Hello fellow Grounders of days long past! Did you miss me? Because I missed you! And most of all, I missed reporting all the trials and tribulations of our dear characters of The 100. So let’s get to it, shall we?
WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING
As you recall, Lexa was sent to an accidental early grave by her trusted right hand Titus. For this reason, there must be a new Heda (Commander/HBIC), appointed only through the Conclave; a ritual in which the trained children with ‘the blood’ of commander fight each other to death and the last man standing gets the job. Yes, children fighting, to the death, and though I was enthused (sarcasm), it’s a sight we never get to see.
Everyone in Polis arrives from far off lands for the Conclave, among them is Ice Nation who in turn has a warrior of commander blood of their own, Ontari. With spitfire being an understatement, her presence commands attention and she is not too fond of Clarke who she states is the reason the Ice Queen is dead and Roan is king (I need her to leave sexy Roan alone, I’m sure he is doing a great job as king!). She vows that if she wins Commander, she will kill every last man woman and child of Skaikru.
Clarke, knowing Lexa’s top pick as her successor was a small doughy-eyed boy named Aiden, attempts to figure out a way in which Aiden will win (as in kill everyone) among the other children of Polis and now Ontari. Aside from knowing Aiden is who Lexa favored, Clarke is also pushing for Aiden because she knows Lexa swore him to protect her people. She later learns that Lexa actually swore all of the contending successors to protect her people. (Aw she really did love her).
Oh, did I forget to mention, our boy Murphy is still hanging out with Clarke. Fresh off his torture session, it’s needless to say he’s ready to get the hell out of Polis. Also ready for them to leave, Titus. Having enough on his plate already with killing his old commander, having to appoint a new one and the loom and doom of Ice Nation, the last face he wants to see is Clarke’s, but she wont give out. Before leaving, Clarke wants to try and aid Aiden in winning.
While nit-picking Titus about the rules and a way around them, we hear a horn sounding. It’s the victory horn and as the Conclave isn’t until the next day, this makes no sense. Titus, Lexa and Murphy rush into the Heda’s main quarters to see Ontari sitting at the Heda throne, her face covered in black commander blood (and it’s not her own). A sack at her foot, she pulls something out of it and the on-looking crowd stirs in shock. It’s Aiden’s FREAKING HEAD! This crazy, savage b***h cut the heads off all the children, while they SLEPT! (there’s no aiding Aiden now).
PRISONERS OF WAR
Back in Arkadia: Imprisoned, Kane waits with the rest of the rebels to meet their fate, among them Sinclair (the engineer), Lincoln and Lincoln’s people. Pike tells them that they shall all meet the same fate as Kane (a death sentence). Lincoln (the most noble man in the world) says that his people knew nothing of the plan to conspire against him and they were just trying to escape. He asks that only he be executed. Pike eventually complies and declares Kane, Lincoln and Sinclair dead men at dawn.
Now that people that he actually cares about are going to be executed, Bellamy has decided to grow a heart and wants to try and help the doomed three escape. He and Monty go to Nathan and Harper and tell them that they need a plan. Bellamy removes the audio bug from Nathan’s jacket, but this isn’t enough to gain Nathan or Harper’s trust, and they give Bellamy the cold shoulder. Bellamy tells them to at least have Octavia meet him at the drop ship, if she wants to save Lincoln. Octavia meets Bellamy, but instead of greeting him with a hug gives him a dart to the neck. She takes him prisoner in a cave where Indra watches, while Octavia works out a plan of her own. Bellamy says she needs him. Octavia responds: “For the first time in my life, that’s not true.” Go pseudo-Pocahontas, Go!
Passing the Torch Flame
Though Ontari appears to have won the competition for Heda (unfair and circle), fearing for her people Clarke must figure out a way that Ontari will not take the throne. More than just the throne there is ‘the flame’ (the digital chip of A.I. that they put in every commander) involved. Clarke, still nagging Titus, asks why they can’t they just throw the flame in someone else? Apparently, in order to receive it you have to have commander blood or the flame will kill you.
Remembering Lexa’s story about her conclave, Clarke realizes Lexa originally told her there were eight people contending, however she only had tattoos on her back for the 7 souls that she took. What happen to number 8? Titus informs Clarke that her name was Luna, however she ran like a coward (instead of participating and being OFFED by Lexa) and is considered a traitor. Though that may be true, she is the only other person with commander blood, and in my opinion, maybe just maybe Luna’s alive because she’s destined to be Commander. Titus agrees that having the traitor Luna as a leader is better than having the barbarian Ontari. He hands Clarke the flame, which is held in a small metal container and covered by a satchel marked ‘commander’. He then touches her forehead, which admits a light from his fingers. She is now the Flame Keeper. In secret, she takes off in her quest to find Luna.
Ontari bathes in her ritual purification bath, while Murphy watches along, waiting for Titus to instill her with the flame. Murphy and Ontari share a moment over her nude body (Murphy loves his bad girls), as Ontari gets the knock at the door. It’s Roan with Titus captive, as Titus claims to have lost the flame. Roan puts a knife to Titus’ throat however they realize he cannot be killed as he is the only one who can perform the Commander ritual (so they think). In a shocking twist, Titus sticks Roan’s knife in his throat and slits his own neck! He then falls and dies oh so dramatically into Ontari’s purification water. Seems like an omen to me – That nut will never be pure! Ontari is not phased by Titus’ death, as she tells Roan to find Clarke immediately but let the people of Polis know they have a new Commander, with or without the flame.
The Great Escape
Not bogging you down with the details (Nathan and Harper and the whole nine), Octavia devises a plan with her crew to get Kane, Lincoln and Sinclair out of Pike’s hands, by having Pike’s crew look left, while they go right. Interestingly enough it involved them hiding under the floorboards for a period of time, which I’m sure for Octavia was home sweet home. As the three are on their way out through a secret passage in the walls, Pike makes a camp-wide announcement: If the three prisoners do not turn themselves in, all the other prisoners will be put to death in their place. Lincoln stops in his tracks, he can’t let his people die for him. Octavia says that she will come with him and he gives her a long kiss right before he stabs her in the neck with a tranquilizer. He then hands her small, limp body to Kane and walks the long Arkadian hallway, surrendering himself to Pike.
As the crew makes their escape, now on the outside of the Arkadian walls, they look back to see Pike and the guards leading Lincoln out in cuffs. Octavia stirs awake, and from a distance she sees her love, Lincoln being brought to his knees. Pike tells Lincoln that he cannot let his people go, however he promises that they will be taken care of. He then asks if Lincoln has any last words. Lincoln replies, ‘Not for you’. As Octavia (in tears) and the other escapees look on, Pike shoots Lincoln in the head at point blank range.
As bits of Lincoln’s brain splatters out the side of his head and his body hits the ground, his blood ripples out into a muddy puddle, making for a gruesome, yet beautifully-shot, death. As Lincoln loses his life, I can’t help but think that the people of Arkadia lost a little bit more with it; the idea that the Grounders and Skaikru would soon live in peace. Bleak, right? Don’t lose hope. Catch the newest episode of The 100 next Thursday at 9PM on Atlanta’s CW, and see how much darker it really can get.