|“||It's like Queen Nia used to say, war makes murderers of us all.||”|
|— Echo to Bellamy Blake [src]|
Echo (born Ash) is a major character in the fifth, sixth, and seventh seasons, after initially appearing as a recurring character in the second, third and fourth seasons. She is portrayed by starring cast member Tasya Teles and debuted in "Coup de Grâce".
In the second season, she was a member of Azgeda's royal guard who had been trapped in Mount Weather, where her blood was harvested until Bellamy and the others had rescued her. After the fall of the mountain, Echo's loyalty returned to Azgeda, and she participated in a plan to manipulate Skaikru and blow up Mount Weather at the behest of Queen Nia.
Echo rose up against Skaikru following A.L.I.E.'s defeat and urged Roan not to trust them. She remained loyal to her people only, until she was banished by Roan for cheating during the final conclave. Echo intended to kill herself out of shame, but was stopped by Bellamy, and she went into space with the other survivors from Becca's Island to escape Praimfaya.
During the six years aboard the Go-Sci Ring, Echo had grown closer to her fellow companions, and entered a relationship with Bellamy. She, along with the rest of Spacekru, returned to Earth to find Clarke alive. Echo reconciled with most of her former enemies and took part in the Battle for Eden against the Eligius IV prisoners, before ultimately escaping onto the ship to avoid the Damocles Event. After learning it would take about ten years for Earth to be habitable again, Echo entered cryosleep with the rest of them, but wakes up 125 years later to find out that they have been brought to a new habitable world.
In "Ashes to Ashes," it is revealed that Echo's birth name is "Ash", and the original girl who was named Echo was her best friend when she was still a child. Queen Nia visited them and on a certain point forced the real Echo to kill Ash or Queen Nia would let them both get killed. Ash then killed the real Echo in self-defense. However, since Sangedakru was expecting a girl named Echo, she was forced to take her place by Queen Nia. The death of her best friend left her with the burden, causing her to become ruthless.
In Season Seven, Echo joins a mission to rescue Bellamy, Octavia and Charmaine Diyoza from the Disciples. However, Bellamy's apparent death drives Echo into a grief-fueled mission of vengeance, leading to an attempted genocide of the Disciples and the death of Diyoza. In the aftermath of Diyoza's death, Echo reunites with Bellamy, who is revealed to be alive, and is shocked to learn that he has joined the Disciples.
She was born on Earth as a girl named Ash and when she was eight-years old, Queen Nia and her army of Azgeda members took her people's land and her father resisted, but was killed by them as her mother hid with her in the cellar. Her people were being killed when Azgeda started a fire, and Ash's mother was one of the victims. When Nia heard what happened, she executed the men who did it, and brought Ash into harsh training with Azgeda. Because of this, she wouldn't talk about her parents, until many years later.
Sometime during training the real Echo and Ash were forced by Queen Nia to fight each other. Ash killed Echo in self defence after Nia had told Echo to kill Ash to prove her loyalty. As Echo's first mission as a spy had been planned with her name known, Nia made Ash take on Echo's name and go on the mission for her. The death of her best friend left her heartbroken and haunted ever since to the point of not mentioning her real name to anyone.
Years later, Ash, who is now named Echo, became a warrior whose skill was proficient enough to become a member of the royal guard. She also acted as an Azgeda spy and thus was exempt from the facial scars prominent in the Azgeda warriors and remained unmarked. She was captured by the Mountain Men at some point and was locked up in the Harvest Chamber for long enough that she did not know of the truce between the Coalition and Sky People when she met Bellamy Blake.
Throughout the Series
In Coup de Grâce, Bellamy Blake awakens in the Harvest Chamber in a cage next to Echo in Mount Weather. When Bellamy tries to break out Echo quickly tells Bellamy, "Quiet. They take the strongest," in Trigedasleng which he doesn't understand. Echo realizes he is a Sky Person and spits on him. She then has the alliance explained to her. Later when Echo is selected for harvesting, Bellamy saves her by rattling his cage aggressively so that he is taken in her place. Echo then watches Bellamy as he is harvested and after Maya Vie comes to rescue Bellamy. While Bellamy fights Sgt. Lovejoy, at one point Echo grabs Lovejoy's arm to prevent him from stabbing Bellamy with a scalpel, allowing Bellamy to choke him to death. After Bellamy's tracking chip is taken from his arm, he places it in his cage and promises Echo that he will come back for her. In Blood Must Have Blood (Part 1), Bellamy keeps his promise to Echo and returns to free her. Bellamy tells her that there is a Grounder army outside ready to attack and they need to free all the Grounders within Mount Weather. Echo tells all Grounders to be quiet if they wish to be free. After the Grounder Commander agrees to a truce with the Mountain Men, Echo is released along with all of the other Grounders within Mount Weather.
