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I wasn't fighting for Skaikru today. I thought I was fighting for myself, but I now know that's not true either. I was fighting for us all. Skaikru will not take the bunker alone. We will share it equally because we are equal. We are one clan and we will survive Praimfaya together. Ogeda.
— Octavia Blake


Die All, Die Merrily is the tenth episode of the fourth season of The 100. It is the fifty-fifth episode of the series overall.

Octavia fights in the final battle for her people's survival, but not everyone is willing to play fair.[1]

Plot

The episode begins in Polis with a shot of Octavia in a room by herself. Bellamy walks in to speak with her. He tells her that she doesn't need to fight, but she's willing to accept death. She then stops Bellamy from saying anything else and walks out.

Octavia walks out into a courtyard after Gaia summons her. It's official that Octavia will fight for Skaikru. Gaia then summons Ilian since he will be fighting for his clan as well. Octavia asks him if he's trying to prove anything, but Ilian responds to her by saying that he's there for his clan and not her. After Gaia speaks a few more words, Luna suddenly forces her way through the crowd. She then accepts her sigil as the warrior of her clan. However, since she's the last of her clan, Gaia questions who is she fighting for. Luna claims that she's fighting for death, to the shock of the various tribes; if she wins, she will allow no one to enter the bunker, resulting in the extinction of the human race.

Back inside a battle prep room in Polis, we see Indra approach Octavia. She begins to pep talk Octavia and says that it's okay to be afraid. Indra then pulls out her own sword and offers it to Octavia as a gift. Octavia wants to know why she's doing that since it may mean the end of her people. However, Indra assures Octavia that she is one of her people. She concludes her pep talk by telling Octavia that she's in control of who she really fights for.  They embrace.

Moments later in a courtyard, Clarke is speaking with Bellamy and Kane. Clarke expresses concern about Luna's entry since she's a specialist at this sort of combat. Jaha then expresses concern about what may happen even if Octavia wins the Final Conclave. Kane assures Jaha that they will have Octavia ready.

Clarke approaches Roan and tells him that they can't let Luna win. She asks if he can beat her and Echo chimes in by saying, "Of course he can." Roan then tells Clarke that he's done with alliances. He also tells her to get off of the battlefield before she dishonors her people once again. Roan does believe he will win, but claims that if he is destined to die on the battlfield, he doesn't care who enters the bunker. Clarke shoots back that that is the difference between him and her; he is fighting for 'honor' while she is fighting for the surival of the human race, even if that doesn't include her people. As Clarke leaves, Echo gives her a peculiar look and then walks off.

Back inside the battle prep room, Kane approaches Octavia with tips for what to do against each warrior. Bellamy then approaches her with a strategy to try and lay low. This will allow the strongest fighters to take each other out. She then realizes that it's true that she doesn't have to kill every warrior. What she really needs to do is kill the last one. Seconds later, we hear war drums playing and the warriors walking out to the battlefield. Each warrior then lets out a primal scream and runs into battle.

At first, we see Roan in a battle with a large man wielding a giant hammer. Octavia is running around trying to observe the action without being seen. However, a man carrying two large daggers sees her and begins to chase. Moments later, we see Roan cut down the large man and kill him with his own hammer. After seeing this, Fio with daggers attacks Roan. However, Roan gets the upper hand on him quickly and kills him with a sword. He then picks up the dog tag of the fallen soldier and yells, "Trikru has fallen!"  Gaia sees this and immediately becomes sad. She announces the death of the two soldiers and then runs over to Indra to hug her. It appears that Trikru's place inside the Second Dawn Bunker is no longer an option.

Octavia enters the armory; as she warms her hands on a brazier, Luna enters and approaches her.  Octavia says that Lincoln would be ashamed of Luna, but Luna claims Lincoln was a fool for believing that all of humanity could act as one people; she points out that, at the end of the world, humanity chooses to fight to the death instead of working together.  Octavia reminds Luna that she used to believe people were worth saving, but Luna says she was wrong. The cruelty she suffered at Skaikru's hands in the name of survival made her conclude, that humanity is inherently cruel, violent and selfish.  Octavia claimed Lincoln wasn't, and that she loved him for his faith in humanity, but Luna claims that, by choosing to fighti in the conclave for a specific group, Octavia is disrespecting that same faith and proving she is no different from the worst of humanity.

