Complicated feelings seem to be the theme for this season of The 100, both for the characters and the audience.
The first half of the finale managed to explore both the calm and the story, without even really diving into the chaos that will surely begin in the second half.
"Damocles – Part One" written by Justine Juel Gillmer, was an episode that took on plenty with the way that it tackled heightening situations and still explored a bit of the characters within those scenes. Although there was a clear accumulation to a scene that caused concern for many reasons, the episode itself was a setup for something more.
Kane and Gaia are now in situations of literal life or death situations, with their loved ones trying to figure out how to keep them alive. This is all being written against the backdrop of a literal war, with making it out alive becoming more worrisome than anything.
The threat of humanity once again turns around and leaves everyone on the bloody battleground.
Yet in a way, war is the real enemy of this season and it is what puts everyone in a position that they may have never ended up in otherwise.
During The 100 Season 5 Episode 12, Bellamy and Octavia were survivors of the initial face off with McCreary and his guns, leaving them in the worst position yet. Octavia ended up willing to sacrifice herself, which wasn't exactly necessary with Madi arriving in her rover. Meanwhile, Vinson came back for one last meal and Kane just was too delicious to quit.
The question at the core of this episode though, and in a way of this season as well, is the idea of acceptable loss.
When discussing plotlines and characters that have been sacrificed for the great good of the plot, one must wonder how much loss is in fact acceptable?
Considering Abby's addiction, Clarke's journey to motherhood, the way that Clarke's memory pushed the space group forward, or even the swift shift that Octavia took on and got lost in, is all of this part of the deal?
And moving forward with only one episode left, these losses are weighing on the season more and more.
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The Acceptable Loss of Clarke Griffin
Coming from the beginning of a season that played so well with Clarke's newfound home in her feelings and her soft connection with Madi is almost a slap in the face when we consider where everything is now.
Starting from the initial issue, Clarke Griffin has been sacrificed.
There is no other way around voicing this because gone is the character that was crafted this season as our presence within the show.
Now Clarke has become a definition of a mother that involves hurting your child at every turn, especially by choosing to keep the flame in her and then electrocuting her so she wouldn't leave.
While Clarke's reasoning may have made sense in her mind, her decisions are in no way excusable.
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