Blood must have blood ... or does it?
Rulers, Statesmen, Nations, are wont to be emphatically commended to the teaching which experience offers in history. But what experience and history teach is this, that peoples and governments never have learned anything from history, or acted on principles deduced from it. —Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
The 100 writers’ room must have had this quote nailed to the wall as they wrote this season, and the character of Pike in particular. Every time he spoke tonight, it was as if he was intentionally recalling a terrible moment in history. Colonizing an already inhabited land while killing the native population? Check. Interning people just because of where they’re from? Check, check.
It’s easy to be frustrated by how easily the Arkers are following Pike, but his message of “outsiders are the enemy” is something people, sadly, too easily support — even today.
In “Watch the Thrones,” newly christened Chancellor Pike promised he would “finish what he started,” i.e. meet Indra’s peacekeeping army outside Arkadia with automatic weapons. In “Hakeldama,” we see Bellamy, Pike, and the Farmers coming back from outside the gates. They’re covered in blood, but there are no casualties from the Sky People. Abby doesn’t understand how they all returned against an army of 300. The answer’s simple: Pike and Co. killed them in their sleep.
As if nothing just happened, Pike addresses his people as chancellor: “This land is ours now.” (Apparently Woody Guthrie’s lyrics did not endure the apocalypse.) He goes on to say that any person who resists them will be met by force.
Clarke and Lexa, who are journeying to Arkadia with the body of the Ice Queen, have stumbled upon just what that means. The field outside the Sky Nation’s camp is littered with bodies; the only surviving person is Indra. She says Bellamy let her live so she could pass on a message: “Skaikru rejects the coalition. This is their land now. We can leave, or we can die.”
Lexa’s knee-jerk reaction as commander is to lay waste to Arkadia, so she calls the 12 clans to battle. Luckily Lexa is still willing to listen to Clarke, who says if she can get Kane to come meet them (thanks to Indra’s radio) and explain what’s going on, they can stop the war from happening. Lexa agrees but has her troops on the way just in case.
After getting Indra’s radio signal, Kane asks Octavia if she’s able to sneak out of Arkadia, and of course she is (“I was born for this”). Octavia quickly escapes to Lexa’s camp, where she goes straight to Indra’s side. Indra was a teacher and a leader to her, but I also suspect Octavia thinks of her as a mother figure. Finding out her own brother shot said mother figure — along with 300 Trikru, people Octavia thinks of as her own — can’t be good news for O’s future interactions with Bellamy.
When Octavia tells Lexa, Indra, and Clarke that the Sky People elected Pike, they realize just how much has changed in the past few days. And Clarke is starting to realize how much she missed in her time away. When Clarke says that her people couldn’t have voted for that, Octavia spits back, “What do you know, Clarke?”
The feelings behind Octavia’s words have to be more than just resentfulness for Clarke leaving. All O has wanted is to be welcomed as a Grounder — she’s learned the language, trained with their chief, adopted their customs, and still she’s not welcomed. Yet, Clarke kills a whole civilization with the flip of a switch and suddenly is revered as the most powerful among the Grounders.
But regardless of all that, Octavia agrees to help Clarke get back into Arkadia. There’s one day until the Grounder troops arrive; Clarke thinks if she can just talk to Bellamy, she can make him side against Pike.
There may have been a sliver of time when that would have worked… Bellamy does have a whiff of doubt that what they did was wrong (“We went too far”). But Pike is there to pounce: “Think about the lives we saved today, not the ones that were lost.” War is complex — I’m not about to begin to delve into what’s right and wrong during times of conflict. As we learned last season, there’s a very large gray area, but I think killing 300 people while they sleep is more in the black-and-white territory. And Bellamy should know this, but he has just suffered a significant loss (RIP Gina), and Pike is giving him someone to blame for that loss, in addition to a tangible way to strike back.
So Bellamy puts the Sky Guard jacket back on. Then promptly runs into Kane and Lincoln, who aren’t exactly happy with him. “You murdered innocent people; is that how you are now?” Kane asks. Bellamy, freshly brainwashed by Pike, just strikes back by saying, “You need to wake up,” and he goes on to say how Trikru were killing his friends before Kane even hit the ground (which is true).
NEXT: As if a massacre weren’t enough…