The Ground is a bit like a hydra: When one villain falls, two more rise in its place. As Pike finally gets his due, Ontari shows she’s just as unstable as we thought and A.L.I.E. shows us glimpses of the program that caused the end of the world. For an A.I. that’s supposed to promote world peace, she sure has created — and sustained — a brutal world.
But maybe Rebecca had something to do with that because if she was the one that created the commander lineage, she sure set up a strange system. We learn through Ontari that the next step in the ascension process is for her to recite the names of all past commanders. Although Murphy helps her search the Flamekeeper lair, they come up empty. He points out that the other commanders are probably able to do this because they have the knowledge from the flame, which Ontari does not have.
And here’s where we see a bit of humanity from Ontari… She says she deserves to be commander because she was ripped from her family by Queen Nia and made to suffer under her cruelty all these years just because she was a nightblood. Murphy tells her she can be commander with his help as fake Flamekeeper. She threatens to kill him quite a few times — she loves to do that — but finally agrees.
When he brings the ambassadors before her for the final ascension ceremony, she proclaims that she won’t tell them the lineage because she’s already commander and can do whatever she wants. To prove it, she grabs the nearest ambassador and gouges his eyes out. None of the other ambassadors want to lose their eyes, so they’re agreeing to Ontari’s command for now. Apparently, this was not Murphy’s advice…
Murphy: We talked about restraint.
Ontari: You told me not to kill him.
Murphy: Next time I’ll be more specific.
If she’s thankful for Murphy’s help, she sure has a strange way of showing it: She has her guards chain Murphy up again and leave them alone. As she undresses in front of him, he tells her there’s someone else (Emori!), but that doesn’t faze her. As she uses the chain to pull him closer and threaten his life, Murphy just says, “Oh, the things I do to survive.”
While he’s having a…weird time in chains, Bellamy is still in his in the cave. Miller, Harper, Kane, Sinclair, Bryan, and a very angry Octavia walk in. He asks where Lincoln is, and without wavering, O says, “Pike put a bullet in his brain.” She isn’t sad — she’s angry.
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Although Bellamy tries to apologize, she lunges at him and starts beating up on her brother. Kane and Miller try to pull her back, but Bellamy tells them to let her. When Bellamy’s thoroughly beaten and covered in blood, Octavia pulls back and says, “You’re dead to me.” But as angry as she is, she can’t deny he is still of use. When Monty — after being warned by his mother that Pike knew about his treason — escapes Arkadia, he radios to the gang in code. It’s Bellamy who realizes Monty is requesting they go to channel 7.
Kane tells Monty he’ll meet him at the Drop Ship, but Octavia won’t let him go alone. Bellamy is also going, but he doesn’t really get a choice in the matter; his sister wants to use him as a hostage because this is most likely a trap.
NEXT: It is most definitely a trap.