As Clarke deals with Lexa's death, the prisoners in Arkadia try to escape
“In the show-world, no one is safe, and anyone, even a beloved character, can die, at any time.”
Showrunner Jason Rothenberg wrote this last week while describing his reasoning behind Lexa’s death and responding to the outcry following “Thirteen.” No matter how you feel about the situation, tonight’s episode at least proved the truth in those words. No one is safe. We’ve known that from the beginning of this series (RIP Wells), but losing two fan favorites in a span of three episodes is tough.
That being said, “Stealing Fire” was an excellent episode. Maybe it was because Bellamy (and Monty) is back on the right side. Maybe it was because Clarke has a new sense of purpose. Maybe it was because Pike wasn’t around too much. Or maybe it was because Murphy got to litter the episode with one-liners. Whatever the reason, the episode felt like a return to form.
The episode started with Clarke and Murphy still in the room where Lexa died. They’ve been locked in there for 24 hours while Titus has been preparing for the conclave. Although we only see a minute of that time span, I imagine there were lots of tears from Clarke and lots of uncomfortable jokes from Murphy.
Clarke starts to choke up while looking at the bed — still stained with the blood of her love — but Titus comes back to make good on his promise to Lexa. He’s going to help the two escape, but Clarke wants to talk to Aden to confirm that he will keep his promise to protect her people.
She finds the young nightblood at his purification ritual, which ends up being heartbreaking for Clarke. The conclave officiates are there with the body of the former commander. Clarke stops in her tracks when she sees it; Aden asks if she wants a minute with her — which breaks my heart — but Clarke doesn’t have time to address her grief. Instead she asks Aden about his vow. He says if he is chosen, he will support her people, and not just that — ALL of them will. Lexa made every nightblood make that vow.
Before Clarke has a chance to weep over this like I did, King Roan enters with his nightblood, Ontari. Remember Ontari? Turns out she’s a bit off her rocker. After trying to kill Clarke (Titus stopped her), she says even her king won’t stop her from killing all members of Skaikru when she’s the new commander.
If she weren’t Ice Nation, she would probably get along well with Pike, who is currently telling Kane, Sinclair, Lincoln, and everyone in the brig that they’ll all be sentenced to death for helping in the assassination plan. But Old Bellamy is back, and he convinces Pike to let the Grounders live; they were just running out an open door. Pike agrees and sets execution for the main three at dawn.
Bellamy and Monty meet with Harper and Miller. Bellamy shows them the bug in Miller’s coat and then says they want in on the plan. “What plan?” Harper and Miller play-act. They’re not quite ready to trust their friends, understandably. But Bellamy knows that they’re in contact with Octavia, so he tells them to let her know he’ll be at the drop ship in an hour.
Octavia meets him there and then stabs him in the neck with a tranquilizer. Sibling rivalry is brutal on the Ground. When he wakes up, he’s in a cave with Octavia and Indra. He tries to plead that he wants to be part of the plan to save the guys, but Octavia reminds him, “You’re the reason they need saving.” She doesn’t need her brother’s help — and she doesn’t even need Indra’s help this time. She goes into Arkadia alone while Indra stays with Bellamy.
NEXT: Abby is back!
Pike, in a rare moment of kindness, allows Kane to have five minutes alone with Abby. (This didn’t feel particularly in character for Pike, but I loved this scene so much that I’m overlooking it.) Abby tells Kane she won’t let this happen, but he tells her not to get involved since their people need her. “They need someone here to show them a way out of the dark,” he says. She grabs his face and looks as if she’s about to kiss him, but Kane pulls away and says this is already too hard.
While Abby is fighting against her feelings corruption at Arkadia, Clarke is doing the same at Polis. She tells Titus he can’t let Ontari into the conclave, but he explains that it’s her birthright as a nightblood. Clarke, hopeful to see Lexa in some form again, starts thinking maybe there is something to Grounder lore. “Is she really in there?” she asks, and Titus says “of course.”
So Murphy — who is always hanging around at awkward moments these days — suggests that it doesn’t matter who wins the conclave if Lexa is in the chip. But Titus says the flame amplifies pre-ascension characteristics. Lexa was already a wise person. Reminder: Ontari is a crazy person.
And as if on cue, the victory horn starts blowing. Titus, Clarke, and Murphy run up to the commander’s chambers, where Ontari is sitting on the throne with a bag at her feet. It contains the heads of the other officiates. She pulls out Aden’s head and throws it at Titus. “I win.” Ontari belongs on Game of Thrones.
Roan, who had grabbed Clarke and Murphy before Ontari could see them, helps them sneak out of Polis. He says this is him paying his debt to Lexa and the next time he sees Clarke, they won’t be friends. He leaves them at the tunnels, but Murphy knows Clarke well: “We’re not leaving are we?”
“Not without the flame,” she says.
