Today’s TV Show Thursday comes to you in an episode discussion of the latest The 100 episode, because what else could possibly be more important? I love that there’s such a disproportionate amount of book bloggers watching this show. I have no clue why that’s the case, but I APPROVE.
DON’T READ ON IF YOU HAVEN’T WATCHED SEASON 2 EPISODE 16 YET.
People of the internet, season 2 is officially over. And it went out with a boom. I gotta admit, I felt kind of nervous when I was about to watch the season finale. ANYTHING can happen in this show, and I had a feeling there was going to be a lot of MAYHEM and DESTRUCTION. And there was! But not in the way I thought there would be. I was expecting that a couple of our beloved main characters are going to die, but almost everyone came out alive on the other end. (Seriously, Abby and Marcus were set up to die about ten times this last season, and they just won’t bite it.) But of course that doesn’t mean everyone came out happy on the other end – let’s talk about what went down.
The Rescue Mission/Massacre
I did NOT expect that to happen. Even when they were already pulling the lever, I was expecting something to stop them. But of course that’s the brilliance of this show: the writers never let convenient outside circumstances stop their protagonists from having to make hard decisions. So Clarke and Bellamy pulled a Red Wedding on the Mountain people and basically killed off EVERYONE. I wonder what happened to the people who were already immune, but I guess they escaped? Anyways, there were a lot of civilians and even children in there, much more than people from the ark. And the whole thing is just so POINTLESS. With the adults from the ark there should be more than enough people to inoculate all the mountain people without any of the donors dying. Marcus even suggested it, but of course Cage isn’t going to listen because he’s a giant fucking psychopath. I don’t think he’s done one good thing the entire season, BUT Clarke just murdered his father, so obviously he’s going to go batshit crazy. What was Clarke expecting to happen when she shot Dante? I know she technically had the upper hand, but Cage had all her people and her mother. OF COURSE he was going to retaliate.
I wasn’t at all surprised that Clarke chose to leave at the end of the episode. It’s another Finn moment where you have to decide whether she can ever redeem herself, but I LOVE that all the characters in this show are so ambiguous. All of Clarke’s decisions finally caught up with her and when she breaks down you can see she’s really just a young adult completely overwhelmed with her responsibility. It’s like when Willow went dark: it’s technically horrible, but it’s also epic and I love watching it. Bellamy on the other hand seemed oddly fine with murdering a couple hundred people. I love him for taking the responsibility along with Clarke, but he doesn’t seem to feel guilty at all. It makes complete sense with his character though; he never showed much repentance for doing whatever it takes to protect Octavia – he knows he’s done bad things, but he accepts it, takes responsibility and tries to move on and do the best he can. I love that The 100 always foreshadows things on a smaller scale (Bellamy shooting Jaha) and then escalates them to the absolute extreme. And let’s not forget Monty – he made the mountain people wipe out possible in the first place. It’s like Wick being upset over killing someone in person, but not having a lot of inhibitions when it comes to creating weapons for the ark people. It just begs the question: are the people making the weapons as responsible as the ones using them? Tony Stark says yes.
So Maya died. I’m neither surprised nor too sad. I didn’t mind her, but I didn’t get too attached to her either. The interesting thing here is really what this means for Jasper’s character. Clarke, Bellamy and Monty are all directly responsible for killing her and Monty was his best friend. But the real reason I think he’s going to lose it: Jasper got crazy eyes now. I did NOT trust him with that gun when he walked into Camp Jaha. This is definitely going to cause trouble in season three.
Some random character no one cares about died, because Jaha PUSHED HIM OUT OF THE BOAT. What even, Jaha. Guess he’s come a long way from the man who sacrificed himself to save his people. Then again, his rationale is the same as always: a sacrifice of the few to save the many. And it worked well enough. Only thing is, random guy didn’t exactly volunteer to be Nessie fodder, so it was definitely murder and not sacrifice. Murphy thought so too and went his own way, and I’d say out of the two he’s got the sweeter deal. I’d rather chill in that light house than handle an evil AI.
