The 100 Season 6 Episode 5 Review: The Gospel of Josephine

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Sanctum secrets don't exist, mostly because they are revealed the second they happen. 

But with the way the big, game-changing twists are passed around the table, the real conflict of the The 100 Season 6 feels more terrifying and interesting at the same time. The possible places where the story could go become endless when barriers like the Prime experiments are aired out quickly.

During The 100 Season 6 Episode 5, Josephine got a chance to tell her story, and it didn't go the way she planned. Still, after a few people stumbled upon the video in the lab, it was all about how quickly Josephine would end up revealing who she really was.

It ended with Bellamy paralyzed after he was the only one who guessed that Clarke wasn't Clarke, and then Josephine invited Murphy to the dark side with her.  He accepted.

Meanwhile, Diyoza and Octavia bond before the green storm turns into a potential problem for Octavia. Also, Abby gets caught up in her Kane addiction, and that does more harm than good.

Josephine Up To No Good - The 100 Season 6 Episode 5

"The Gospel of Josephine," written by Georgia Lee in her The 100 writing debut, was exceptional in its plot pacing and strong storytelling. Every scene felt necessary in terms of the bigger picture, and it all came off very naturally.

It was a fun episode because it used Josephine to their advantage, while at the same time didnt lose the speed of the plot and the direction of the story. It was an unexpected anxiety-easing adventure because the "narration" was led by an unfamiliar and untrustworthy character.

The 100 has never felt so intriguing and full of potential. 

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Josephine Coming Out of That Clarke Closet

Now it makes sense why Josephine doesn't have many friends; she can't keep any secrets. Even her own.

Her choices, though, are shaping our view of the character as someone who doesn't seem to care about her big secret that much. It makes sense, in a way. Josephine is counting and their odds are better even if a few scattered people around them are a danger.

The people of Sanctum compared to the newcomers don't measure up in size or faith, but it also is reckless for Josephine. She either isn't grasping the weight of their possible destruction, or she hasn't thought it through yet. 

Josephine Gets Nervous - The 100 Season 6 Episode 5

It helped a lot having Josephine throw caution to the wind and let everyone discover the videos and that she wasn't herself.

But that reckless behavior can mirror how she killed her best friend, Kaylee. To be fair, she did kill her next and there has to be a significant reason for it.

Was Josephine pushing the limits of Sanctum too far? Is she the villain we are all meant to see? 

She makes it clear that her parents' worries and wishes are of no importance to her because she teases the line between revealing her identity more times than she actually tries to blend in.

Yet even with that behavior and the way she waved around in Abby's face that she wasn't Clarke, she got more information than her parents or those on the outside managed to secure.

That means the theory of creating more Nightbloods is on the table with Abby giving away her ability to help with that. Having one possible change for the Primes is nothing compared to the chance to change all our favorites into viable hosts.

Consent is key. Blah de blah. Tell me something. Did this Ferrari I'm wearing consent to giving up her body?

We also can't forget the flashback and current-time throwback to ideas Josephine still has brewing in her mind. For now, she is following the orders of her parents, but with someone as smart as she, it has to be a matter of time before she pushes them away and puts her into action in some way.

That could be where Murphy comes in, convincing the others to play along instead of resisting.

For now, though, most of the clues have to be in the breeding program. Because it couldn't have been brought up for no reason. Either it works or Josephine will try it to point back at her family who denied her the chance the first time.

Would the breeding be controlling procreation? That feels like the most realistic choice, with Josephine thinking two Nightbloods would make one more and the cycle would continue until they were at peak population.

Now they are dying out, though, so her idea could be linked to making others have black blood and trying to repopulate at the same time.

Josephine Watches On - The 100 Season 6 Episode 5

That won't actually happen, especially if her family is about to butt heads now that Josephine is back in the driver's seat, but it is something to keep in mind.

Gabriel factors in again. Having a guy spend 25 years focused on saving you after one attempted sexual liaison is very romantic. 

