was the first two seasons. Although, this did seem forced. Prometheus is an amazing villan fueled by a strong performance by Josh Segeera. Stephen Amell gives his best performance of the series, which truly elevates this show. Team Arrow is formed, which although corny at times, is still fun, but the show is at its best when the chemistry between Oliver and Prometheus is shown, and it leads to some of the best episodes of the series.
  • Apr 05, 2020
    A much improved tone and the best season since the second.
  • Feb 12, 2020
    Amazing villain. Starts out slow, but gets good towards the end. But not a good ending
  • Jan 28, 2020
    Show de bola um vilão perfeito
  • Dec 26, 2019
    Featuring a great villain played by Josh Segarra, electrifying action scenes, a great screenplay, good direction and increasingly captivating characters beautifully played by Stephen Amell, David Ramsey, Willa Holland, Emily Bett Rickards, Echo Kellum, Paul Blackthorne, Katie Cassidy, Rick Gonzalez and Juliana Harkavy, Arrow's fifth season is better than its predecessor and maintains the quality level of the series
  • Dec 19, 2019
    Great season, hardly its best the second part of it is great (and makes up for what 5A lacks).
  • Dec 02, 2019
    I did not like how crazy Prometheus was. A particular low point for the season was when his reason for targeting his victims, including an innocent single mother, was because their names are ANAGRAMS of other names in some book.

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