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

Season 5 begins with a deadly new criminal, Tobias Church, threatening Star City, which forces Oliver to consider forming a new team of superheroes to help him do battle. In flashbacks, Oliver faces off against the Bratva in Russia.

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Air date: Oct 12, 2016

Oliver's new recruits for Team Arrow are Curtis, Wild Dog and Evelyn Sharp. Unfortunately, the Green Arrow's training methods prove to be too much for some of them to handle. In flashbacks, Oliver's initiation into the Bratva continues.

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Air date: Oct 19, 2016

Headstrong Wild Dog defies the Green Arrow's orders and sets out on his own after a new drug dealer, Garret Runnels, who is terrorizing Star City. -- (C) CW

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Air date: Oct 26, 2016

Oliver and Lyla team up on a secret mission for Diggle, but Felicity disapproves of the plan and opts to stay behind. When Tobias Church launches a deadly assault against the city, Felicity must decide whether to send the recruits without Green Arrow.

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Air date: Nov 2, 2016

Oliver turns to old friend Christopher Chance, aka the Human Target, for help when Tobias Church captures and tortures one of Oliver's new recruits. Meanwhile, Felicity's worlds collide when Det. Malone joins the ACU.

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Air date: Nov 9, 2016

Oliver searches for connections between Prometheus' victims, and Felicity and Curtis discover the victims have a mysterious link to Oliver's past. Meanwhile, Thea has a heart-to-heart with Lance; and Felicity considers telling Malone the truth about her work.

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Air date: Nov 16, 2016

When the bodies of two criminals are dropped at SCPD, Oliver realizes there is a new vigilante in Star City and the team becomes divided over whether they should stop someone who is helping keep the city safe. Meanwhile, Diggle gets frustrated with his new situation; and Thea fights for Lance who confesses a shocking secret. In flashbacks, Oliver finally sits down with Konstantin Kovar.

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Air date: Nov 30, 2016

A superhero event continues with Oliver waking up to a life where he never got on the Queen's Gambit. Also, Robert and Moira Queen are alive and well, and Laurel is his loving fiancée and their wedding is imminent. Everything seems perfect, but Oliver starts to notice small imperfections that make him question this new reality. Meanwhile, Felicity and the recruits take on a new threat with help from the Flash and Supergirl.

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Air date: Dec 7, 2016

After Prometheus attacks Curtis, Oliver realizes Prometheus knows all of Team Arrow's secret identities and is planning to come for them one by one. Meanwhile, Felicity and Det. Malone discover a clue that links Prometheus to Oliver's past.

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Air date: Jan 25, 2017

Oliver worries that Prometheus is right and he is truly a killer at heart, so he looks for a ray of hope and finds it in what seems to be the miraculous return of Laurel Lance. However, Felicity, still reeling from Detective Malone's murder, is bent on revenge and wants to stop Prometheus at any cost. Meanwhile, Diggle fights for his life in prison.

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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."

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Critic Reviews for Arrow Season 5

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (1)

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…

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…

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

  • May 18, 2021
    The BBEG was over the top and there was some iffy story telling and writing, but overall it was still entertaining.
  • Mar 23, 2021
    Amazing! Awesome villain. The finale was so good!!!
  • Jan 26, 2021
    While the season isn't perfect with the adittion of Prometheus manages to become the best season of the Arrow the actor and the rivalry with Oliver makes this season incredible
  • Dec 30, 2020
    This season was a good comeback but there's a few problems in this season because the new team arrow is not that good , they should have made Oliver Queen do things by himself because it makes him a better hero and better story for the season
  • Dec 10, 2020
    Arrow is brilliant 😃
  • Oct 19, 2020
    I thought Season 5 was good kinda like a soft reboot with new heros joining the fight. The big bad was good too
  • Sep 29, 2020
    Arrow season 5 is an amazing season. Coming off of season 4 I didn't have high hopes. But I was blown away just by the first few minutes. You can tell they wanted to better than season 4 and they did a great job. The action in this season is fantastic, the plot twist are amazing, the season finale was awesome, and the new recruits were awesome. This season introduces new recruits with my personal favorite being Wild Dog. The villain of the season is amazing and with it being Adrian Chase (The DA) its something I was not expecting when they revealed it was him. The new Black Canary Dinah Drake was an amazing character. Sure she cant beat Laurel Lance but dear god was she better then Evelyn. The flashbacks were awesome seeing that were on the mainland in Russia and in the end Oliver goes back to Lian Yu to make it seem like he was there the whole time. Every character is amazing in this season and they play off well. Curtis or Mister Terrific is just hilarious throughout the whole season and its kinda sad when they made Paul divorce him. Overall this season revived Arrow for me and I'm hoping season 6 is as good or maybe better than this season
  • Sep 12, 2020
    LIKED: I enjoyed the crossover event and thought the action was pretty good. the chemistry of the cast works well and I always enjoy that John Barrowman is back as Malcolm Merlyn. the last few episodes I was really into and ended on a big cliffhanger that I'm going to have to wait for. Even though I saw it coming, the plot Twist of Adrian Chase as Prometheus I Liked. DISLIKED: I am getting very bored of the Backstory behind Oliver and The new team isn't as good as the classic team. the Cliffhangers on most of the episodes weren't really that exciting.
  • Sep 02, 2020
    I guess this was an improvement over the fourth season. Oliver continues to be the character who is always in the wrong (although I agree with every decision he makes). The dialogue makes me cringe in just about every episode. Everybody wants to talk about their feelings all the time. The flashbacks were forgettable for me. The action was alright. It was funny to watch all the recruits get their asses kicked every episode lol. I wouldn't recommend, but I don't think it's awful.
  • Aug 09, 2020
    This was a badass season I gotta say

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