The 100 was building up to a bloody fight for that survival bunker, and the aftermath of the conclave will stay with us for a while. The show reminded us once again that even though we expect death, we secretly are hoping that there is a way around our favorites getting killed. No such luck came from episode 4×10, which killed three characters and still managed to not make that the most shocking twist of the night.
Octavia was always going to win the conclave, if there is one person that was meant to make it out alive, it was her. Now the assumption though was that she somehow had the skills to defeat the other clans, even though they had been preparing for this their entire lives. Luckily The 100 took an interesting turn, instead creating a way for Octavia to make it to the end without making it hard for the fans to believe. A good old game of hide and seek saved Octavia from getting too involved in the beginning of the conclave when everyone was still energized enough to take her down. But in the end Octavia still ended up facing off with Luna, the most skilled warrior since it’s been made clear that she was going to be the Commander if she hadn’t chosen to leave.
But before we go there, there needs to be a second where we talk about Ilian and how much more we wanted for him yet how his death might have been the most emotional of the night. In case anyone forgot, Ilian really was just a caring grounder who made some mistakes but tried his best to move on. He joined the conclave as a way to fight for his people, and of course found some time to make sure Octavia was safe. In a very Peeta like way, he was there to help her even though she didn’t want it. Unfortunately though, this ended with him getting shot with an arrow in the throat by Echo. Octavia gave him a quick death instead of letting him suffer and all our hearts collectively broke. Ilian was never going to make it past this season but it is still upsetting that he had to die, especially when he was one of those characters that you couldn’t help root for. Ilian will always be the biggest loss from this episode, especially because of how Chai Hansen managed to portray him. It was consistent and real, making you wish nothing but happiness for this warrior who was just trying to find peace. Him asking to be killed either broke your heart or made you cry because he went out the same way he appeared, full of raw emotion.
As for Roan, he was unbelievable when he appeared last season, mostly because we weren’t meant to trust him but yet we did. Zach McGowan figured out a way to make Roan intimidating but hilarious at the same time. He wasn’t here for Clarke’s threats yet was always ready to team up even though their plans just never seemed to work. Those two couldn’t assassinate together and this season they couldn’t figure out how to keep their people alive, but they sure did try. Now that friendship did hit a little rough patch because at the end Roan was always going to be loyal to his people before anyone else. It didn’t help that Clarke tried to become the Commander, making Roan call her out publicly because of how she seemed to think that she was meant to ”save” the grounders. This led to Roan joining the conclave for Azgeda, making it almost all the way to the end only to then get killed off brutally by the amazing mermaid Luna.
As wonderful as it was to have Roan hanging out with the sky people every week, watching Luna drown him while saying he was retuning to the sea was everything I could have wanted when thinking of an epic death. Roan’s death was just as subtle as his first appearance, in that it wasn’t subtle at all.
Now Luna and her story in 4×10 was a twist none of us saw coming. She stormed in to join the conclave, but since all her people were gone she announced that she was fighting for no one. Luna actually wanted to win and make sure humankind didn’t have access to that bunker. It was a dark turn for the character but it was the perfect way to send off such a scene stealing leader. Luna taunting Octavia and completely turning off any emotion that we saw from her is what made it believable.
Luna originally ran from the conclave so how would it make sense for her to come back and willingly fight everyone to the death? The only way it would make sense is if Luna truly thought that humanity had lost, choosing to succumb to darkness herself in order to put everyone else out of their misery. In Luna’s eyes the grounders and sky people had already lost because they were taking part in a conclave, so they didn’t deserve to live and continue this kind of behavior. That was such a different take on Luna but yet it made sense, going back to the first time we ever met her when she didn’t want to be a Commander because she saw so much death when she was training for it.
Octavia killing Luna at the end when she was weaker than before was a way to imply that Luna was still the strongest warrior out of everyone. She was a breath of fresh air because her views about what was happening never matched up with our main characters, Luna was always pushing the audience to think things through her way. If anyone was right about what ugly things people would do in order to survive on their terms, it was Luna.
Trying to control the bunker makes sense, just not immediately for someone like Clarke. Taking over and claiming it while a conclave happens is counterproductive, probably not something that the grounders will appreciate. It is even worse that ironically Clarke took over the bunker thinking Octavia wouldn’t win when that is exactly what happened. And maybe if Luna wasn’t the clear cut winner in Clarke’s eyes, she could have waited to see the outcome. But Luna made it pretty clear that if she was the winner, everybody would die.
