The 100 is gearing up for the final episode of Season 3 with more danger, death and destruction than ever before. ”Join Or Die” and ”Red Sky at Morning” sets the show up for it’s two part finale with some relationships and plots being wrapped up, and others just getting more and more intense. It was great to see some things finally getting some kind of closure, like Clarke’s connection with her people specifically her partner after she made some decisions that didn’t make sense. But other plots not only reminded me just how dark this show could be, but how much worse things will get before they could maybe get better in the finale.
The Blake Sibling Debate
Octavia and Bellamy’s disastrous relationship came to some kind of conclusion in the past few episodes. After Octavia brutally beat up Bellamy, she continued to subtly blame him for just about everything that she could think of. It looked like there could be a reconciliation for them after they almost died in 3×11, but then Octavia went right back to hating her brother. Now I wasn’t a fan of Octavia this season to begin with, if we add in the blame game she seems to have going on? Well let’s just say that Octavia became my least favorite character very quickly.
But it was great to see Bellamy stand up for himself and call out what’s been obvious all along. Bellamy didn’t kill Lincoln, he offered his help and Octavia thought it would be smarter to leave him tied to a tree. How is it his fault that Lincoln then ended up killed by Pike? He was tied to a tree the whole time, courtesy of Octavia who thought she could do without his help. Bellamy standing up for himself was a long time coming and Clarke reminding him that he didn’t kill Lincoln was just that much of a reminder that nothing is ever as it seems. Octavia’s self righteous view of the world is crushing her brother and the people around her, she is blaming everyone because she doesn’t think that they deserve a second chance. Everyone makes choices on this show that aren’t always right, its called being human. And when you have a character like Octavia who only thinks through her view of the world, you end up blaming everyone but yourself. Hopefully this season will come to a conclusion where Octavia realizes that the only person who can be blamed for Lincoln’s death is Pike.
The Luna Revelation
Luna was a character we heard about a little in season two but never actually got
around to meeting. She was a friend of Lincoln’s and she provided safe passage for those that were in need. But it wasn’t until Lexa died that we actually got to meet Luna, the only other Nightblood left. She left the conclave after killing her brother and went to live near the sea. But as we saw in 3×13, things are never as easy as they may seem.
Luna wasn’t where Lincoln said she would be when we explained it all to Octavia a season prior, but thanks to Jasper the group finds a way to contact her. Her people show up, offering the delinquents a drink that provides them safe passage to Luna. It knocks them out, only for them to then wake up on an oil right where they meet Luna. She is all business and she makes it clear from the beginning that she isn’t interested in being Commander so Clarke shouldn’t even try to offer her the chip again. Unfortunately Clarke is desperate, and when you are desperate you don’t always think things through.
3×14 is centered around Clarke trying to convince Luna to take the chip, and when that fails she thinks that forcing the chip to attach to Luna will be the better way to go. What she didn’t factor in is that Luna isn’t stupid. She picks up on the plan and prevents it from happening. She then tells Clarke that it’s time for her to go, planning to bring the Sky People back where they found them but ALIE intervened.
She found the oil rig and wrecked her own personal havoc on the people there. She chipped some of Luna’s people and then had Luna’s significant other try to force her to take the chip too. She was unsuccessful, but it wouldn’t be an ALIE appearance if death didn’t follow. Derrick (aka Mr. Luna) ends up dead and Luna’s home is no longer the safe getaway that we saw before. Pain and death made it’s way to Luna, who only ever wanted to leave in peace. And just as quickly as we met Luna, we left her because the havoc that the delinquents brought was too much. She poisons their drinks and has them pass out so her people can leave them back where they first started. Now the hunt for the next Nightblood is on, while the time just keeps running out.
ALIE’s Take Over
ALIE is the big bad this season and as always she doesn’t disappoint. The finally arc of
Season 3 has all the characters trying to take down ALIE in groups. We have the technical side with Raven/Monty (with guest appearances by Miller, Bryan and Harper), we have the accidental helpers with Indra/Murphy/Pike and we have the physical side with Bellamy/Clarke/Octavia and sometimes Jasper. They are all trying to figure out a way to crack ALIE’s code only to be shoved back to step one.
Raven gets her way into ALIE’s mainframe but it all falls apart in the very last minute. ALIE ends up somehow finding her way back up to space, which really makes no sense and just has us asking more questions. The delinquent gang tries to find a new Nightblood but they lose her and find themselves even more lost. They can’t exactly continue looking for Nightbloods when ALIE follows them everywhere and brings destruction along with her. Everyone would be in danger of dying if Clarke/Bellamy/Octavia and Jasper kept looking in new grounder villages.
And then we have Murphy/Indra/Pike who are just trying to leave Polis but have to deal with ALIE’s chipped minions first. Jaha isn’t going to let them disappear and Emori is used against Murphy to remind us that he isn’t ready to sacrifice her. This might come back to bite him later when he has to make a choice, the human race or the woman he loves?
New Dynamics For The Sake Of Humanity
Dynamics like Murphy/Indra/Pike weren’t likely in my mind when the season first started. Sure, Indra and Pike had an antagonistic little show off in 3×02 but after that it didn’t make sense for them to meet and actually work together. Or for Murphy to find his way into this group and tag along. But when it comes to destroying ALIE, it’s all hands on deck.
Murphy and Pike had an interesting backstory in 3×13, filled with flashbacks and explanations about why Pike acted the way he did in the beginning. We saw him being told that he has to teach kids how to survive the Earth that they will be plunged to with a very high risk of death. We saw him struggle to share the knowledge without sharing what would happen to them when his lessons were over. He struggled to accept that there is nothing he can do to help, which is when we saw him beat Murphy as a way to rile everyone up. He got the careless teenagers to take a stand, to get angry and to fight which is everything he knew they needed to access if they wanted to make it down on the ground.
And it all connected back to Murphy meeting Pike again in the grounder jail after Pike refuses the chip. They don’t interact until Indra reveals herself and decides to punish Pike for all the people that he killed (300 cuts for 300 lives). Murphy interrupts, saying that they need each other if they want to survive. So Indra, Pike and Murphy gang up for the time being and they almost destroy ALIE. But Emori shows up and messes with the feelings that Murphy has for her. This puts a small kink in their plans, leaving them in Polis. But it looks like they needed to stay in Polis, for the final showdown at least.
The 100 returns with new episodes, Thursdays at 9/8c.