Showrunners, take note: If you want to get your under-rated show renewed for a third season, kill off a main character. Trust me. It worked for The 100. And although it’s always enjoyable to watch this show, it feels even better to watch knowing there’s not a never-to-be-answered cliffhanger coming at the end of this season.
I’ve touched on this before in the recaps, but when the season 2 episode order was upped to 16 episodes, it gave our little show that could a chance to tell stories a little slower. “Remember Me” was a perfect example of that: a TON happened during the episode but nothing that moved the plot forward that much. And that’s not a bad thing. It’s actually refreshing to see the characters take a moment to grieve their loss and reflect on their feelings.
The episode starts right where we left with the mid-season finale (and right on the nose) with Finn’s literal blood on Clarke’s hands. In the “Spacewalker” recap I wondered how this would affect our fearless leader—and we’re already seeing the change in her eyes. She frantically tries to get the blood of her hands and begins to lose it.
Then Abby comes in, and Clarke really loses it. When a girl kills a former lover, she really just needs her mom I guess. You know how kids will cry so hard they lose their breath? That’s what Clarke reminds me of here—and it is heart-wrenching, but this is war, so there’s really no time for it. The minute Gustus, Lexa’s guard, walks in, Clarke dries her eyes and puts her leader face back on.
Lexa and Indra follow him in to inform Clarke (they’re not even attempting to play like Abby is in charge) that the Grounders wanted more “justice” to be taken out on the Sky People, but Lexa thinks Clarke’s actions were enough: “What you did tonight will haunt you until the end of your days.” Drops mic. Lexa out.
But seriously, Lexa is one wise Commander—and luckily that seems to also mean she’s less cruel than her people. She tells Clarke that they will take Finn’s body to Tondc, the village he massacred. (It’s later shown to be named such because of a corroded Washington D.C. sign, which is a little hokey, but okay.) Kane wants to bury Finn’s body with his own people, but Clarke agrees with Lexa to help keep the alliance alive.
After the group conversation is this little gem:
Abby: “They’re being led by a child.”
Kane: “So are we.”
Yesssssss, finally the adults are admitting that she’s in charge. Clarke for Chancellor 2149?
The only Sky People we actually know (aside from Miller’s dad, Sinclair, Wick, Byrne, and Monroe—who are all all MIA—and Jaha, who is in the stockade) decide to embark with the Grounders for TonDC with Finn’s body. Along the way, Bellamy tells Clarke they should be breaking into Mount Weather, not wasting their time on “politics.” He even offers to go in alone, but she says no: “I can’t lose you, too.” (The writers pulled out the big guns for “Remember Me”; I might or might not have teared up multiple times.)
After turning over their weapons, the Grounders and Sky People enter TonDC, where they do not receive a warm welcome. Lexa quickly tells the villagers, “The Sky People march with us now.” She’s all in for this alliance it seems, and it’s about time.
After a pyre is built and the bodies from the massacre, along with Finn’s, are placed atop, the ritual begins. All about the unification now, Clarke takes part; Lexa goes so far as to let her light the pyre—a task it would seem is meant for the Commander as the crowd murmurs with shock when she literally passes the torch. (Indra looks like she’s going to burst a blood vessel.) But Clarke is quite the diplomat: As she sets the pyre aflame, she says the only Trigedasleng words she knows: “Yu gonplei ste odon (Your fight is over).” I swear it’s impossible for those words to be said without me crying; it’s quickly becoming the “So Say We All” of this series.
Lexa has a heart-to-heart with Clarke, leader to leader. She tells her how she once loved someone, but the Ice Nation tortured her, killed her, and cut her head off. Moral of the story: Love is weakness.
NEXT: A funeral/truce feast … and a poisoning