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THE 100 Recap: Things Just Keep Getting Worse in ‘We Will Rise’

THE 100 Recap: Things Just Keep Getting Worse in ‘We Will Rise’

Warning: the following recap contains major spoilers from Wednesday’s episode of The 100, “The Tinder Box.” It is a recap, after all! Don’t say we didn’t warn you …

It’s been two weeks since The 100‘s explosive hour “The Tinder Box” ruined any and all hope for using the Ark again to survive the incoming radiation death wave, and things didn’t get any better in tonight’s hour. “We Will Rise,” optimistically titled, and horribly, horribly depressing in reality.

Arkadians tried to get their revenge on Ilian, the Grounder who torched the Ark, despite Kane doing his best to save his life in the name of doing what’s right. Only Kane, Monty, and Nylah were fighting to save the poor boy’s life. He may have torched the Ark, but he didn’t know about the incoming death wave, so can he really be blamed? Well, most everyone else seemed to think so. Octavia almost executed Ilian in the same exact place and way that Pike killed Lincoln, and she finally realized just how far she had fallen and just how dark her soul had become. She ran away from Arkadia in tears without looking back and Jaha let Ilian go in secret.

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Meanwhile, Raven made strides in her attempts to get to space and back safely to make Nightblood serum … but she needed all 10 hydrazine barrels from Arkadia to do that, and thanks to a Grounder attack in response to Azgeda’s reign of terror, they now only have nine. So that’s definitely not great!

Also not great is while in Becca’s lab, Raven’s “updated” brain was starting to get the better of her. It was pulling her down into the “darkness,” something that Luna was very used to but Murphy was not a fan of since it resulted in Raven verbally abusing him over and over (which, he definitely deserved, so … maybe don’t complain, dude). Raven is by far the best character on this show – both for what she’s accomplished and for how insanely well Lindsey Morgan brings her to life – and this hour was her time to shine. And damn, she did. That single tear rolling down Raven’s cheek as Luna comforted her during a breakdown was a master class in acting. And then she ended the hour with a debilitating seizure that left her foaming at the mouth! Very, very not great.

So to recap (this recap), Arkadia descended into darkness by allowing an angry mob to to try and kill Ilian, Azgeda resorted to inciting violence in the wake of learning about the incoming death wave (Roan’s guards even turned on him!), and Skaikru still has no hope in surviving the incoming death wave of radiation. “From the ashes, we will rise?” More like from the ashes, we will fall.

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Other noteworthy moments:

– Can I get a hell yeah for Clarke and Nylah?! Their physical dalliance from last season has turned into a full-fledged emotional connection. Clarke asked Nylah to “move in” with her in Arkadia, and Nylah even told Clarke that Lexa would be proud of her for her attempts to save not just her people but everyone, Skaikru and Grounders alike. Guys, I am loving this romance. It kind of snuck up on me!

– “Once you accept there’s nothing to be done, there’s nothing to worry about.” Jasper’s blasé attitude about the end of the world is really start to get on my nerves. People got seriously hurt in a massive explosion, dude. Try and show a little sympathy.

– “I’ll send her your love” is Clarke’s official way of telling Kane she approves of his relationship with her mom. I love these smaller character moments in the midst of crazy, world-ending chaos.

– Ditto for Bellamy and Octavia’s turbulent sibling relationship. She still hasn’t forgiven Bellamy for his part in Lincoln’s death, and he won’t stop trying to make up with her. My kingdom for a Blake sibling focused episode!

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– I didn’t see this one coming: Luna and Murphy’s dynamic is quickly becoming the most fascinating. Their shared dark pasts and pessimistic views of the future make them the perfect imperfect pair. Emori, you better watch out – Luna might be coming to steal your man.

– Roan’s flying jump attack on his guards that betrayed him was one of the most epic stunts I have ever seen on this show. Zach McGowan’s Black Sails training really showed off in that moment. I want more badass Roan moments!

– Clarke and Bellamy’s goodbye was cut short by Roan’s discovery of the ruined barrel. Man, my imagination is running wild about what Bellamy was going to say to Clarke.

What did you think of this week’s episode? Tweet me all things The 100 at @SydneyBucksbaum!

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The 100 airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on The CW.

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