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"League of Assassins"
Arrow episode
Episode no.Season 2
Episode 5
Directed byWendey Stanzler[1]
Written byJake Coburn and Drew Z. Greenberg[1]
Produced by
Featured musicBlake Neely
Production code2J7455
Original air dateNovember 6, 2013 (2013-11-06)
Running time42:14[2]
Guest appearance(s)
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"League of Assassins" is the fifth episode of the second season, and 28th episode overall of the CW series Arrow. The episode was written by Jake Coburn and Drew Z. Greenberg and directed by Wendey Stanzler. It first aired on The CW on November 6, 2013.

This episode focuses on Sara Lance's return to Starling City, revealing what happened to her in the time since she was last seen by Oliver on the boat. Her survival is revealed to her father, Quentin Lance.

The episode received generally positive reviews.


Sara and Oliver are attacked at by a man dressed like Malcolm Merlyn. Sara reveals that the man, Al-Owal, is a member of the League of Assassins, which Malcolm is revealed to have been a member of, and is targeting her for leaving. Al-Owal threatens to kill her family. Oliver manages to protect Laurel, but Quentin refuses to heed Felicity's warning. Sara reveals herself to him and seeks refuge in a clock tower. They seek Oliver's help to stop another attack, with Sara killing Al-Owal and sending a warning to Ra's. Afterwards, Sara decides to leave Starling City to keep her family safe, entrusting her secret to Quentin. Thea and Oliver tell Moira that her secrets will not make them leave her. She agrees to fight death penalty. Laurel is revealed to have a drinking problem. In flashbacks, after being left adrift from the Queen's Gambit wreckage, Sara is rescued and brought aboard the Amazo, where she meets Dr. Anthony Ivo, who asks her to help him with his experiments to what he believes to be saving humanity. Later, she injures Oliver whilst on the Amazo.


Preparation ran from August 15 until August 23, 2013. Shooting ran from August 26 until September 5, 2013.[1]



The episode was watched live by 2.8 million viewers, and had a ratings share of 1.0.[3]

Critical response[edit]

Jesse Schedeen of IGN rated the episode 9.0 and noted that "the addition of Black Canary and the League of Assassins to the mix have done wonders for the overall tone and direction of the show", also praising the episodes focus. Schedeen criticized Laurel for being unlikable due to her connection to Moira's prosecution.[4]


  1. ^ a b c "Marc Guggenheim on Twitter: First day of filming on Arrow Ep. 205, co-written by @DrewZachary and directed by @WStanzler"". twitter.com. Retrieved August 8, 2018.
  2. ^ "Amazon Instant Video - Arrow Season 2". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved August 8, 2018.
  3. ^ "Wednesday Final Ratings: 'CSI' Adjusted Up; 'Criminal Minds' Adjusted Down + No Adjustment for 'The CMA Awards'". TV By The Numbers. 2013-11-07. Retrieved August 8, 2018.
  4. ^ Schedeen, Jesse (2013-11-06). "Arrow: "League of Assassins" Review". IGN. Retrieved August 8, 2018.

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