But if he is still alive, then what happened to them?

He might be the key for some, and he could also teach us a lot through the way Josephine does or doesn't circle around him.

For now, though, she just needs a plan, something to keep from locking up Bellamy in that skeleton lair probably, while at the same time moving forward and not staying stagnant.

Russell in Sanctum - The 100 Season 6 Episode 5

If there is anything the new blonde lead has though, it is ideas; she is overflowing with them. If given the time, she might cause world destruction.

But first, she has to reveal the state of Clarke's mind in her body. She isn't lost to the world, so where could she even be right now?

There is no way Josephine is experiencing that Mount Weather moment; she doesn't hold any memories from Clarke so she wouldn't even know what it is.

Clarke could just return on her own, awakening in her own personal hell which would also tease that there is a way to bring her back. The others just needed to get clued in.

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They Know That She Knows That They Know That He Knows ... 

Not everyone knows, and yet enough people know that it is kind of hilarious. 

For now, Gaia knows that there is something with Becca and Nightblood that puts Madi at risk; that makes her arc clear from the start. Josephine won't care for Madi, pushing Gaia to take on that role whether she knows that Clarke is gone or not.

She is also the key to any knowledge she and Madi might have to help reverse what is going on with Clarke. The answers are probably in Madi's mind, and chances are, she will have to talk to that Dark Commander to get them.

Murphy in Sanctum - The 100 Season 6 Episode 5

Gaia has never spent so much time taking back her words, first by trying to honor Sanctum's beliefs and now by having Madi do exactly what she feared early on.

Then there is Jordan. He is harder to predict because he is new and impulsive. Love does that to you, and terrifying lab films just add on that need to protect.

The gift that comes from Jordan not being easy to control is in instances like breaking into the lab. He will do what the others won't; he will push boundaries and get answers that the others would end up waiting to find.

Josephine: Fill in the blanks, John.
Murphy: That's the second time you've called me ... You're not Clarke.
Josephine: I'm gonna be honest with you, Clarke is dead.

But with every good side comes a bad, and that is Jordan's curiosity putting him in danger.

For now, the others have been respectful with him trying to wrap his mind around losing Delilah, but for how long?

Eventually, all the questions will pose a threat, and Jordan will be the one at risk. Hopefully, he knows what he is doing because, for now, he is a solo player approaching a situation for 2hich he is not prepared.

It appears to be a strong parallel to Murphy, the most mysterious one of them all. 

On the one hand, having Murphy die and struggle with the aftermath now makes all the sense in the world. But on the other hand, how quickly he agreed to help Josephine is a tough pill to swallow.

Murphy Decides - The 100 Season 6 Episode 5

He is the one who could get manipulated very easily, which Josephine saw from the start. Sidestepping Clarke's death and the threat to his friends can't be easy for him.

Murphy is the one most likely to join a weird cult, yet it feels unnatural to believe that he is invested right away. He will have to be convinced or promised enough to make it worthwhile.

Can Josephine promise him anything though?

For now, Murphy agreed to be immortal knowing what we know, which is that he won't survive and that he has to be a Nightblood. Even if Abby made him one, he would just be another host.

Bellamy and Murphy - The 100 Season 6 Episode 5

Josephine couldn't keep Clarke alive in her body, but she suddenly can do it for Murphy?

There are so many things that don't add up, and the hope is that Murphy isn't too narrow-minded about dying that he will pretend they don't exist for the sake of saving himself.

He has done it before, but the emphasis on those six years and on his new family has never felt more real. 

Murphy could play double agent, or maybe double-double agent in this case. 

Or there truly is more to Josephine's visionary plans that she has yet to unleash.

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Diyoza and Octavia's Day Trip Break

There should be a tally kept around for how many fake deaths Octavia is involved in these days. Just the last two seasons alone left it at five too many because unless you are really going to kill off Octavia, what is the point?

