Simply Nicollette's recap posts for The 100 will contain spoilers.
The wait is finally over!
Season 3 of The 100 has begun! Maddi and I are excited to be sharing our thoughts about each episode throughout the entire season with you. Now - let's talk about the first episode!
Wanheda: Part One Synopsis:
"Three months have passed since the tragedy at Mount Weather and our heroes learn that a bounty has been put on Clarke's head. Unbeknownst to Clarke, a team led by Bellamy and Kane journeys deep into Grounder territory to save her. Meanwhile, Murphy finds his way to the mansion and discovers a very different Jaha on a very different mission."
Maddi - After a long wait The 100 finally returns with its season 3 premiere episode, titled "Wanheda: Part One."
M - It has been 3 months since the aftermath of the events at Mount Weather. The 100 cleverly shows the passage of time by beginning the premiere with Murphy's spiraling descent into madness, after finding himself trapped in the bunker he came across near the end of last season.
Kristy - I loved the opening scene. I think Murphy has come a long way since the first season, and honestly he's that character we all love to hate because he makes the show that much more interesting.
M - We see that the Sky People have established a way of life for themselves with order, vegetation, amped up security, and a thriving community. But things are as hostile as ever. It's like their world is balancing on an edge and with one wrong move it will fall to ruins.
They've been mapping the locations, lands, and borders of the 12 Clans. They made a point of staying away from Azgeda (a.k.a Ice Nation), who seem to be doing their own thing as everyone else is under a cease-fire.
K - It's crazy to see how much Camp Jaha, now Arcadia, has grown in just 3 months. Everyone seems to be finding their place in this new life of theirs, and are trying to work together to make their lives better. Everything that happened at Mount Weather changed every single person on the ground. My heart is breaking for Raven, Jasper is barely holding it together, and Bellamy took the leadership role like a champ now that Clarke is gone.
M - I'm guessing they got the Jeep from Mount Weather which Bellamy, Raven, Jasper, Monty, and Miller use when they leave to explore Sector 7, with Octavia following along on horseback.
As they ride along in the Jeep, Jasper puts on some music, which turns into a singing session/party. This was my favorite scene of the episode. It was exhilarating blasting the music, forgetting everything, forgetting your worries, and just having fun. It was a very meaningful moment because it's a rare thing for them, after everything they've been through, they deserve happiness even if it's only for a few minutes.
K - I loved this scene, too! I just really wanted Jasper to smile again, and it was nice to see him get out of his head even if it was just for a little bit.
M - But it doesn't last long before things get real again when a beacon from the Ark goes off. Remember last season they couldn't go look for the rest of the Ark with the war going on, well now we know where part of the ship is. The one problem is it's in Sector 8, also known as Azgeda. (Of course it's the area they're trying to avoid.)
Making the choice we all know they're going to make, they go after the beacon in hopes of finding their people. They arrive but nothing is there but a group of Azgeda Grounders on horses. (Who don't look very friendly.)
They say they are looking for Wanheda but before we can get any answers Jasper, in his bad emotional state, makes a bad decision and goes for the beacon, causing a Grounder to go for him and put a knife to his throat. Giving his friends no choice but to shoot and kill the Grounders in order to save his life.
K - Nothing stays good for too long on this show, so I knew something was going to happen once I started feeling happy. The Azgeda Grounders do not look like nice people at all, they are completely different than the Grounders we've grown to know in the past 2 seasons. I'm a little worried about the pain that they are going to cause the Sky People this season.
Not only was I already a little freaked out over these new Grounders, Jasper is such a loose cannon right now that I wasn't sure what he was going to do when he walked up to the Grounder to take back the beacon. He genuinely seemed pleased to have his life put to risk.
M - Before they can process and deal with what happened they get a radio call from Kane in Sector 4. The group takes Jasper on horseback back to the base for medical treatment, as Bellamy and Monty take the Jeep to meet Kane, who surprisingly is with Indra.
K - I have to say that I am really loving how everyone seems to be working as a team. I like seeing this leadership role that Bellamy has been put in by Kane and Abby.
M - Indra warns them "Clarke is being hunted.. by everyone" and that Clarke is a symbol. The Grounders believe that when you kill someone you get their power. After what Clarke did at Mount Weather they believe she is incredibly strong with power, so strong that they're calling her Wanheda, which means "Commander of Death." The Ice Nation's Queen wants Clarke's power, if her people believe she has it she'll break the coalition to start a war.
As Bellamy, Monty, Kane, and Indra go searching for Clarke, Lincoln seems lost as he battles with where he belongs. Though he's been accepted by the Sky People, he's been disowned and labeled a traitor by his own people. All he wants is peace and co-existence for everyone.
K - Lincoln has to be one of the most interesting characters on the show. He represents hope to me. Hope that the Grounders and Sky People can have peace. Hope that people can be accepted no matter where they've come from. It's hard to see him struggling with where he belongs because he's just trying to bring peace between everyone.
M - We really see just how broken and self-destructive Jasper has become and The 100 are doing an amazing job of showing a character utterly transforming from what we once knew them to be.
K - It hurts to see how much pain Jasper is in, and how he doesn't trust Monty anymore because he knows that he helped Clarke in Mount Weather. I really don't know how he's ever going to be able to forgive them, but I hope that he finds a way.
M - Raven is in a bad place. She seems defeated as she deals with her leg getting worse. Raven also says some harsh but truthful words to Abby, leading them to later share a moment that really shows just how far back their connection on the show goes.
K - Abby and Raven's conversations break me with how truthful they are to one another. I think Raven sees Abby as more of a mother figure than she leads on, and Abby wants to be there for Raven especially since she feels like she can't be there for Clarke.
M - I get a very bad feeling from Thelonious and artificial intelligence A.L.I.E. I fear what they will do or what they may bring will not be good at all.
K - I'm interested to see how Jaha and Murphy's storyline will play into everything that is going on with the Sky People and the Grounders.
M - Shawn Mendes' character to me felt uncomfortable and odd being there, but as he sings while playing the piano, it becomes a wonderful scene. It felt like their bond as people was beginning to heal and reconnect them after everything they have been through. They still have a part of their history and culture that can't be taken away or destroyed, something as simple yet wondrous as music.
K - I agree with Maddi, I loved that scene where he began to sing and everyone was in that same room. It shows how much these people are trying to make a life even though circumstances have made it hard for them to do so.
M - Clarke's holding it together better than I thought we would see, she is indeed strong and not just in strength, but also in character. But I think some of it is a facade and it will soon fall. I think we'll soon see just how much she really is struggling with the scars the events at Mount Weather left behind on her. She will need to accept help to survive this.
K - Clarke is one of the strongest heroines on TV right now. I completely agree that her true emotions will start shining through eventually, and I think she's going to break at some point during this season. It's hard to remember but these are still young adults and even though they are more mature because of their circumstances, they still have many flaws including Clarke.
M - The episode comes to an end as Bellamy, Monty, Kane, and Indra end up in a dangerous situation while searching for Clarke. Meanwhile an Ice Nation Grounder appears out of the shadows, grabbing Clarke from behind, threatening her with a knife to her throat and taking her.
K - The 100 always ends with a bang! Overall, I thought this was a strong season 3 premiere. It set up great future plots that are sure to be explored more throughout the season. I'm enjoying all the new characters, seeing our old ones continue to develop, and experiencing more of this world.
Wanheda: Part Two Promo:
You can watch season 1 and 2 of The 100 on Netflix now! Remember to tune in every Thursday at 9/8c to watch The 100 live on The CW.
Join us the following day as we recap episode two. We can't wait to discuss all things The 100 with you!