Spoiler Warning for this week’s episode of “The 100”
After last week’s problematic episode, “The 100” gets back on track with an exciting and emotional hour of television. There are still some problems, but the story seems to have shifted into a new direction that may resolve these problems. With the threat of war in the air, the loyalties of each character are truly tested. The new villain starts to fully take shape as another potential peril presents itself to the community.
The title of this week’s episode, “Hakeldama”, translates to “field of blood” in the language of Aramaic. This word holds a very vivid and literal meaning in the world of “The 100.” Very soon after Pike’s election as Chancellor of the Sky People, he leads a militia of soldiers to the field where Indra has her army camped. Pike and his militia use the cover of night to mercilessly slaughter the entire army of nearly 300 warriors. Bellamy, who has essentially become Pike’s second in command, convinces Pike to allow Indra to be kept alive. Pike and his team return to Arkadia where they declare to the rest of the Sky People that war with the Grounders is coming.
Following the death of Queen Nia, Lexa and Clarke make their way to Indra’s camp where they discover the horrifying sight of hundreds of dead grounders. Lexa immediately orders for an army to be sent to attack Arkadia, but Clarke demands that Lexa wait for more information about what has happened; Lexa decides to hold Clarke as a prisoner. This moment represents a massive shift in Clarke and Lexa’s relationship. They have had a strained and difficult friendship, but lately they have been on solid terms. Friendship comes secondary to Lexa after her people, however. Clarke is able to convince Indra to contact Kane via radio to better explain the situation.
Over in Arkadia, Kane realizes that he cannot leave without arousing suspicion, so he enlists Octavia in relaying information to the Grounders. Kane, Abby and Lincoln all voice their concerns about Pike’s leadership and the dangers of a war with the Grounders. Throughout the episode, Pike becomes more and more unhinged. He shares a plan to eliminate a local Grounder village to secure a clear perimeter around Arkadia. Bellamy shares that he believes that killing the 300 warriors was going too far, but Pike shuts him down. Pike also decides that the sick and injured Grounders under Abby’s care are no longer to be treated, citing them as a waste of resources. Lincoln vocally and physically objects to the heinous plot of Pike. Abby’s patients, along with Lincoln, are interned indefinitely by Pike. This act clearly shows the pure hatred that Pike has for Grounders, even though the viewers and characters both know that many Grounders (Lincoln included) are friendly and peaceful toward the Sky People. The storyline with Pike creates a very interesting dynamic and sets an exceptionally dark tone.
Octavia finally makes her way to the field where Pike’s team massacred Indra’s army. She explains the situation with Pike and offers to sneak Clarke into Arkadia where she can speak to Bellamy. At the Arkadia prison, Octavia grabs the attention of Bellamy by lashing out at him for allowing Lincoln to be arrested; she then leads him to a room where Clarke waits. The relationship between Clarke and Bellamy is truly tested in this scene like never before. Clarke places much of the blame on Bellamy, claiming that everything would have worked out considering the Ice Nation Queen was killed. Bellamy wonders how Clarke can trust Lexa after her betrayal at Mount Weather. I can understand where Bellamy is coming from as Lexa is far from trustworthy, but he still should realize that a war with the Grounders will not end well for anyone. Bob Morley gave a remarkable performance as Bellamy this episode, specifically in his scene with Eliza Taylor as Clarke. Bellamy takes Clarke prisoner, but Octavia arrives and manages to free her and the two escape with the help of Abby and Kane. Clarke reunites with Lexa and pleads for her to reconsider fighting against Skaikru by offering an alternative. Rather than going to war, Clarke tells Lexa to end the constant cycle of violence and to establish a new and peaceful way of dealing with problems. Lexa immediately agrees and declares “blood must not have blood.” This is a rather odd declaration from Lexa, who has been shown to be ruthless when it comes to defending her people. Is Lexa hiding something or is she actually willing to forgive Skaikru for the genocide of her people?
This episode also features the return of Jaha and A.L.I.E., who arrive at Arkadia with their visions of the future. For some unknown reason, A.L.I.E. is not visible to anyone other than Jaha. Throughout the episode, she guides him while voicing her opinions. Jaha reunites with Abby and Kane, who instantly recognize a change in his character and demeanor. The City of Light becomes the topic of discussion between Abby, Kane and Jaha. He also preaches about the city to several other residents, including Raven, who voices complete distrust and anger over his claims of “no pain.” This is personal to Raven more than anyone due to her worsening leg injury. Jaha gives Raven a chip to gain access to the city, which she quickly rejects, but later swallows. Almost instantly, Raven is healed of her injury, allowing her to walk without leg braces. A.L.I.E. appears to her and shares that it is time to get back to work. The entire concept of the City of Light is excruciatingly confusing, but also intriguing. Is Raven really healed of her injuries or is it simply an illusion? Will Jaha be able to convince others to join him in the city? Does A.L.I.E. have sinister ulterior motives? Hopefully these questions will be answered sooner rather than later.
Overall, “Hakeldama” is a strong episode. Much of the problems stem from inconsistencies that certain characters, Bellamy included, are portraying. The introduction of Pike allows for numerous internal conflicts within Arkadia. These conflicts lead to tension between the Sky People and the Grounders that will surely develop further as the season progresses. The return of Jaha also creates a refreshing shift in the story. Is war still a possibility? Who will be the next to cross over to the City of Light? Be sure to tune in to “The 100” next Thursday at 9 p.m. on The CW.