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The 100 Review: Blazing Ring of Fire

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The 100 finale was crazy awesome, right?

The 100 Season 1 Episode 13 was a jammed packed hour filled with amazing leadership, sacrifice, and turmoil. When the situation didn't look like it could get any worse, it did. Many lives were lost and for what purpose?

It all started from a misunderstanding.

Bellamy Looks Goodbye
Bellamy takes a last look at the camp as they prepare to leave.

As the Grounders approached, Clarke and Bellamy fought over whether to stay and fight or head to the ocean side safe haven. While Bellamy's desire made sense, he didn't have a full comprehension of the danger headed their way. Clarke had seen the Grounders and understood they were a force larger than the 100 could overcome.

Bellamy's somber last look at the camp was saddening. The slow motion trek out of camp with haunting music was reverent to their journey, but it quickly turned into chaos when a projectile split one of their own's head. The question about what to do began all over again.

It was too late to run. Their only hope for survival was Raven's Ring of Fire plan and it was something that both Bellamy and Clarke agreed would work. It was full force ahead from that moment on. Around the camp, the fighters were tricked into wasting their ammo, Finn went to Lincoln's for medicine, and Clarke and Raven bonded while fixing the drop ship.

Murphy struck again! Not only did he destroy his own people's supply of gunpowder, he took a radio which allowed Tristian to listen in to Bellamy's orders and strategy. Murphy once again cost people's lives. He was stabbed in the leg for not mentioning the mines, but he was away from the fight and left alive.

The battle was one of the best ever on television both in regards to the emotional and visual aspects. A particularly special moment was when both sides stopped and watched in awe at the the Ark falling to Earth. A fitting moment of silence before the killing began.

The severity of the fight became apparent when Octavia plunged her sword into the Grounder's head to save her brother. That awesomeness of that was then topped when Lincoln showed up and Bellamy accepted his offer to help her. While it may not have been his decision to make, it was touching. His love for her knows no bounds and he made that clear when he told her his life started when she was born. They have a unique connection and one that cannot be broken.

There were many heroes on the battlefield. Finn's plan to bring the Reapers helped give Jasper the time necessary to finish the Ring of Fire, while cutting down their enemy's force. Both Bellamy and Clarke demonstrated great leadership throughout the battle. And, the final savior was their "Plan B," Jasper launched the Ring of Fire.

Props to the special effects people for the awe-inspiring explosion from under the dropship to the fried people as the fire burst out. That image will be long burned into viewers minds. The aftermath of the Ring of Fire was also visually stunning. All those lives lost.

The battle was won, but at a great cost. Finn's sacrifice was devastating to watch play out. He left the safety of the dropship to rescue Bellamy only Tristian overpowered them both. That final look between Finn and Clarke was heartbreaking. She had to close the door and they both knew it.

I'm definitely no convinced that Bellamy and Finn are dead, but Clarke believed it when she looked down at those two burned skeletons. With the Grounders running towards the dropship, Bellamy and Finn could have run towards the tunnel. It wasn't that far away and they knew that the Ring of Fire was coming.

We'll have to wait at least a bit to find out if one or both of them made it out alive. Raven wasn't in good shape either. Finn gave Clarke the medicine, but was she able to administer it to Raven before the attack and then being taken away? Or, perhaps the Mountain Men took Raven and were able to heal her?

In contrast to the action on the ground, the situation on the Ark was one of calm and hope. Chancellor Jaha showed his strength of character and leadership by taking the chance that they could survive and make it to Earth.

When the explosive charges didn't work, Kane stepped up to stay behind. He saw it as his path to salvation for all the deaths on his conscience. Ultimately, that decision was taken out of his hands.

Isaiah Washington gave a stunning and heartbreaking performance as Jaha sacrificed himself by staying behind. He was always one willing to make the hard choice and he stuck around long enough to save his people. His reward was a bottle of scotch and knowing that he saved at least some of his people. He has one to two weeks left to live, so I'm sure we'll see him again.

Most of the people on the Ark died, but at least one section made it to Earth. When Abby and Kane stepped out, the serene nature scene was a sharp contrast to life on the Ark and even more from the darkness of battle. Unlike when the 100 arrived, they are fortunate to be alive, yet are informed about the dangers they face on the ground.

There were several scenes that could have served as appropriate endings to the season, which made the final sequence all the more unexpected and shocking. The Mountain Men gassed the battlefield and captured at least one survivor.

What a fantastic twist! Clarke was taken, cleaned up, and locked up in a technologically advanced White Room. With the "Starry Night" on the wall, she woke up to find herself in a whole new world. And she wasn't alone! Monty was there too. The Mountain Men were monitoring them and knew her name, could they have the resources to save Jaha?

