Dead or Alive
The Flash Season 3



Critic Ratings: 12
Critics Consensus

H.R. Wells' life and Cisco Ramon's heart are both on the line in a banter-filled installment that gives a welcome spotlight to The Flash's secondary characters.

Episode Info

H.R.'s past catches up with him when a bounty hunter with vibe powers named Gypsy arrives in Central City to bring him back to Earth-19 to stand trial for his crime. It turns out inter-dimensional travel is illegal on their Earth. H.R. surrenders but when Barry and Cisco find out that H.R.'s only hope would be to challenge Gypsy to a fight to the death, they intercede and Cisco offers to fight Gypsy instead.


Grant Gustin
as Barry Allen/The Flash
Candice Patton
as Iris West
Danielle Panabaker
as Caitlin Snow
Carlos Valdes
as Cisco Ramon
Jesse L. Martin
as Det. Joe West
Tom Cavanagh
as Harrison Wells
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Critic Reviews for Dead or Alive

The Flash finally gets its formula right, mixing zaniness, a dash of pathos, ridiculous sci-fi, and a lot of heart.

Aug 1, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It was an immensely fun hour that put Cisco and Iris in the spotlight and allowed them to shine.

Jul 26, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

It's a relatively lighthearted, angst-free hour with Team Flash.

Jul 25, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

"Dead Or Alive" succeeds largely because of a script that isn't fearful of being playful with its characters and allowing pairing favorites to thrive onscreen.

Aug 1, 2018 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Seriously, these people have a problem with being secretive and Iris' arc in 'Dead or Alive' makes that abundantly clear.

Aug 1, 2018 | Full Review…

The effects team really outdid itself with this one, and it made for a great nod to all the little worlds we've glimpsed the past few seasons.

Jul 31, 2018 | Full Review…

I thought it was a trial by the DEATH?! I'm just gonna sip this tea though...

Aug 2, 2018 | Full Review…

The best part of Gypsy's appearance was the flirting between her and Cisco. Their chemistry was off the charts, so hopefully she will make a return appearance.

Jul 30, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

In the span of less than half a season, The Flash has done enough character work with HR Wells that his narrative in this episode isn't just believable. It's almost ... touching.

Aug 24, 2018 | Full Review…

Each episode feels more or less satisfying. "Dead Or Alive" falls more on the "more" side of that spectrum.

Jul 25, 2018 | Full Review…

It was nice seeing Cisco take the spotlight and continue his trend of falling head over heels for the bad girl in his life.

Aug 2, 2018 | Rating: 8.3 | Full Review…

Dead or Alive brought back a much needed lighter tone that mostly got away from the heavier Iris is gonna die subplot to have a little fun.

Feb 1, 2017 | Rating: 8.5/10 | Full Review…