As “The 100” enters its Season 2 finale, fans of The CW series should now know that anything they expect will happen is probably way off base. Think a new love interest is going to die because the new relationship is so good? How about that person betrays who they care about instead. No way a main character will get killed off in the middle of a season, right? Wrong again.
Here’s a look back at five times “The 100” went the unexpected route in Season 2 — while noting March 11’s Season 2 finale will probably add many more moments to this list:
1. Killing Finn
This was definitely the biggest shock of Season 2. Right up until the moment Clarke killed her love it felt as though something, somehow would come through to save the person who had been an integral part of the show since the premiere. But nothing could save Finn, and Clarke is forever changed for having to be the one to kill him.
2. The Grounder massacre
The build-up to the event that would eventually result in Finn’s death was breathtaking, as he got more and more unhinged and the tension kept mounting. Considering he was a beloved peacemaker, it was a radical choice to have Finn go off the rails and murder a group of innocent Grounders, but it just demonstrated how even the biggest pacifists can be affected by wartime.
3. The ‘Clexa’ relationship and the betrayal
It remains to be seen if “Clexa” is going anywhere, but it was a bold choice to explore the beginnings of a lesbian relationship. Why is that bold? Well, it’s not so much that the relationship is between two women, it’s that the show didn’t make a big deal out of the fact its main character is bisexual. It doesn’t matter that Lexa is female, she is simply presented as another possible romantic interest for Clarke, and that is a choice to be applauded.
And in yet another bold move, not a day after Lexa made her feelings known for Clarke, Lexa was put into the position of being offered a way to keep the Grounders safe after the attack on Mt. Weather didn’t go as planned. In exchange for her people’s lives, Lexa gave up Clarke and the Sky People — which is the kind of decision a leader is forced to make at times. Fans were worried Lexa would die, but what actually happened may have been worse.
4. The City of Light seekers
It was nice to see Jaha be so decisive about seeking the City of Light instead of staying with the main group — he didn’t like what was going on at camp, he found some people who agreed with him and off they went. “The 100” rarely spins its wheels and this was no exception, plus the journey has been fraught with surprises at every turn, not the least of which is the drone that just led the surviving Ark inhabitants off across some enormous body of water.
In a season already full of divergent and criss-crossing storylines, it was a bold choice indeed to send two main characters off on a journey completely separate from what everyone else is doing — and keep it interesting and tension-filled to boot.
5. Having the missile hit (and who knew it was coming)
When Mt. Weather shot a missile at a Grounder/Sky People training area, Lexa and Clarke found out about the attack early — and then realized they had to let it hit their people so their enemies wouldn’t know the Grounders had a spy in their midst. But much like with the Finn situation, it felt like the intrepid heroines would perhaps find another way rather than let dozens of their people
be killed at Tondc. But they didn’t. The missile hit. And it was yet another difficult wartime decision put on display.