We left off The 100 Season 6 Episode 6 with a Clarke Griffin focused plot twist yet again.
In a shocking, but also not that shocking, turn of events Clarke wakes up in her mind as Josephine goes to sleep. The memories of her past surround her, and a lot of questions get raised about what could come next.
Meanwhile, Bellamy spent the whole episode mourning his soulmate and then ended up revealing to the others that they can't just stick to violence.
That doesn't sit well with Madi though, who after meeting the Dark Commander in her flame decides to seek revenge against those that killed Clarke.
Then there is Octavia, who is getting called to the Anomaly along with Diyoza and Xavier. There is still the small problem of her not being healed and possibly being in danger of dying, but the adventure comes first.
Now more than ever, it feels like Clarke's story has to get told before anything else can happen.
No one knows that she is still alive, except for Josephine, and in a way, it is about Clarke figuring out how to save herself long enough to alert the others that she is still there.
Which is why an episode like "Nevermind" could find itself focused on Clarke and perhaps another small story in the background.
But it wouldn't be possible to allow too many other arcs, not when Clarke's reveal was heading toward a character-focused, bottle-like episode.
The synopsis for this episode is, "Clarke’s past catches up to her."
The trailer for the episode confirms what the synopsis and the sneak peeks have touched on, this is Clarke's world and Josephine and the audience are just living in it.
An introduction and collaboration between characters like Josephine and Clarke come with too many expectations to not allow that to be the highlight of the entire episode.
This preview might contain some light teases about the seventh episode with a specific focus on characters and scenes that have been discussed before or have been included in promotional videos or photos.
Proceed with caution if you don't want speculation or a variety of theories, but really, who doesn't like that?
No Escape From Reality
Clarke is back, and there is no chill left anywhere ever.
The best part of the speculation that comes with walking through Clarke's past with her is the idea that she will meet people she knew along the way.
There is this clip that has Clarke actually getting to experience those memories again and that prepares her for what she will deal with further on down the line.
She is also channeling her pilot Clarke self here, but we know that Mount Weather Clarke is also returning, and so is the Clarke we knew during The 100 Season 5.
If we focus on Clarke's location, you also have to wonder what the reasoning is behind including some characters with her there.
With this sneak peek at Clarke seeing her Dad, this happens when she enters her home on Earth with all the drawings of the people she cares for while she waits for them to return.
It could just be a different place to put Jake Griffin, or it could be a hint that there is something he will help her work through from her most recent memories.
There is Madi to consider, and the way that Jake could walk her through what she regrets on that end. Abby was the one that validated Clarke's decision to harm Madi; maybe her dad will bring that back around in the other direction.
Or there is something specific in that house that Jake will reflect on with her, and that will only be the beginning.
The fact that it got spoiled for fans has to mean that other characters from Clarke's past will show up to guide her and to validate that she needs to keep fighting.
If Jake Griffin isn't a surprise, then who else will we see?
Some fans are pointing out that Monty's jacket from earlier in the show can be lightly seen in a photo, which would be the best addition to the episode of all time.
So much of who Clarke is now and what drives her comes from the memory of Monty. She wants to do better for him, and something is amazing about having him appear to remind her that she is on the right track.
Giving up would allow the bad guys to win, and this isn't how Clarke Griffin's story will end.
Most expectations will come from the way that the story allows Clarke to exist in this past of hers. It needs to be about her, and it has to push her forward instead of pulling her back.
All of these memories shape who Clarke is, but they also contribute to why she is trying to do better now. The bad can't control her anymore because she has learned from much of it and is continuously attempting not to make those mistakes again.
This is Clarke Griffin's world and I can't wait to join her in it.
My Time Has Come
Josephine may have had some worries since she appeared in this body, and yet she hasn't come close to meeting her worst one.
Thinking Clarke would go down without a fight was underestimating the hero we know and love. So the fact that Josephine learns it right away, at least based off the trailer and this exclusive clip.
There is some worry that Josephine talking about others dying means Clarke could die. The fact that Clarke is in control of her mind is a problem, they can't have two minds in one body.
But the main issue with the previous hosts were their ages, and even maybe their mindset.
There is a reason that they need adults to take over, their minds are strong enough to hold these chips and don't fry because there isn't enough disk space.
And there is a reason that they started this cult-like trust in the Primes, it is a way for the mind to allow for someone else to take over willingly. It sounds like a combination of the host body not knowing what it was going to do and an underdeveloped brain led to initial issues.
So while Clarke could be in danger, obviously death isn't on the table.
And yet there is a memory space elephant in the mind cell that is weighing on all of our minds.
Josephine rightfully won't go down without a fight, and the longer there are two of them in Clarke's body, the worse it will get. The idea that Clarke's mind will suffer makes sense, but why not Josephine's as well?
The show will cater to the storyline and the idea of how those USB drives work to make whatever point they want to make, but these are valid questions.
Clarke will have to escape a mind space that is built around keeping her there, with Josephine having access to what haunts her most and maybe using it against her in the process.
There is a shock collar incident that is a heavy reminder of what Clarke did to Madi during The 100 Season 5 Episode 12 , and that was very clear on a wall in that room.
But there are also plenty of moments where Clarke has the upper hand, fighting back against Josephine and not going down without a fight. It will be all about how Clarke deals with her past and moves forward from it instead of letting it actually kill her.
