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False Gods is the third episode of the seventh season of The 100. It is the eighty-seventh episode of the series overall.

UNEXPECTED THREAT – As Raven faces an unexpected threat, Clarke must keep the peace among opposing factions in Sanctum.


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Raven Reyes: "Good. You're here."
John Murphy: "Shouldn't we be wearing Hazmat suits or something?"
Raven Reyes: "You are adorable. Those literally do nothing against gamma rays. Eligius III knew that, which is why they don't have any. What they did have is Nightblood, and so do you. You're a Prime now, Murphy. Act like one."
Indra: "Get to the point."
Raven Reyes: "Here's the deal. The core's overheating. One of the control rods that slows the nuclear reaction down is jammed in the up position and won't drop into the core. Because of that it's getting too hot, and because of that, the coolant pipe has burst in two places. If the core temperature reaches 1,500 degrees, the reactor will melt down, and it's bye-bye Sanctum."
Clarke Griffin: "So how do we stop it?"
Raven Reyes: "We push in the control rods, we plug the cracks, we're good."
Indra: "Just that simple."
Raven Reyes: "I like you. Someone has to go into primary containment to get the control rods in place. It's a high-radiation environment. Nightblood's not a guarantee, but it will help."
Clarke Griffin: "I'll do it."
John Murphy (at the same time): "She'll do it. (everyone looks at him) What? Like that was even a question?"
Indra: "Clarke, you have your hands full with Russell's execution."
Raven Reyes: "Ok. Murphy, you're B-team. Emori will handle the control rods, but she only has 60 seconds. If she doesn't get it done, you take over. Wonkru will handle the pipes."
Indra: "Emori said radiation is leaking. What kind of danger am I sending my people into?"
Raven Reyes: "It's the puking for a few days kind. If they're exposed, they'll recover. If the core melts down, we won't."
Clarke Griffin: "Why don't we ask the Eligius crew? They were miners. They have the skills."
Raven Reyes: "No offense, but I'm not willing to put the lives of what's left of the human race in the hands of a bunch of murderers and thieves who were torturing me and Shaw and willing to kill the rest of us before destroying the Earth. I need a team of four from the bunker's maintenance crew."
Indra: "You'll have them. Four Wonkru welders coming right up."
Indra (to Gaia): "Faith may be blind, but loyalty isn't. Congratulations. You just lost Wonkru."
Clarke Griffin: "We can't kill him."
Indra: "No we can't. Suddenly nuclear meltdown doesn't seem so bad."
Raven Reyes (to Murphy): "I may not be able to rely on them, but you will do anything to save your own ass."
Computer: "Secondary containment sealed."
Raven Reyes: "Go be a cockroach."
Hatch: "Xenon gas, huh? You're one of the Primes. Means you have that blood alteration. No wonder they chose you and your lady for the core."
John Murphy: "Let's say we talk after the meltdown, huh?"
Hatch: "Alright, but, you see, I--I've got someone that I love out there, and from what I saw, yeah, you do too. No matter what, we get this done."
Raven Reyes: "1,492!"
Hatch: "Columbus sailed the ocean blue!"
John Murphy: "You guys are supposed to be the worst of the worst. Bank robber doesn't sound so bad."
Hatch: "Yeah, it wasn't until it became homicide. Hell, it was fun until then, too. Nikki -- she shot first. Once those first two cops were dead, hell, it was already a murder rap, so we executed the hostages. Leave no witnesses, am I right?"
John Murphy: "Maybe this will make up for it."
Hatch: "There's no making up for it."
Raven Reyes: "It worked! We're gonna be okay! Now get out of there!"
Hatch: "You're welcome."
Raven Reyes: "Oh god. I did this."
John Murphy: "Yeah, you did. How the mighty have fallen. Welcome to the world of gray."
Nikki: "What the hell is taking so long? (sees the bodies) You said this was safe. He trusted you. Liar! Murderer!"
John Murphy: "Listen, I know how you feel but this solves nothing. Stop it!"
Nikki: "I'll make you die for this!"

Notes and Trivia

  • Gaia is revealed to have kept the dead Flame which she buries alongside Abigail Griffin's ring as a form of funeral for both Abby and the Flame.
  • Its revealed that the Ark is powered by a nuclear reactor that Jacapo Sinclair was a genius at jury-rigging. Its suggested that this reactor is located on the Go-Sci Ring, explaining why the ring still has power in the later seasons even after the rest of the Ark descends to the ground and the disaster with the Exodus ship caused by Diana Sydney's Rebellion.
    • During their time on the Ark, Emori often helped Raven to maintain the reactor.
  • Murphy and Emori are confirmed in conversation to now be Nightbloods which had previously only been shown by their briefly becoming Primes and never confirmed on-screen in any other way.
  • Raven lists the lack of protection offered by protective gear against gamma radiation as one of the reasons Eligius III brought along Nightbloods.
  • There may be a limit to what Nightblood can do to protect against radiation. While sending Clarke, Murphy and Emori into a high-radiation environment, Raven states that "Nightblood is not a guarantee but it will help."
    • Emori and Murphy do in fact suffer negative effects from trying to fix the reactor though they survive due to their Nightblood unlike Hatch and the Eligius prisoners. Raven states that a decontamination shower would help ensure that they would survive alongside Nightblood metabolizing the radiation.
    • Raven states that if the reactor melts down, not even Nightblood will save Murphy. Though this is different to Clarke surviving the Second Nuclear Apocalypse due to her Nightblood, Murphy and by extension all of the Nightbloods on Sanctum would be immediately exposed to massive amounts of direct radiation at once while Nightblood had allowed Clarke to survive the increased planetary levels of radiation the apocalypse had caused rather than being directly exposed to the meltdowns.
  • This episode is the fourth episode where Bellamy Blake and Octavia Blake did not appear.
  • The title refers to both the Primes' status as false gods and Sheidheda's attempted assassin declaring him one before shooting.
  • James Crockett's carelessness led to his death and caused the nuclear meltdown: by leaving his wrench on the reactor core, he prevented one of the control rods from descending fully. The source of the problem is shown when Emori struggles to lower the control rod and discovers that she has to move the wrench to do it.
  • Raven's command to Murphy to "go be a cockroach" can be considered two-fold: first, Murphy's tendency to survive anything has been compared to that of a cockroach in the past. Second, cockroaches are believed to be able to survive even a nuclear apocalypse which is fitting given the nuclear meltdown that they are trying to stop.
  • At least some of the information about the Primes and Nightblood appears to be widely known: Hatch, despite having been in cryo until recently, recognizes Murphy as one of the Primes due to his guise as Daniel Lee and immediately knows that that means that Murphy and Emori have the blood alteration that protects against radiation.
  • During Murphy and Hatch's conversation, when Hatch says that there's no making up for his past actions, a burn visibly begins to appear on his forehead from the radiation, the beginning of the burns that covered his face when he died.

Body Count

Behind the Scenes

  • This episode marks Tati Gabrielle’s 25th and Shannon Kook's 10th episodes on The 100.
  • This is the second episode in a row where Bellamy does not appear. This is the first time on the show that this has happened.



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