Recaps, Rants, Raves is a sporadic feature here at The Social Potato where we’ll share our thoughts of a TV show every Saturday! For now, we have the second season of The 100!
Disclaimer: Ahead are recaps, reactions, and rants about the CW show The 100. If you haven’t watched the episode or the series, and you plan to do so, it is advised not to proceed due to inevitable spoilers. Otherwise, enjoy!
AFK. IN TEARS AT THE MOMENT.
The Episode in a Nutshell:
1.) Isn’t it scary when one will turn on their friend when their survival is on the line?
As soon as the people found out that giving up Finn was necessary for them to survive a slaughter in the hands of the Grounders, they readily held their pitchforks as if wanting to kick him out right that very second. I found it so creepy how this mob mentality quickly envelops us when it means life or death, but I couldn’t really blame them either for feeling that way. Any either/or situation is hard. It’s either everyone else or one person, even if that person is your friend. To be completely honest, at that moment when Clarke walked back to camp with the grim news, I didn’t know what I would prefer if I were in their shoes.
In a way, Lincoln was right. Finn did kill eighteen innocents, and he must account for what he did. He has to be responsible. But at the same time, Clarke was right, too – Finn wasn’t at the right state of mind. But, in the end, does that mean his actions, which were very grave indeed, should be excused? Of course no, but does that mean giving him, then, to the people he has wronged and will give him due punishment? Now that’s hard. In this case, it’s really a matter of choosing the greater good or the lesser evil.
Although, I do admit being surprised that Jaha actually wanted Abigail to consider giving Finn up. Since he was all, “We must do everything to survive!” I had thought he would fight tooth and nail to make sure he survives, too, but then again, he did sacrifice himself so that others may live at the end of Season 1. He lived the motto of choosing the greater good, even if it meant being alone in the Ark to die while others enjoy a new life down below. If he were in Finn’s shoes, he would probably have given himself up without hesitation.
2.) Not only did this episode rip my head apart whether or not to give Finn up, it also just had to make us decide whether he gets punished in our terms or theirs.
Marcus came back in this episode (and surprisingly uninjured), raising the hope to give Finn a chance by, yes, giving him up, but at least taking the reins on how he will be punished. At this point, I was starting to feel that they felt the outcome would be inevitable… because think about it, their outnumbered by the Grounders, even if they have more technology by their side. Guns are useless if you are surrounded by all sides – you may take half, but a shooter may not see a blade coming at their neck from behind. So if the inevitable happened, if they could at least have Finn punished in their own terms, maybe at least his agony wouldn’t be made a show.
And honestly, this part really made me feel sad. Maybe I even resigned myself to the fact that there was no avoiding what would come next.
3.) Goddamn it, and it’s so hard to dislike Finn right now.
This was a very Finn-centric episode. Not only because the entire survival of our gang is on his shoulders (or his life, if we are to take the situation literally), but because here it is shown what happened to him in the Ark and why he was imprisoned. You all know my hate for Finn in my previous recaps, but in this episode I just wanted to hug him and say that his actions never defined him. What he was was a man who loved and gave himself to the people he loved. Like when he was still with Raven – he gave her something so precious and memorable on her birthday, a chance to walk in zero gravity with the whole universe as the view, but when a breach takes place and someone had to become responsible for what was done, he took her place so she wouldn’t be floated away. He went to jail to protect Raven.
And I just can’t hate someone like that. I just can’t.
Even if what he did was wrong (and it was wrong in so many ways), he went there in the first place to look for Clarke. Because he loved her. Because he wanted to protect her, and he was going crazy thinking what might have become of her, and I can’t hate him for his intentions (I do abhor the actions, though, make no mistake). Even Clarke realized this later on, that the person in front of her was someone who would do anything for her, even sacrifice himself to keep her safe.
And sacrifice he did. He later gave himself up, destined to be slaughtered in the most painful way possible, for all the world to see. I cried for him and I admired him at the same time, because he exchanged his life just so Clarke and the rest can live and not be subjected to the blades of the Grounders. It was such a heart-clenching moment when he walked to that pole and looked at the sky as if resigned to his fate, but showing no regrets at all.
“But Finn is guilty.”
“No, he did it for me. He did it for ME.”
“Then he dies for you.”
Even Clarke knew it was inevitable. There was no other outcome, because there won’t be peace between the two unless this last blood was shed. No kind of negotiation would make Lexa and the Grounders merciful, no kind of trade or offer would soften the fire of hatred in their hearts, so she did the only merciful option that was left – killing Finn herself while telling him she loved him, giving him one last good memory before he dies, making him feel loved and appreciated and not be made a spectacle for the others to see.
And it was so heartbreaking. I cried like a baby.
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