The last episodes of The 100 have been an absolute bloodbath so far, so we entered the penultimate hour of Wednesday fully prepared to say goodbye to another major character – especially considering how late things are for Murphy and Emori the last week.
Anyway, we had the right to worry. Murphy emerged from the rubble relatively unscathed, but the same couldn’t be said of Emori, who had been impaled by a large metal bar. Jackson did his best to keep her alive and mobile, but it soon became apparent that Emori’s time was limited. If they didn’t find the Anomaly Stone and quickly lead her to Sanctum, she wouldn’t make it. And while finding the stone turned out to be relatively easy, keeping Emori alive long enough to break through his cement barrier was a different matter altogether.
After a series of terribly emotional speeches, as well as some serious Thor’s-level pounding, the group successfully entered the portal, vowing to return for Miller at some point. (Poor man.)
Meanwhile, Clarke hasn’t just hit her breaking point – she’s passed it. When her first plan to save Madi turned out to be a total failure, she was forced to face the reality of her situation. “She’s doing what I did, she’s trying to fix everything on her own,” she realized. “Is that what my mother felt every time?” Did I do this to her? I did not want! You could practically see the light bulb lighting up in Clarke’s head, and there was no better person than Gaia to discuss the complications inherent in mother-daughter relationships.
Of course, that wasn’t the only reality Clarke had to face. “I killed Bellamy to protect her from the Disciples, not so that she could surrender,” she said of Madi. “Everyone I love is dying. I can’t keep doing this, not yet. If I also lose Madi, I will have nothing – to be nothing. ”
Fortunately, Clarke wouldn’t stay desperate for long. When Levitt realized that Cadogan was ready to risk Madi’s life to probe the depths of his mind, he faced another crisis of conscience, eventually fooling one of his fellow Disciples into bringing Clarke back and Octavia au Bardo. Too bad no one told him the bridge had been moved to the front of a Disciple execution platoon. (Needless to say, this wasn’t the warm welcome Clarke and Octavia were hoping for.)
The ladies were not imprisoned long, thanks to Levitt’s heroic efforts. And we’ll give Sheidheda extra kudos for agreeing to distract the disciples while Clarke and Octavia go after Madi. (This guy might be a fool, but he can’t resist much – or a good fight.)
Then came the tragic moment we all dreaded: Clarke finally reunited with Madi … only to find that she was basically “locked” in his mind. Levitt noted that Madi’s brainstem had evidence of a massive stroke, and the parts of her brain used to control involuntary movements had been destroyed. Clarke intended to get Madi out of her misery, but Octavia wouldn’t let her pull the trigger, choosing to perform the act herself. It was dark. It was unnecessary. It was… normal for the course on The 100, Unfortunately.
But before Octavia had a chance to take Madi out, more bad news broke: Cadogan got his brain code before leaving Clarke’s daughter for dead. Let the Last War ™ begin!
Also to be discussed …
* The sight of Jordan and Hope holding hands seemed fair. Do we still have a “ship name for them?” “Jope”?
* Likewise, we want to to feel the love between Octavia and Levitt, but there is so much more going on.
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