I’m always so shocked and completely at a loss of what might happen next for just about any episode of The 100, but the season finale? Whoa.
This show has never been afraid to go there or even deal with the repercussions of actions head-on, but this episode just blew it out of the park at showing how far Clarke (Eliza Taylor) was willing to go for her people. We’ve already seen Dante (Raymond J. Barry), Cage (Johnny Whitworth), and Lexa (Alycia Debnam-Carey) do it, but never with such harsh ramifications that we see them actually struggle with their choices, which is why, in such a heroic way, Clarke decides that she needs to take a break and process everything that’s happened over the last few days. So while Clarke takes that well-deserved breather, let’s start from the top.
Jaha (Isaiah Washington), Murphy (Richard Harmon), and cohorts are still following the drone and eventually come across an island, but they don’t easily get there. Their boat gets hit and ripped by some crazy sea monster that eats one of them and cuts Murphy’s arm. In a chance to get away, Jaha throws the remaining man off the boat to get feasted on by the huge snake-looking monster and so that he and Murphy might have a chance of surviving.
They do eventually get to the island, but part ways with Jaha following the drone and Murphy coming across a steel door that opens to paradise. Well, actually, it just seems to be a live-in space since before the “end of the world” with all the cheese and alcohol Murphy can consume.
Since being abandoned by Lexa and her people, Clarke heads into the Reaper tunnels to find a way into Mount Weather and comes across Octavia (Marie Avgeropoulos). Octavia’s still very bitter about what’s happened in Ton DC with the missiles and makes sure to tell Clarke that she’s not doing enough, no matter how hard she tries, because everyone’s counting on her. They’re interrupted by Bellamy (Bob Morley), Monty (Christopher Larkin), Jasper (Devon Bostick), and Maya (Eve Harlow) opening the door and coming up with a plan.
They separate, with Jasper and Octavia heading to Level 5 to help Maya get more clean oxygen and Monty, Clarke, and Bellamy heading toward Dante to capture him.
Clarke, Bellamy, and Monty successfully take Dante as their prisoner up to the Command Center and are able to view everything that’s going on with the bone marrow transplants. If they don’t act fast, Raven might die. Clarke calls up Cage via walkie-talkie and gives him an ultimatum: Give up her people or she’ll kill Dante. Cage, thinking about the preservation of his people, chooses his people over his father. So Clarke does what she said she would: she kills Dante. She ups the ante even more by threatening, once again, if they don’t let her people go, she’ll irradiate Level 5, killing them all.
To get back at Clarke and hit her where it hurts most, Cage switches the bone marrow transplant patient from Raven (Lindsey Morgan) to Abby (Paige Turco).
Once in Level 5, Maya, Octavia, and Jasper come up with a plan for Jasper to “get caught” and taken to the bone marrow room where he will kill Cage. Things seem to be going according to plan until two random people come across Octavia and Maya hiding in a room and they alert the guards. They have nowhere to go, but to run, and they run right into the mess hall.
There’s no time now. Clarke needs to pull the lever to irradiate Level 5 or else those they love will be killed, but she doesn’t do it alone. Bellamy and Clarke pull the lever together, killing everyone in Mount Weather, except their own people.
When Jasper sees the guards around him dying from radiation exposure, he gets the hint and runs to the mess hall where Maya is dying. He holds her in his arms as she says her last words, “None of us is innocent.”
After reuniting with their people, Octavia realizes Cage is missing. And in fact, that bastard made it out of Mount Weather and into the forest, but not for long because Lincoln comes across him. Cage realizes who it is and attempts to inject the Reaper serum into him, but Lincoln manages to chop his hand off. He even injects the serum into Cage and repeats the lines he said to him, “The first dose is the worst.”
Everyone makes it back to Camp Jaha, and yet, Clarke can’t bring herself to go in. She and Bellamy stand side-by-side when she tells him she won’t be going in. In an effort to get her to go in with him, he echoes the words she told him a few months ago, Season 1 Episode 8 to be exact, “If you need forgiveness, I’ll give that to you. You’re forgiven. Please come inside.” For her mental health, she can’t look at their faces without it reminding her of what she did to get them here. Bellamy pleads with her and reminds her that she doesn’t have to do this alone. They did it together.
Echoing Dante’s words “I bear it so they don’t have to,” Clarke’s already made up her mind and Bellamy understands that there’s nothing he can do to stop her. With one last goodbye kiss on the cheek and a hug, Clarke says goodbye to him and heads on her way to who knows where. What’s important is that she needs space and he gives it to her. She has gone through so much in just a couple of months, more things that an 18-year-old should have to endure, that she needs this time to be alone. Whether or not the next season picks up after a time-jump or not, it’s still important that the show stressed the need to show Clarke’s emotional fatigue with all of this. And so, we leave our incredibly courageous hero walking back into the forest for awhile to take a much-deserved break.
But we’re still not done. Murphy turns on the TV and watches a suicide video in which a man, sitting on a couch tells the camera that he tried to stop her, but lost control. She got the launch codes and presumably triggered the end of the world. It wasn’t his fault.
This her he’s talking about is a hologram, Aly (spelling may be wrong, but it could be a take on Alice in Wonderland, since Jaha referenced that with the line “Curiouser and curiouser” when he walkted in), Jaha comes across when he follows the drone to a large building. She thanks him for the gift he brought down to the ground with him, which seems to be a catalyst in her plans, maybe plans for total-world domination or eradication?
Now we just have to wait 7 months to find out. If you’re like me, you might want to marathon the entire series start to finish again (or maybe a few times) for the hell of it, or you might even want to listen to my podcast about this episode and the last two episodes!
Sara Linn (@saralinnlinn) and I (@isabellag08) have started the Tunnel Vision Television Podcast for Pop Insomniacs in which we discuss various TV shows that aired that prior week. Our last two episodes were on The 100. We would love it if you could listen to it and leave some comments and/or questions. We would also love to hear what you want us to talk about in this week’s episode. You can leave your comments and/or questions on our Facebook page. Because we’ll be discussing the episode more in-depth on the podcast, I’ve kept this recap brief.
- R.I.P. Fox. You’ve been there since the beginning. I’ll miss you.
- What is this show? Saw?! The bone marrow scenes are so gory I couldn’t take it.
- I was terrified for my dear Raven’s life. She put up such a fight with taking a bite out of that man’s neck. I’m just so glad they stopped it when they did.
- “Your promised land sucks!” Can this Murphy one-liner be the tag-line from now on?
- “A warrior doesn’t worry about what he can’t control.” Also such a great Octavia one-liner. And what about her taking out those 2 soldiers in just a few swift moments? She is incredibly amazing.
- Emerson’s still alive out there!
- I love all of these morally gray characters. There are no good or bad guys here. There is just survival and what people are willing to do to stay alive.
- Bellarke shippers are rejoicing for those immaculate scenes they got, but now that Clarke’s said goodbye to Bellamy, are we really going to have them separated for another season?!
- Anyone else listening to Raign’s cover of “Knocking on Heaven’s Door” on repeat? “Knock Knock Knockin’ on Heaven’s Doooor” I’m so glad they chose a female version of the song. It’s such a good choice for Clarke’s state of mind throughout the episode, but especially at the end.