Everyone—Grounders and Sky People included—experiences the fallout from Finn's death and the ongoing truce.

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S2 E9

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

Post-ceremony, the Sky People and Grounders hold a feast in the train station. They’re all starting to get along—Kane even brings a bottle of Ark alcohol for the occasion (handy he carried that with him). As Lexa’s guardian, Gustus takes a sip from Lexa’s drink first, and he begins to foam at the mouth. Indra finds poison in Raven’s coat, and just like that, the two groups are at odds again.

As the Arkers wait in the train station for Lexa to decide their fate, confrontation is all over the place. First, Raven’s fist confronts Clarke’s nose as the former yells, “You’re the only murderer here.” And then Abby and Clarke finally have the conversation that’s been building for two seasons. Abby tells her daughter she understands what she’s going through because she’s been there—which Clarke quickly realizes means that time her mom had her dad floated. You know, that time. She screams that killing Finn was the only option, and Abby tells her it was the same. Now in the “murderer of your lover” club, Clarke finally understands the truth to Abby’s statement.

After Gustus is saved, the Grounders decide how to deal with the situation: Raven shall die, everyone else will go, and the truce is off. As Raven is tied to a tree and sliced open, Clarke has a stroke of genius: The poison came from the cup, not the bottle. So she grabs the bottle and chugs it. (She has needed a good drink for a long time.) When she doesn’t start to die like Gustus, Bellamy fingers Gustus as the (self) poisoner. Lexa was never the target. The alliance was. Gustus was worried that the alliance would kill Lexa, so he tried to stop it. But the treachery cost him his life.

Only then, when Gustus is being sliced open again and again, does Raven realize the pain from which Clarke saved Finn. Her forgiveness comes a little quickly, but like all things during war, there’s just no time to hold on, whether it’s a grudge, a feeling, or a loved one’s death.

And Clarke knows that now. She has a quick change of heart and understands that what Lexa said is true: love is weakness. So she lets Bellamy go into Mount Weather.

I purposely avoided talking about all the Fake Finn stuff in the above because honestly, I wasn’t feeling it and I don’t think it was necessary to the story. It felt like more of a way to psych people out in the promos than a way to show us Clarke’s struggle. Eliza Taylor has the ability to portray that Clarke is wracked with grief with just her eyes; I didn’t need Thomas McDonell lurking around, and eyeing her like a creeper while she was sleeping, and then disappearing into trees. But rant over, it’s time to go underground.

Maya is fully on Team 47 now. Working with Miller, Monty, and Jasper, she’s been helping them try to find Harper, but to no avail. They decide the only way to get help is through the radio. All they need to do to get access is break through a two-foot wall, find the wire, and hack into the system … without being heard. Oh, and they also need to steal copper wire, the guards’ schedule, a walkie talkie, and a “big ass” hammer. No biggie.

Lucky for them, this wall is in the art archives, which Maya knows well. They are able to find the wires thanks to a called-in favor from Maya resulting in loud alarms and Miller’s hammering skills. The only problem is the radio waves are jammed—which of course the Sky People know, but the kids underground haven’t yet discovered. Although Monty’s able to set the looped message to play, he needs into the control room to allow it to broadcast.

Unbeknownst to his partners-in-crime, Monty breaks into the command room to get the message out. He pretends to be one of the hazmat-besuited workers hosing down the room for radiation. Conveniently that means the worker in the room has to wait outside. It’s a genius plan until Cage and another security guard catch him leaving. He almost gets away with it, but the devil is in the details: He signs the wrong code in the log. The scary security man then strangles Monty to death.

Or so it seems. But really he wakes up in a cage. And look at who is cage-mate is: the barely alive Harper! And she’s done us the solid of counting the empty cages. There are 47. Bellamy, you better hurry.

Questions, as always:

Admit it: How many of you thought Finn was actually alive when he opened his eyes?

When Kane and Abby talk about what to do with Jaha, she says, “Maybe I should shock-lash him?” When did she become the queen of sass? Also, how fun is it to joke about being publicly electrically whipped with your friend who issued the lashings?

Is Indra the new Byrne? Because I hate her so much.

Was I the only one getting sexual tension between Gustus and Raven when he was checking her for weapons? I thought we had a new potential love connection, but obviously that idea was killed along with Gustus.

Do people in the apocalypse not care about PDA? Octavia jumped on Lincoln like they weren’t surrounded by, oh, 100 or so other people trying to sleep.

What is the Ice Nation? And how did the US get so many biomes?

Has anyone actually ever used the “let’s make-out” ruse in real life? It always makes me LOL in TV and movies, but good for Jasper getting his first Maya kiss.

The Undergrounders, specifically Cage, are worried about the Sky People/Grounder alliance. They said they have ways to stop it, which leads me to believe they are the cause for so many fractioned enemy tribes above ground. Thoughts?

Should we be worried about the toughened, “love is weakness” Clarke?

I want to hear your theories and thoughts here or over on Twitter.

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