Arrow: Season 5 (2016 - 2017)


Season 5

Critics Consensus

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


Audience Score

User Ratings: 1097
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Air date: Oct 5, 2016
Air date: Oct 12, 2016
Air date: Oct 19, 2016
Air date: Oct 26, 2016
Air date: Nov 2, 2016
Air date: Nov 9, 2016
Air date: Nov 16, 2016
Air date: Nov 30, 2016
Air date: Dec 7, 2016
Air date: Jan 25, 2017
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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."


David Ramsey
as John Diggle
Paul Blackthorne
as Quentin Lance
Willa Holland
as Thea Queen
Emily Bett Rickards
as Felicity Smoak
Josh Segarra
as Prometheus
Dolph Lundgren
as Konstantin Kovar
Katie Cassidy
as Laurel Lance
Chad L. Coleman
as Tobias Church
Lexa Doig
as Talia al Ghul
Cody Rhodes
as Garret Runnels
Wil Traval
as Christopher Chance/Human Target
Kelly Hu
as China White
Juliana Harkavy
as Tina Boland
Rutina Wesley
as Liza Warner
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…

Audience Reviews for Arrow: Season 5

  • 6d ago
    Great comeback from season 4. Prometheus was a great villain, and oliver getting beaten psychologically gave a great development of weakness to his character, rather than being a archer with perfect aim the whole time.
  • Sep 07, 2019
    Arrow season 5 is better than previous two it has great moments in it and the storyline was good
  • Sep 06, 2019
    Great ending! The final episode of this season is the best episode of Arrow,
  • Aug 08, 2019
    Prometheus is awesome
  • Jul 20, 2019
    best villain but not the best season
  • Jun 03, 2019
    The new Arrow team does take some getting used to but there are some solid players so give it a chance. The annoying part is the whinging between Diggle and Oliver. Luckily they get over it and with the action, a good baddie this is a pretty good season. I'm not a fan of the crossover because when streaming the other shows aren't available and you miss something HUGE like Oliver and Felicity's wedding? Really? 👎🏻
  • May 26, 2019
    It's the best season of the Cw Arrow, introducing new characters and powerful villain's, no doubt of the acting that Prometheus brings to life, being one of the best villain yet, no to say that last episode of the season ends perfectly well done.
  • Mar 25, 2019
    The peak of this really good show.
  • Mar 10, 2019
    This is the season where this show started going downhill. Very repetitive, cliche and boring.
  • Feb 20, 2019
    Season 5 finds the show going back to its roots removing many of the meta-human aspects introduced in the previous two series in favor of a return to dark and gritty. The new characters took time to find their feet but ultimately felt at home by the end. The show goes in some bold and interesting directions and the villain is the best since series 2, directly connecting to the earlier seasons. The show feels more unique for this decision and stands out against the other arrowverse shows again.

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