In the fifteenth and penultimate episode of the second season of The 100, this show knows tragedy like no other. Intrigued? Then it’s time for Mark to watch The 100.
Why, The 100. WHY DO YOU DO THIS TO ME.
Well, suffice to say that I did not see this coming. My heart hurts because two amazing developments were IMMEDIATELY DESTROYED. Look, it’s not that I expected the siege on Mount Weather to be a feel-good romp through the flowers. This show is fucked up, the writers don’t worry about being too fucked up, and I constantly feel fucked up while watching it. But after such an incredible turn of events, I didn’t expect heartbreak so quickly.
It’s not like this is out of character for Lexa and Indra, either, and I think that “Blood Must Have Blood” shows that there’s always going to be a divide between the culture of the Grounders and the Sky People. Octavia, more than anyone else, was able to get close to some sort of transformation, at least in terms of an acceptance. And yet, what is that worth in the face of Lexa’s betrayal? What does the alliance mean now that the Grounders have gotten exactly what they wanted?
Look, these are questions the next episode (and probably the next season) will have to answer, and I certainly have none of them. None. I don’t even know how to react to this episode aside from just feeling numb and kind of hopeless? It’s so haunting! The image of Raven and Wick surrounded by Mount Weather troops; the image of Bellamy realizing the cages are empty in the harvest chamber; and the image of both Octavia and Clarke, alone, waiting outside a door that can only open from the inside, refusing to leave their friends behind.
What the fuck is wrong with this show?
There’s a lot to be surprised about, but I think I’ll first dissect Dante’s role in this episode because WOW. He’s been unimportant to the narrative since his son locked him up, but it’s amazing to me that the show allowed Dante to DECIMATE his son so openly. Granted, Dante’s words will never make it to the general public, and the man has his own horrifying opinions of the world. (His love of the word “savage” being one of them.) Yet he knows that his son ruined literally everything IN JUST A SINGLE WEEK. Way to go, Cage! You set a record for being a horrible person! What surprised me most about this, though, was that in the end, Dante chose to save his own people. He did so while giving the Mountain Men a chance and the means to continue to exploit the Arc community. We know he had reservations about that, and he seemed rather disturbed towards the end of this episode. Has he changed his mind out of necessity? Or will he still oppose Cage’s plan to exploit the 44 and the other Arc members outside Mount Weather?
Again, there’s a lot to deal with in the fallout from what Cage, Dante, and Lexa chose to do here. I still don’t know what’s going to happen to the 44, or to Maya, or to Bellamy, or to Raven and Wick. All of them are still stuck within Mount Weather, and with the Reaper program seemingly abandoned in favor of the bone marrow treatments, I don’t see any way for these people to get out of the complex. Will the Mountain Men just resume the experiments? Did they turn enough of the residents against the outsiders, or will the resistance movement continue on? WHO THOUGHT MAYA’S DAD WOULD DIE AND NOT HER? Because I was TOTALLY expecting Maya to die in this episode.
Ultimately, I feel like this review is going to be full of questions. I already want to push forward, mostly because The 100 has been consistently satisfying when it comes to moral ramifications. Somehow, the writers have come up with a concept that feels like the biggest moral nightmare yet. WHAT THE HELL IS SUPPOSED TO HAPPEN NEXT? Lexa came to a resolution that gave her people freedom from the Mountain Men. No more kidnapping, no more raids, no more experimentation and exploitation. It’s the best option for her and her people, isn’t it? And yet, in choosing this, she betrays the woman she’s attracted to and all of her people. She pretty much guarantees that Clarke’s friends will all die. Indra abandons Octavia, who now doesn’t belong to any single group. What the hell are these people supposed to do? Do the Grounders expect the Sky People to accept this betrayal without a fight? Oh my god, THIS IS SO FUCKED UP.
I honestly don’t know what to say. I’m going into this finale feeling like a shell of a person.
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