The battle begins... finally.
“It can’t be over.” Those were the words that both Clarke and I uttered at the end of “Blood Must Have Blood, Part One.” Although we all knew that the finale would be split over two weeks, I can’t be the only one reeling from those punch-in-the-gut twists. I honestly cannot predict what will happen next week now. But all we can do is wait and see… so let’s talk about this week’s episode while we catch our breath.
The action picks up immediately where we left it in “Bodyguard of Lies”: The Grounders/Sky People army is waiting outside Mount Weather and Bellamy is crawling around the vents inside. (Aside: I have no idea why, but the opening scene reminded me of Eugene Victor Tooms on The X-Files.) Bellamy finds his way to the Harvest Chamber, where he frees Echo and tells her the plan—which is… the army is going for the main door and everyone inside will gather in the Harvest Chamber. He tells her to free the rest of the prisoners while he goes to bring back The 44.
Cage adds a bit of a wrinkle to that plan when he goes wide with an announcement that The 44 are criminals and killing the Undergrounders’ dreams of ever seeing the ground. He conveniently leaves out the part where they are killing The 44 to get to the ground, but that’s a small detail in the Cage Plan of World Domination. The Mountain Men start going room to room to find The 44, and we witness the first apartment search, where Maya and Jasper happen to be hiding. The guards threaten to shoot the apartment owners if they don’t tell them where the “fugitives” are, so Jasper comes out of hiding—and then the guards shoot the couple anyway. And they call Grounders savages.
On the outside, Clarke and Lexa are going over the battle plan with Grounder field commanders and Sky guards. They are emphatic that it is a rescue mission—the soldiers are to kill only other soldiers and leadership if need be, but there are children and innocent bystanders down there as well. They further explain the battle plan: Raven and Wick will blow the turbines at the dam, therefore taking out the power. In the ONE MINUTE before the backup generator kicks in, Clarke will blow the door. While the army fights the Mountain Men at the door, Octavia, Indra, and Jackson’s team will usher all the prisoners to safety. They’ll be home safe before Mount Weather even notices they’re gone. Simple, right?
With the plan in place, the Grounders and Sky People together begin chanting, “Jus drein jus daun!” (blood must have blood). It was such a beautiful moment of unity that I got choked up a bit—and I should have known then it couldn’t last.
Also having a beautiful moment: Octavia and Indra. Once their team neutralizes the Reapers in the tunnels, they head for the Harvest Chamber door. When Octavia finds it, Indra calls her “Octavia… of the Tree People.” She’s definitely gone full Grounder now, and it’s so touching to see Indra show an emotion beyond anger for once.
Back in Mount Weather, Maya’s dad, Vincent, helps Miller, Fox, Maya, and Jasper escape with a little help from Bellamy in a vent (Tooms—I’m telling you.). Miller and Fox go with Vincent to the Harvest Chamber, while Jasper and Bellamy go to find the other lost Sky Kids. Maya decides at the last minute to go with them. She has a tearful last goodbye, which signaled one of them wouldn’t make it out of this alive. But this is war, and they both knew the costs when they picked their side.
Monroe (hey girl, where ya been?) drills a hole in the front door, so they can place Raven’s bomb. It’s kind of hilarious that even with adults around, the kids still are doing the heavy lifting. I’m sure someone over 21 knows how to use a drill, but at the same time, it does show how much training the kids received on the Ark—they were never really kids on the Ark and they’re definitely not kids on the Ground.
With the bomb in the door ready, they just have to wait for Raven and Wick to place the bombs in the dam. Cue problems. They had successfully taken out the guards in the dam, but a radio starts going off asking for “402” to report. Suddenly a Hazmat-besuited man appears out of nowhere and tries to go for the radio. Wick goes to stop him, kills him, and breaks the last bomb in the process.
Unaware of the problems both in Mount Weather and in the damn, Clarke and Lexa are just waiting for the all-clear while talking about their feelings while not really talking about their feelings. “What will you do when it’s over?” Lexa asks Clarke. Clarke has no idea: “I can’t think past today.” Lexa offers for Clarke to come to the capital with her; she says it would change the way she thinks about Grounders. “You already have,” Clarke says.
Also talking the state of their relationship: the two engineer geniuses who put their heads together and came up with something called “redundancy.” I am not an engineer, so I won’t try to give you the details (because I’m not sure I fully understand them). What I do know: They blow up four turbines, Mountain Men come and point guns at them, everyone is too close to where something is about to blow up, and the last one blows up.
NEXT: All hell breaks loose