Luna mockingly repeats Octavia's words back at her, "Lincoln would be  ashamed of you", and attacks.  It is immediately clear that Luna is the better fighter; she forces Octavia back and lands several blows, finally knocking her down. Before she can make a killing blow, Octavia throws a fistfull of grit and sand into her eyes.  As Luna clears her vision, Octavia slashes a rope holding a set of metal pipes that drops on Luna, knocking her down. As Octavia flees, Luna wipes Nightblood from her forehead and screams that she can't hide forever.

A few seconds later, we see Octavia run into a room to tend to a wound. Ilian then breaks inside of the room and tells her that he's not there to kill her. He says that she's not his enemy. However, she claims that she will kill him the next time that she sees him. It's clear that tension is at an all-time high during this conclave to end all conclaves.

Back at the tower in Polis, we see Bellamy checking out the action. He notices that one of the fighters dies from an arrow from Echo. He then realizes that Echo is cheating and he goes to do something about it. Kane tries to stop him, but Bellamy insists that Ice Nation has two fighters in the conclave. It's not fair and he intends to stop it. However, Kane tells him to wait until it's dark so no one catches him.

Back on the battlefield, Octavia has several fighters approach her. However, Ilian jumps into the fray and helps her defeat them. Octavia tells him to stay away, but Ilian refuses to listen. Suddenly, an arrow pierces Ilian through his neck — one fired by Echo. Octavia drags him away from the line of fire and mercifully ends his life. It appears that Ilian's fight is finally over.

Once it becomes nightfall, we see Bellamy sneaking around Polis while trying to find Echo. He then gets a good view of her and proceeds to get closer. However, he notices one of the conclave fighters coming around a corner and hides. Moments later, he watches Luna kill the warrior in less than five seconds. Bellamy then runs up to where Echo is and starts to choke her out. However, Roan stops him and then questions Echo about her motives. She says that she's doing what's best for her people, but Roan isn't trying to hear that. He promptly banishes her from the Ice Nation. Afterwards, he allows Bellamy to leave without anyone seeing him. Before he leaves, he warns Roan not to underestimate his sister. During this entire ordeal, Octavia is hiding and listening to everything.

Seconds later, we see Gaia announce that only four warriors remain within the conclave. Kane then approaches Indra and apologizes about Trikru. She then comments about how Octavia is doing well and Kane thanks her for that.

Roan is attacked by Octavia, but dodges her attack.  As they circle each other, he accuses her of betrayal, but she points out that, due to her prior loyalty to Indra, he didn't leave her much of a choice.  Acknowledging her point, Roan sheathes his sword and offers a temporary truce; one of them needs to win to ensure humanity survives, but he doesn't believe either of them can defeat Luna one-on-one. Octavia asks what happens once Luna is dead, to which Roan smiles grimly and replies "May the best warrior win."; until then, they are one clan.  After a moment, Octavia grips his arm and nods.  As Bellamy sneaks off the battlefiend, he is chloroformed and dragged away by a masked figure.

Roan and Octavia hear the sounds of battle and circle towards it from two directions. Roan arrives just in time to see Luna throw her pike and impale her opponent through the back; when he approaches, she simply picks up her opponent's twin swords.  He takes the token from the body and taunts Luna to take it from him as Octavia approaches her from the side. Roan and Octavia attack together, but Luna's skill enables her to fight them simultaneously; she inflicts minor wounds on both of them.  Roan finally manages to knock her down with a punch while she is driving Octavia back, but as he raises his sword for the kill, a clap of thunder sounds. Black rain starts to fall; Octavia runs for cover as it burns her skin, yelling at Roan to do the same.

Luna, immune to the irradiated rain due to her Nightblood, gets up and attacks the disoriented Roan, slashing him across the stomach.  Disarming him, she declares that his fight is over. Roan makes a last desperate attack, pinning Luna's arms and forcing her own sword against her throat, but before he can kill her, Luna headbutts him, twists free and slashes him again.  Dropping her sword, she grabs Roan by the hair and shoves him headfirst into a nearby fountain, drowning him as Octavia watches in shock. She flees as Luna takes the tokens from Roan's neck and pursues her, mockingly declaring "The King is dead."

