So in one other life, Clarke Griffin, Bellamy Blake, and Monty Inexperienced would have binge-watched Stranger Issues collectively. However on this life, these three are simply out right here saving lives and cracking codes.
No one else may have stood an opportunity.
Throughout The 100 Season 6 Episode 7, Clarke sees some acquainted folks as she faces off towards Josephine. They work together whereas Josephine is sleeping, with a standard aim to entry and shield a reminiscence driving them each.
As Josephine explores Clarke’s thoughts, our favourite lead will get the possibility to be taught extra about Josephine as properly. This results in her determining a solution to alert Bellamy that she is not useless.
Bellamy picks up on that basically shortly and enlists Miller to determine subsequent steps with nobody else the wiser.
“Nevermind,” written by the returning Kim Shumway took on the problem of utilizing a bottle episode to inform an much more character centered and contained story. This try and shift all give attention to minimal dynamics with a large data reward labored so effectively that it instructed the story, and but left us wanting a lot extra.
And although yours actually caught on to a few key moments that may occur in a principle and hypothesis primarily based preview put up, this world that Kim Shumway managed to create was so visceral that you can spend a lot extra time there.
Not solely was this a revolutionary tackle a personality examine, however it was additionally only a actually imaginative tackle trying again into the origins of the present all through the seasons.
Attending to take this journey with Clarke Griffin was a as soon as in a lifetime alternative that allowed the folks within the thoughts area to develop with Clarke and replicate on the previous in a wholesome try to maneuver ahead into the longer term.
Depart You All Behind and Face The Reality
Nevermind the rest, on the heart of all this, is for our queen Clarke Griffin.
She has been via so much, and so as to come out the opposite facet she needed to cope with lots extra alongside the best way. This can all a personality examine devoted to her and the reminiscences that may both save her life or persuade her to surrender.
In a method your entire first season was like that, the gathering of reminiscences that the opposite characters had of Clarke and the way they mirrored them again to her.
Each mistake that she made was thrown in her face, a small crack within the armor when she would get to a degree of evaluating her future.
And this was why it was so ironic that Clarke was “killed” when she was making an attempt to do higher, her focus was on confronting her errors and shifting ahead since she acquired to Sanctum.
In an intricate setting, Clarke acquired that likelihood to take management of her narrative once more. However seems it is not that straightforward to cross the end line when you’ve got a darker mirrored model of what you can have been ready to strip you of your life and projections that play off the demons that Clarke continues to be struggling to face.
You name this doing higher? Giving up isn’t higher.
Whereas all of that is extra unhappy for our hero than thrilling, Clarke’s thoughts area is one of the best type of new setting.
A stroll down reminiscence lane turns into Clarke through the years and the those who formed her. Not each one among them appeared, not even shut.
However the those who did all held the important thing to get her to the subsequent level within the technique of desirous to reside. Josephine labored as a counterbalance, however this was actually all Clarke.
As a result of whereas Jake, Maya, Octavia, ALIE, and Monty all appear to be their previous selves to us, this was all a projection that Clarke made for herself.
This mirrored again what Clarke anticipated from them and what she was trying to find. However the spotlight in all that is that Clarke did all of it herself.
The data on easy methods to get out was all the time in her, as have been the talents and the encouragement she wanted to listen to to imagine that she was worthy of dwelling and of shifting ahead even when giving up is a lot simpler.
Clarke wanted to assign herself again the worth she deserved earlier than she may work on bringing herself again.
Jake Griffin was the supportive push that Clarke wanted to begin her journey the reassurance that she nonetheless has a life to get again to. It was that parental help that got here with no strings hooked up, only a becoming Father’s Day reminder that she misplaced her dad when she was nonetheless so harmless in her eyes.
It is sort of a safety blanket of help, love from a dad or mum that can by no means change it doesn’t matter what Clarke would possibly really feel responsible about.
Then you’ve got ALIE, the data that Clarke holds however cannot manage in some other manifestation.
All of it comes again to Clarke realizing all alongside that there was a solution to escape, however she wanted to need it and to struggle for it.
Maya was a loss that represented the best way that good folks acquired in the best way throughout a nasty scenario. There was no solution to save Maya, and but that is not a cause we or Clarke may settle for.
