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This Is Your Sword 

Oliver must complete two final tasks before becoming the next Ra's al Ghul; Nyssa is threatened; Malcolm makes an offer to the team; Thea visits Roy.


Wendey Stanzler


Greg Berlanti (developed by), Marc Guggenheim (developed by) | 6 more credits »
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Amell ... Oliver Queen
Katie Cassidy ... Laurel Lance / Black Canary
David Ramsey ... John Diggle
Willa Holland ... Thea Queen
Emily Bett Rickards ... Felicity Smoak
Colton Haynes ... Roy Harper
John Barrowman ... Malcolm Merlyn
Paul Blackthorne ... Quentin Lance (credit only)
Brandon Routh ... Ray Palmer / The Atom
Matt Nable ... Ra's al Ghul
Katrina Law ... Nyssa al Ghul
Karl Yune ... Maseo Yamashiro / Sarab
Rila Fukushima ... Tatsu Yamashiro / Katana
Marc Singer ... General Matthew Shrieve
Françoise Yip ... The Priestess (as Francoise Yip)


Oliver must complete two final tasks before becoming the next Ra's al Ghul; Nyssa is threatened; Malcolm makes an offer to the team; Thea visits Roy.

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Release Date:

6 May 2015 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Roy uses the fake name Jason which could be a reference to the Red Hood who's real name is Jason Todd and stars along Roy Harper in his own comic series See more »


Felicity is far too intelligent to blithely sign documents without having read them. See more »


[after watching a video of the virus-outbreak in China]
Felicity Smoak: You don't really believe Merlyn?
John Diggle: Well, looking at this, we can't afford not to believe Merlyn.
Felicity Smoak: He is a mass murderer who has lied to us so many times it should be a drinking game.
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Arrow End Theme
Written by Blake Neely
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A season highlight, a SERIES highlight, that Season 3's end really needed.
7 May 2015 | by DarthTARDISSee all my reviews

On whole, I've enjoyed season three, and think it gets a lot of unwarranted flak, but it has had its flaws, and I thought this season really needed, in this episode, to step up its game to season two level and hammer down with the awesome stuff fans were in desperate need of. It did.

One problem the Arrow writers will forever face is the sheer division of its fanbase. You have the "Olicity" group, then the group adamantly against them and think its soiling the show, then the Black Canary lovers and haters, and then comic fans, etc, etc. It's simply a matter of fact you can't please them all.

But I truly think "This is Your Sword" came pretty close, with a little something for everyone but not too much for those who didn't want it. What was brilliant above all was seeing Arrow return to its roots as a comic show, not the romance one it was slipping towards (romance is an important part of the comics, but it's never at the forefront). It was emotional, it felt real and human, the story was well written- there was some occasional spotty dialogue, from Felicity mainly, but she was definitely back at her game as the Felicity Smoak fans of her have missed, not the crying version she was sliding towards. And, above all, it was action packed- it felt like I was watching a superhero show. And that's what I tune in for and have loved this show for.

I feel like this week's amazing cliffhanger would have been that much more awesome if we went completely without a promo for next week, cruel as that would be, but you can't hold the writers/producers to that. The promos are done by an entirely different marketing department. The last scene was raw with emotion and wonderfully shot. The score was excellent, too. Roy and Thea wrapping up was a highlight as we saw the end to what I think was the best and most organic romance on the show (opinion, of course). The CGI was great, and the choreography was excellent. Also, finally, the flashbacks really showed some substance and gave us some needed explanations.

I'm excited to see the show move towards Green Arrow, now that the Arrow is dead, and Oliver Queen is a changed person. Great, enjoyable, edge-of-your-seat kind of episode which complimented and featured all of the cast fairly and finally gave us the superhero show we've missed back. Bring on the finale.

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