Welcome back! Things are falling apart in the real world, so let’s escape together to The 100, where things are even worse!
If you thought you might have a second to digest that apocalyptic news along with our favorite heroes and villains, well, you were wrong. In fact Clarke and Bellamy — the only people who know the true reason behind the City of Light — don’t even have time to think about it before they’re swept up in another crisis. But isn’t that why we love this show? It’s always packed with compelling story, and the season 4 premiere is no different. It picks up immediately where last year’s finale left us…
As everyone climbs down from the capitol tower, they descend on a broken and beaten Polis. Octavia sees Indra being taken down from a cross and runs to tell her she took care of Pike. (Sidenote: I generally liked season 3, but there are some things I’m happy we’re leaving behind, including Pike and everything that came along with him, i.e. Bad Bellamy.) Clarke is trying to help the wounded, but it doesn’t take long before the crowd turns on her. They blame Wanheda for all the death and destruction surrounding them. She tells Kane, Jaha, and Abby that they need to get out of the city — but then she hears that the king is alive.
Roan, who was shot by Kane in the first part of the season 3 finale, survived. Abby and Clarke rush to him and see that there’s no exit wound. They need to take out the bullet to save him, but Echo has other plans. Yeah, everyone’s favorite flip-flopper is back. She tells everyone that they’ll have their own healer take care of the king, that Skaikru “did this to us,” and that Azgeda is now in control of Polis.
An ambassador steps up and says, “Like hell it is.” (I love this lady!) She explains that until a new commander can ascend, the capitol will be ruled by ambassadors. She says if Azgeda wants it, they’ll have to take it by force. “Consider it taken,” Echo says after slicing open the woman’s neck. (Man, everyone I like dies on this show…)
Echo orders that no Skaikru leave the city, but luckily she doesn’t know about the passageway through the flamekeeper’s temple. Clarke is able to get most of her people to safety. All who are left are Abby, Kane, Jaha, Octavia, and Bellamy. Indra’s there, too, since she’s essentially one of them — she bro-hugs Kane in possibly the best moment of the premiere. She informs them that there are 1,000 Azgeda warriors in Polis and they need to be removed by force. She and O want to start a war; Kane wonders how they can get other clans to join; and Clarke is holding onto a huge secret.
“What don’t we know?” Abby asks her daughter. After Clarke explains why ALIE created the City of Light, they’re all skeptical about the world ending in six months … rightfully. Bellamy was able to contact Raven at Arkadia, so she’s currently researching ALIE’s claims, but Clarke says she knows it to be true. And she has a plan: surrender.
Jaha takes a shrouded body up to Echo in the commander’s chambers (I guess the elevator is working again?). He says that Ontari should be with her people; they thank him by beating him up. While he’s there, an Azgeda soldier tells her that Skaikru is surrendering. Echo takes Jaha with her down to meet Kane and Indra — she sends him across the line to tell them she’ll only talk to Bellamy. He whispers, “It worked,” to Kane. It was all a ruse!
Inside the commander’s chambers, Octavia cuts herself out of the shroud and kills the guards inside. She lets Abby and Clarke in the room so they can save Roan. Only in this world would you have to go through such an elaborate stunt to save someone’s life. But anyway, while Bellamy talks a surrender deal with Echo, Clarke and Abby take the bullet out of Roan’s chest. Abby thinks he’ll wake up as soon as it’s out, but he doesn’t, and that’s when Echo realizes something is up.
Azgeda warriors fill the room before Clarke, Abby, and O can get out. Even though Clarke tells them they were trying to save him, Echo doesn’t care. In her best Ice Queen impression, Echo calls for her warriors to kill Wanheda. Luckily, that’s right when Roan wakes up.
Roan has quite a bit to catch up on — Ontari is dead, but so is the City of Light. Clarke calls on him to honor their agreement, but Echo is insisting that he kill her, take power, and rule over everything “as your mother would do.” He puts all of Skaikru in holding while he thinks about what to do, and Echo is still pestering him about the 13th clan. He’s been gone from his people for a long time and they aren’t necessarily loyal to him. Echo says that Wanheda’s head will get them on his side. So he calls for her.
NEXT: Meanwhile back in Arkadia