In Ye Who Enter Here, Echo is escorted by two Ark Guards towards the Mount Weather door with her hands tied behind her back. Bellamy Blake and Octavia Blake are outside and approach the two guards and their prisoner. Echo recognizes Bellamy and he orders the two guards to release her while Octavia cuts her free. She tells Bellamy that the summit at Polis is a trap and that an Azgeda assassin has been dispatched to kill the Sky People delegation. Bellamy takes Echo inside to relay the threat to Charles Pike who is unconvinced and accuses Echo of lying. Bellamy tells him that she saved his life and that they can trust her. Echo leads Bellamy, Pike, and Octavia towards the entrance of Polis. Upon arrival at Polis, they notice an unmanned Rover and Bellamy wonders why no one was left behind as protocol states otherwise. They slowly approach the vehicle and notice two Ark Guards with their throats cut inside. Pike approaches Echo in anger, but Bellamy stops him by saying the guards' death is proof that she was telling the truth. They enter Polis through the underground tunnels which lead them underneath the Polis tower. They notice two Grounders inside the tunnel and Echo tells them that this is the only way inside. When Bellamy, Pike, and Octavia interrupt the summit with news of the assassination attempt, Echo is nowhere in sight. Later, Echo approaches Queen Nia with news of the successful bombing of Mount Weather, thanks to the information provided by the last Mountain Man. She also tells the Queen that her son is still alive and Clarke Griffin is by Commander Lexa's side. At some point Echo took A.L.I.E's chip and became one of her followers. She claimed to have seen Clarke in the City of Light, and was aware that she was the one who destroyed A.L.I.E.. Echo was set free from A.L.I.E.'s control after Clarke pulled her kill switch.
Echo is a spy, conditioned to be extremely loyal to her clan. As a prisoner in Mount Weather, she was unaware of the peace between the Grounders and the Sky People and shows disdain for Sky People. After Bellamy Blake returns to free her, she is shown to cooperate with him and agrees to help the delinquents when he tells her he will be sending them to her for safety.
She was extremely loyal to Queen Nia and King Roan. The reason why she was loyal to Azgeda is to prevent herself from being executed for disrespect, and because of the deaths of her family and her best friend, who was the real Echo. Those deaths have haunted her ever since, and made her ruthless. Years later, as a member of Azgeda, She has the instincts and conviction of a survivor, able to lead others in the absence of her ruler. Though she will follow their orders, she will not do so blindly and will question and challenge their decisions when she has doubts, as well as make her own decisions as she sees fit even if it is against her king or queen's wishes, as was the case when she went behind Roan's back to cheat in the Conclave.
She developed a trust for Bellamy, to some extent, after their time briefly allied together at the Mountain, and would only answer to him after Skaikru offered their surrender. After six years on the Go-Sci Ring with Spacekru, though she remained sarcastic and sassy, she softened up and became open to forming a relationship with others and even grew to truly care about Bellamy.
At first, Echo didn't get along well Clarke Griffin to the point that she tried to kill Clarke after Clarke left Bellamy to die. In turn, despite not liking Echo much, Clarke protected Echo from Paxton McCreary for Bellamy's sake despite Echo trying to kill her. After discovering that Clarke was still alive and posing as Josephine Lightbourne, Echo was so happy to see her that Echo greeted Clarke with a hug.
After Bellamy's supposed death in Season Seven, along with the loss of her family and her best friend, the real Echo, Echo loses her remaining parts of her own humanity, forcing her to join and become part of the Disciples. As later revealed, Echo only faked her allegiance to the Disciples in order to get revenge upon them by commiting genocide using the Gen-9 bioweapon. However, she is talked down by Raven and breaks down in tears of grief.
Echo is a tall female with a strong, athletic body. She has light brown eyes and brown hair with dirty blonde highlights that she wears down with two side braids. Unlike other Azgeda warriors, she had no scars on her face.
In Season 5, after the six years jump, Echo's hairstyle is almost the same. She wears most of her hair down except for a hair braid on one side of her face. Her clothing appears ark regulation instead of Grounders clothing.
In Season 7, Echo cut her hair shorter at some point during her five years on Skyring. After the events of "The Queen's Gambit," Echo also bears two scars around her eyes, crescent shapes with a gap in the middle, which she self inflicted to mark the end of her grieving period for Bellamy's death, honoring Azgeda culture. They resemble smaller replicas of King Roan's scars.
- Main article: Bellamy and Echo
Bellamy and Echo at the beginning have a hostile relationship, as Echo is unaware the Grounder-Skaikru conflict had come to an end and an alliance was formed. When Bellamy barely escapes from being harvested, Echo sees him as an ally and comes to his rescue when a Mount Weather guard attempts to kill him. Bellamy tells Echo he will return for her and he does so, freeing her and the other Grounders.
In Season Three, Echo betrayed Bellamy for her clan. In Season Four, Echo tried to kill Bellamy's sister, Octavia, during the Final Conclave. In "Praimfaya", Bellamy convinces Echo not to kill herself and instead go to space to survive the Second Nuclear Apocalypse.
It took Bellamy three years to forgive Echo for her past actions. Sometime afterwards they started a romantic relationship. In Season Five, they are shown to be close and emotionally support each other.After Bellamy's apparent death in "Welcome to Bardo," Echo is visibly devastated and flies into a grief-stricken rage. She later attempts to commit genocide against the Disciples in revenge before she is talked down by Raven.
