Arrow Season 8



Critic Ratings: 11
Critics Consensus

Oliver and company return to where it all began and exchange emotional goodbyes during "Purgatory," a table-setting episode that tees up the impending Crisis nicely.

Episode Info

Oliver's mission takes him to Lian Yu where he tries to ignore the repercussions of the looming Crisis until he receives help from an old friend. Meanwhile, a united Team Arrow faces a recognizable villain.


Stephen Amell
as Oliver Queen
Katie Cassidy
as Dinah "Laurel" Lance/Black Siren
David Ramsey
as John Diggle
Paul Blackthorne
as Quentin Lance
Willa Holland
as Thea Queen
Emily Bett Rickards
as Felicity Smoak
Charlie Barnett
as John Diggle Jr.
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Critic Reviews for Purgatory

So yes, "Purgatory" is both the table-setting episode to end all table-setting episodes and a message: That was nice, but it's over.

Dec 4, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Yes, the end is near, but it doesn't feel that near. That being said, it's impossible not to be moved when you see Oliver share a moment with Rene and Dinah, and especially with Diggle.

Dec 4, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…

If there's one thing the Arrow writers do so excruciatingly well, it's the emotional moments with an impression, especially in the final act of the hour.

Dec 4, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It's only fitting for the story to bring Oliver and his team back to where his journey began more than a decade ago.

Dec 4, 2019 | Full Review…

The actual explanation behind this episode's big resurrections is pretty flimsy, but the plot of "Purgatory" is far less important than the urgent tension, hard-hitting action and rich, emotional character moments.

Dec 4, 2019 | Rating: 9.1/10 | Full Review…

Oliver saying goodbye to Diggle is almost like the fans saying goodbye to the show, and that is something no one is ready to do. Thankfully, there are still three more episodes before that has to happen, and we can stay in denial for a bit longer.

Dec 4, 2019 | Rating: 4.6/5 | Full Review…

From a show about a rich man's brutal revenge, Arrow has become a show about finding your team, learning to treat them better, protecting those you love, and making sure they know you care.

Dec 4, 2019 | Full Review…

A love letter to Season 1, the aptly titled 'Purgatory' takes Arrow right back to the beginning in order to propel it towards the end, and the result is poignant trip down memory lane that successfully kicks off the Crisis.

Dec 4, 2019 | Full Review…

Not as strong as last week's episode, but delved into Oliver's heart maybe more than many other episodes and it's nice to have these even at the end of the series.

Dec 4, 2019 | Rating: 7.5/10 | Full Review…

It's weird how Arrow started off so promising this season and then tumbled along to Crisis. "Purgatory" didn't make the ride any smoother, but time has run out as far as ending the series on a high note.

Dec 4, 2019 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

If this was the last of Lyla as fans knew her, it was an anticlimactic and sudden end that could be overshadowed by the hell that breaks loose in the Crisis.

Dec 4, 2019 | Full Review…