I’m not 100 % certain he’s dead, but it looked like it, so I’ll include him: Cage. I thought for a moment he was going to escape and continue to be a nuisance, but thankfully the writers decided to kill him off instead. And in what a way! Lincoln came through and dealt out poetic justice like no one’s business.
Season 3 Predictions
Okay, so it LOOKS like the AI with her nuclear bomb is going to be the new Big Bad. To be honest, I’m kind of disappointed by that. I was hoping Jaha and Murphy would find an actual city with tons of new characters to interact with. The show already deals with the aftereffects of a nuclear war, so it’s not really a new element. I was hoping for a different direction! I sincerely hope that it’s not going to be as easy as that, but we’ll see. I AM curious about the story behind the AI – it seems like she’s been there for a while, but I’m not sure it fits with the timeline? Correct me if I’m wrong (because I might be), but I was under the impression the nuclear war took place more or less in our time or soon after. I don’t know about super secret government programs, but we don’t really have AIs that mimic human emotion that well. Of course someone could have developed it after, but who and weren’t they more worried about death by radiation? And why is that
palace house still standing when everything else was destroyed by the bombs? And was the guy in the video from the lighthouse referring to the AI when he was talking about launch codes or was it a video from the distant past? And how does Jaha come in? ALL THE QUESTIONS.
It looks like Jasper is also going to be an issue next season. I have a feeling he’s going to make some very bad choices. And I’m sure we haven’t seen the last of the Grounders. Someone mentioned in a comment that Clarke might be going to Grounder capital, and I think it might make sense because why else would they have introduced it? I would love to see that MUCH more than the nuclear warhead storyline, because the Grounders are growing on me, and I was promised a city, so now I’m expecting a city. And then there are Octavia and Lincoln, who are also still connected to the Grounders. And what will the sky people do now they’re not in imminent danger anymore? Settle down and start setting up house? Go exploring? If people survived in the US, they very likely also survived in other places, so what about the rest of the world, are we going to see it?
- If there was an ad for warrior zen, Octavia would be its face. How smooth was she leaning against that wall, giving Jasper advice? I hope this is not one of those I change my whole identity for my partner cases, but the people of the ark were never good to her, so I can kind of see why she’d choose his culture over hers. Plus, I like her much better since she’s become a grounder.
- Is the evil AI lady the Morrigan from Lost Girl?
- How horrible was that scene when they drilled into Raven’s body without any painkillers? I get that Cage is a psychopath, but what’s wrong with all the people helping him?
- I really liked the scene when the sky people return to Camp Jaha, because it was so much NOT triumphant. The Knocking On Heaven’s Door version they chose was perfect, and they showed that everyone came back damaged, not happy.
- I don’t know about you, but I’m immensely enjoying the Murphy scenes. I’m glad the writers didn’t kill him off when I wanted them to.
- I was kind of hoping Lexa would change her mind and come back with an army, but NOPE.
- Pssssht. I admit it, Clarke and Bellamy are awesome together. Sorry, Lexa, I swear I like you too. The good thing is no matter which way the writers decide to go, I’ll endorse it. Unless they kill both of them off, which I could totally see them do. Don’t do that, writers.
All in all I thought it was a great finale, but there weren’t as many twists as I thought there would be. I can’t wait for season 3! What did you think of the finale? Did it live up to your expectations? Are Bellarke shippers finally happy?
Edit: I did some snooping since I wrote this, so three things. 1) Murphy’s going to be a series regular next season, which is great news. 2) Jason Rothenberg (creator and producer) tweeted, saying that we should be thinking about what the guys in the desert were hoping to steal from Jaha and co if we want to know what next season will bring. Any ideas? All I can come up with is their tech, but did they even have much on them? 3) There’s a great episode recap at Forever Young Adult, in which Sarah says that the video in which the guy kills himself dates back to 2052, which is the year shit went down, so he’s definitely referring to the nuclear war that almost wiped humans off the planet, BUT the “she” is still the AI at the mansion who’s apparently responsible for said wipe out. Which means it wasn’t just humanity’s stupidity that killed them but artificial intelligence. Personally, I think both are equally probable. (The post also keeps referring to Murphy as Malfoy, wich I think is pretty darn hilarious because YES.)