The 100 “Watch the Throne” Review (Season 3 Episode 4)

THE 100 Watch the Thrones

The 100 continues to step up its politically-charged game this season, offering another complex, emotional hour of television this week. “Watch the Throne” did stumble a bit in terms of setting up some of the major plotlines that will dominate the coming weeks, but it overall delivered enough big moments and character turns to stand as a winning installment.

The two big threads this week both involved a lot of political maneuvering from the show’s current troublemakers. In Arkadia, this meant Pike and the remaining Farm Station survivors continuing to spread hate and distrust of grounders around the camp. Given the deaths and struggles they’ve faced since arriving on the surface, it’s not hard to understand where Farm Station’s hatred of the grounders come from, and the death of even more of their people in the Mount Weather explosion only further enforces their stance.

Pike simply can’t accept the thought that any long-lasting peace can be had with the grounder tribes. It’s a dangerous worldview, but it’s also not hard to understand where he’s coming from. Even worse is how rationally he’s able to control that hatred; when anti-grounder sentiment turns on Lincoln, he’s quick to shut it down, understanding that the last thing Arkadia needs is any form of in-fighting. He’s also a strong orator, using his hate-mongering to successfully steal the election for chancellor from Kane and turn Arkadia towards an unnecessary and bloody conflict with the grounders.

The one thing that doesn’t work about this whole storyline so far is Bellamy’s support of Pike. I get the impulse to have one of the characters we’ve grown familiar with become a Pike follower, but the path Bellamy has taken to get there reeks of narrative manipulation. Bellamy has turned on the grounders because of Gina’s death, but it’s not a loss we can connect to because it’s clear Gina was introduced specifically to be killed and motivate Bellamy’s actions. It throws out Bellamy’s development into a strong, confident leader last season, and it’s a frustrating devolution for the character.

And it’s weird to see the show handle Bellamy so poorly when it’s taken Jasper in such a strong, definitive direction of self-destruction. We don’t get much from Jasper this week, but it was heart-breaking to see just how messed up his, and potentially destroying his lifelong friendship with Monty in the process.

Meanwhile, Clarke remained embroiled in the conflict between Lexa and Queen Nia of Azgeda. There was far more outright hostility in this storyline, with Clarke, Roan, Lexa, and Nia all doing their best to come out on top. This led to strong scene after strong scene, including Clarke’s attempted assassination of Nia. All of this built to a stellar fight scene between Lexa and Roan, one filled with tension over who would actually die and capped with a shocking twist as Lexa impaled Nia. Part of me does mourn the death of such a strong antagonist this early in the season, but with Carl Emerson, Mount Weather Security Detail still hiding out in Azgeda, I’m sure there’s more room for trouble down the road.

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