Where are they? Mount Weather. She finally made it.

Which main character is most likely dead?



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OMG !!! What a finale ! I needed time to process ! That ring of fire was just AWESOME ! Raven cannot die ! She's too valuable ! Finn and Bellamy cannot be dead, I don't believe that for a second !
The Ark went to earth... Jaha's sacrifice was beautiful. And the quite when Abby came out, what a contrast to the war ensuing at the camp.
Sending the Reapers was a crazy move. Though the Grounders killed them so quick !
Lincoln came back ! So glad he did. And he took Octavia as well. That scene with Bellamy was heartbreaking.
I agree that the moment they all stopped, Grounders and 100 to watch the Ark coming down was eerie...
Murphy ! That guy cannot just die already !
I have to say though, the music felt alien... Very strange. I don't know how to explain it.
Raven and Clarke bonding was interesting. Bout time !
The Grounder Princess getting beat up was not something I enjoyed watching. It was primal !
The Mountain Men !!! Who are they ! Why do they have Monty ? Why is Clarke is quarantine ? So many questions ! Have they taken the others as well ? Amazing finale to an amazing show !


Playing (my favorite Band) Radioheads “Exit Music” during Abby stepping out into the open and Jahas Scenes on the Arc – hauntingly beautiful perfect!
Surprisingly good show – really didn't expect that when it started!
Hopefully they can keep the level they've established in season two...

@ doom1900

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Playing (my favorite Band) Radioheads “Exit Music” during Abby stepping out into the open and Jahas Scenes on the Arc – hauntingly beautiful perfect!
Surprisingly good show – really didn't expect that when it started!
Hopefully they can keep the level they've established in season two...


The ending was good. I totally think that Finn & Bell will be okay and alive and well. I don't think it would be wise to kill off their characters. Why make fans get invested in these two main characters if they are gonna get killed off in S1 finale. I think they will have escaped the blast somehow. S2 will be about them trying to rescue Clarke and all that.


This show is so good. However I could do without Finn. I'm ready for him to be back with Raven or just to be gone. Bellamy is my favorite character and I do hope that him and Clarke are end game! Its so many ways you can go with their relationship as far as both being two different types of leaders. Regardless of the triangle, I'm looking forward to season 2! Hurry Fall!


Best relationship award definitely goes to Bellamy and Octavia - their sibling love for one another gets me every time :)


This was a sad finale, it was terrifying to see Bellamy(my fave character) & Finn getting beat up by the grounder leader. But I do not believe they are dead, they probably got away the & are some where now with Lincoln & Octavia. Bellamy & Finn are the 2 lead males so there is no way they can BOTH be dead.

@ Steve

I can see possibly Bellamy going but I like him more than I do Finn. Reason I say that is because of his goodbye to Octavia. If I were a betting man though he would still be around come season 2.


A good finale in my opinion. Of course like with most finales we still have a lot of questions. As far as the poll goes I would say that none mentioned died. If I did indeed have to pick one it would probably end up being Raven. As Marissa said if they didn't die on screen they most likely will be around in some capacity. My main disappointment was the death of Wells I really liked his dynamic and he was done away with far to early.
Now we wait a year to see what actually happens in the quarantine area. I am going to guess that they aren't the good guys. Kane and Clarks mom will certainly have to do something to rescue them.
As far as Jaha sacrificing himself, wow he has been trying to do that all season what a guy. I honestly thought Desmond aka Kane was going to finally make the sacrifice much like his LOST character but Jaha sidestepped him again. Not sure what direction they can really take this now. It is no longer going to be about the original story. The 100 are no longer the 100, adults are on the ground and so on. I will certainly be tuning in the though. This has been my surprise show of the year for me.


Did anyone else think the ending was kind of like the ending of the Resident Evil movie?

@ ryan jones

Felt more "Persons Unknown" for me, at least for those who watched the little summer show NBC aired a few years ago.

@ ryan jones

Exactly my feeling!! U read my mind.


I love this show and have been a fan from the beginning. It was an amazing episode. Yet I usually get really frustrated by the end of seasons because there's just so much left in the open! I get the concept that there has to be some sort of hang over drama to keep us interested and anxiously waiting for the show to come back, but still sometimes it's just too much. Like with this last episode, the mountain people alone and the idea that life on earth isn't that primitive after all was suspenseful enough and quite the unexpected twist! We really didn't need to be kept in the dark about Bellamy, Finn, Lincoln, Octavia, ... now did we? Can't we be left with something good for a change?