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The 100: “Blood Must Have Blood, Pt. 2”

So it’s no secret this hasn’t been the best season of The 100, not if you ask me, but the finale certainly makes me feel pretty confident about season three. This season’s been skewed in Clarke’s favor as far as screentime goes, and painfully so.  Recent episodes have done better with spreading the time out among neglected cast members like Octavia and Bellamy, and the finale keeps up that trend. It still doesn’t do any favors for Raven, despite Lindsey Morgan being a series regular now, but at a bare minimum “Blood Must Have Blood” finally has Clarke making sense again. The 100‘s never been without its moral quandaries, but if we can’t trace the origin of those, and the nature of people’s decisions, they feel false, like CLarke’s decision to allow the missile to land. But now, as the alliance with the Grounders has been fractured and Clarke’s been left flailing, CLarke makes drastic measures in the hopes of rescuing their people.

The plan of sparing as many innocent lives as possible was a large portion of the planning in the first half of the finale. Lexa and Clarke both agreed that they only wanted to punish the guilty. That becomes something of a pipe dream as Clarke makes it into the mountain and finds Cage to be unyielding in his desire to torture and kill the Sky People in pursuit of their bone marrow. The nature of Clarke’s decision is highlighted by scenes of the Mountain Men’s ruthlessness.There’s Fox’s dead body dropping from the chute in front of Octavia, quietly horrific. Then there’s the Sky People chained to the walls while they watch their friends tossed on tables and cut open.  There’s nothing but certainty that the Mountain Men aren’t going to be moved by threats or even reason. Clarke threatens to kill Wallace (and follows through), Kane suggests the Sky People simply donate their bone marrow in a compromise that goes unacknowledged, and Clarke’s forced to grapple with the decision of whether or not to flood Level 5 with radiation and kill everyone in the mountain.

The immediate hope is that Clarke won’t do it, not when it means killing children and even their allies. But the more apparent it becomes that Clarke has no choice, that it’s either move on Mt. Weather or watch her people die. When Octavia’s captured, even Bellamy abandons his protests, resigned to what needs to happen to ensure survival. But it’s a gruesome choice, one that leaves Level 5 strewn with dead bodies including that of Maya. It’s hard for me to care about losing Maya, but it’s easy to understand Jasper’s hurt and to comprehend Maya’s role in the grand scheme. She’s a benevolent and kindly character we came to know (sort of), and now she’s dead because Clarke and Bellamy pulled a lever that killed her. There’s a nice moment of Bellamy offering Clarke his forgiveness, justifying their joint decision to kill the Mountain Men.

Maya’s been a bit of a hit or miss as far as a character, which makes her death feel rather ineffective.Recently she’s been given more in the way of depth, but besides being Jasper’s love interest there wasn’t a lot going on with her. And that’s how she goes out as well, her death being a slap in the face for Jasper, who’s now lost someone he loved to a decision made by his own friends without ever getting the chance to try his own hand at murdering Cage. The loss of innocence this season has been even more profound than the last, which is pretty smooth sailing compared to the horror of this one. Jasper’s going to be forever changed, just like the rest. Lincoln gets something resembling vengeance when he discovers a fleeing Cage in the forest, but he’s still going to have to deal with what the Mountain Men did to him.  And Clarke, unable to see the results of what she’s done, abandons Camp Jaha.

Who knows where Clarke is going, but it’s got to end up being more substantial than around the corner. Maybe she’ll end up in the City of the Light, which Jaha and Murphy finally reach, after surviving an attack by a sea creature and Jaha tossing one of their own overboard to be eaten by it. It’s just as ruthless as one would expect from Jaha, the man who was just as willing to throw people out of airlocks in the name of survival. When Jaha has a mission, he’s perfectly okay doing whatever it takes to get the results he wants even if it means sacrificing some unhelpful non-believers in the process. He even leaves Murphy, his loyal and now questioning disciple, injured and on the shore after they reach land to chase the drone that will lead him to his salvation. It’s a compelling, if horrifying turn for Jaha’s character. He’s lost whatever calm he once had, and is now obsessed with finding some sort of sense in the madness. Something has to explain his survival, and by the end of the finale that explanation seems to be a mansion holding the nuclear warhead he crashed to Earth in, with a hologram named Allie telling him she’s been waiting for him.

As far as mysteries go, Allie and the warhead and whatever Jaha’s meant to do now are definitely up there. This finale’s the mark of another marked shift in the show’s narrative, one much like the one in last season’s finale and Clarke awakening in the white room. And I can’t wait to see where it takes us.

Stray Observations

  • This season was absolutely horrific for Raven. She did nothing this finale but be tortured, and I can’t think of the last great thing she got this season. Next season needs to be a million times better for her.
  • Where exactly was Cage going? And what’s Emerson going to do with himself now?
  • If I could watch Octavia flinging blades into people’s chests and sliding along the floor all day I would.
  • The dead body wasn’t in the bunker so someone must have moved it right? So who did that? Or is Allie super advanced or what? And is Allie the “She” referenced in the suicide video Murphy found?

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