Arrow season 6 premiere 'Fallout' divides the critics

Louise McCreesh
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From Digital Spy

Warning: This article contains spoilers for Arrow's sixth season premiere 'Fallout'.

Arrow debuted its sixth season premiere after that shocking season five finale last night (October 12), and it seems critics are divided.

'Fallout' began with the revelation that only one character died in the almighty Lian Yu explosion last season.

Following the blast, it was revealed that only Samantha (Anna Hopkins) succumbed to her injuries, although not before telling Oliver (Stephen Amell) to take care of their son – a task sure to be made more complicated after Oliver was unmasked as the Green Arrow on the evening news in the premiere's closing moments.

And while some enjoyed that last minute game-changer, it seems others were expecting more from the episode.

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Here's a round-up of reviews below:

IGN:

"Sadly, Arrow transitions from its best episode ever to one of its more disappointing episodes in recent memory. 'Fallout' suffered from a lack of just that.

"The ramifications of Prometheus' final attack proved far less compelling than hoped. And while certain characters are benefiting from the current status quo, the series has yet to establish a clear and compelling direction for the new season.

"Shifting focus to Ollie's latest secret identity snafu doesn't seem like the best move."

Den of Geek:

"Like any good premiere, we're left with a whole host of questions to unravel to start the season. Who rescued Black Siren from Lian Yu? What will she do with the T-Sphere she stole from the lair? What happened to Malcolm Merlyn? What will happen to Thea? How will Oliver's life change now that he's been unmasked?"

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EW:

"While 'Fallout' definitely doesn't rank among Arrow's best episodes, it still works for the most part. Arrow tends to struggle with season premieres because its finales, whether they're good or not, do tend to be game-changers, which means the openers are tasked with explaining where things stand and can't really dig into the meat of the new season.

"Season 5 was one of the show's strongest outings, and the writing, direction, and performances in this episode give me confidence that the show can keep up the quality."

We Got This Covered:

"What I've seen so far is every bit as thrilling as season 5 and has no major faults to speak of.

"If anything, there's no place to go but up because foundations for several key subplots have already been laid, so rest assured that this city has not been failed."

Arrow season 6 begins next Thursday (October 19) at 8pm on Sky One in the UK, and continues next Thursday on The CW.

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