Well friends, the time has finally come to say goodbye to The 100.
After 7 seasons and one-hundred episodes, the final chapter ends. Truth be told, I’m sad to see these characters go. No matter what has transpired throughout the last season, the time I spent getting to know and fall in love with these characters can’t be ignored.
This show still remains as one of my go-to comfort shows (ironic since every episode deals with death and destruction).
The 100 is the show I can watch repeatedly with ease. It’s a show that has the ability to be a distraction from the world around me. I’m sure long after it’s gone it will continue to be that.
Now, series finales are always difficult because there is a lot riding on them. There’s no next season and no second chance to right past wrongs. What’s even crazier is that no matter what the writers do, they’ll most likely piss off at least some part of their audience anyways.
Based on how this season has gone, I went into the finale not expecting too much. But I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by the way things turned out. Oh, and I cried like a baby.
It’s What We Do
The finale picks up right where we left off – Emori dying and Clarke on a mission to kill Cadogan.
I didn’t really expect Emori to survive with the wound she had, but part of me was still hanging on to the hope of her miraculous recovery especially when they arrived on Sanctum. Unfortunately, there wasn’t anything more Jackson could do and Emori succumbed to her wounds.
It was a gut-wrenching blow for not only Murphy, but for the viewers. I wanted nothing more than for Murphy and Emori to live happily ever after. To think that they weren’t going to get that crushed me. But perhaps what killed me even more was Murphy deciding to implant Emori’s mind drive in himself knowing it would eventually kill him
For Murphy, he was willing to spend just a few more moments with the love of his life rather than spend years without her. I tear up just thinking about it.
Meanwhile, Clarke is on her own mission which involves literally shooting Cadogan in the middle of the long-awaited test. I honestly burst out laughing when this happened. Like of all the ways you can prove that you’re worth transcending, this is not it. I mean, I get why she did it, but still, it was comical.
Now the infamous Wanheda is left to convince the superior beings that the human race is worth transcending.To be honest, this whole transcendence thing still baffles me. I feel like there is still not enough explanation as to how someone is deemed worthy and what’s even the point of transcending at all.
The judge claims that the human race is not worthy because they’re prone to violence and destroying one another. So was Clarke supposed to sit back in Mt. Weather and let all of her friends and family die? Not to mention there was no indication that transcendence was even a thing to work towards. So, how can someone be blamed for their past actions of survival? And then the higher beings commit genocide on species that fail the test? What is this nonsense?
May We Meet Again
I think the gasp I let out when I saw Lexa could be heard from around the world. While I know that wasn’t technically Lexa and it was just a judge taking her form, seeing Alycia Debnam-Carey grace my screen literally took my breath away. Watching Clarke run to her thinking for a split second it was Lexa nearly tore my heart out. Lexa has and will always be Clarke’s greatest love and you cannot convince me otherwise.
Even though that wasn’t really Lexa, it still felt like some sort of nod to their love story one final time.
But Lexa wasn’t the only familiar face we saw. After Clarke and Lexa had a nice talking to about how Clarke is an awful person, Clarke returned to Bardo with the news that she failed the test. Fortunately, Raven wasn’t going to give up so easily. Raven went to take the test herself to try to convince the judge to give humans another chance or at least more time to prove they’re worthy.
Because the judge takes the form of a person’s greatest teacher and someone they loved very much, Raven’s judge was Abby. For a second I thought Sinclair was going to show up, but I bet they couldn’t refuse an opportunity to bring back Abby and I don’t blame them. It’s always fun to see a former main character pop up even if it’s not really the same character.
So now the ball is in Raven’s court to save the human race. Sadly, Abby isn’t buying much of what Raven is spewing especially knowing what’s is happening on Bardo as they speak. The Wonkru and Bardo soldiers are about one second away from ending the human race. For Abby, that’s just more reason as to why humans don’t deserve to transcend. How can the judge believe Raven that humans are willing to change if it appears like they’re stuck in their old ways?
It’s easy to assume that Octavia has had the biggest growth and journey of all the characters, but this episode proves it. In an attempt to stop an impending extinction, Octavia walks into the middle of the battlefield with one last plea to stop the war.
For the Blodreina to implore people not to fight, that packs a big punch. And it works.
However, we almost did see another war thanks to Sheidheda poking the flames. But in typical badass fashion, Indra sends Sheidheda to smithereens. Boy was that satisfying.
Got to admit, for a hot second I was beginning to think they weren’t going to transcend. But worry not, the human race is worthy! Well, except for Clarke.
Watching everyone become a yellow energy ball was a bit amusing, but I guess that’s what it looks like when you leave your human body and become infinite.
As I said, I’m not really reading too much into the whole transcendence thing but I’m just really happy that transcending allowed for Emori, Levitt, and even Echo to survive. It even allowed Madi to find peace which was exactly what she deserved even if it is without Clarke.
Speaking of Clarke, I’m not entirely sure why she wasn’t allowed to transcend. Sure, she’s done some questionable things but literally everyone in the show has. Echo, Raven, and Octavia have sought blood for blood yet they’re allowed to transcend? It makes no sense!
Clarke accepts her fate even if it means wandering the Earth alone because that’s what Clarke does. She bears it so they don’t have to. It’s what made Clarke such a powerhouse of a protagonist. Even if she knew about transcendence from the beginning, I’m willing to bet that she would do it all over again.
Thinking Clarke would have to spend the rest of her days alone bugged the hell out of me. I was about to throw hands. But The 100 pulled through and actually gave us an ending that I am 100% here for and love.
Even though everyone transcended, a select few decided that they didn’t want to. Raven, Octavia, Murphy, Indra, and more decided that a life on Earth with Clarke and the rest of their small family would be enough. They won’t be able to have children or transcend when their lives end, but it didn’t matter to them.
The only thing that mattered to them was each other. And that’s what The 100 has always been about. Family. And now this family gets to live happily in peace which is more than I could have ever asked for.