It’s a difficult time to be in The 100 fandom. While fans are still recovering from Lexa’s death (and doing some awesome things while at it), ‘Stealing Fire’ is the perfect example of why this season is turning out to be a hopeless mess.
WARNING: This review contains spoilers
Lexa’s death had many problems, both on-screen and off-screen, but it did serve to further the plot and introduce new elements, from the Grounder mythology coming from the black blood that Becca brought to Earth, to the ritual to choose a new commander. However, the fact that not even Lexa’s legacy could survive made matters worse. Lexa wanted peace and she also wanted Aden to be the next commander, but both things were taken away by Ontari, who establishes herself as one of the main villains for the remaining of the season. Clarke is obviously willing to do everything it takes to fulfill Lexa’s wish and so she is named the next flamekeeper by Titus. It’s been hard to understand Titus’ interests and decisions so far and, while his death didn’t make him exactly redeemable, at least he made right by Lexa in the end. Clarke’s mission now is to find Luna, which will turn out to be an even more difficult task after Lincoln’s death.
Murphy. What are we even supposed to expect from this character at this point? Murphy has had the “bad person” label since Season 1, but the thing is, being a bad person, or doing morally questionable acts, is no longer an exception in this show. It’s probably because of this that it seems like the writers are not quite sure what to do with him. Murphy is just wandering from place to place, form person to person, never quite sure where his interests lie. They haven’t killed him yet, so I’m hoping that they’re actually planning something for him at some point in this season. Meanwhile, Bellamy and Monty are finally able to break free from Pike’s not-so-convincing words and start working their paths towards redemption. For Monty, that means disobeying his mother to save his friends in a rescue mission, and for Bellamy, it means getting kidnapped by his own sister and Indra, and for good reason.
I have to say, Lincoln’s death actually caught me off guard. Lincoln has been so close to death or presumably dead so many times before, that it was hard for me to fear for his life this time… until it happened for real. Only two episodes after having gotten rid of Clexa, The 100 pulls the plug on Linctavia too. It’s unfortunate, really, as the same thing that happened with Alycia Debnam Carey has also happened with Ricky Whittle, who has recently been cast as the lead character in American Gods. The thing is, Lexa and Titu’s deaths helped advance the plot, but was Lincoln’s death really necessary? Sure, Lincoln was a representative of the hope for peace between Grounders and the Sky People, but since that peace had already been jeopardized episodes ago, his death felt more redundant and pointless than anything. The characters already had a reason to hate Pike, we didn’t need to lose such a key character for that. And now, Octavia is truly pissed (that face!), and I will riot if she’s not the one to kill Pike.
The 100 has always felt a big Game of Thrones-y, but now it’s actually making a habit out of killing characters, which is not necessarily good. One of the reasons why Season 3 had such a promising start is that it established many different parties with conflicting interests. It only makes sense that we would be getting that conflict at this point in the season, but one has to wonder whether there’s even any hope to keep fighting. In an attempt to come out as shocking and edgy, The 100 is losing itself in its messy, rushed plot to the point that, rather than enjoying the ride, the show has started to become a torturous experience. Adding drama is good and realistic, but adding it just for the sake of shocking viewers is not good writing.