Echo serves as an adviser and guard to King Roan. In the beginning of the fourth season, while Roan is unconscious, she takes charge of Polis on his behalf. Later, she advises Roan to kill Wanheda and lead Azgeda to take over the Coalition.In "From the Ashes," a hallucination shows that Echo is still haunted by his death.
|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||Absent|
|Blood Must Have Blood (Part 1)||Appears|
|Blood Must Have Blood (Part 2)||Absent|
|Wanheda (Part 1)||Absent|
|Wanheda (Part 2)||Absent|
|Ye Who Enter Here||Appears|
|Watch the Thrones||Mentioned|
|Terms and Conditions||Absent|
|Join or Die||Absent|
|Red Sky at Morning||Absent|
|Perverse Instantiation (Part 1)||Absent|
|Perverse Instantiation (Part 2)||Absent|
|Heavy Lies the Crown||Appears|
|The Four Horsemen||Absent|
|A Lie Guarded||Appears|
|The Tinder Box||Appears|
|We Will Rise||Mentioned|
|Die All, Die Merrily||Appears|
|The Other Side||Appears|
|Red Queen||Credit Only|
|How We Get to Peace||Appears|
|Sic Semper Tyrannis||Appears|
|The Warriors Will||Credit Only|
|The Dark Year||Appears|
|Damocles (Part 1)||Appears|
|Damocles (Part 2)||Appears|
|Red Sun Rising||Appears|
|The Children of Gabriel||Appears|
|The Face Behind the Glass||Appears|
|The Gospel of Josephine||Mentioned|
|The Old Man and the Anomaly||Appears|
|What You Take With You||Credit Only|
|Ashes to Ashes||Appears|
|The Blood of Sanctum||Appears|
|From the Ashes||Appears|
|False Gods||Credit Only|
|Welcome to Bardo||Appears|
|The Queen's Gambit||Appears|
|A Little Sacrifice||Appears|
|A Sort of Homecoming||Appears|
|The Dying of the Light||Mentioned|
|The Last War||Appears|
- Real Echo (stabbed with an arrow in self-defense)
- Sgt. Lovejoy (restrained so Bellamy could strangle him)
- 2 Polis guards (indirectly; manipulated Bellamy and Pike to shoot them)
- Gina Martin and 48 Farm Station members (indirectly; aided in blowing up Mount Weather)
- Boudalankru (Rock Line) Ambassador
- Arkadia Guard Stevens
- Ouskejon Kru (Blue Cliff) Champion
- Sangedakru (Desert Clan) Champion
- Ilian (shot in the neck with an arrow; mortally wounded)
- 6 Grounders (shot with arrows and stabbed with a sword to save Bellamy, Clarke, Murphy and Emori)
- Kodiak (wounded him before Bellamy strangled him to death)
- 1 Eligius Prisoner (to save Murphy)
- 2 Eligius Prisoners (gunned down with the rover with Emori)
- At least 7 Eligius Prisoners (explosion)
- 1 Eligius Prisoner (shot with an arrow)
- Joaquin (mercy kill with a stone)
- Ryker Desai IX (stabbed to death)
- 3 Disciples (shot)
- 4 Disciples (silt their throats and stabbed them)
- Orlando (caused his suicide)
- Kirsch (stabbed)
- Disciple Groundskeeper (stabbed in the back of the neck)
- 1 Disciple guard (stabbed through the back of the head)
- 2 Disciples (killed to get Levitt to cooperate)
- Charmaine Diyoza (caused)
Notes and Trivia
- Exiled from Azgeda twice. First by King Roan, and then Octavia Blake.
- Had a hostile relationship with the Sky People, but saved their lives in hopes of surviving Praimfaya.
- She and Emori are the only two Grounders who ever step foot inside Go-Sci Ring (a small part of the Ark).
- Echo is the first red-blooded Grounder who became a Nightblood.
- Echo is the third Grounder to become a main character, after Lincoln and Roan.
- Echo is the first main character to debut after the first season. Echo debuted in season two. (Roan was the second main character debut in season three - but became main character before Echo)
- Echo is the only known Azgeda member alive at the end of Season Four who is not in the Second Dawn Bunker.
- Tasya Teles stated that she has some theories about Echo's childhood and backstory. Tasya thinks that Echo was either kidnapped from her family or an orphan child because Echo doesn't have family.
- Echo, Indra, Emori and Penn are the only characters introduced in Season Two that are known to still be alive.
- Echo has two episodes with her name: "Echoes" and "Ashes to Ashes".
- As of "Hesperides," Echo is unofficially considered a Level 12 Disciple thanks to the training she received over 4 years and 8 months from Orlando.
- She later receives proper training and becomes a fully trained Level 2 Disciple.
- In "A Little Sacrifice," Clarke calls Echo, Octavia and Diyoza "the three most dangerous women on this or any other planet."
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