Tracing Maya’s demise meant accounting for Jasper’s spiral, all of which all the time weighed on Clarke as she pushed ahead. That is all that reminder that simply because she would not discuss it, doesn’t suggest she would not have all of this regarded in a field insider her soul.
And but, Clarke gaining that higher hand by turning Maya right into a companion as a substitute of a darkish reminiscence is the true distinction between her and Josephine.
There may be nonetheless gentle left in Clarke, a guilt that drives her subsequent option to be totally different and to be higher. Josephine would not look that method on the previous, and so there isn’t a enchancment to stay up for.
Clarke tries with every part that’s in her, tries to do higher and to consider easy methods to not harm folks the best way she might have earlier than.
That is our hero at her core, that is who deserves to reside and who really ought to reside out her life as a result of she would use it to push for good.
Within the first instance of a principle that got here to life from my preview after which occurred to be true within the present, Monty Inexperienced and his complete existence got here after our hearts subsequent.
As a result of Clarke could not observe his phrases and never manifest him at a time when doing higher became disappearing from existence as a substitute.
To do not forget that wasn’t actually Monty is to know that deep down Clarke did not need to surrender. It felt like the selection that made essentially the most sense, and but it stirred round sufficient in her that she introduced again the one voice of cause that would assist.
Clarke may have seen anybody inform her that she ought to struggle to reside, however it was Monty whose approval she wanted essentially the most.
After every part that occurred, Monty remained a great individual that wanted to imagine in Clarke to ensure that her to imagine in herself.
It was a phenomenal reunion as a result of it got here with a lot hope for Clarke and the place she goes from right here. The idea that she deserves to reside and proceed to do higher is one thing solely she may have instilled in herself.
As a result of it doesn’t matter what this season mentioned to this point, Clarke is her largest critic.
And identical to that, she gained the data to interrupt into Josephine’s thoughts, accumulating reminiscences and messages as she went.
In a method, this does really feel like the beginning of the second half of the story, with Clarke combating to exist in a method that she hasn’t earlier than. A lot of her journey is full of ache, doubt, and loathing.
Only some days in the past she was keen to let her hatred and her doubt push her to take her life, and that is one thing she must maintain engaged on.
However utilizing characters like Monty and Maya to present Clarke permission to not dwell previously was a testomony to the event from right here on out.
Clarke Griffin is all the time seeking to do higher and she or he might spend extra time in her thoughts area, however she at her core is studying to like herself once more.
There’s a center floor the place admitting you made errors and getting room to enhance comes collectively.
Clarke is again on the helm of her personal story and the power she pulled from the reminiscence of her previous is barely the start. This can be a Clarke Griffin journey the place she is lastly letting herself enhance as a substitute of disappearing.
The idea that all of us have in her is the belief she is gaining in herself as a result of giving up on her life shouldn’t be doing higher.
Nothing Actually Issues To Me
In a second second when a key portion of the episode was speculated by me throughout my preview, Josephine’s thoughts was up for grabs and so was her secret story.
Whereas the flashback facet labored for The 100 Season 6 Episode 2, it’s revolutionary the best way that the present is sharing data on display screen with out simply beginning every episode with it.
The way in which that these scenes are distributed makes room for natural seems to be on the previous as a result of it would not really feel compelled on the viewers.
This episode tackled that very properly, counting on a number of actresses to ship the complete scope of Josephine.
Clarke: Go float your self.
Josephine: I do not know what meaning.
Clarke: It signifies that I’m not telling you something. And I do not go down straightforward.
As a lot as every actress delivered to the desk, the best way that Sara Thompson takes her on has a particular place in our villain loving hearts. There may be an edge to each selection that Josephine makes, an instance of years of life and the toll that it takes on innocence.
A number of folks touch upon how totally different Josephine is, and perhaps it’s these sociopath traits that get stronger with each new host cycle.
Or perhaps heavy is the pinnacle that wears the crown, with Josephine struggling below the stress of survival and the actions that acquired her thus far.
Now to be clear, that man capturing himself was on no account Josephine’s fault. In a basic act of a man anticipating one thing from a woman that he wasn’t really allowed to say, the curiosity turns to rejection which turns to violence.
It’s in all probability secure to say that that is the primary act of violence that Josephine really sees, and her fingers turned stained with that blood. It rationally wasn’t Josephine’s fault, however it did turn out to be her demon.
