|“||How do we tell these people that the world is ending after everything they've been through?||”|
|— Clarke to Bellamy|
Clarke and her friends struggle with how to proceed after the fate of the world is revealed.
The "celebration" after defeating A.L.I.E. is short-lived, as Clarke confides in Bellamy about A.L.I.E.'s warning of the end of the world. Meanwhile, the people of Polis are left dealing with those tortured and killed by A.L.I.E.'s commands. In addition, the people Lexa killed to protect Clarke in the City of Light are also dead. The Grounders blame Skaikru for all of this.
Echo leads the Ice Nation warriors to take command of the city on behalf of the unconscious King Roan. In order to stop Echo from massacring Skaikru, Clarke and Abby sneak in to treat Roan for the bullet wound. Sensing trouble, Murphy and Emori run away from everyone together.
When Roan awakens, Echo attempts to convince him to kill Clarke. However, Clarke convinces Roan that Praimfaya is coming again and trades the Flame for Roan to honor Lexa's Coalition, including Skaikru as the thirteenth clan.
Later, Roan announces to the people of Polis that until a Nightblood is found, that he will be the keeper of the Flame. Furthermore, he states that he will honor Lexa's Coalition and that "an attack against Skaikru is an attack against them all". Before Clarke and Bellamy leave Polis, Echo gives them Roan's Seal which will allow them safe passage throughout the Ice Nation.
At the end of the episode, the death wave is shown to have already affected what was once Egypt and the radiation kills a woman. The Death Wave storms through the desert and burns a woman alive.
- Eliza Taylor as Clarke Griffin
- Paige Turco as Abigail Griffin
- Bob Morley as Bellamy Blake
- Marie Avgeropoulos as Octavia Blake
- Devon Bostick as Jasper Jordan
- Christopher Larkin as Monty Green
- Lindsey Morgan as Raven Reyes
- Richard Harmon as John Murphy
- Zach McGowan as Roan
- Isaiah Washington as Thelonious Jaha
- Henry Ian Cusick as Marcus Kane
- Diana Pavlovská as Rock Line Ambassador
- Jarett John as Seiku (credited as Ice Nation Warrior)
- Jason Vaisvila as Ice Nation Healer
- Jojo Ahenkorah as Costa
- Orve Cooello as Dead Grounder
- Zara Durrani as Egyptian Scavenger
- John Ulmer as Dragged Dead Grounder
- Eric Bempong as Teenaged Grounder
- Nikki Wallin as Spitting Grounder
- Jennifer Koenig as Wailing Woman
- Clarke: "She won't be charged, everyone will say that Pike had it coming."
- Bellamy: "Maybe we all do."
- Bellamy: "We didn't survive this long just to let a little radiation take us out."
- Clarke: "Thank you. For keeping me alive."
- Bellamy: "You don't make it easy."
- Jasper: "Sorry about the... you know..."
- Harper: "Smashing my face into the wall or pistol whipping me?"
- Jasper: "Can I plead the chip?"
- Raven: "You ok?"
- Jasper: "Are you? You've been through more than anyone."
- Raven: "There's nothing like a little pain to remind you you're alive."
- Jasper: "Wish I'd got an upgrade."
- Echo: "Because of them, your rightful commander Ontari is dead! This imposter stole her flame."
- Kane: No! Wanheda saved us! All of us! Grounder and Skaikru!"
- Echo: There would've been nothing to save us from if not for you."
- Indra: "When you destroyed the City of Light, there were a thousand Azgeda warriors inside the city of Polis."
- Octavia: "Good timing."
- Clarke: "Nuclear reactors that survived the bombs are melting down. Radiation levels are already rising. If we can't figure out a way to fix it, all of us will be dead in six months."
- Kane: "A.L.I.E. told you this?"
- Clarke: "Yes."
- Abby: "And you believe her?"
- Bellamy: "Raven's looking into it."
- Clarke: "I believe her."
- Jaha: "Ontari belongs with her people."
- Indra: "I didn't agree to give them guns."
- Murphy: "Well that's probably because you're not an idiot."
- Murphy (deciding to leave, seeing Bellamy trying to negotiate with Echo): "Sorry, Bellamy."
- Echo: "Guns on the ground or he dies!"
- Indra: "We disarm, we die."
- Kane: "Abby will come through. Do what she says. Guns on the ground, now."
- Octavia: "No we have to go or we'll bleed out."
- Roan: "It's always something with you, isn't it?"
- Clarke: "Roan, we need your help."
- Roan: "Well, this should be good."
- Roan: "Today, the City of Light has fallen. And there is no Commander left to rule us. Until another Nightblood ascends, I, King Roan of Azgeda, eldest son of Queen Nia, grandson of Theo, and caretaker of the throne and keeper of the flame."
- Octavia: "If either of you screw this up, we die. No pressure."
- Kane: "You turn the page. You turn the page and you don't look back. You do better today than you did yesterday, you understand? Before you know it, you'll deserve to survive."
- Bellamy: "I hope so."
Notes and Trivia
- An article titled "Contact Lost With Asteroid Mining Penal Colony" from the West Coast Herald can be seen on one of Raven's monitors as she explains 2048 nuclear reactor technology to Jasper and Monty. This is the first mention of humans living in space farther out than Earth orbit.
- An article titled "Second Dawn Investigation Underway" from the Chicago Weekly Herald can be seen on one of Raven's monitors as she explains 2048 nuclear reactor technology to Jasper and Monty. This is the first mention of the Second Dawn doomsday cult.
- The title of this episode is a pun referring to the return of the character, Echo.
- The gap between this episode and "Perverse Instantiation (Part 2)" is mere minutes, as Clarke and Bellamy leave the main Polis tower during the gap.
- This episode aired on Tasya Teles' 32nd birthday.
- As of this episode, the Second Nuclear Apocalypse hit Egypt.
- This episode marks the first time a different part of the world is shown.
- This also proves that there is/was life elsewhere in the world other than the former northeastern United States.
- 1 Grounder (physical body dead after being killed by Lexa in the City of Light)
- Rock Line Ambassador (throat slit by Echo)
- 3 Ice Nation people (stabbed by Octavia Blake)
- 2 guards
- 1 healer
- Egyptian scavengers (burnt by the death wave)
Behind the Scenes
- The episode name was revealed through a leaked script photo.
- Ilian was originally supposed to appear in this episode, but his scenes were cut and Gaia was meant to have a larger role as well. But, some of Ilian's scenes were moved to the next episode.
- In a deleted scene, Gaia is shown riding a horse through the Glowing Forest when she stumbles upon Ilian and him performing a death ritual on his family and they converse about why he has a "Flame" and about what he's doing, he explains the chip is a key and Gaia says "What did I miss?" Ilian replies "Lot's."
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