Clarke and Anya's wild adventure does not have a happy ending.

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The 100 Recap
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S2 E4

After last week’s “Reapercussions,” many of us predicted a Clarke and Anya friendship in the works. It made sense: They are both strong women, leaders of their respective groups, and they have a common enemy in the Undergrounders. Clanya seemed like a very real possibility. And then “Many Happy Returns” happened. Unless Abby knows how to heal a GSW to the chest, I think this friendship is over before it even really began. We should feel cheated, but The 100 writers know how to write a death with just the right amount of emotion. And Anya was just another casualty in this ever-expanding war on Earth—Clarke should know that better than anyone.

But let’s take a step back…

Clarke & Anya

At the start of the episode, we see these two crazy kids walking—apparently for hours—together. Clarke is the prisoner, but they both are being hunted. The Mountain Men (it doesn’t feel right calling them Undergrounders when they’re above ground) are hot on their trail. Singing the same tune as last week, Clarke insists they should work together, but Anya sees Clarke as weak and instead just keeps dragging her along.

They take a break to cover themselves in mud because Anya says that they “reek” and the Mountain Men can track them that way. (Which draws the question: Why can the Mountain Men smell them? Does their Grounder blood dialysis situation give them canine senses?) Anyway, when that cloaking method doesn’t work, Anya decides that it’s Clarke’s footsteps that are keeping the Men on their trail. So she grabs an even bigger rock to finish off the gash she started last week. Luckily, Clarke has a stroke of genius: One of them must have a tracking device embedded in them.

Anya finds a bump in her arm, and before Clarke can say “I just need something sharp and sterile,” Anya takes a page from Mama Pope’s book and rips it out WITH HER TEETH. (And I hope that’s the last time we see that on our TV screens.)

Just when you think they might be on their way to being besties, Clarke takes the sleeper dart she’s been hiding—sneaky, sneaky—and jabs it in Anya’s neck. It’s the ol’ prisoner switcheroo. Somehow while Anya is passed out, Clarke has the time to make a gurney, which she uses to drag Anya to the drop ship. Clarke can see the beginnings of her mother’s message, but the rest is wiped clean.

If there’s anything Clarke has learned on her short time on Earth, it’s that she can never take a moment to herself. The one time she did (well she wasn’t by herself, but she was taking a “moment” if you know what I mean), Raven landed on Earth and Bellamy destroyed her radio. And here, when she starts to cry and realize she’s all alone, her new would-be BFF attacks her. It’s a pretty intense fight—straight out of a Buffy episode but with more blood and mud. When Clarke finally gets the upper hand, she loses herself; she’s about to stab Anya and end it—luckily a weather balloon saves her. And that’s the moment she knows for sure that President Wallace lied and her people are alive.

NEXT: A Major Byrne in the a–

Camp Jaha

At the Sky People’s new, heavily secured home, Raven is recovering and Wick is back. (She released Finn, so she was due for a new love prospective.) They have amazing chemistry together—romantic or not—and Wick adds a bit of comic relief that was missing from the past episodes.

Abby has cleared Raven to work, so Sinclair immediately puts her to work. Her first job is to help Wick create a radio beacon to contact the other Ark survivors. They have a problem getting the signal across the mountains clearly—for some science-y reason that I choose to just go with—until Raven realizes they need to use helium to create a weather balloon. Wick has used his engineering skills to craft a brace for her now-paralyzed leg. Ever the fighter that she is, she resists any help, but after a heartbreaking scene where she can’t climb the radio beacon, she decides to use it. And it works—success! They attach a weather balloon to the beacon—second success!

And then that crabby Major Byrne shoots it down. She says that it makes Camp Jaha a target for Grounders. I’m with Wick on this one: You came to Earth “in a football stadium,” the Grounders already know where you are, Byrne. Suddenly making decisions on her own, she authorizes the guard to shoot any grounders on sight.

That is why, when Anya and Clarke got close to the fence, we all got that really bad feeling. They finally have a Come to Jesus talk. Clarke gets through to Anya and convinces her that Grounders and Sky People need to work together against the Undergrounders. And then Anya is shot through the chest. (Hate you Major Byrne!) Anya’s death affects Clarke just as much as if she were one of The 100. Their relationship was tumultuous (who’s prisoner and who’s captor was getting hard to keep track of), but you wouldn’t know it from this scene. The moment that they finally saw eye to eye only lasted seconds, but I’m going to remember them as friends—and Clarke probably will, too. If anything, this death is going to make Clarke fight even harder… if that’s possible.