Locked behind two doorways and a few terrifying background noise, this was what formed Josephine and that is what she chooses to run away from herself.
However whereas Clarke must face her demons to maneuver ahead, Josephine confronted them in a method that solidifies all her actions shifting ahead.
Perhaps Josephine by no means really handled it, as a substitute, she turned that violence right into a method out of there, which led to a visit to a different planet the place she witnessed much more violence by the hands of her father.
It’s straightforward to empathize, to want that Josephine did not have that horrible second change the course of her life so drastically. On the identical time although, this was all the time who she was.
Perhaps she modified like others wish to say, or perhaps she was all the time like that beneath the entire love that Russell and even Kaylee needed to have had for her at one level.
Holding on to the model of Josephine that wasn’t affected by that capturing was simpler than admitting that there was this darkish facet of her.
She might have been keen to sacrifice folks within the title of formality, however this wasn’t new. Josephine seeing folks as disposable goes again to the early days of the expedition when feeding kids unusual berries was a enjoyable joke and never a priority.
That’s the factor with dwelling endlessly, you continue to evolve and it is not all the time for the higher.
Kaylee appears totally different, an individual who did not need to take away all of the folks primarily based on foolish blood purity issues, and who lived her life with minimal quantities of care till the tip.
However Josephine’s darkness simply expanded the longer she needed to work on it.
And with a season centered on mortality and reflecting in your life, would you slightly die early as a hero or reside lengthy sufficient to see your self turn out to be the dangerous man?
That’s the largest distinction between Josephine and Clarke, one is anxious about inflicting her personal darkness on others whereas the opposite would not see herself as something however simply.
This wasn’t the final showdown between the 2, and with them each with the ability to entry the opposite’s thoughts, it is just a matter of time earlier than issues get ugly.
Ultimately, it must be not about who’s stronger on this struggle for survival, however whose intentions will win out in all this. Clarke’s intentions are what has folks in her nook, nevertheless tense the scenario is.
As a result of Clarke might threat these she loves, however Josephine by no means feels sorry when it’s within the title of survival. Clarke’s coronary heart is pure and it will likely be what raises a military in her title, whereas Josephine alienated herself from sufficient folks to threat really seeing herself survive this host and people working in her favor.
Within the struggle between Clarke and Josephine, our lead will all the time win.
The Bellarke Nook (in all of the Stranger Issues lights)
Solely essentially the most epic of soulmates would in some way handle to attach every part again to one another and to all the time discover a solution to talk even when half of them is “useless” proper now.
First issues first although, how is everybody holding up?
It may’t be straightforward to only cope with the truth that Clarke gave up making an attempt to come back again when she was instructed that Bellamy had given up on her on the market.
The dialogue about what number of Bellamy mentions there ought to have been is ongoing, however typically it is not about archive footage of the previous or the drawings on the wall.
It’s the method that Clarke could not disguise from herself in that thoughts area, and there have been two main reveals given to us with that.
For one factor, it felt like The 100 Season 6 Episode four had touched on Clarke’s guilt with leaving Bellamy in these combating pits with Octavia. However whereas on the floor she was shifting ahead with Bellamy’s blessing, her internal unconscious instructed a really totally different model.
As a result of in case you think about the fact that Clarke is dealing with, that is her biggest remorse that she will’t really disguise from. Hoping lantern would take her sin away doesn’t suggest it actually did, and it doesn’t suggest Clarke is aware of easy methods to let it.
It’s clear from the best way she spoke with Octavia, an individual who she solely shares Bellamy in widespread, that that is one thing she nonetheless defends. She says she needed to do it as a substitute of calling it a mistake.
And actually, it’s fascinating the best way that Octavia is portrayed on this model as a result of as a lot as that is Blodreina it is usually simply Clarke’s manifestation of her.
Octavia would not struggle Clarke on how leaving Bellamy together with her was a demise sentence, which implies Clarke wanted Octavia to be the one to convey up her biggest remorse and a demon she has not been in a position to face but.
This was the most important impediment for Clarke to come back nose to nose with, and it’s so telling that she could not even do this. Octavia served as a proxy for Bellamy, a safer possibility for Clarke to work together with about this due to how distant her relationship is along with his sister.
There may be additionally the concept Clarke sees herself on the identical stage as Octavia, somebody who has introduced Bellamy ache and let him down in methods that may’t simply be excused.
