King Shark
The Flash Season 2



Critic Ratings: 17
Critics Consensus

"King Shark" smartly shifts between action and emotion as viewers are shown both a villainous man shark ripping off rooves and a strong performance from Grant Gustin as the guilt-ridden Barry.

Episode Info

King Shark escapes from an A.R.G.U.S. holding tank, so Lila and Diggle travel to Central City to warn The Flash. Meanwhile, King Shark shows up at the West house and attacks Joe, Iris, Wally and Barry.


Grant Gustin
as Barry Allen/The Flash
Candice Patton
as Iris West
Carlos Valdes
as Cisco Ramon
Danielle Panabaker
as Caitlin Snow
Jesse L. Martin
as Det. Joe West
Tom Cavanagh
as Harrison Wells
Teddy Sears
as Jay Garrick
Shantel VanSanten
as Patty Spivot
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Critic Reviews for King Shark

Seeing King Shark is always a delight, but this episode is at its best when it covers emotional ground - particularly with the West family.

Jul 26, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

King Shark is on the loose after tricking his way out of an A.R.G.U.S. facility, but don't worry, we're not gonna need a bigger recap to handle all the CGI fun of The Flash's first post-Earth-2 episode.

Jul 26, 2018 | Full Review…

Though King Shark may not be as menacing as Zoom, there is something about a massive man-shark that will always terrify - especially when ripping off the roofs of West-Allen houses.

Jul 31, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Throw in a bad guy whose distinguishing characteristic is that he's a talking, pants-wearing shark and a major Zoom-related reveal, and there was more than enough to keep the show's momentum up leading into a month-long hiatus.

Aug 2, 2018 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

I almost wish King Shark hadn't ended with such a scene-stealing reveal, given the surprisingly robust hour that could just have easily slacked off after such a driven two-part "Earth-2" arc.

Aug 2, 2018 | Full Review…

Barry must face the damage done by his trip to Earth-2, while Cisco Ramon starts to see his coworker in a whole new light...

Aug 2, 2018 | Full Review…

For all its over-the-top moments, the entire hour had a kind of lightness to it. It was the bounty that only a 12-foot tall metahuman man shark can bring.

Aug 6, 2018 | Full Review…

The Man in the Iron Mask is certainly another Jay Garrick doppelgänger, which brings the count to three: Dead Jay, Mask Jay and Zoom Jay. Are they triplets? Is Zoom collecting doppelgängers? Are they forming a boy band? These questions require answers.

Jul 30, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The whole story was enjoyable in the goofiest way possible, and it was appreciated. The drama after the Earth-2 return played out rather well, too.

Jul 27, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It's also impressive how well The Flash balances high-stakes drama with humor, and without making most of it appear forced. It's like Buffy the Vampire Slayer minus the Whedony dialogue.

Aug 7, 2018 | Full Review…

What you need to understand is this: In a genre notorious for convoluted continuity, gritty reboots and decades of history...There is no explanation for King Shark.

Aug 3, 2018 | Full Review…

I have absolute faith in this show. But they're going to have to do a hell of a lot of fancy footwork to earn this one. And no, this isn't just me being annoyed that they might have actually killed off Jay Garrick.

Jul 25, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…