That was good. The best out of the three so far. Layers upon layers of juicy television goodness. I liked it so much that I forgot about missing Clarke's red hair.
Lexa is really feeling the heat from all sides. Ice Nation won't fall in line anymore, no matter how icy Lexa's glares get or how far down they are pushed. Clarke was able to get a knife to the commander's throat.
No no no no no no no. I hated seeing Clarke bow to Lexa. I think I hated it even more than Clarke did. Bellamy said that Lexa will only put the needs of her people first. I sort of disagree. I think she made the decision to abandon Clarke at Mount Weather not because it was best for her people, but because she thought it would look weak if she didn't. Or at the very least, she would have felt weak. Clarke is the one that won't save face if it means protection for the people that she loves. Clarke is the one that will sit at the feet of the person that betrayed her on every level. Clarke is the one that always puts her people first.
As much as I hated Clarke being manipulated into backing Lexa's plan, I hated seeing Lexa bow to Clarke even more. Mostly because it seemed like other manipulation on her part. There are times when Lexa seems genuine. Like when she apologized for breaking Clarke's spirit after Clarke couldn't kill her, and she was set on getting Clarke to bow her special powers away even when counselled to kill her for them. But I'm with Bellamy here, I can't trust someone with that kind of smoky eye game without access to a Sephora.
Echo is Ice Nation. She was in the cage next to Bellamy and she showed up in the nick of time to trick Bellamy into leaving the mountain and heading to Polis. Why? Did the queen think that Bellamy was too great a threat to leave at the mountain? That he might stop the assassin? He is very tenacious. It just seems like Clarke is getting all accolades for the genocide. She's the commander of death, after all. Not Bellamy. Did Echo spare him as a favor?
Emerson is back and working with Queen Nia. Characters on this show vacillate so strongly between powers of ultimate forgiveness and Olympic-level grudge-holding that the audience can never really know what side characters will fall on. How Echo can work alongside a guy that kept her in a cage and experimented on her friends is beyond me as is blowing up a mountain of useful supplies. I guess they have their reasons. I am a sucker for continuity, though, and I love how Emerson being in the queen's pocket makes so many things come together. Like her assassin having the code and Emerson's survival outside of the mountain.
Something this show has done before that makes me laugh is make villains physically ugly. They want to be sure that we know who we are supposed to root for. When the grounders started showing up and killing the original 100, they were in masks. It wasn't until the possibility of them becoming allies to the Arkers that they started showing up in
3.5 out of 4 launch codes
Bits and pieces
The complete quote the title references is 'Abandon hope all ye who enter here.' A supposed inscription on the entrance to hell. This is the second reference to Dante's Divine Comedy that we've gotten this season. The first being Maya's favorite painting depicting a circle of hell. Hi, symbolism, good to see you again.
Did the assassin put his blood in an Altoids tin?
Gina, Bellamy's girlfriend, is dead. Clarke's lady friend is apparently staying at the trading post in the woods and wasn't even mentioned this week. Weird that they would give us love interests for both and then immediately cast them aside. Wick is MIA, Maya is dead, there is a kill order on Lincoln and Monty hasn't even gotten a first date. The CW usually embraces the wayward romance tropes. I'm not complaining.
Bellamy told Octavia that if she needed to leave, he understood. He told Clarke to come back with him. Possibly very telling. He told Gina to stay in the mountain, for whatever that's worth.
Lexa: "It's easier to hate me than to hate yourself."
Clarke: "I can do both."
Lexa: "What would you have done, if their leader had offered you the deal -- save your people at the price of mine? Would you really have chosen differently?"
Clarke: "I don't betray my friends."
Lexa: "But you did. You had friends in Mount Weather."
Clarke: "Those deaths are on you, too. The only difference is you have no honor and I had no choice."
Bellamy: "She left us to die on that mountain. She will always put her people first. You should come home to yours."
Too bad Kane didn't get a chance to flex his negotiating muscles for Abby.