Before we get started, I think we should pause to give a mighty shout for the absence of the most useless character in this series this episode. That's right folks, it was a Jaha free episode and may we have many more like it.
So, at the end of the last episode, it was revealed that Lexa had Clarke kidnapped by Prince Roan. (I'll take a lot more Zach McGowan please and shirtless is fine with me). This I am sure was a big moment for Clexa fans, even if it did nothing at all for me. Yeah, we know already, Lexa and Clarke have unfinished business to deal with. There are clearly feelings between these two women but there's also the fact that Lexa absolutely cannot be trusted. This is a problem given that the Ice Nation seems to think that they should be the ones in power. Individually, it seems that no nation alone can hope to defeat the Ice Nation and therefore, it will take an alliance. We've already seen what an alliance with Lexa looks like. Lexa proposes that Skikru become the 13th clan - a complete joining of forces with the Grounders.
For obvious reasons, Clarke is not down with trusting Lexa and so when Roan hands her a knife, promising to protect her people if she kills Lexa, it becomes tempting quickly. Clarke however cannot go through with it and instead agrees to partner with Lexa. I get not trusting Roan and the Ice Queen, but that shouldn't mean trusting Lexa either as far as I am concerned. Later on in the episode Lexa does get does bend the knee and swears fealty to Clarke. You will however note that there were no witnesses, making the possibility of Lexa's betrayal a real thing as far as I am concerned.
In other developments we are getting to see the ambassador side of Marcus of all people. He willingly tastes grounder food and offers a trade while Abby will have none of it. Marcus admits that he always pictured the ground empty but since it's occupied they have to deal with the results. Abby sees Marcus as uniquely qualified for this role and offers him the leader pin. Marcus turns it down, suggesting elections but promising that they are in this together. Elections? Is this the same Marcus who had Abby tortured? This represents real growth for his character. If only we could see the same growth from Abby, who spends her time doing nothing but worrying about Clarke. It's as though someone cannot be a mother and have an alternate identity.
So, the big meeting is going down and left behind are Bellamy, Octavia and Raven. They are sent on a mission to Mount Weather. It makes sense to the Ark people not to abandon all of that technology and the latest arrivals have set up house in the mountain. We know no good is going to come of this because Octavia is all doom upon you. Octavia makes it clear to Bellamy that she just doesn't fit it. Well, if she wasn't so busy appropriating Grounder culture and pretending to be something that she isn't, Octavia might find that she fits in quite well. I get that what Octavia has been through is traumatic, but it doesn't make her a Grounder, no matter how much her little heart wants to be.