And who is to say that Clarke won't access Josephine's mind along the way? Both of their minds are there for the other to explore, and Josephine has the knowledge that could lead to Clarke knowing how to shut all of this down.
Now, this isn't a hint that Clarke could gain physical control of her body long enough to inform someone (Bellamy) that she is there and what they need to do on their end to bring her back, except that it is.
Carry On As If Nothing Really Happens
Bellamy Blake is just having a rough time right now, and while he might need his privacy right now, none of us would have accepted that narrative.
Surprisingly, we got a photo of him for this episode, maybe because his story from here on out is very unclear.
The most that we know though is that he is with Russell and Miller, looking at a map of some kind and making notes about it. That says very little, and yet could lead to plenty of speculation.
Russell promised to help Bellamy, and the assumption is that it will be about their compound. Maybe he thinks he will make up for body snatching Clarke with Josephine by giving the others the knowledge they need to move on.
That is a concept, not a good one and not a smart one for Russell to consider.
But if he meant what he said when he saw that Josephine had Bellamy chained up in her room, maybe there is room in him to understand the wrong ways that he went about getting his daughter back.
And you could say he will now get focused on not causing an actual war by helping in any way he can and hoping they will go off on their own.
Or you could wonder if Russell is rethinking the way that his daughter got brought back.
Selina Wilken from Hypable mentioned this in her review, touching on the idea of bringing Josephine back and reality that her parents now face. Maybe they didn't know she could be like this all along, or maybe distance made the heart grow fonder and erase some of the dark sides of their daughter.
But now they are faced with just how much trouble she could cause, and Russell could at some point help walk back his choices.
Nobody knows that Clarke is alive in there (yet) so the assumption isn't that Russell would help because he thought Clarke would be a factor.
But he could know that maybe if nightblood is getting created for them, they can put their daughter on ice for now and not worry again about how long this could take.
They could pause her current life while they work out next steps with these people, especially when you remember the army they still have at the ready to use.
Then he could bring Josephine back when he assumes the others have left and she isn't a danger to her own life or to their existence.
This doesn't mean that Bellamy's head is there though.
Because fans who think he gave up too easy are right, he can't just say he is doing better and will work with the people who caused a real important person of his to die.
He won't just spend time with Josephine and look at Clarke's face as if nothing is wrong.
That could very well be a long con that Bellamy has set in place, using the facade of no more violence to allow him the freedom to plan an attack. Miller getting included in his arc is a sign of that because as we all remember, he was seen in the trailer for the season grabbing guns with him.
Bellamy knows Abby is going to that dropship; maybe his mind is connecting ways in which they could access that ship even if Abby doesn't come through.
Luring Russell into thinking he isn't a threat leaves Bellamy more room to come through and seek revenge. His heart is right that he needs to react, but this is a great time for him to use his head and do it in a measured way.
Putting all his cards out on the table means losing the upper hand, so in a way, there is so much hope that Bellamy hasn't revealed his intentions even to us yet.
Because there is no way he would allow these people just to keep Clarke's body and move on with his life.
No way. Not with his soulmate involved.
I never suggest a drinking game, but there is a first time for everything. For this upcoming episode, I suggest we all take a shot every time Lexa gets mentioned.
And for the more mathematically inclined fans, there can be a bonus round of extra shots any time Lexa is made to be of more importance to Clarke than other members of her past that would arguably mean more to her.
Worst case scenario: The episode and the show is self-aware enough to reign it in and give Lexa the merit she deserves without overdoing it. That would leave many of us sober, but at that cost, it isn't even a bad sacrifice.
Another worst-case scenario: The episode reminds us that the show doesn't know how to give peace to a character that can't return, and will once again make Clarke suffer from her lose for no reason other than to remind the audiences that they are sorry for their mistake. But at least everyone will have alcohol to get them through it.
The synopsis for the following episode teases that Murphy will clue in Emori on the USB drives he got from Josephine and that Octavia and Diyoza will make their way to Gabriel and the Anomaly.
It is probably safe to assume that these are the storylines that will be pressed pause on this time around.
There is also Madi and her journey, which could come back around earlier since she wants to harm Russell and we see that he is present in Nevermind.
- Bring back Jordan Green. Now.
This is just a round of applause to the fandom that spent all week getting random shots of that wall to try to see each moment that was displayed there.
For anyone who might be curious about what was caught, here is a thread by a dedicated fan that covered plenty of the sketches.
- And we can't highlight the wall without thanking the art department that worked hard on literally every inch of that room. The detail and the work that went into that is beyond appreciated.
If we are assuming that Miller being back might mean that Bellamy grabbings those guns is next, then it would be great if Abby came through on the dropship.
There is talk that maybe she knows who Clarke really is, and kept quiet so she could go on the ship and grab the army. That would work very well if Bellamy were planning something as well, with both sides coming together seamlessly.
- While Josephine is still around, you all need to be reminded again what I think about about consent. The character might not be here for it, but the audience should be. Anything done to Clarke's body without her approval -- romantic and physical included -- is not consensual as Clarke wasn't able to sign off on it.
- The others need to know that there is a chance to bring Clarke back soon. Like in this episode before it wraps soon. This can't be the mystery that drags itself for too long, and The 100 has been good about revealing things quickly this time around.
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