Bellamy and Clarke have mentioned his struggles along with his sister, and you may’t deny the chance that Clarke was decreasing herself to that stage due to the best way she in contrast herself wronging Bellamy this deeply.
In order a lot as Clarke was instructed by her a projection of her personal making that this was a demon she could not face but, a serious one which was haunting her and stopping her from simply with the ability to proceed ahead, she nonetheless did not really face it.
Miller: What does it imply?
Bellamy: It means Clarke’s alive. And we’re gonna get her again.
Which brings us to her resolution to surrender, rooted in the best way that she believed that Bellamy was shifting ahead with out her.
Clarke needed to have her largest remorse lingering in her thoughts as a result of it then turned a driving pressure for her personal demise. That was the true sore sport to hit for Josephine, the primary time that Clarke really will get a visible of Bellamy and it’s taking part in into all her doubts about the place they stand.
As many reminiscences and as many errors as Clarke might have drawn on these partitions, it was the point-blank reminder that she left Bellamy to die and that he noticed her as a monster that pushed her to imagine that with out him ready on her that it will be simpler to only give in.
Unfold aside these two moments may merely be what pushes Clarke from one place to the subsequent, however collectively they match like puzzle items.
This was increase since Clarke talked with Bellamy and it is sort of a punch to the face.
Octavia: However you left him [Bellamy] to die within the pits anyway.
Clarke: I needed to. And he understands. He forgave me.
Octavia: Did he? Then why is not he right here on this reminiscence? I will let you know why. Since you’re afraid to face him. As a result of you understand, he thinks you’re a monster who will abandon anybody.
A lot of what Clarke ran via resulting in that time with the guide may have pushed her to cease combating. However it was in that subject, surrounded by her most vital reminiscences that Clarke stopped working.
She could not run away from the cardboard that Josephine knew to play, the key door much like that of Josephine’s thoughts, which was all about the best way Bellamy seen her.
Pondering that he could not forgive her was one weight for her to reside with, and but seeing him select to maneuver ahead away from her was what lastly triggered her to cease combating hope.
It’s a heartbreaking thought to take a seat on, and but the simplest demon for Clarke’s thoughts to establish to her enemy. Clarke could not disguise this behind two doorways like Josephine did, and so she got here ready as a result of the best way that Bellamy’s view of Clarke drives her selections is a truth that everybody is clued in on.
And talking of clued in on, in comes Bellamy Blake and his sharp Clarke senses.
When discussing the Bellamy and Clarke undertones of The 100 Season 6 Episode 6, the main target was all about how Bellamy examines Josephine.
As a result of as stellar of a job as Eliza Taylor is doing within the function of Josephine, she stands out to Bellamy and to us as a result of it’s Clarke. As clear as it could be that this individual that’s speaking and fascinating with everyone seems to be a complete stranger, it’s tough to not nonetheless anticipate it to be Clarke.
This can be a sample now for Bellamy, whose eyes nonetheless hunt down Clarke in Josephine, her even when she is simply within the background.
It may’t be mentioned that this is not muscle reminiscence, Bellamy searching for Clarke when he makes selections or when he simply exists in an area together with her.
That is nonetheless an intuition for him, one which pays off when over analyzing Josephine’s each transfer (perhaps to nonetheless cause to himself that this is not Clarke anymore) turns into an consciousness that one thing is off.
Or extra off than it might be when a sociopath is utilizing your platonic soulmate’s physique.
Bellamy determining that Clarke continues to be alive as a result of she despatched him a sign might have been something I picked up on earlier than the episode even aired, however it was nonetheless a contemporary strategy.
The nice half a few robust episode that makes you want it did not finish is the component of shock. There was no method Bellamy would be capable of determine it out in a minute time, however he did and he stole the episode even with that brief look.
Bellamy and Clarke’s skill to be tuned into one another, from glances to delicate actions, is what proves how robust their connection will all the time be.
And identical to that, Bellamy is again in his coronary heart mode. The way in which that he actually could not keep within the body of the scene, shifting out of it on this determined try to maneuver nearer to saving Clarke was very properly finished.
Bellamy could not stand round too lengthy when he might be saving Clarke, one of the best push into the second half of this season.
From right here it’s clear that Bellamy and Miller will probably be working collectively on this. The trailer for the season confirmed them grabbing weapons, a doable tease on the fast defenses that will probably be put in place to not waste yet another second not saving Clarke.
