Just a reminder, spoilers galore!! Like ALL the spoilers- especially for this episode, friends.
Well then. I have lost the ability to word. Sorry. If you watched it, you get it. I cried literally from the start to the finish. I was scared, but for some reason, I just… sobbed. Even when I had no reason to- I think I legit was so scared I cried. And then it turned out being justified. Because along with being the best title of an episode, it was also probably the most well-crafted, most epic one to date.
Let the Conclave begin
Ah, here we are, at the start of the last battle for the bunker, in which all 13 clans will pull their very best
from the Career pack… erm, warrior, to fight to the death until only one clan is left standing. I’m going to be real here: This plan lacks common sense. Some of these clans only had like, a few dozen people left. Some only had one pissed off sea bitch left. There had to have been a better way, though I really doubt anyone would have listened to reason if this point even if someone had found a bunker that could fit every last one of their asses in, they’d all be like “nah, I hate everyone, let’s fight”. Clarke gave one last go at an alliance with Roan, but he declined because SWORDS.
We also were given some truly great Indra-Octavia moments that just showed how important their relationship was, and how genuine. Indra cares for O as much as she does her own daughter, and honestly, this family that was created for Octavia is just blowing me away. Not one of them, not even Bellamy, is there because they have to be- they’re there for her because of her– and the effect she has on all of them. She was the girl under the floor, and now she’s become so much more. We’ll start with Indra though, because frankly, that is where my tears started.
So Gaia has what has hands down been her most important, and most well done performance to date. I was on the fence about her character, but she pulled it off in this episode. As fleimkepa, she quite literally kept the flames of each clan’s warrior, snuffing them out as they died. It was intense. And she announced each competitor, including some surprises: Ilian kom Trishanakru, and Luna kom Flokru. I really don’t know what I thought would happen with Trishanakru, but… not Ilian.
And I knew Luna would be there because previews, but everyone else was shocked as fuck because there is no other Flokru to save. And she has no plans to save anyone, she just wants the human race to die. So… yeah, that makes a ton of sense. I guess then she’d just murder-suicide Clarke and herself? What if they found some other little Natblidas running around? Poor planning, Luna.
Gaia’s like, “excuse you?”
Anyway. So, the Conclave begins! Basically there are no rules, just stay in Polis and try not to die. Kane and Bellamy are the ambassador and adviser to Octavia and so they have some final strategy meeting. I like that they didn’t do a sappy goodbye here- it was better for O’s focus, and it gave her a good place to start. It was like… well, it was like when Haymitch told Katniss to get the hell away from the bloodbath and to the woods, tbh.
I… don’t think anyone died merrily?
I mean, they looked very… unmerry while they were dying? Dying is probably never a good time, but being speared by
Finnick Luna’s trident has to be a rough way to go. And that was the gist- swords, spears, and an errant arrow from Echo. Why the hell was Echo there, you ask? Good question! The answer, of course, is “because she is an asshole, but at least she’s loyal I guess?”.
But Bellamy figured it out because he is the best character ever. So he fights Echo, and then Roan finds them. Bellamy tells him what’s going on, and since they were on their way to a pretty solid bromance, and Echo isn’t exactly looking innocent, he banishes Echo, and tells Bellamy to run. But before he does, they have their glorious last Bro exchange and it is everything.
No you’re sobbing.
Anyway, Octavia and Ilian meet up several times. At first she tells him that she isn’t the girl he needs her to be, and to get lost because she will kill him if he gets in her way. But Ilian was never here for Trishanakru, no matter what he said to O. He was here for her. He knew he didn’t have a chance- and he knew she did. She couldn’t love him, and he knew it, but he couldn’t help love her. That I believe. And in the end, he died for her. He died saving her, fighting off warriors for her. And she ended it for him when he was struck with one of asshole Echo’s arrows. And I am crying just thinking about it.
Pretty sure all the tears have destroyed my laptop at this point.
