|“||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 and sixth 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 inhabitable 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's revealed that the real Echo is dead and the current Echo is her best friend Ash who killed the real Echo in self-defense in their childhood and was forced to take her place by Queen Nia.
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 then 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 could not remember her parents, until many years later.
Sometime during training the real Echo and Ash were forced to fight each other, by Queen Nia. Ash killed Echo and took on her name.
Years later, Ash became a warrior whose skill was proficient enough to become a member of the royal guard. She also acted as the 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 after the conflict began with the Sky People and was locked up in the Harvest Chamber for long enough that she did not know of the truce 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.
In Sanctum, Echo is one of the key people woken up from cryostasis first to hear Monty and Harper's message about the new world. She is chosen to be in the first group to go to the ground. She wants Octavia to be woken up and come with them in case they run into hostile inhabitants but Bellamy refuses. Echo and her friends arrive in Sanctum and start exploring the castle.
In The Children of Gabriel, after meeting the Sanctum Citizens, Echo joins Raven, Octavia and Bellamy to bring their ship back to Sanctum. She is shocked when Bellamy leaves Octavia to die alone in the woods for killing the Children of Gabriel instead of using a peaceful approach.
In The Face Behind the Glass, Sanctum is celebrating Delilah's Naming Day Ceremony. Part of the celebration involves repentance and making amends. Echo asks Bellamy to participate but Bellamy refuses, saying that he has to bear the burden of what he has done and can't just easily let it go like Echo. After that comment, Echo explains that she is not a heartless person without emotions. She explains that she only became that way because of the trauma she underwent as a child when they were being attacked by Azgeda's army. She explains how she watched her own family get brutally killed. So, when Queen Nia brought her into harsh training with Azgeda, she didn't really have much choice. As Echo explains her past, Bellamy feels bad for her.
In Memento Mori, Echo is upset to learn that the Primes have been using Nightbloods as their hosts in order to live forever. She asks where Bellamy is and is surprised when Josephine, pretending to be Clarke, tells her that Bellamy went to scout locations outside Sanctum without her. She goes to look for Bellamy and comes across a man tied by a tree, with vines going through his body. The man begs Echo to show him mercy by giving him a quick death. Echo tries to kill him but is stopped by Jade who has been following her. She knocks Jade out and kills the man. She ties Jade up and asks her why she is following her. Since Clarke is the only one who knew where Echo is, Echo quickly figures out that it wasn't really Clarke. She asks Jade to tell her where Bellamy really is and Jade reveals that he was captured after figuring out Josie took Clarke's body. After hearing that Josie intended to kill Bellamy that day, Echo quickly leaves and goes back to Sanctum to save Bellamy. On arrival, Echo is disappointed when Bellamy confirms that Clarke is dead. Echo wants revenge but Bellamy convinces her that they need to end the cycle of blood.
In The Old Man and the Anomaly, Echo learns that Clarke is still alive inside Josephine's body but says that they need Raven to remove Josie's Mind Drive. When Madi comes up with a plan to kill the Primes, Echo agrees but says they might have to kill anyone else who stands in their way. She later learns from Emori that she and Ryker are in the process of making an EMP for Josie to get rid of Clarke. They come up with a plan to save Clarke. Echo and Bellamy hide in the bushes on the field to rescue Emori once she steals the completed EMP which they would use to pass through the radiation shield. As Echo, Bellamy and Emori confront Josie while waiting for their other friends to arrive, the Primes sound off an alarm after figuring out that Miranda is dead. As Bellamy drags Josie outside the radiation shield to seek Gabriel's help removing the Mind Drive, Echo volunteers to go back to the palace to save their friends.
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. 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.
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 has 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.
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.
|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||Absent|
- Real Echo (stabbed with an arrow)
- Sgt. Lovejoy (with Bellamy)
- Two Polis guards (indirectly; manipulated Bellamy and Pike to shoot them)
- Gina Martin and 48 Farm Station members
- Boudalankru (Rock Line) Ambassador
- Arkadian Guard Stevens
- Ouskejon Kru (Blue Cliff) Champion
- Sankru (Desert Clan) Champion
- Ilian (mortally wounded)
- 6 Grounders (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)
- Many Eligius Prisoners (explosion with Bellamy)
- 1 Eligius Prisoner (shot with an arrow)
- Joaquin (mercy kill with stone)
- Ryker Desai IX (stabbed to death)
Notes and Trivia
- First met Bellamy Blake inside Mount Weather where they were both held as prisoners.
- She betrays Bellamy and Octavia during The Summit, so Queen Nia could have her war.
- Echo stabbed Octavia Blake when she wouldn't come quietly. She brought her broken sword to Polis.
- 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 to ever step foot inside The Ark.
- Echo is the third Grounder to become a main character, after Lincoln and Roan.
- Echo was the second main character to debut after the first season. All of the other major characters debuted in Season 1. Roan was the first.
- 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's backstory will be explored in Season Six.
- Echo, Indra, and Emori are the only three characters introduced in Season Two that are known to be still alive.
- Echo is the third person which gets nightblood by marrow transplant, first being Clarke Griffin, second Marcus Kane.
- Her real name is Ash
- The episode Ashes to Ashes is named after her real name Ash
Note: The picture goes in episode order. To see the order of the episodes please visit Episode Guide.