Thinking Octavia was actually in any danger stopped being true a while ago; so is Sanctum about to do what seemed impossible?

That place where she submerged herself did something to her hand with many thinking it looked like Octavia had aged.

Abby: You and me, we stood by Blodreina during the dark years. And Marcus was the only one, who tried to stop it. Did you?
Jackson: I was just doing my job.
Abby: Said by every war criminal ever.

It was hinted at that the trees and the nature on their moon have a way of taking back bodies into itself, specifically decaying bodies that were left there. The assumption is that this only related to dead bodies, with no indication of how someone living, could be affected by it.

Octavia may have stumbled upon the answer to that question that no one was really asking.

Now her time might really be running out, which for someone who was all about it might not actually want it as much as she claims. 

If Octavia really wanted to die, she would have done it already, it is that simple.

Jade in Sanctum - The 100 Season 6 Episode 5

That means by being alive that it is her choice to fight, even if she pushes others to kill her instead. In a way, she knows they won't, and she continues to have to work for survival every day.

That kind of work is out of her hands now. She will have to count on Diyoza and most likely the Children of Gabriel to tell her what is next.

And if it all doesn't lead back to Gabriel, then what could it be?

They are heading to him, and he has to be in that green Anomaly thing we saw briefly. If anyone knows how to survive even the worst conditions out there, it is Gabriel. 

Xavier Wins - The 100 Season 6 Episode 5

Then there is Diyoza. The two of them bonded, but the next episode has her alone in the synopsis, so they could split up. Maybe Xavier feels bad for trapping Octavia and forcing her to submerge herself in that gloop lake, so he helps her, and they divide and conquer.

Plus, if Xavier and Octavia are going to start their big romance, they have to do it sooner rather than later. 

Although this episode gave me a better suggestion; Diyoza and Xavier as a couple, instead. 

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The Bellarke Corner

Clarke Griffin and all of us as a group are very proud of one Bellamy Blake.

Of course, he would be the one to guess that Clarke wasn't herself, even from a few scattered reactions here and there. She overshared about the night before; she thought lives were disposable; she didn't factor in anyone's feelings, and she didn't know a common language.

The others should have worked it out. too. but that would have meant Bellamy wouldn't get the credit of knowing his soulmate so well.

Bellamy: What the hell are you doing?
Jordan: What you would have done, the you before Praimfaya anyway. Heart over head. That was my favorite Bellamy.

Yet, there is that small part of me that wished it was more than just a Grounder language that made it all click for Bellamy. They were standing there talking about his feelings, and that was a perfect way to lead into Clarke not clicking with him on that for once.

For a season focused on trying to allow emotions into conversations and motives, it felt like a missed opportunity to play around with them at their most vulnerable. 

It is about the little things, and the fact that Bellamy caught them was perfect, but what if it went beyond that?

The last conversation Bellamy shared with Clarke was about her feelings for him, the way he mattered to her. The potential that was there if it got more time to breathe, it could have left an even more significant impact.

Bellamy Finds Out - The 100 Season 6 Episode 5

Still, the emotion that went into Bellamy knowing what would be confirmed but that we still hopes wasn't true was very strong. It made sense for Bellamy to be the person who broke it all down, and the audience was able to invest with him in that reveal.

But, now what?

Bellamy is paralyzed by Josephine, and kept somewhere safe as if Josephine could just go out for a drink without a care in the world.

With Murphy supposedly on her side, where does that leave Bellamy?

Looking ahead, Bellamy has two key moments in the original trailer that we still have yet to see: choking Russell with Murphy and Josephine in the background and also grabbing a gun with Miller.

For now, it is more about that choking scene, because it is like Bellamy is with Murphy and Josephine and not against them. He could get fed some lies, something that promises him a chance to free Clarke. That would explain why Bellamy would be with Josephine.