On the other hand, I actually think that the sky people deserve the bunker considering they were the ones to find it and they are the ones who can use the technology in there. But the grounders decided that they would pick who would gain control of it with their own approach to everything, fighting to the death. We won’t even mention that there seems to be enough space for everyone but the grounders chose their feud over humanity’s survival.
It got even more crazy when Octavia proposed the same thing that Clarke did, only she was heard while Clarke was dismissed. Why did some of their own have to die for them to reach the same decision they could have chosen a few hours prior? As strange as this may sound, I agree with Jaha. There were too many unknowns with the grounders and they couldn’t just leave it up to chance that Octavia might win or that the actual winner might spare the sky people. But as objective as this choice was, it came out of nowhere seeing as Clarke disappeared for that entire episode.
The real answer probably is that Clarke just finally snapped. She can be a patient leader, trying her best to find a solution that would keep everyone safe, no matter what clan they are from. But the end for humankind is coming and Clarke just doesn’t have the time to sit around hoping that the grounders won’t shut her people out of a place that they have true ownership over. It might be a little shocking at first because we didn’t see her thought process as she changed her mind and took over the bunker, yet it was all really leading up to that.
Similiar to Season 1 when the grounders were looking for a war and just like when Mount Weather didn’t take a step back to reconsider how their little projects were affecting their victims, Clarke reached a line with her patience. There always came points when she couldn’t wait around hoping common sense would win, instead she took matters into her own hands to protect those that mattered to her. It will be fascinating to see how the others, specifically Bellamy and Abby move forward now that this happened.
They both didn’t know this was the plan and now they have their own people out there. Octavia and Kabby will be let in quickly but the conflict with the grounders has escalated even more now. It could be argued that they can’t claim space in the bunker if by their own rules, the conclave made the sky people decide what would happen. But Octavia also promised them safety and it wouldn’t make sense for them not to try to gain it.
Based off the trailer for 4×11, the scene to look out for has to be that chaotic Bellarke moment when Clarke pulls a gun on Bellamy. I have no clue to expect, and I am very worried but I also think this might be it. This entire season was pushing Clarke to this point when she would go too far, and thinking she could kill or injury Bellamy might be that for her. Clarke’s choice might have made sense but she’s also willing to risk a whole lot without really thinking it over like she usually does. We can only hope that her threatening her best friend and partner might wake her up before she actually does something she’ll really regret.
Between The Lines
Echo just can’t catch a break. First she had to serve Roan, a leader she didn’t always agree with because he was more partial to the sky people than she could ever be. Then she ended up believing that she killed Octavia, struggling to figure out where where to go from there. Finally she thought she was helping Roan stay alive in the conclave by getting rid of his competition, but instead ended up getting choked by Bellamy and banished by Roan.
There isn’t much that could be said about Echo besides the fact that her people mean everything to her. She is a true Azgeda warrior, even if her ways put others in danger. Now maybe nothing will change now that Roan is dead and her banishment could disappear as quickly as it happened, but I’m not so sure. Maybe even the act of her getting banished for her off the chart attempts to save her leader will make her reevaluate what she is doing. How far can one person go before they hit a wall and have no idea where to go or what to do next?
And as for the Blake reunion, what is there to say?
As I’ve probably mentioned before, Octavia should be taking steps to meet Bellamy. Her brother already makes it clear how much she matters to him and how lucky he is to have her, but the issue between them isn’t because he doesn’t care enough. So far it still appeared a little one sided, Bellamy brushing off his worth when Roan brought it up. Instead he reminded Roan that he thought he was the lucky one to have Octavia in his life as she listened in somewhere else.
That is all very sweet but it is exactly where we left off last season. Bellamy continues to place Octavia on this pedestal and she doesn’t want to even extend an olive branch to repair their relationship. Hopefully once things slow down they might have that moment, Bellamy is focused on letting his sister inside the bunker next week so that might be it. But for now I am tentatively awaiting a shift, because so far we haven’t gotten it.
Aaron Ginsburg and Wade McIntyre created an episode like never before, going above and beyond what we expected to happen. The promise of death and action was nothing compared to what we actually got to experience, getting three major character deaths and plot twists that get to stretch into next week’s episode. The only reason 4×10 might not be my favorite would be because of those epic deaths, but the risks that were taken pushed the limits of this episode beyond belief.
The 100 returns with new episodes, Wednesdays at 9/8c.