On a mission, Clarke and Murphy go to Titus’ flamekeeper sanctuary, where they find the chip. But Titus is there, too. He tries to place the blame of Lexa’s death on Clarke, but Clarke ignores that and insists that they don’t give the flame to Ontari. Titus says she’s the only option: If someone without nightblood takes the flame, it will kill them. All the other nightbloods are dead. But then Clarke remembers that Lexa didn’t kill everyone at her conclave.
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Titus says one fled: And her name was Luna. This name sounds familiar to us and to Clarke. Luna is the person who Lincoln said would take in him and Octavia at the end of season 1. Titus says that she’s unworthy of being a commander, though, because she fled. And once again with the great timing, Ontari makes her entrance (well, she actually threw Murphy into the room as her entrance). She tells Titus that she’s ready for the flame.
Titus tells Murphy to take her to the commander’s quarters and start the purification rituals. I have no idea why anyone believes that Murphy knows how to do this, but he plays along because…he’s kind of awesome now (what am I saying?). Once they are out of the sanctuary, Titus gives Clarke the commander kit, which includes a journal from the first commander (a.k.a. Rebecca) so that she can go find Luna. Now that Clarke has all the info for the ascension ritual, Titus calls her “flamekeeper.” Chills.
NEXT: Prison break
Before Clarke leaves, Titus tells her he’ll get Murphy out of the city. I love that she thought to ask this, but Murphy seems to be doing fine on his own. Ontari is bathing while he watches. They have some light banter — where he tells her he thinks what she did was smart — before Roan comes in with Titus, who says he gave Clarke the flame. Roan has a knife to Titus’ throat, but Murphy points out they need him for the ritual. (Look at Murphy being a Grounder expert!) Roan agrees, but then Titus grabs the knife and SLITS HIS OWN THROAT. He’s able to get out “for Lexa” before spurting blood everywhere and falling into the bathtub. Seriously, this should be on Game of Thrones!
But a missing flame and a dead flamekeeper won’t stop Ontari. She tells Roan to light the pyre and announce her ascension. As Clarke rides away, she sees the fires burn and sheds a tear for her former commander and love.
As the horns begin sounding, alerting Grounders of a new commander, Indra tells Bellamy she has to go. He tells her she’s choosing her own people over Octavia again. “Octavia is my people,” she says before leaving. “Tell her I’m sorry.”
Back at Arkadia, the three “traitors” are being led out of the brig (did no one think it was suspicious that Bellamy went missing?). Harper sees them moving down the hall and radios, “Package is on the move.” Monty and his awful mom are listening and realize Octavia is helping them. Hannah alerts Pike, who tells Bryan and a couple other guards to stay in a bunkroom nearby with the prisoners while they go find Octavia.
But it was all a ruse! The hangar is empty, so Pike runs back and finds Bryan and the other guards drugged and the bunkroom empty…or is it!? Octavia knows how these Ark spaces work, and she’s hid with the three prisoners under the floor. When Kane complains that it’s too tight, she says, “Try doing it for 16 years.”
As they flee the bunkroom to the escape wall, a “drugged” Bryan pops up to go with them. He was in on it and now on Team Good Guys. Abby is there, too, even though Kane told her to stay out of it. As they’re all exiting, she tells Kane she isn’t going with them. As she begins to repeat the “way out of the dark” line back to him, he just makes out with her. Woo, #Kabby!
But it’s not all happy: Monty’s mom realizes he’s helping them, and although she doesn’t rat him out to Pike, she doesn’t switch sides like Bryan did. Pike decides the only way to stop their escape is to “bring them to us.” So as they’re sneaking out, Pike gives a camp-wide announcement: “Either turn yourselves in, or the other Grounder prisoners will die in your place.” In that moment, I knew what was going to happen. We all knew what was going to happen.
Lincoln knows he has to turn himself in to save his people, but Octavia says she’s going with him because they fight together. And as he says he loves her, he stabs her in the neck with the drugs they used on the guards. He hands a drugged Octavia over to Kane and lets himself get captured.
The escapees are fleeing Arkadia with Octavia on horseback. They’re on a hill atop Arkadia; she wakes up from the drugs just as Pike leads Lincoln out to be executed. The chancellor says he won’t free Lincoln’s people, but he promises they’ll be cared for. As Lincoln kneels and Octavia watches from afar, Pike asks if he has any last words. “Not for you.”
But as Pike pulls out the gun, Lincoln looks up the sky and says, “May we meet again.” Pike pulls the trigger, and Lincoln falls. Octavia weeps, but then a steely resolve comes over her. Pike, you better watch out.
What did you guys think of “Stealing Fire”? Have you stopped crying yet? Are you listening to “Cloud” by Elias on repeat? Why do you think Indra left? Is Monty’s mom going to be tolerable now? Where was Jaha during all this? Who’s the worse villain now: Pike or Ontari? (Full disclosure: I think Ontari’s kind of a fun villain.) And what can we do to get Clarke and Octavia together? I think they need to have a good cry together and then take on the world. Because if these two team up again now, I think there’s nothing a nightblood, an AI, or a Pike can do to stand in their way.