|“||I don't want mercy. I want revenge. I want you to suffer the same way that I've suffered. You can kill me, Clarke. You can never escape what you did. My pain ends today. Yours has just begun.||”|
|— Bitter Harvest|
Carl was a Lieutenant in the Mount Weather Guard and Cage's "right-hand man." After trying to get into the Command Center to stop Bellamy Blake, Clarke Griffin, and Monty Green, he took off after Level 5 is irradiated.
Lexa ordered her subjects to catch him so that Clarke could kill him but she declined and banished him, instead. Later, after most of the Arkadians are taken over by A.L.I.E., Emerson infiltrates Arkadia with plans to get his revenge on Clarke. He captures Clarke's friends and is nearly successful in killing all of them, but Clarke manages to activate the Flame and places it in his neck. As Emerson is not a Nightblood, his brain is liquified by the Flame within seconds.
Carl was born and raised in Mount Weather and spent his entire childhood underground. He joined the military and by the time the 100 reached Earth he was a lieutenant and a member of the elite ground unit. He was also Cage Wallace's right-hand man. He had two children, one of which was called Aaron.
Throughout the Series
In We Are Grounders (Part 2), Emerson, being a lieutenant in the Mount Weather military, would have participated in or oversaw the operation that captured 48 members of the 100 and the grounder leader Anya in the aftermath of the dropship battle.
In Ye Who Enter Here Emerson is revealed to have allied himself with the Ice Nation, eager for revenge against Clarke and her people for the radiating of Mount Weather. Aware that the Sky People have reoccupied the mountain he has supplied the self-destruct codes to his new allies. He is standing among Queen Nia's council when Ice Nation warrior Echo approaches with news. She informs them that the assassin sent to Mount Weather succeeded in his task of destroying the bunker complex. Emerson asks her about Clarke's whereabouts, and she informs him that she is by Lexa's side as predicted. In Bitter Harvest, Emerson is chained and sent by the new king of the Ice Nation, Roan to Clarke and Lexa as a gift. When Emerson is revealed to Clarke, Emerson immediately lunges at Clarke and tries to kill her. However, he is stopped and dragged away by the guards, to be locked up. Clarke is then told to decide the fate of Emerson. When faced together again, Emerson wants nothing more but for Clarke to kill him so that he can haunt her forever. However, Clarke refuses and decides to let Emerson go. In Demons, Emerson manages to enter Arkadia after the original residents have departed after all joining the City of Light. Once Clarke and her remaining allies return to work out their next move, Emerson kills Jacapo Sinclair and traps the rest of them in the airlock that was used to threaten him, intending to force Clarke to watch her friends die like he had to watch his family die. However, by using the Flame of the Commander- A.L.I.E. 2.0, which is only compatible with Nightbloods, Clarke manages to kill Emerson by activating the Flame and sticking it into his neck, causing the Flame to liquify Emerson's brain in seconds. In Perverse Instantiation (Part 2), after Clarke decides to take the Flame to reach A.L.I.E.'s kill switch, Bellamy reminds her how the Flame had liquified Emerson's brain and killed him in seconds. However, Clarke is able to avoid this by using an exchange transfusion with Ontari to get Nightblood while she has the Flame.
Emerson is shown to be extremely loyal to Mount Weather since he refuses to reveal any information to the Sky People when they interrogate him.
Emerson is of average height with short red hair and freckles. In season two, he was often seen wearing a Mount Weather guard uniform and in his last appearance, Demons, he was seen wearing a grounder outfit.
|Many Happy Returns||Absent|
|Fog of War||Absent|
|Long Into an Abyss||Absent|
|Survival of the Fittest||Absent|
|Coup de Grâce||Appears|
|Bodyguard of Lies||Appears|
|Blood Must Have Blood (Part 1)||Appears|
|Blood Must Have Blood (Part 2)||Appears|
|Wanheda (Part 1)||Absent|
|Wanheda (Part 2)||Absent|
|Ye Who Enter Here||Appears|
|Watch the Thrones||Absent|
|Terms and Conditions||Absent|
|Join or Die||Absent|
|Red Sky at Morning||Mentioned|
|Perverse Instantiation (Part 1)||Absent|
|Perverse Instantiation (Part 2)||Mentioned|
- Over 250 Grounders and Sky People in Tondc (missile fired at the village under orders from Cage Wallace)
- 49 Sky People housed in Mount Weather including Gina Martin (indirectly, provided the Ice Nation with the self-destruct codes)
- Jacapo Sinclair (stabbed)
Notes and Trivia
- Emerson was the only surviving Mountain Man after the Mount Weather War in Blood Must Have Blood (Part 2).
- He was able to survive the radiation that killed his people in Mount Weather because he had already received the bone marrow treatment in "Rubicon." Though Cage Wallace also received the treatment, he was killed by Lincoln as he tried to escape.
- In "Demons," Emerson confirms that Clarke killed over 381 people in Mount Weather, including his brother and his two children. As it was stated multiple times that there were 382 people in Mount Weather total, he appears to have blamed Clarke for the deaths of everyone in the Mount Weather War, not just the people she personally killed.
- In the episode "Blood Must Have Blood (Part 2)", there was supposed to be a fight scene between Emerson and Bellamy Blake where he was killed, but due to time constraints, the scene was never shot. He then returned in season three where Clarke killed him.
- Prior to Season Three, Toby Levins made a video titled "Emerson Lives", which Jason Rothenberg tweeted.
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- Toby Levins talks Carl Emerson, and facing Clarke after Mount Weather, March 10, 2016
- Rothenberg, Jason (February 10, 2016) Tweet - @jrothenbergtv