|“||Stop it Octavia, I know you're afraid. But fear is a demon. Close your eyes and tell yourself that you are not afraid. That is how you slay the demon.||”|
|— Aurora comforting Octavia. [src]|
Aurora Blake was a recurring character in the first, fifth and seventh seasons. She was portrayed by Monique Ganderton and debuted in "His Sister's Keeper". She was the mother of both Bellamy and Octavia.
After Octavia was born, Aurora resorted to prostitution with Ark Guard members to find out about surprise inspections ahead of time and to get a recommendation for Bellamy to join the guard. This helped prevent Octavia's discovery for sixteen years.
Not much is known about Aurora's early life. She was born on the Ark and during her adult life, she resided in sector B-17. At one point she had Bellamy under the one child law. Seven years later, Aurora had a daughter named Octavia, which was a crime punishable by death.
Aurora was forced to keep her second pregnancy and birth a secret. When her second child was born, she told Bellamy to name her and he named her Octavia after Emperor Augustus' sister. Aurora told Bellamy that Octavia was his responsibility.
Throughout the Series
In His Sister's Keeper, in flashbacks Aurora was forced to keep her second pregnancy a secret because of the one child law on the Ark. A young Bellamy watched his mother give birth to his sister and even helped keep her quiet after the birth. After the child was born, Aurora told Bellamy to name her. He had learned about the Roman emperor, Augustus, and named his sister after the emperor's sister, Octavia. Aurora told Bellamy that Octavia was his responsibility. He told her he loves her very much and promises to keep her safe, no matter what may happen.Because Octavia was an illegal second child, she had to be kept hidden in their room, never venturing out. Bellamy would tell her stories and play with her, telling her about the Ark. Their mother would also read them mythology, which Octavia loved. Octavia would also help Aurora, who was a seamstress on the Ark. In order to find out about the surprise inspections ahead of time, Aurora was sleeping with an Ark Guard named Grus and she was also trying to get Bellamy a position on the guard. During these inspections, Octavia was forced to hide under the floorboards and wait quietly until they were done. Bellamy told her to tell herself, "I am not afraid." Octavia was finally exposed a year before they were sent to earth. Bellamy had become an Ark Guard Cadet and was able to get duty during the Unity Day masquerade party. The party is disrupted by a solar flare alert, requiring everyone to show ID. Octavia tries to run but is easily captured. As a result, Octavia is locked away in the Skybox, Bellamy loses his chance to be an Ark guard and becomes a janitor, and Aurora is floated by Commander Shumway.
In Etherea, after praying to the Shepherd, Bellamy experiences a vision where Cadogan leads him into another room in the cave where Aurora greets her son. Aurora instructs Bellamy to look into the light given off by the nearby beings and the vision ends moments later. In The Stranger, the vision of Aurora appears in a flashback when Bellamy explains his experience to Clarke and Octavia.
Aurora was shown to be a loving, devoted, and caring mother towards her children. Aurora can be considered selfish as well as selfless in her decision to keep her second child. Aurora knew she was breaking the rules but kept her child anyway, despite what that would mean for herself and what it would do to Bellamy's future. Aurora could also be stern, especially when her children acted out or became too loud.
Aurora had a slim build, pale complexion, long dark brown hair, and hazel eyes. She appeared to be in her late thirties or early forties. Aurora's children bear a similar resemblance to her.
floated when she was discovered. Octavia was thrown into juvenile lockup and never saw her mother again. Aurora's death greatly affected Octavia. On Earth, at one point, Octavia blames Bellamy for Aurora's death in anger.
Inspector GrusInspector Grus was a member of the Ark Guard. It is implied that Aurora exchanged sexual favors with Inspector Grus in order to be alerted when a surprise inspection on their quarters was imminent. She also used the relationship to procure a recommendation for Bellamy to join the Ark Guard.
|Twilight's Last Gleaming||Mentioned|
|His Sister's Keeper||Flashback|
|Contents Under Pressure||Absent|
|I Am Become Death||Absent|
|We Are Grounders (Part 1)||Absent|
|We Are Grounders (Part 2)||Absent|
|Many Happy Returns||Absent|
|Fog of War||Absent|
|Long Into an Abyss||Absent|
|Survival of the Fittest||Mentioned|
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|Blood Must Have Blood (Part 1)||Absent|
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|Ye Who Enter Here||Absent|
|Watch the Thrones||Absent|
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|Join or Die||Absent|
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|Heavy Lies the Crown||Absent|
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|A Lie Guarded||Absent|
|The Tinder Box||Absent|
|We Will Rise||Absent|
|Die All, Die Merrily||Mentioned|
|The Other Side||Absent|
|How We Get to Peace||Mentioned|
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|The Warriors Will||Flashback|
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|Welcome to Bardo||Flashback|
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|A Little Sacrifice||Absent|
|A Sort of Homecoming||Absent|
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Notes and Trivia
- Assuming "Blake" is her birth last name and not a married name, Aurora Blake may be descended from The Grounder Tracy Blake.
- Bellamy's great-great-grandfather Blake was an astronaut with 4 Ph.D. Assuming he's from her side of the family, he would be her great-grandfather.
- She was floated before "Pilot".
- Aurora is referenced in a large number of episodes in Season One, however, she only appears in "His Sister's Keeper" during a flashback.
- Aurora and Bellamy compared Emperor Augustus to the Chancellor at the time of Octavia's birth.
- Aurora may have taught Bellamy some of Earth's history.
- Aurora gave birth to her first child, Bellamy Blake, 23 years before "Pilot".
- Aurora gave birth to her second child, Octavia, 17 years before "Pilot".
- Bellamy was seven when Octavia was born.
- Aurora managed to keep Octavia a secret for sixteen years, nearly a record on the Ark.
- In the book series, Bellamy and Octavia's mother's name was Melinda. Other differences include her trying to kill Octavia and committing suicide.