And Then There Were Four
Look, I think we all knew it’d come down to the big guns. Sure, they threw a rando in, but she was gone by the time the words came out of Gaia’s mouth. This battle was always going to end up between Roan, Luna, and O. And anyone who thought differently has clearly never watched a show or movie or read a book, basically. Now, I will say that I was fully expecting some kind of Hunger Games deal, like how Katniss and Peeta both won? Because I never, ever thought they’d kill off Roan. And certainly not Roan and two other pretty big characters.
Roan proposes an alliance while Luna kills our redshirt from Whateverkru, and O agrees. Deep down, at this point I was hoping for yet another rebirth of the Skaikru/Azgeda alliance, but in hindsight, I am glad they didn’t go down that route again. I think O and Roan would have finally taken out Luna, but the black rain started. That black rain has the darnedest timing this season, no?
Anyway, O runs, and she shouts to Roan to run. And look, Roan is not a stupid dude, but his pride and stubbornness got him killed at the end of the day. Octavia is also proud and stubborn, but she is smart and she had enough self control to put her pride aside for a hot second so she could live. Roan went down fighting, but what could he really do against a Natblida in black rain? He had no chance. So yes, Octavia left him, because if she didn’t, they’d have both died, and Luna would have been the winner. But you could tell she didn’t want him to die like that.
Octavia kom Skaikru, Victor
Once again, O’s quick thinking and intelligence serve her well as she sets a trap for Luna. Add to it that Luna is basically unraveling and giving Octavia a very pointless monologue about why she’s going to kill her so… yeah. Octavia tells her that there are people worth saving. And then you know, impales her. When O wins… I don’t know, it was just such a bittersweet moment. For her, too, you can tell. She comes back to the tower, medallions of all 12 fallen clans in hand, to give to Gaia. And she isn’t pleased, she isn’t the Octavia from just a few episodes ago. She has learned more about herself in this day than she had in a long time.
And as Indra prophesied to Kane, Octavia isn’t going to just take the bunker for Skaikru. She’ll share. Kane isn’t sure how that is even going to work, because there isn’t enough room, but I am HERE for this Octavia, this Octavia of the people. Does this mean she gets to be Heda now? Because I am here for that, too. She deserved it all along- she always felt like she didn’t belong, that she wasn’t Skaikru, or Trikru. It’s because she transcended it.
Is there some kind of “Octavia for Heda” campaign I could join and/or make bumper stickers for? 🤔
The Lincoln mentions and throwbacks were about enough to do me in. This is his vision. This had been his vision forever. And in Octavia, it came to fruition, and I don’t think there is anything greater than that.
To the victor goes the spoils?
Hahahahah no. In the middle of the conclave, someone… well, they stole Bellamy. Drugged him, with the foggy shit from Mt Weather. And where did he end up? The bunker. Miller is marching around telling people where to go, and Clarke and Jaha are like, besties suddenly, and Bellamy wakes up, and of course wants to know what the actual fuck is going on.
And then of course, Octavia and the others get to the bunker to realize they’re locked out. Look, I don’t even blame Clarke for taking the bunker, honestly. She saw Luna fight; she knew there was a high likelihood she could win. She told Roan as much, yet he wouldn’t agree to an alliance. So I get taking the bunker. But keeping and locking the bunker are very different beasts. Especially since her people won. Like, why didn’t they have some kind of communication set up, and keep locking it as a very last resort, had Luna won? She went wayyy too far, and now by not unlocking it, she has gone just…. cataclysmically far. And did the others know? That is my biggest question, and one I hope to get an answer to very soon.
The Other Side
Does this mean that we’re going to see THE OTHER SIDE of the bunker? Maybe meaning… what the fuck is wrong with Clarke and Jaha’s minds? And there is no way Abby is on board with this, right? Or has she had too many strokes and doesn’t even realize that Kane and Octavia and Raven are all still out there? I am hoping like hell for a Bellamy/Abby team up. OH and what happens to Echo now that Roan is dead? No one but Bellamy knows he banished her… 🤔