‘The 100’ (Season 3): Wisdom, Compassion and Strength

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Lexa, the Commander of the (now) 13 clans on Earth on The CW post-apocalyptic drama The 100, shared with her initiates known as Nightbloods that a commander must have three specific traits: wisdom, compassion and strength.

Wisdom is the quality of having experience, knowledge and good judgment; the quality of being wise.

Compassion is having sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others.

Strength is the quality or state of being physically strong; the ability to resist being moved or broken by a force; the quality that allows someone to deal with problems in a determined and effective way.

Since she was introduced in the December 3, 2014 episode entitled “Fog of War”, Lexa has clearly shown that she has the latter attribute to spades. She is strong enough to take on any rival, competitor or opposing Queen. I have to question, though, if she has the other two attributes.

Sure, the argument could be made that she has compassion for her own people, but she showed no compassion for Clarke and the Sky People, who were being held captive (not to mention being butchered for their restorative blood) by the people of Mount Weather.

As for wisdom, she seemingly lacked that most prized attribute in last night’s episode – at least in the beginning. But Lexa obviously had more wisdom than anyone could have surmised because rather than allow herself to be sacrificed in the battle with the Ice Queen’s son Roan, or allow Roan to die at her own hands, she took the life of the Ice Queen herself.

Do you think that Lexa made the right decision?

When we think about those attributes, how do they apply to Pike, Bellamy, Abby and Kane in Arcadia?

It is obvious that Abby and Kane have wisdom and compassion for the Grounders outside the walls of their new Earthly home; but Pike and his new compatriot Bellamy (say it ain’t so?!) are lacking those much-needed attributes. And now with Pike being elected the new Chancellor, things are going to go from bad to worse (especially given the clips for next week’s episode).

That being said, it is clear that all four of those characters have strength; they wouldn’t have survived everything that has transpired since the original 100 juveniles were sent from the Ark down to Earth (oh, how all of them have changed since that fateful day, right?), but without possessing all three attributes in spades, can any of them truly be the rightful leader.

What are your thoughts on what has happened so far in the third season of ‘The 100’? Do you have a new respect for Lexa? Can you believe that Bellamy has “shifted” sides? Will Pike be a worthy leader of the Sky People? Or will his actions (as, again, seen in the clips for next week’s episode), not only cause a rift between the Sky People themselves but also bring down the wrath of the 12 clans of Earth? Please share your thoughts in our comments section.

And remember, the next new episode of the third season of ‘The 100’ will air on The CW on Thursday, February 17 at 9/8c.