Hi guys! It’s early Wednesday evening and the fall finale of The 100 is about to come on. I thought I’d start the photo recap before this show rips out my heart and feeds it to a Reaper. There’s a theory floating around that Raven is going to die instead of Finn. Of course, I just cover my ears and hum We Wish You A Merry Christmas because I refuse to flirt with that idea. What’s my theory, you ask? My theory is that this is The 100, and it’s scientifically impossible to predict where this loco ride will take us.
I hope you’re all are doing what I’m doing, and just enjoying the last few precious moments of stress-free bliss before the show destroys our souls. So, how’s everyone doing? Your week was good? Mine too. A’int life grand? Oh, it’s starting…
HOLY SHIT THEY KILLED FINN! MY EYES ARE LEAKING!
Nom nom nom… (that’s me eating my hat). Remember last week when I was all, “They’ll never kill Finn. No way, Jose, nuh uh, not gonna happen.” Boy, is my face red! You got me, show, you really got me!
You all know I was never the biggest Finn fan (say Finn fan out loud, you won’t regret it). However, in one short episode, I found my heart warming to his charming breathy voice and his furrowed brows. When the credits rolled on this episode, my face was sopping wet.
Finn deserved to go. It was time. And in true The 100 fashion, the marvelous storytellers behind this violent masterpiece knew exactly when to drop the hammer. No, Finn wasn’t my favourite, but I am going to miss Thomas McDonnell. He’s a talented actor and I have no doubt we’ll see his handsome mug on our TV screens again soon. Maybe give him a comedy? Let the boy unfurrow his brows. He’s earned it.
Okay, enough journaling, let’s photo recap this horrifying teen adventure!
Clarke came back from the slumber party with her new BFF with some news.
Be careful what you wish for, Finn! Clarke revealed that the Grounders would like a chat with Finn, and shit hit the proverbial fan. The crowd called for his head, guards were useless, and Raven punched Captain Grumpy!
Then, in Flashback Land:
Honestly, this scene did more to humanize Finn than the entire first season. Was it his vicinity to the greatest human to ever grace television? Probably. But it also showcased what made Finn the moral anchor in season 1 – his compassion. However, unlike season 1, it did it without making him a total wiener.
Back in Arc Camp, Bellamy and Clarke convinced Finn to hide from his imminent death, and thus began the greatest aspect of this episode:
The bromance is back!! You guys, my heart leapt out of my body at the ferocity with which Bellamy tried to save Finn this episode. Remember when these two did nothing but glare at each other and fight about who is the coolest? Now Bellamy is risking his life to save Finn and I CANNOT GET ENOUGH.
Anyway, then Clarke started playing the blame game.
Let’s be perfectly clear. The massacre of a peaceful village is 100% on Finn.
The team went to Lincoln for advice, and he was all, “eff him”. To which Clarke was like, “But he was your bestie!” And Lincoln looked all butt-hurt and was like, “tell that to his new best friend Bellamy.” Fair point. Then they made the mistake of asking him what will happen to Finn, and Lincoln did NOT hold back.
Abby let Raven go (because remember when she punched Burne??), then she had a nice chat with Jaha.
Abby’s decision to protect Finn was, well… dumb. I understand that she’s a kick ass compassionate lady, but this fight could potentially wipe out her people.
On the other hand: “That was a different time. A different chancellor.” BUUUUUURN!
Finn confessed his love to Clarke, which went over as well as one would expect after murdering a bunch of innocent people.
They were interrupted by a Grounder campfire song that roughly translated to, “let’s get this show on the road.”
Even the Grounders were like, “wait, what? Seriously? Is this a prank? No, really. REALLY?”
Then Kane returned from his leisurely stroll, and his reunion with Abby was ELECTRIC. Love these two. Oh, and she mentioned she was keeping his job.
He didn’t seem to put-out by it. Then he suggested they prosecute Finn themselves, which would likely end in an execution.
Bellamy, being the crafty anti-hero he is, figured they were turning on Finn.
Some dude came at Finn, but Bellamy PUNCHED HIM IN THE FACE and they skedaddled. Man, the extras on this show are so rude!
Also, as it turns out, Raven wasn’t initially accepted to be the hottest, coolest, most badass mechanic not on the planet. She was pretty bummed, so Finn brainstormed a little cheering up.