Luna stalks Octavia into an abandoned building, entering a room with various hiding places; she kicks open a door, peering under various shelves and tables until she spots a thin trail of blood leading to a wardrobe. She admits that at one time, what Octavia said about her was true; that if you showed people an alternative to the endless killing, the darkness in them would fade, just as hers did when she stopped blaming herself for killing her brother. However, Luna admits that, on the day of her conclave, in the moment when she knew only one of them could survive, she still wanted it to be her; what scared her into leaving the conclave wasn't remorse, but fear that her own dark survival urges were no different from anyone elses'. As she finishes speaking, Luna stops in front of the wardrobe and stabs it twice, declaring that she is the darkness, and this is the end. She then throws the doors open, but the wardrobe is empty. Octavia suddenly stabs her through the stomach from behind.  As Luna dies, Octavia tells her she was wrong: there are people worth saving, just not her.

Closing Luna's eyes, Octavia tells her her fight is over and takes the rest of the tokens; she is the champion of the conclave. Gaia announces her as the winner and that the Second Dawn Bunker belongs to Skaikru. However, Octavia says that she's not only fighting for Skaikru, but for everyone. As a result, she announces that everyone will share the Second Dawn Bunker together. This leads to everyone chanting the word "Together!" However, Octavia is wondering where her brother is since Bellamy isn't around for her victory speech.

Moments later, we see Bellamy wake up inside of Second Dawn. It then becomes clear that Jaha and Clarke are responsible for his abduction. Along with the abduction, they end up locking the entrance to the bunker. This leads Indra to saying, "Skaikru has betrayed us all" as the episode concludes.

Cast

Starring

Guest Starring

Co-Starring

  • Erin Aubrey as Blue Cliff Warrior
  • Ryan W. MacDonald as the Flame Keeper Scout
  • James Michalopolous as Fio
  • Natasha Denis as Podakru Warrior
  • Paul Lazenby as Rockline Warrior
  • Sandra Dario as Shallow Valley Ambassador
  • Tamiko Brownlee as Delphi Warrior (uncredited)

Quotes

Bellamy: "What the hell did you do?"
Jaha: "If only one clan could survive, it might as well be ours."
Bellamy: "Clarke, you agreed to this?"
Jaha: "It was her idea."
Clarke: "We did what we had to do."

Notes and Trivia

  • Several CW networks in the Southern California market postponed this episode along with its lead-in episode of Arrow to May 6th due to continuing coverage of the Dodgers and Giants game.
  • According to Marie Avgeropoulos's Instagram post, twitter post, and interview, this is her favorite episode.
  • This is the first episode in Season Four to have a main character die, being Roan.

Body Count

  • Fio; killed by Roan
  • Gael (Ingranronakru Champion); killed by Roan
  • Boudalan Champion; killed by Ilian
  • Sandgedakru Champion; killed by Echo
  • Delphikru Champion; killed by Boudalan Champion
  • Guara (Podakru Champion); killed by Luna
  • Ouskejonkru Champion; killed off-screen by Echo
  • Mezi (Louwoda Kliron Champion); killed by Luna
  • Yujleda Champion; killed by Octavia
  • Ilian; killed by an arrow struck by Echo and Octavia (mercy kill)
  • Roan; killed by Luna
  • Luna; killed by Octavia

Behind the Scenes

  • Even though this episode is the tenth episode of the season, the production number is 409. This is because it was the ninth episode shot. The ninth episode, "DNR" (#410), was shot after this episode to accommodate Dean White's schedule.[2]

Multimedia

Music

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The 100 Main Title Theme Single Evan Frankfort Purchase
I Don't Like Mondays Loudmouth The Boomtown Rats Purchase
La Femme Single Sphynx Purchase
Through the Eyes of a Child Single AURORA Purchase
Deliverance Single Ry X Purchase
Kill Your Heroes Single AWOLNATION Purchase
State of the Art (A.E.I.O.U.) Single Jim James Purchase
Blood in the Cut Single SK.Flay Purchase

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See Also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Die All, Die Merrily, The 100 listings, The Futon Critic
  2. Scanlan, Tim (April 6, 2017) Tweet “9th ep to air is ep. 410/"DNR" written by @MirandaKwok88 . 10th ep. to air is ep. 409/"Die All, Die Merrily." @DrLawyercop &Wade McIntyre” - @timscanlan
    Scanlan, Tim (April 7, 2017) Tweet “There's no change. Episodes were shot out of order so Dean White could direct 409.” - @timscanlan
    Ginsburg, Aaron (April 7, 2017) Tweet “The Ep #s are only production order (we filmed these two out of order). So yep, 410 is next” - @DrLawyercop
    Kwok, Miranda (April 7, 2017) Tweet “Episodes 409/410 were shot out of order so the production numbers and airing numbers get mixed up.” - @MirandaKwok88

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