The 100 – Season Three Superlatives
By: Allison Schonter
“The 100” Season 3 – it was the best of times, it was the worst of times. And it has come to an end. When something comes to an end, there’s no better way to cap it off than with a list of superlatives! So here goes nothing…
Best Episode: Wanheda – Part 2
This episode had a little bit of everything in it and it took place before Arkadia was all “death to Grounders.” Clarke (Eliza Taylor) is still being drug around by Roan (Zach McGowan) with no explanation as to where they are going. Bellamy (Bob Morley) is still endlessly searching for her and he does find her after taking a huge risk and walking into a massive army of Ice Nation Grounders. And then the end of the episode had a huge reveal: the return of Lexa (Alycia Debnam-Carey).
Worst Episode: Demons
There were a few contenders for this one, but it ultimately had to go to Demons as this was the episode in which Clarke and crew travel back to Arkadia to retrieve Lincoln’s (Ricky Whittle) journal and encounter Emerson (Toby Levins). The episode, which hardly furthered the plot, also seemed as if the show suddenly switched from the sci-fi/post–apocalyptic genre to the horror genre and really only added to Clarke’s suffering.
Best Fight Scene: Lexa and Roan
This scene was intense, to say the least. It was a constant back-and-forth between the Commander and the Prince of Azgeda, both fighting for their lives and to win the respect of others. Just when you thought that it was over and that Roan had won, Lexa surprised everyone by a trick move that gave her the upper hand. But the best part of this fight scene was how it ended: not with either of their deaths, but rather Queen Nia’s (Brenda Strong) death.
Most Heartbreaking Moment: Tie for Lexa and Lincoln’s Deaths
This superlative resulted in a tie because both of these deaths were extremely heartbreaking and had eerily similar circumstances. Both Lexa’s and Lincoln’s deaths were witnessed by their lovers. Both of these deaths were at the hands of Skaikru weapons. And both of these characters wanted peace.
Best Kiss: Clarke and Lexa in Thirteen
There were a lot of kisses in Season Three, but the kiss that Clarke and Lexa share in Thirteen had to win this superlative. Their people are on the brink of war and they are both feeling the stress of that situation. It is moments before Clarke has to leave and they both know that there is a chance that they could never see each other again. After months spent apart, months of Clarke hating Lexa with every inch of her being, it’s a moment of forgiveness. It’s a moment in which both women allow their guards to drop for a brief moment. It’s passionate, both women craving each other, and for the first time they truly allow themselves to indulge in something and forget their duty to their people.
Biggest Jerk: Pike (Michael Beach)
I gave him the benefit of the doubt at the beginning of the season, but then I gave up on him. He lost a lot of people to the Grounders, all victims of Ice Nation. I understood his anger and his mistrust of Grounders. When Ice Nation attacked Mount Weather and he lost more of his people, Lexa gave him no reason not to trust her; she wanted revenge against Queen Nia, too. Instead, he went and massacred 300 men and women sent to protect Arkadia and his actions against Grounders just kept getting worse and worse.
Most Mysterious Character: Luna (Nadia Hilker)
Luna was a mystery in Season One and even after we finally meet her, she remains a mystery. She lives out on an oilrig in the ocean. How they get to and from that oilrig is unknown. She killed her own brother in her conclave. Then, she fled from her conclave, although she believes that she could have won. So what caused her to suddenly decide that she didn’t want to kill? Being that she is the only remaining Nightblood, maybe we’ll get the chance to learn more about her.
Character We Love to Hate: Ontari (Rhiannon Fish)
You want to hate her, you really do, but you can’t. She’s not a good person by any means (she slaughtered children in their sleep), but it is this darkness within her and her attitude that she could literally care less about what she does that makes you love her. So, Ontari, we love to hate you.
Most Interesting Character: Lexa
There are plenty of interesting characters on “The 100,” but Lexa has to take the cake on this one. Lexa is the tough, ruthless Commander of the Grounders, but at the same time she is this girl who carries a huge weight on her shoulders. She has a tendency to mask her emotions, although we know that she feels emotions deeply, and put her people first. Every decision that she makes has a reason behind it. She is a visionary, someone who sought the best for her people and didn’t want them living in the shadow of death. She wanted peace. She is such a layered character, and there is still so much more that we are craving to know about her.
Most Underrated Character: John Murphy (Richard Harmon)
Murphy doesn’t get nearly enough credit. He’s witty, cunning and constantly finding ways to survive things that don’t seem survivable. He started the season locked in a safe house, got out, escaped Jaha (Isaiah Washington) and A.L.I.E.’s (Erica Cerra) grasps, wound up captured by Grounders and then found himself in Polis acting as Flamekeeper to unreal Commander Ontari. He does what he has to do in order to survive and somehow manages to make sarcastic comments along the way.
Best Team Player: Raven (Lindsey Morgan)
She went through hell this season, but she continued to fight. She fell into the trance of the City of Light, but she was strong enough to realize the truth behind the pain-free haze and she fought against it. Once she was free from A.L.I.E., she fought to destroy the City of Light and it is ultimately the escape route that she provided Clarke with that allowed A.L.I.E. to be destroyed. Raven Reyes was, without a doubt, the best team player this season.
Most Rebellious: Octavia (Marie Avgeropoulos)
She killed Pike. End of story. Okay, but really, she risked her own life by siding with the Grounders and helping Clarke get in and out of Arkadia. She was actively, though secretly, rebelling against Pike and his followers the entire season. After Lincoln’s death, she did what she had to do in order to help save everyone, but the moment that they were saved she didn’t hesitate to kill Pike. Rebellious? Yes. Do we love it? Yes.
Most Valuable Player: Clarke
Punches were constantly being thrown her way and yet she never got knocked down. She kept pushing through because it’s what she had to do in order to save her people. She made the hard decisions so that her people wouldn’t have to. She made the hard decisions to save her people, even though it meant sacrifices on her end.
Here’s to another season that left us on the edge of our seats, yelling at our TVs and in a puddle of our own tears more times than we’d like to admit!