“Crossing the Rubicon” means going past the point of no return, and that is the case for a number of characters in this week’s The 100. With both triumphs and failures, and a lot more death, significant developments happen across all running storylines to ensure that nobody will ever be the same again.
But the big event once again concerns Clarke, for whom the ends now justify the means, and the blood on her hands may never wash off. Thanks to Bellamy, Clarke becomes aware of a missile aimed by Mount Weather at a meeting of the twelve clan leaders at 'Ton DC. Rather than warn people and begin an evacuation, Clarke and Lexa slip out unnoticed, sacrificing their people to not jeopardise Bellamy’s position in Mount Weather. A nearby Octavia and Lincoln remain safe, while Clarke rescues Abby, but significant characters remained inside 'Ton DC, their fates currently unknown.
President Wallace is a villain. He strings up Grounders to harvest their blood. But the harvesting of the 47’s bone marrow appals him, providing Bellamy an unlikely ally. The parallels between the Wallaces and the Griffins are in no way accidental. Cage usurps Dante as Clarke usurps Abby. Clarke commits terrible sins for the “greater good”, and Dante atones for his sins in the name of the “greater good” by helping the 47. It is a masterful piece of storytelling, superbly performed by all the actors involved, and The 100 continues to evolve into one of the most exceptional and complex shows on television.