The Five

Elsewhere, the rebel crew is out searching for Clarke and the others, but they are sidetracked when they stumble upon another downed Ark station. But unfortunately, this one didn’t land safely. There are bodies everywhere, and The Five start to move past it until they hear a woman crying. Looking over the cliff, Sterling sees someone he knows: a girl named Mia, who is in a very precarious position. Here is where we see the destruction of Finn continue: He says they don’t have time to save her. But it’s a moot point because Sterling is already going down.

Sadly it doesn’t end well for Sterling, who ends up at the bottom of the ravine when the rope unties. (I wish I could blame Byrne for this one, too.) Somehow Mia is still hanging on to the tree, though, and Bellamy says they can’t leave her, so he goes down with a newly made “rope.” Bellamy has grown so much as a character since the early days—remember when he used to basically be the pimp of the drop ship? And even Murphy’s redemption arc continues when he jumps in to help—and somehow he’s more into the idea of saving someone than Finn. These are very interesting role reversals.

From there, things only get worse: As they try to get Mia and Bellamy up, the “rope” unhooks and Grounders start shooting arrows at them. We all know there’s no way that this is the way Bellamy dies, though, so there wasn’t quite as much suspense behind the scene as the writers probably intended. But the arrows stop when someone blows a horn, the horn that signals acid fog is coming. Lincoln used it once to save The 100; and he taught his mentee well because it turns out to be Octavia who used it to save The Five.

Mia is saved (and literally falls on Finn just at the moment he needs a new love interest); and Bellamy is reunited with his sister. I have lots of questions about this—which I’ll reserve for the questions portion of the recap—but this moment is very sweet. They have a relationship—as siblings—that no one from the Ark can understand; and it shows here.

Mia, Bellamy, and Octavia head back to Camp Jaha to take Monroe, who’s been hit by what’s likely a poisoned arrow; Finn and Murphy go after Clarke (who is actually at Camp Jaha now) and the others (who are underground at Mount Weather), so there’s no way this ends as they expect it to.

NEXT: Ground People, Underground People, Sky People. Now Sand People?Jaha

The Chancellor gets his own storyline again this week, but he’s finally not alone. He’s been captured by people in a desert, called The Dead Zone, who are on their way to the City of Light—which could further point to him being near New York City. The family that’s captured him has a son, Zoran, who has facial deformities. Jaha says it’s because of radiation, the mother says “fate.” Sienna, the mother, tells Jaha that kids like Zoran are supposed to be left for nature to reclaim so they can erase the “stain” from the bloodline. (Just in case you forgot how bleak it is on the ground.) “That is our way,” she says. But she couldn’t do it, so she and her husband fled and kept their son.

Jaha’s response to this act of rebellion: “You chose to leave your people?” On The Ark, he did everything for the greater good—even if that meant sending his son to a radiated Earth. Now he’s realizing what it’s like to live in a world where family and personal interests can come before the common good. Which is why he understands and doesn’t put up a fight when Zoran’s father turns him in for the price of a horse.

And off Jaha goes with his new captors, who might or might not be Grounders (of the Woods Clan variety or otherwise), Undergrounders (a.k.a. Mountain Men), Reapers, or who knows who else. At this point, we really need someone to draw up a map and/or a flow chart.

Questions, questions, questions:

How sad was it that Jaha’s first food on Earth was bugs?

When did Sterling learn to rappel?

Which was the better line: Murphy’s “I’d say he’s heard one too many of your motivational speeches” or Wick’s “Argon! … What are we not just tossing out noble gases?”

When Bellamy told Mia “just put your arms around me,” why did she resist? What is wrong with her?

Why is Octavia not with the Woods Clan? Did they just let her go? Did she give up on Lincoln?

Where was Abby when Byrne was making all these terrible decisions—is she allowed to make them without the acting Chancellor’s say? A follow-up: How ballistic is Abby going to go when Clarke comes in on a gurney with a gunshot wound?

Who put out the bounty on Sky People?

Is there any chance Anya survives?

I want to hear your crazy theories, rants, and thoughts. Let’s chat here or over on Twitter.

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