‘The 100’ (Season 3): Don’t Mess with Wanheda

The 100 -- "Stealing Fire"

As any viewer of the post-apocalyptic series The 100 knows all too well, Clarke Griffin – like all of the other survivors of the Ark – has gone through some pretty traumatic experiences since crash landing on the Earth of that world.

First, the 100 juvenile delinquents were sent to Earth to learn the planet’s viability because the Ark, the outer space “home” of the survivors, was dying. It was a last ditch effort that had to bear fruit or else the Human race was going to be wiped out.

Once on the planet, the 100 quickly learned the planet was inhabited by survivors of the horrible nuclear explosion that took the lives of nearly everyone on the planet. Those survivors were known as the Grounders.

At the end of season one, the remnants of the 100 and the Grounders were at war with the former “winning” the battle (if you want to call what happened winning). Jasper, one of the surviving 100 teens, set off the rockets from the dropship that brought them to Earth, basically igniting the Grounders, pulverizing them upon contact.

During that time Clarke became one of the leaders of the 100, transforming herself from a rather idealistic teen into a hardened warrior. That warrior side of Clarke became even more prominent during season two when she and a number of the Sky People (the survivors of the Ark) were taken in by the Mountain Men.

Sadly, while the Mountain Men led their new “guests” to believe they were being protected, they were actually being used as lab rats to not only keep the Mountain Men alive but also, after many decades of living underground, the Mountain Men were going to use the 100/Sky People’s blood to survive outside. This is where Clarke became known as Wanheda, the Commander of Death. In order to save her own people, she annihilated the Mountain Men – letting the outside radiation inside the mountain.

Now, with season three underway, Clarke is still a leader and a feared killer – even if she deeply regrets all of the horrific decisions she has been forced to make since landing on Earth. And while the list of “significant kills” committed by her own hands (in one way or another) has grown exponentially, the only kill that seemed fully justified was that of Carl Emerson, the Lieutenant of the Mount Weather Guard, who has been committed to taking her down for her involvement in the deaths of the Mountain Men.

In last night’s episode Clarke used the A.L.I.E. 2.0 chip to take him down in order to, once again, save the lives of her most trusted friends and allies. Quite frankly Emerson deserved what he got, but his death (like all of the others) will still haunt Clarke for the rest of her life. But one thing can be said: Don’t Mess with Wanheda!

What are your thoughts on Clarke’s transformation over the course of the show’s three seasons? Did you support her decision in taking out the Mountain Men to save her people? Did you respect her choice to leave Arcadia once her people were save? How did you feel about her taking Emerson’s life? Please share your thoughts in our comments section below.

The next new episode of the third season of ‘The 100’ will air on The CW on Thursday April 28 at 9/8c.