Can you ever truly trust a Grounder?

By Dalene Rovenstine
February 05, 2016 at 11:21 PM EST
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The 100 lives on that line between right and wrong; even our favorite characters can make decisions that have us questioning if they made the best choice. This is a show that can make you understand a character like Murphy, who killed his own friends and shot Raven in season 1. This is a show that potentially has “no good guys.” This is a show that’s had multiple massacres at the hands of major characters. And this is a show that, tonight, somehow got us to sympathize with Lexa’s season 2 decision at Mount Weather.

“Ye Who Enter here” kicks off with Lexa trying to see Clarke in the capitol building, but she’s not getting a warm welcome. It’s been a week since Clarke was delivered to the Commander, and Lexa’s given her space, but now she has a message: At sundown that day, Skaikru will be coming to get Clarke. Clarke says she wouldn’t need to be “returned” if Lexa hadn’t kidnapped her, but Lexa insists she saved her.

“You know when I could have used saving? When you abandoned me at Mount Weather.” Yep, we’re diving right into it. Lexa tries to get Clarke to see that she would have made the same decision for her own people — that she did make that decision just hours later when she chose to kill everyone, including allies in Mount Weather — but Clarke’s not ready to hear it. “You have no honor, and I had no choice,” she says.

But Lexa doesn’t have time to dig into this particular conflict at the moment because there’s a bigger issue at hand: Lexa wants Skaikru to become the 13th clan. Lexa says it’s so the Sky People will have protection, but Clarke calls her out for the truth: Wanheda makes the Commander look weak, and Azgeda is exploiting that. “Go float yourself,” Clarke spits at her — which probably means nothing to Lexa, but we can assume she gets the gist.

She goes before the council, where everyone bows except the ambassador from Ice Nation. He wants Lexa to explain why Wanheda is still alive. But Lexa’s second in command, Titus, speaks up instead. He wants to know why Ice Nation troops are closing in on Polis. Before the situation can escalate, Lexa asks to speak to the Azgeda ambassador in private, you know, “over here by this giant open window,” and then she pushes him out it to his death. Don’t f— with Lexa, y’all.

Someone should pass this message onto Clarke. Because while she’s busy … hanging out on balconies? … Roan has come up with a proposition: Kill Lexa and she’ll find an ally in the Ice Queen.

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While this is happening, Raven, Bellamy, Gina (Bellamy’s girlfriend), and Octavia are moving supplies into Mount Weather. It’s supposed to be open for a hospital and overflow of the Farm Arkers, but when they arrive, they walk into a party basically. Pike is having the time of his life with 36 of his closest friends, and Octavia is not having it.

Bellamy finds her outside, where they attempt to have a brother-to-sister chat, but they’re finding themselves on opposite ends of the Grounder issues. Bellamy says Arkers aren’t the Mountain Men, and the Grounders need to accept it, but Octavia says she just wants to leave it all behind. “I don’t fit in here,” she says as we all cry. Bellamy — being the best big brother — says, “If you need to leave, I get that, but you’ll always fit in with me.”

NEXT: History repeating itself

Before Bellamy and Octavia can hug it out, two Sky guards drag a Grounder through the field toward them. Bellamy quickly realizes it’s Echo, the Grounder who was in the cage next to his during his entrapment in Mount Weather. She has a message: The summit is a trap and all of the Sky People will die.

No one is answering their radios, so Bellamy, Octavia, and Pike decide to rush to Polis to warn the others. And, for reasons that make zero sense to me, Pike suggests they ready the missiles to respond if they need to. Sinclair says they don’t have the launch codes, and Raven offers to figure out how to use the weapons without the codes.

Okay, let’s break this down. If somehow the assassin kills the handful of people in Polis, you are going to nuke the entire capital? THAT IS HOW YOU ENDED UP IN SPACE FOR 97 YEARS. And, okay, we don’t know that much about Pike; he clearly is trigger-happy, so maybe this response makes sense from him. But from Bellamy? And Sinclair? And Raven? I don’t believe they’d think it was a good idea, let alone help the cause.

But anyway, that’s what’s happening. Gina stays behind to help get the missiles going (her too??). She, Sinclair, and Raven are doing everything they can in the control room, but it’s not working, so Gina decides to go look in the president’s office in case he wrote the codes down somewhere.

In preparation for the summit at sundown, Kane and Abby go to Polis. They wander through the vendors and crowd outside the capitol, and Abby notices how Kane is suited for interacting with all these people. He has a vision for the Grounder/Sky People relationship, and she does not. She offers up the chancellor pin, but Kane has a better idea: to hold an election (how culturally relevant!).

