Arrow (2012– )
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The Climb 

The League of Assassins give Oliver 48 hours to find Sara's killer, or Starling City citizens will die. Oliver then has an epic confrontation with Ra's al Ghul.


Thor Freudenthal


Greg Berlanti (developed by), Marc Guggenheim (developed by) | 4 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Amell ... Oliver Queen / The Arrow
Katie Cassidy ... Laurel Lance
David Ramsey ... John Diggle
Willa Holland ... Thea Queen
Emily Bett Rickards ... Felicity Smoak
Colton Haynes ... Roy Harper / Arsenal
John Barrowman ... Malcolm Merlyn
Paul Blackthorne ... Quentin Lance
Brandon Routh ... Ray Palmer
Kelly Hu ... China White
Matt Nable ... Ra's al Ghul
Katrina Law ... Nyssa al Ghul
Karl Yune ... Maseo Yamashiro / Sarab
Rila Fukushima ... Tatsu Yamashiro
Alex Kingston ... Dinah Lance


The League of Assassins give Oliver 48 hours to find Sara's killer, or Starling City citizens will die. Oliver then has an epic confrontation with Ra's al Ghul.

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Release Date:

10 December 2014 (USA) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Ra's al Ghul tells Oliver he hasn't been challenged to trial by combat in 67 years, though he looks to be in his fifties. Ra's uses the Lazarus Pits to reset his age, heal from wounds, and even come back after death. He once even told Bruce Wayne/Batman that he was over 600 years old. See more »


During the fight, Ra's Al Ghul catches the sword with his hand. In the next scene, the hand is turned in the opposite direction. See more »


[Oliver watches a recording of Thea killing Sara]
Malcolm Merlyn: I don't think you want the league to see that. And if you kill me, they will.
Oliver Queen: This isn't her.
Malcolm Merlyn: You ever heard of a plant called Votura? It grows in South America. In facts, it thrives in Corto Maltese, making the subject extremely susceptible to suggestion, or retaining no memory of their actions.
Oliver Queen: I will tell Ra's this was you, that Thea was under your control.
Malcolm Merlyn: And he will still kill her. She fired the arrows.
Oliver Queen: You have given her a death sentence.
Malcolm Merlyn: ...
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References The Birds (1963) See more »


Carol of the Bells
Music by Mykola Dmytrovych Leontovych
Lyrics by Peter Wilhousky
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One of the most solid episodes of the entire series
10 December 2014 | by hanruizSee all my reviews

There have been some great episodes that The CW has put out over the past two years for Arrow.

This episode, however, breaks all bounds that the show has set before for a "good episode." Every single plot point, conversation and character from this episode plays such a crucial role to the plot's development and the show's overall progress forward for characterization and connectivity between character stories.

Every single scene is so important to watch and experience and if this episode is watched more than one time, one will slowly realize that if a normal viewer were to miss a single scene, they would be missing a great deal of the plot even if it were just for 5 minutes.

This episode not only tugs on your emotions but keeps you on the edge of your seat for the entire time.

Truly spectacular.

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