Heather Mason from TV Supply Journal introduced up a great level about subsequent steps. Bellamy and Miller could also be killing it with their plans, however somebody wants to stick with Josephine.
She is aware of that she will kick Clarke out by utilizing the EMP course of that Raven handled to get ALIE out. Should you go away Josephine alone together with her mother and father then she’s going to kill Clarke earlier than anybody will get the possibility to avoid wasting her.
The choices are limitless and but there’s something a few double agent job that screams Murphy. He will probably be busy clueing Emori into their future plans, and it additionally is not clear how many individuals Bellamy will contain.
This appears like a bunch effort simply ready to occur, everybody placing their minds collectively to avoid wasting a liked one, which may put a damper on Murphy’s plans for them to assist him keep round endlessly.
If we’re to imagine that this takes a couple of episodes to attain, then perhaps Josephine can have shift leaders taking care of her.
The underside line right here although is that Bellamy and Clarke maintain giving up with out the opposite. Clarke gave up when she realized that Bellamy gave up. And Bellamy gave up when he realized that Clarke is not with him anymore.
These two must cease giving up earlier than they actually have us all crying.
One of the best ways to go away you all although is with a reminder that Bellamy was first. He was the primary to understand that Clarke wasn’t herself and the primary to understand that Clarke is alive.
Do with that what you’ll.
- Josephine initially did not need to go together with her mother and father to area as a result of she wished to remain at school. Now that sit back to Gaia is sensible, Josephine could not have Madi too cool for college both.
- Who’s going to go and inform Murphy that he was flawed? He used Monty to make Bellamy facet with him about this, however Bellamy was proper, Monty did not stand for this. Incorrect transfer, John.
- Kim Shumway might not have been round for The 100 Season 5, and but these mentions felt so seamless. Particularly that reference to Clarke hurting Madi, it created a loud response from followers that was by no means really addressed. However it was so essential to ensure that was made clear throughout the present, and never simply outdoors of it. We love you Clarke however that was a step too far.
- April Morris from Reality Bee Instructed identified that Lexa’s throne is positioned in the identical subject the place Clarke killed Finn might be a connection that she continues to be forming about these chain of occasions. It was a selection for positive, one that every one of you must discuss (sober).
- Wells not with the ability to seem although virtually all the small print have been labored out is absolutely the worst. However perhaps in a method, it is a good factor, as a result of Clarke and the viewers wouldn’t have been in a position to cope with new age Wells.
- To not begin any spin-off conversations however I really would watch the historical past of Josephine. Her previous is so heavy with intrigue, battle, and stunning expertise. That’s what occurs once you reside lengthy sufficient to inform these tales, and Sara Thompson’s tackle Josephine all the time leaves us wanting extra.
- Diyoza simply cannot catch a break and it’s plain impolite.
- Can we think about this the Christmas themed episode then?
It’s attention-grabbing to contemplate the best way that Nevermind works with Nevermore, pulling from it and but additionally serving as its personal self-contained arc of storytelling.
The 2 episodes, and Kim Shumway dealing with bottle sort episodes as an entire contact on how the present works when it’s in regards to the core of the characters, their interactions with each other, and the act of talking and never simply pushing the plot ahead. And for that, we’re all so grateful.
- Who caught wind of these background tales a few 125 yr previous Gabriel ready round for Octavia and Diyoza? Perhaps he was the dad we must always have been applauding all alongside.
- That diner scene might have been traumatic however it was additionally so nice. A blast to the previous like nothing we have now ever actually gotten earlier than.
Miller is simply there to be a hero and to have some enjoyable. Similar.
Morse Code is difficult, belief me I get it. At the very least you made positive to present Josephine that look that made it clear she was no welcome. I admire you.
What did you concentrate on the episode? Can Clarke be saved? How a lot did you like the unique tackle exploring each Josephine and Clarke’s thoughts?
Did you miss any characters that have been off display screen? How do you suppose everybody will look to avoid wasting Clarke?
Who else desires to fulfill the Outdated Man? Who else liked that Clarke and Bellamy spoke in code?
Which visitor appearence hit you within the feels essentially the most? Who did you want may have appeared?
What was you favourite a part of the episode? What was your least favourite half?
Tell us what you suppose under!
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