Before Clarke can reunite with her mom, she has a little job to do: Kill Lexa. Using the blade that Roan left her, Clarke is able to get the jump on Lexa, but she can’t do it. She holds it at Lexa’s throat as they stare into each other’s eyes. Lexa says “I’m sorry,” and Clarke cries and drops the blade.

At dusk, we finally get the mother/daughter reunion we’ve been waiting for. But Clarke doesn’t have time to catch up — she’s presenting Lexa’s 13th-clan proposition to Abby and Kane. Abby isn’t so sure, but Kane says it’s the right thing to do.

By the time Echo, Bellamy, Pike, and Octavia get to the outskirts of Polis, the Sky guards left as watchers are dead. And although Polis doesn’t allow weapons, Echo shows them a tunnel to the capitol they can use. They get to the building via underground and see two guards occupying the elevator shaft; Echo says they’re responsible for raising the lift. So instead of explaining the situation to them, Bellamy and Pike just kill them. Octavia isn’t happy about that, but there’s no time to talk about it — they have a billion stairs to climb.

Upstairs, Lexa calls the summit to order and welcomes Skaikru, the newest tribe in the coalition. Even though there’s murmuring in the crowd, Lexa wastes no time with her plan. With Abby’s blessing, Kane receives the Grounder’s mark, as the leader of Skaikru. (Just a little branding, nbd.)

But before anyone can welcome the 13th clan, Bellamy and Co. bust in the doors, brandishing their weapons. He says the Ice Nation is there as a trap. Lexa wants to know how he knows this; Bellamy turns for Echo to explain, but she’s nowhere to be found.

NEXT: War … again

Throughout the episode, we’ve seen glimpses of a very scary-looking Grounder, who we believed to be the Polis assassin. Well, he is the assassin, but he’s not at the capitol. He’s at Mount Weather. (The call is coming from inside the house!) He’s not going to the control room, though, he’s headed straight for the president’s office. He stabs Gina repeatedly and copies a code from his arm into the president’s launch pad. He’s initiated self-destruct … in one minute.

Gina is able to get to her walkie to let Raven and Sinclair know what the Grounder has done. They chase after him and catch him just outside Mount Weather. They have just enough time to give Gina the code — but she’s already dead. Raven wants to run back in, but it’s too late. Mount Weather is no more.

Just as Kane is telling Bellamy to stand down, Raven’s voice comes over the walkie. She says the Grounders attacked Mount Weather. “It’s gone. They’re all gone. Sinclair and I are the only ones left.” As her cries come through the walkie into Polis, Lexa orders all of the Ice Nation delegation to be arrested. She tells Kane and Abby to go back to their people — that they’ll avenge the attack together. Clarke stays behind as the ambassador for Skaikru.

When they are alone, Lexa swears to Clarke that she won’t betray her again, that the Sky people are now her people, their needs are her needs. Bellamy told Clarke she could never trust Lexa again, but I’m not sure that’s true. Lexa needs the Sky People, and Wanheda, in order to defeat the Ice Nation. And I think Lexa truly cares for Clarke, and therefore Clarke’s people… she just had a funny way of showing it the first time around.

In the last moments, we see Echo running to the Azgeda scouts outside Polis with a message for the queen. Queen Nia (Brenda Strong) is there, and she’s looking fierce. Echo tells the queen, “You got your war — thanks to the last Mountain Man.” And then that slimy son of a bitch Emerson walks up next to the queen.

Looks like Clarke won’t have to wait too long to figure out how the Ice Nation knew the missile launch codes. Emerson, you better watch your back.

Questions:

  • Does Titus have a fancier Grounder title than “second in command”?
  • In a way, it is Abby’s fault that all those people died in Mount Weather — I guess her and Clarke now have something very terrible in common?
  • What was the point of Raven telling us the story about how she “saved Sinclair’s ass on the Ark”?
  • We saw Lexa training with a kid named Aiden, whom Titus called a “nightblood” and Lexa said was ready for his “conclave”? What are all these things??
  • Did you see how excited Indra was to see Kane at Polis? Is that the most excited Indra has been in her whole life?
  • Why exactly was there a woman singing over the summit proceedings?
  • Do you think Sinclair’s heart-to-heart with Raven will make her finally get her leg checked out?
  • Was Shawn Mendes in Mount Weather!?
  • Has Indra finally forgiven Octavia? Can Lincoln be next?
  • Hey, Jaha, what’s good?
  • What did you think of “Ye Who Enter Here”? Do you think we can finally trust Lexa? Should we be worried about Bellamy and Octavia’s relationship? Were you happy to see Emerson again? (Just kidding, he’s the worst.) Tell me your thoughts below, or reach out on Twitter @realdalener.

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