He got her a space walk for her birthday! Raven is the Spacewalker! Then, naturally, shit went wrong, jumpstarting a series of events that lead to hurt glances, Raven getting shot, and Finn going crazy.
So as it turns out, Finn was in jail for Raven. Technically (I mean, it WAS his idea in the first place). This made him one thousand, eight hundred and fifty seven times more likable, ammiright?
Finn and Clarke were discussing logistics when a lone Grounder literally pounced on them. But, because Finn is now a REFORMED murderer, he didn’t pull the trigger.
Bellamy and Raven were waiting for them at the drop ship, but look who showed up instead!
It’s the Beautiful Creepster!! This guy is yearning for redemption so bad, and he’s going about it with so much sass. I love every second of it.
Finn brought an injured Clarke to the dropship and clearly blamed himself for almost getting her killed. Right you are, my boy!
Abby consulted with Lincoln and found out that Indra is the one standing in the way of peace. Well, her and a LOT of murder. Just a whole whack of it. Anyway, she scheduled a meeting.
I was legit clawing my nails into my arm, afraid Abby was going to die. Stop making me believe literally everyone is going to die, The 100! (Never, ever stop, I beg you)
After Finn had tender moments with both female points of his previous love triangle, the Grounders showed up to the party. Raven brainstormed the idea of giving them a consolation prize in the form of a Beautiful Creepster.
Finn stepped in and came up with a plan that consisted of everyone pretending he wasn’t going to give himself up.
Oh, and then Finn told Clarke to “be careful”, which in TV really means “I love you.” And she was like, “yeah, obvs.” and walked out. Then he made this face…
… solidifying his next role as whatever the heck he wants. Producers, take note. Thomas McDonell is on the market!
Anyway, then Finn (obviously) gave himself up.
Everyone gathered by the fence to watch the horrifically violent carnival that was about to take place. This moment was my favourite in the episode, and I’ll tell you why. Both Bellamy and Raven pleaded with the adults to do something, and when they were denied, a look passed between our three heroes. They didn’t need words. These three knew that something had to be done, and they were the ones to do it.
I’ve talked about the relationships on this show, and how they’re what draws me back. It’s these perfect little moments that truly illustrate how far these kids have come, how much they’ve grown, and how much they depend on each other. It’s simply beautiful.
ANYWAY. Raven slipped Clarke a neat looking knife, then Clarke went to have a chat with her new bestie.
So instead, Clarke asked to say goodbye.
Seriously, folks, this scene was beautiful. “Thanks Princess.” UGH WHY IS MY BODY CONVULSING, oh right those are sobs.
But, what truly tore my (and I’m sure everyone else’s) heart out was this:
DAMN, Lindsey Morgan. Just… damn. That was sad, you guys.
Spacewalker finally made me care about his character. Then, in true The 100 tradition, violently tore him from my TV screen.
Finn has served his purpose. In season one he was the voice of reason – the audience stand in. In season 2 he showcased just how much these kids have changed (even if the train to crazy town did travel a bit too fast). And now, Finn is the price the Sky People have to pay for peace.
As far as the debate about how Finn’s ordeal was treated narratively, and what message that sends, I’m not sure we should nitpick. Yes, the council forgave him, but Clarke never did. Clarke is the person we all relate to. She is our star. We see this crazy world through her eyes. Clarke may have said “I love too”, but she never forgave him. Regardless of what justice Finn did or did not face, he ultimately didn’t get forgiveness from the one he most wanted it from. Nor should he have.
What did you guys think??? Did you have to mop up your face with an entire roll of toilet paper? Are the pieces of your heart currently swimming around in your chest? Or did you just plum not care?
I am VERY PUMPED for the return of this glorious show in the new year. The repercussions of Finn’s death are going to be compelling and just plain awesome.
- Kudos to those commenters who called it – Raven is the Spacewalker!
- “He did it for me.” – “Then he dies for you.” = CHILLS, you guys.
- Lexa was pretty chill about Clarke denying her people the chance to make Finn “feel the pain of eighteen deaths”. Do you think she’s just super #TeamClarke?
- “Am I gonna get in trouble for this?”
- I broke my thumb on Monday night and had to write this review one-handed. HASHTAG DEVOTION
See you guys in the new year for some more emotionally exhausting adventures!
[Originally Posted December 2014 on tv.com]