This episode begins with Murphy and Lincoln sparing shirtless. Who do I have to thank for this? Also, I will take another helping of that next week. It's been about three months since the events at Mt. Weather and now that the dust has somewhat settled, the sky people are tying to build a life somehow. As one might imagine, all is not smooth.
Abby is still the Chancellor and she is very worried about the missing Clarke and she is right to be. It seems that Clarke has a bounty on her head from all of the tribes. Considering that Clarke ended the reaping by killing all of the Mt. Weather people, you would think that from the Grounder point of view that she would be hailed as a hero and that her life would be easy. Unfortunately that is not the case. The Grounders respect what Clarke has done and have even given her the nickname, Wanheda - the commander of death. It seems that the kill order stems from the fact that because Clarke is personally responsible for the death of so many people, it's believed that she possess great power and therefore killing Clarke would mean claiming that power. It's an interesting perspective given that Clarke's feelings about what occurred on Mt. Weather seem quite the opposite.
At the end of season two, Clarke returned with her people to what is now camp Arkadia and promptly left, too racked with guilt to stay with her people. There are some people like Clarke's new lover Niylah, who see what Clarke did as so heroic that she even lies to the Ice Queen's warriors about Clarke's location. For Niylah, whose mother was taken in a reaping, Clarke's actions represent revenge and safety. Now, no one will have to worry about being taken ever again. Clarke however wears the heavy burden of the dead on her person, commenting that her body count is so high that she wouldn't be able to have all of the kill marks on her back. Clarke instead will have to have to content herself with the scars from the panther she killed, whose meat she trades for supplies. It's a classic case of do the ends justify the means. Abby warned her last season that there would be a price for her actions but Clarke at the time, could only see the end goal of freeing her people.
This episode erased any doubt that Clarke is indeed a bisexual protagonist. This is a huge deal because there aren't a lot LGBT protagonists on television or in the genre. I do however wonder whether we will actually see Clarke engaged in a long term same sex relationship. For now however, I am pretty pleased with this very obvious declaration and hope that The 100 will not give her any fallout over it. It would nice to see a world in which love, whether it be same sex or heterosexual be supported and embraced.
Ironically, Jasper is one of the people whose life Clarke's actions saved and he is not at all okay with it. Since returning to camp, Jasper has been a drunk while mourning the loss of Maya. How long did Jasper know Maya actually? I'm not sure that I like the set up that Maya is the genesis of his pain. We did get Jasper raging at his people for taking supplies from Mt. Weather and calling them scavengers which suggests that we might get a more nuanced understanding of where Jasper's pain stems from. It is worth noting that this is standard operating procedure for the people from the Ark, so I am not sure where they are going with this. I would also like someone to explain to me how a resident from the Ark learned how to play the piano of all things.