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‘The 100’ Season 2 Episode 12 Recap: “Rubicon”

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Forced to make incredibly hard choices during the war against Mount Weather, Clarke (Eliza Taylor) must come to terms with the fact that with war comes bloodshed. The bloodshed of innocent people that she will never be able to wash off.

Remember the man from Mount Weather that Clarke pretty much sent to die last episode? Well, he makes it back to Mount Weather just in the nick of time and lets Cage (Johnny Whitworth) know that the Sky People have teamed up with the Grounders and if they don’t cooperate, they will send their armies out after them. Cage’s solution to this problem: Missiles aimed right at Ton DC, where the heads of all 13 Grounder clans are set to meet before attacking.

After overhearing this through Bellamy’s (Bob Morley) radio, Clarke takes it upon herself to warn them of the incoming missile, while Bellamy focuses on how to save their friends from further bone marrow transplants and ultimately death. Bellamy sneaks Jasper (Devon Bostick) a gun during one of the raids, but it ends up being no use because during the next raid, Jasper shoots at a Mountain Man, but hits him right in his bulletproof vest. You couldn’t have given it to someone like Miller (Jarod Joseph), Bellamy? Either way, with the help of President Wallace (Raymond J. Barry), Bellamy gets to the ventilation system just in time to expose the soldiers and Dr. Tsing (Rekha Sharma) to radiation. Now the remaining 47 or so are free to watch them die very painful deaths.

All while this is happening, Jaha (Isaiah Washington) and his 12 other stragglers, including Murphy (Richard Harmon), come across a girl named Emori (Luisa D’Oliveira) on their way to the City of Light. After giving her some water, Murphy strikes up a friendship with the young girl. They share the similarity that they’ve both become outcasts of their groups. Murphy as a murderer and Emori as a “stain” on her society for being born with a disfigured hand. Unfortunately, their friendship doesn’t get a chance to grow anymore because they come across a man who is most likely her brother brandishing a large weapon in front of them. She forces them to put all of their supplies and weapons into her cart and leaves them. Before she left, she whispered the words “due North” into Murphy’s ear. Despite not having any rations or weapons, most of the group continue on, following the North Star.

Now onto the topic of the missiles. I’ve seen quite a few people angry at the way Clarke and Lexa (Alycia Debnam Carey) treated the situation. And at first, I thought that too. There must be some other way they could go around this. Some way they can sneak everyone in Ton DC to safety. There’s no way they can be this selfish, only save themselves, and leave everyone else to die for the sake of protecting their inside man. But, as it turns out, they need to be.

Let’s say, for example, they did successfully manage to get everyone out in time for when the missile hit. The (stupid) Mount Weather photographer would have realized that someone must have told them about it. He would then notify Cage and his minions who would then find Bellamy and torture him, kill him, whatever. Either way, there’s no saving anyone in Mount Weather if this happens. Without Bellamy, there’s no one to turn off the acid fog. No one to free the imprisoned Grounders. No one to help the remaining 47 escape. It all lands on Bellamy. As Lexa said, “Without him, we can’t win this war.”

The choice Clarke makes here isn’t one that’s out of character or necessarily makes her a cruel person. I’m trying not to justify the sacrifice of many innocent Grounders, but in the mind of Clarke or Lexa, the ends justify the means in this situation. We’ve seen her sacrifice people, even the ones closest to her (Bellamy and Finn (Thomas McDonell) in the season 1 finale, for instance) for the betterment of the general population.

This episode is such a great example of this quote by creator Jason Rothenberg just a year ago, “Bellamy is the heart and Clarke is the brain.” Clarke definitely has a lot of heart and cares for people immensely, but she rules with her head. Although the deaths of these innocent lives that she could’ve saved will haunt her forever, she knows deep down, that it was worth it (I know this sounds horrible, but still). As for Bellamy, he was all set to get to work on the acid fog, but as soon as he hears his friends are being killed for their bone marrow, he swifts gears immediately. He lets his emotions and relationships with people rule what he should or shouldn’t do. Rather than focusing on the larger picture, like Clarke does, he focuses on how he can help those in immediate danger.

Talking about Bellamy and Clarke, I really need people to stop romanticizing Clarke’s “We had to protect Bellamy.” What she did is not, in any way, an act of love for him or anyone else inside Mount Weather. She did not do this solely for his life, but rather, for the entirety of the plan resting on his shoulders.

I agree with Abby (Paige Turco) when she said, “You crossed a line. Their blood is on your hands. And even if we win, I’m afraid you won’t be able to wash it off this time.” Clarke will never be able to get over what she’s done, no matter how she or Lexa try to justify it. Will it be worth it?

Notes

  • “Bellamy, you’re late. Every 3 hours means every 3 hours.” “Are you through?” – Clarke and Bellamy acting like an old married couple
  • Murphy’s stuttering after Emori thanks him for the water is really cute. I know she ditches him later on, but I’m still hoping they’ll meet up later at the City of Light, if it is a thing. Sorry, #Murphamy.
  • “Grounders don’t give up. We fight.” – Octavia (Marie Avgeropoulos) is such a badass and it’s also interesting to note that she’s officially considering herself a Grounder.
  • Finally! Raven (Lindsey Morgan) and Clarke back to sort of being buddies again. Really thought their relationship would be worse off after Finn’s death, but having them work together against Mount Weather has brought them closer in the long run.
  • I don’t even want to see how Bellamy will react when he finds out Clarke didn’t know where Octavia was at the time of the missiles wiping out Ton DC.
  • bbmichael

    I think Clarke will get through this. She survied her father, her bFF Wells,a nd her love all being killed and she’s still standing strong and focusing on leading and saving everyone at Mount Weather. It will take time but she’ll get there. She’ll she that even with the lboo donher hands, it had to be done to win this war.

    I hope Abby is there for Clarke instead of turning away. A good mother would try and help Clarke. Pull her out of this. Abby is a bit of a hypocrite, since she’s gotten the blood of her own people on her hands, for the great good. Like sending 100 kids down to die and giving Jake up for the greater good. She should understand Clarke having to make these decisions. They’re very much alike.

  • Sara

    Thank you for this: “What she did is not, in any way, an act of love for him or anyone else inside Mount Weather.”

    It has been bugging me so much because all across fandom people have been romanticizing that when it was so clearly _not_ romantic. If Clarke was motivated by any affection for Bellamy at all in this context, she wouldn’t have knowingly abandoned Octavia to near certain death. The fact that Octavia was outside the blast radius chasing after Lincoln is lucky happenstance.

    I disagreed so much with Abby this episode. Or, rather, I found her position disagreeable. I do think that Clarke crossed a line (a Rubicon) that she can never retreat from, but I vehemently disagree that Abby starts guilt tripping her right there. Abby has no ground whatsoever to stand on—because she’s already standing on the corpses of everyone the Council killed, the corpses of the criminals the Council executed, the corpses of every delinquent that died since falling to earth, and OH YEAH, her husband too. Just SHUT UP ABBY and COMFORT YOUR FUCKING DAUGHTER instead of isolating and alienating her even more. Clarke had an existential breakdown two episodes ago and is teetering on collapse from the immense pressure. Abby is not helping and is, like, the worst person besides Jaha or Kane to give any lecture whatsoever about ends justifying means.