**This article contains spoilers for “How We Get To Peace” and events that happened in prior episodes.**
“The ends don’t always justify the means.”
Man. That was a dark episode. The choices our characters made in an effort to get closer to peace was hard to watch. I say that in the best possible way. None of the choices made were illogical given their circumstances, and it’s these impossible decisions that the show excels at—a trend it firmly continued this week.
Let’s talk about Bellamy and Clarke’s plan to straight up murder Cooper to stop the war. Holy hell. They’ve done some cold stuff in the past, but I feel like this is really up there. Thankfully it wasn’t clearly the right or best choice, and even the two of them had a hard time swallowing the idea. But to them, it was the only way—at least short of killing Octavia. Sadly their cold-blooded solution backfired. It was all for nothing. Octavia’s plan had nothing to do with the worms, but the eggs themselves, which had already been loaded up. This was an excellent move by the writer’s. Making the characters go to such drastic means all for nothing just goes to show how lost in violence they are—how blinded they are by their desire to survive.
One of the best scenes of the episode came at the very end. After Clarke was dragged away by Octavia for execution, Bellamy finally saw what he had to do. Short of killing his sister, he had to poison her in order to stop her from marching to war. The performance the two game was incredible, and the scene’s tension was palpable because of it. Let me tell you, Octavia is one scary person—I mean that stare could kill someone at a distance. My jaw was on the floor when this all happened because I thought Bellamy had actually killed her. While that’s not the case, it was heartbreaking to see Bellamy have to take it as far as he did.
While Clark and Bellamy looked for ways to stop Octavia through violence, Monty held his ground against said violence. His big solution was feeding algae to the plants in the farm to keep it viable. Everyone ignored his solution though, leaving Monty to be an unwilling participant in their pursuit of violence. By end of the episode Monty had enough, and we were given a nice genuine moment between him and CHARACTER as they agreed to stay behind together when Octavia marched to war.
We were given a lot more time with Diyoza this week, as the show did a great job of deepening her character. Kane called her out, naming her yet another Dictator just like Octavia. Diyoza immedIately took offense to this—trying to claim that she wanted peace just as much as everyone else. I was really surprised by their heartfelt moment in the Valley, as they imagined what a peaceful coexistence would look like. Diyoza even opened up to Kane about her pregnancy, providing us with a rare vulnerable moment with her. Maybe there is hope that Diyoza can be pointed in the right direction.
We got some good news this episode as Abbey found a potential cure for the mysterious illness. But that happiness was short lived, as it led to a very dark turn for both Abbey and Raven. Abbey truly fell to addiction, as she tortured Raven after she tried to sabotage the cure she had just helped with. The harsh truth that Diyoza has been feeding Abbey’s addiction led Raven down a shocking road as well. One where she became on board with killing Shaw. A move that would severely set back Diyoza’s entire crew. The chaos has been ramping up this entire season, and it’s quite amazing that the show is still able to continue that build-up.
Murphy and Emori were rather separated from the bulk of the episode, but their storyline certainly wasn’t any less important. The relationship between the two was explored even more, and I think they did a fantastic job at showing the audience how the two of them work (or don’t work depending). I’m becoming more invested in the two of them, and I wonder if the two are doomed to repeat themselves. Outside of their relationship though, they made a deal with McCreary, one that could seriously throw a wrench in everyone’s attempt for peace. After learning that Diyoza said no to negotiating for his life, McCreary is clearly out for some blood himself. I can see him and his vengeance becoming entangled in all of the other plot lines very soon.
This week’s episode provided us with a fantastic and dark exploration of our character’s choices to survive—and the costs they ensue. With Cooper killed in cold blood for nothing, Bellamy poisoning his own sister, Abbey lost to addition, and Raven officially on board with murdering Shaw, the show is darker than it has been for a long time. And let me tell you, the darkness is where this show thrives.
What did you guys think of the episode? Make sure to leave your thoughts down below!
- Can you imagine being Pregnant for over a hundred years? Granted she was in Cryo Sleep, but still.
- “I don’t want to take lives to save them…”
- The thematic storytelling this episode was nothing short of spectacular. Really quite impressive.
- This episode did a fantastic job of juggling so many characters and plot lines, while serving justice to every single one of them.
You can catch The 100 on The CW when it airs on Tuesdays at 9pm EST.