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With the Grounders calling for blood, the Sky People must decide what—and who—is worth sacrificing for a truce.

The 100

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December 18, 2014 at 03:00 AM EST

If you’re still in shock from The 100‘s midseason finale, don’t worry. You’ve come to the right place. We can get through this together.

Where do I even start? This show quietly premiered back in March with the patented CW formula firmly in place: beautiful young actors, equally beautiful adult actors, a love triangle, shirtlessness, hashtag-primed moments, and a catchy angle (in this case, space). The premiere was good, but not great. Those of us who stuck it out saw it quickly became more than its CW predecessors. By the third episode, one of the vertices of that signature love triangle was murdered by a 12-year-old girl. That was the moment I, along with most viewers, realized this show was not messing around.

In case you forgot that The 100 is willing to push it—with Harvest Chambers, village massacres, and babies in space, I’m not quite sure how you could, but if you did—Jason Rothenberg and his band of merry writers reminded us tonight. They did it again. They murdered one-third of their CW love triangle. This show is not messing around.

“Spacewalker” picks up exactly where “Long Into an Abyss” left off: Clarke is returning from Lexa’s haute war tent with very troubling news. And because she forgot how much these Sky People love a to form a mob, she shares the news in front of the crowd: “If we want a truce, we have to give them Finn.”

And we’re off. If you were hoping to get answers to Reaper Lincoln, Mount Weather, or even the City of Lights, it became clear from the start that this episode had one purpose only. And that’s not bad: It speaks to the quality of the show that the writers can take this one concept—to save or hand over Finn—stretch it out over 45 minutes, and still make nearly every minute interesting.

No one handles this news well, but all for different reasons. Most want to give him up, and Raven ends up punching Byrne in the face in her struggle against the crowd. (If this hadn’t been such a somber episode, I would have cheered that someone finally did that.) One man from the mob starts yelling how they need to hand over Finn, the spacewalker who burned up three months of oxygen from the Ark. See this isn’t the first time Finn’s been responsible for a mass killing (remember all the people who volunteered for the culling to save oxygen on the Ark back in season 1?). But wait. The boy we’ve known as the spacewalker isn’t actually the spacewalker.

In flashbacks, we see a younger, cleaner, sweeter Finn helping Raven study aboard the Ark. She’s about to turn 18 and get Zero-G certification. Here, he gives her the raven necklace as an early birthday gift. A few days later, she aces her test, but of course there’s a catch: She failed the physical because of a heart murmur, which means she’ll never get to spacewalk. Happy birthday, Raven.

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A week and a half later in Ark flashback time, Finn has yet another gift for Raven: a piece of tape with her name on it. It goes with … a spacesuit. Aww, Finn, before you killed a village, you were a sweet guy. He helps her take her first—and only—spacewalk. She experiences “freedom” for the first time in her life. But as we all know, freedom always comes at a cost.

As she re-enters the Ark, the outer door doesn’t seal, and Finn has to flip the manual override in order to get Raven back inside safely. This triggers a support team to come; and all the section doors will be sealed—thereby making it impossible for them to escape.

But Finn thinks on his feet and makes Raven give him the suit; since he’s 17, he’ll just go to the Skybox, whereas Raven will get immediately floated. He sacrifices himself for the woman he loves.

NEXT: Well, that won’t be the last time that he does that.

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