Josephine Says Hi - The 100 Season 6 Episode 5

Bellamy also can't be hidden for long; others will notice. They have enough pieces to make enough of a puzzle. Having a fake Clarke is enough, stealing Bellamy away too is a huge risk.

So he is either about to get manipulated to side with Josephine in the name of Clarke, or there is another layer that is just waiting to be revealed. Josephine always has a new surprise; this doesn't feel like it could be any different. 

The important part is that, hopefully, Bellamy is okay, which he has to be even if Murphy isn't a double agent. It is unclear how much Murphy cares that Clarke died, but there is no way he will let Bellamy be taken hostage.

That time in space is forced on the audience for a reason; this is the time for it to truly come alive and make a difference. 

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Stray Thoughts

  • While Josephine is still around, it might be a good reminder about consent. The character might not be here for it, but the audience should be. Anything done to Clarke's body without her approval, romantic and physical included, is not consensual as Clarke wasn't able to sign off on it.
  • Abby insulting Josephine's writing right to her face? I felt that anger, and I felt that resentment. Josephine got her first bad review, and those are also hard to handle. 
  • Sitting on this thought for a second didn't really help it, because it still looks like Abby's only purpose this season revolves around a man. I get it; Kane couldn't be around. and Abby is the key to keeping him and their relationship alive. But is it worth it?

    Is reminding fans that their 'ship exists worth making a woman's story revolve around a man?

    Making Abby's journey this season about her replacing her addiction to pills with saving Kane is a disservice to the potential of what could have been a refreshing change for her. A character who is off screen can't be worth more than a character who is on screen. 
  • I hope the Sanctum version of The Bachelor lets Jordan get his girl. Those flowers may have been a trick, but they were still so sweet and Delilah deserves to have them. Just let Jordan Green be happy please. 
Jordan and a Flower - The 100 Season 6 Episode 5
  • Major props go to Skylar Radzion for that portrayal of Josephine II. She played off the situation so remarkably, and her reacting to what was happening felt so real.

    Getting to see the others react to the experiments we all knew were going on was one thing, but living it as if it was happening in front of us with someone like Skylar added an extra dose of pain.

    All of which geared up to Josephine's (multiple) reveals. 
  • Madi enjoying herself on that swing; why can't that last forever? It was such a sweet moment before what sounds like hell for the character. Eliza Taylor mentioned in an interview that Josephine isn't a fan of children, so she wouldn't be scared to put Madi's life in danger.
  • Hear me out. If this is a season focused on different pairings, so Bellamy and Gaia should work together at some point. They are both the closest to people in danger, Clarke and Madi, which means if Bellamy combines his knowledge and Gaia combines her whatever, they could be unstoppable in the quest to save their loved ones.
  • There were a few characters missing, but it was the Emori loss that was felt the most. She shouldn't be this easy to remove from the group. Bring her back because she could have so much to do; she just needs to be given those chances. 
  • Kaylee killing Josephine for the good of Sanctum is a whole lot to sit with. What do you do when Russell and Simone's wild beliefs may not be the biggest threat of them all to our favorite characters?

What did you think of the episode? How did you feel about Josephine's side of the story?

How thrilled were you about Bellamy catching up to what was going on first? Where do you think Bellamy is now and what is coming up for him now that Josephine is planning to toy with him?

Is Murphy actually on Josephine's side? Who do you think will guess about Clarke next? When do you think we will see her again?

What do you expect to see from that green forest area? Will Diyoza and Octavia find Gabriel? And what do you think is going on with Octavia's hand?

What was your favorite part of the episode? What was your least favorite part of the episode? How excited are you for the after hiatus follow up?

Let us know what you think below!

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The 100 Season 6 Episode 5 Quotes

Consent is key. Blah de blah. Tell me something. Did this Ferrari I'm wearing consent to giving up her body?


Bellamy: What the hell are you doing?
Jordan: What you would have done, the you before Praimfaya anyway. Heart over head. That was my favorite Bellamy.