You know a show is good when you are faced with the task of writing a review but have to rewrite the introduction five times because everything you write doesn’t seem to do the show justice.
Well that’s it, after sixteen episodes, The 100 series two is over. To say that it was an emotional rollercoaster is perhaps one of the biggest understatements in history. We saw Finn slaughter innocent grounders, we’ve seen Clarke kill the man she loves and we’ve seen Lincoln struggle through withdrawing from the reaper drug. We’ve seen teenagers drilled to death for their bone marrow, one of the most touching kisses and the biggest betrayal.
With all of this doom and gloom, why do we still watch it?
This week, we are given the answer to the second question. Well, in the eyes of Clarke anyway. She inevitably has to make a decision that will stay with her till she dies. It guarantees the safety of her people, but it meant that she would have crossed that moral line. She now feels like she has too much blood on her hands, and, by the end of the episode, she doesn’t want to have to face the reminder of that every day. Eliza Taylor (Clarke) really does need to be congratulated for her acting skills. She has really been put through her paces this season, her character being stretched to her limits, and yet she is flawless all season. Her expression as Clarke made the biggest decision of the season, would break the hearts of every person in the world. You could really feel her pain, see what it was doing to her and you know how much it is going to haunt her.
Bob Morley (Bellamy) also does a wonderful job, just like he has all season. He carries just as much of the burden as Clarke does this episode, but he manages to push on because he knows that he has to in order to keep his people alive. By the end of this series, he has gone from being imprisoned by Kane to earning his respect as a leader. We see his on-screen chemistry with Eliza reach a peak, it wasn’t quite Bellarke but it is very obvious that the two characters really do care for each other. Octavia was utterly bad-ass, showing how far her fighting skills have come since being Indra’s second. Lincoln has perhaps the best moments of the episodes, making one of the most satisfying kills from any TV show ever.
The end brings a whole new threat, with plenty of new questions to answer next time. Jaha and Murphy make it to the ‘City of Light’ but what they find there could change things forever. The set is magnificent here, so let's hope that we get to see more of it.
The whole series has had a brilliant story arc, a wonderful cast, superb costume and set design and has an outstanding message about morals. The 100 is a well-hyped show, and rightly deserves the recognition it receives.
Now we just have to wait until the autumn for the next series. I can't wait!