Kane: “Death can be an act of unity too. We don’t break. We don’t show fear. The people will remember.”
“Stealing Fire” is the March 10 episode of “The 100.” Warning, this article contains major spoilers. Be sure to check out the slideshow for more quotes from the episode. “The 100” airs Thursday nights at 8 P.M. CT on the CW.
Before diving into the events at Arkadia, it bears repeating that the Pike storyline should have never happened. It just ruined characters and honestly the majority of the season thus far. There was no need to go back to the ignorant hate that we experienced in season one where at least the characters didn’t know better so the kill all grounders mantra made sense.
Lincoln’s death was heartbreaking. We said goodbye to a previously amazing character who spent the majority of this season shoved away in a prison cell. Ricky Whittle gave a phenomenal performance. There may have been loud sobbing that startled a sleeping dog during the execution scene. How much did you cry?
His death scene was difficult to watch. It felt like it went on for too long. He died execution style in the dirt. There wasn’t any honor there, and what was worse was that Octavia watched it happen.
While “The 100” never shies away from shock value, with Lincoln’s death it didn’t feel right, and maybe it’s because of how he died or maybe it’s because of the treatment Lincoln received all season. Honestly, it was uncomfortable to watch it, especially the slow motion shot of him being knocked to the ground because of the force of the bullet.
On the sliver of a bright side, Lincoln died to protect his people. He willingly gave up his life to spare those still in the prison. Lincoln was a fierce warrior who didn’t hesitate to put himself in danger for his people or for the woman he loved – Octavia.
He was always a proponent of peace between Grounder and Skaikru, no matter if it meant betraying his people by sounding the horn and ending the assault on Skaikru or if it meant staying in Arkadia even when Grounder hate was running rampant. Lincoln had faith in people that never seemed to wane no matter what situation he was in and that makes him a hero.
Lincoln could have gone on to great storylines. He could have continued to be a captivating and strong character. In an alternate version of season three, Lincoln would have been the one helping Skaikru adapt to being the 13th clan and teaching them what it meant to be a Grounder. Reshop Lincoln.
Another character that suffered due to the Pike storyline was Bellamy. Let’s not rehash all the problems that we’ve had with Bellamy this season and focus on what should have happened tonight – his redemption. Bellamy had finally seen the light, and this was his time to make things right.
Oh, but Bellamy wasn’t given a chance to make anything right because he was tied up in a cave. Yes, it made sense that Bellamy and Monty changing sides would have been met with suspicion. Honestly it wouldn’t have felt realistic if Miller, Harper, and Octavia welcomed him back with open arms, but Bellamy didn’t do anything to help Kane escape or to save Lincoln.
He tried. That’s all he did. It’s not enough to even begin to consider forgiving him. This could have been Bellamy’s chance to make significant strides towards redemption and righting his wrongs, and instead, he was shoved out of the way. It’s a huge disappointment.
Back at Polis, the conclave got interesting and deadly. Ontari is an exciting new adversary, and Murphy’s connection with her is just amusing. He really will do whatever it takes to survive, and it will be fun and probably strange to watch Murphy at Polis. Do you ship Montari?
Also, it was really great to see Roan again. He has a unique dynamic with Clarke. The scene where he pointed out that he’s doing what’s best for his people just like Clarke did when she massacred Mount Weather was amazing. Everyone needs to keep bringing up those type of moments and parallels to Clarke because she still can’t seem to put her actions into a broader context.
Clarke views things as a bad decision if it hurts her people. She can’t seem to see the similarities to what Roan or Lexa has done to what she has done in the past in the name of her people. Roan can equate what he’s doing with Ontari for his people to what Clarke did for hers at Mount Weather. Clarke can’t seem to make those connections, and she needs to. This doesn’t mean she has to like what Roan is doing, but she should be able to at least understand it.
Titus making Clarke the Flamekeeper was a great turn of events. The history and ritual behind choosing the next Commander has been the most compelling storyline this season. Now, Clarke has a way to honor Lexa by ensuring that her legacy doesn’t get thrown away. Any theories how she’s going to get to Luna and perform the ritual? Oh, and Luna is totally the girl in the prison that Lincoln called a warrior and told to be strong, right?
What did you think of the episode? Leave your thoughts and favorite Lincoln moment in a comment below.