The theme of this week’s episode of “The 100” is you win some, you lose some. A superior leader is gained in one respect and a truly terrible choice in leadership is won on the other side.
Last week we found out that the queen of Ice Nation (Brenda Strong) was behind an attack on Mount Weather, killing a shit ton of people. She’s captured fairly (almost ridiculously) quickly by Lexa’s (Alycia Debnam Carey) people and brought to her and is sentenced to death for her crimes. The Ice Nation Queen throws down a challenge instead, questioning Lexa’s leadership, with a fight to the death. This apparently means choosing someone to fight for you – what’s even the point? – as Queen Nia chooses her son, Prince Roan (Zach McGowan) to fight in her place. Lexa decides that no one will fight for her; she fights for herself, as it’s her power that’s being questioned.
Clarke (Eliza Taylor) goes to Roan and proposes an idea to him: she wants him to be king and for his mother to somehow die. To which he responds that he couldn’t possibly because people would hate him but that he could help Clarke do his dirty work. Again.
Clarke confronts Queen Nia with a blood oath to call a truce. She wipes the blade across her sleeve, hands the blade over to the Queen, and is tackled by the Queen’s commander: Clarke poisoned the blade and her plan is shot to hell. But Lexa has a plan of her own and Roan has been working with both Clarke and Lexa. After an impressive fight, Lexa has Roan on the ground with the perfect opportunity to kill him but, in a move straight out of Westeros, throws the dagger into the Queen. And screams, “LONG LIVE THE KING.”
Jasper (Devon Bostick) finally hits his breaking point and breaks out of camp, Monty (Christopher Larkin) having no choice but to follow. The two end up at the ole drop site with alcohol and Finn’s ashes. Finally Monty realizes that Jasper refuses to help himself and throws in towel on their friendship.
Back at camp, Pike (Michael Beach) is ready to fight back in retaliation for the events at Mount Weather but he’s aiming his anger towards Grounders, which makes sense since they had nothing to do with the explosion. But he has his own following of people who hate the Grounders and it becomes a big deal when someone throws a rock at Lincoln for showing up at the memorial for the Mount Weather explosion causalities and turns into a full-on brawl. Lincoln (Ricky Whittle) decides not to charge the rock-thrower and vows to stay put in camp, despite Octavia (Marie Avgeropoulos) using the incident to, yet again, make a case for leaving.
Bellamy (Bob Morley) is feeling super vulnerable and beating himself up for what happened and Pike uses this to bring him over to his side and asks him to get guns for his little army. Bellamy + helplessness + guilt is not a great combination and so he agrees to Pike’s mission. The armed anti-Grounders are intercepted by Lincoln, Kane (Henry Ian Cusick), and Abby (Paige Turco) and are all sent to lockup, but not before someone puts the idea in everyone’s heads that Pike should be on the voting ballot for the next Chancellor. He wins because the Sky People have forgotten everything that has happened in the last two seasons of this show, and his first order of business: rejecting the brand that makes them the 13th clan. This war is going to get nasty.