|“||Yu laik haihefa, nou ouspika!
Kaina bandragen dison bilaik?
You're a king not a priest!
|— Gaia to Roan after he declares himself Keeper of the Flame [src]|
In Season Four, Gaia emerges as the new Flamekeeper following the death of her mentor Titus and the destruction of A.L.I.E. Stealing the Flame to protect it in her new role, Gaia is nearly killed by Octavia Blake who ultimately protects Gaia due to her relationship with Gaia's mother, Indra. After a failed attempt to make Clarke Griffin the new Commander, Gaia oversees the Final Conclave to determine who will get the Second Dawn Bunker and is one of those chosen to survive the Second Nuclear Apocalypse.
In Season Five, Gaia jumps at the chance to put a new Commander into power, 12-year old Madi Griffin, which puts her at odds with Madi's adopted mother Clarke and Octavia, who now rules Wonkru as the tyrannical Blodreina. Gaia succeeds in making Madi the new Commander, but Wonkru is decimated in the Battle for Eden and Gaia herself is severely injured. With Shallow Valley destroyed at the end of the battle and Earth apparently never recovering, the survivors of humanity enter a 125 year long cryosleep on Eligius IV.
In Season Six, Gaia is one of the people awoken upon arrival to humanity's new home, Sanctum and continues in her role as Flamekeeper, guiding and teaching Madi. However, the consciousness of Sheidheda, the Dark Commander, rises from within the Flame to influence Madi. After a failed attempt to separate Sheidheda from Madi and the apparent death of Clarke, Gaia is banished by Madi under the Dark Commander's influence. However, due to Gaia's steadfast loyalty to her Commander, she secretly remains close at hand and aids Clarke's friends in forming a rebellion against the Primes. In order to save Madi from Sheidheda, Gaia reluctantly allows Raven Reyes to destroy the Flame, but the Dark Commander escapes.
In Season Seven, Gaia aids her mother and Clarke in leading Wonkru in Madi's stead while continuing to protect and guide the former Commander. However, with the Flame destroyed, Gaia is left unsure of her purpose in life since she has become a Flamekeeper without a Flame or a Commander to protect. After a skirmish with the Disciples, Gaia comes up against one who deactivates Sanctum's Anomaly Stone and drags her through the closing Temporal Anomaly. As a result, Gaia goes missing for an extended period of time with both Clarke's group, searching for their friends through the Anomaly, and her mother and the others on Sanctum, mistakenly assuming that Gaia is with the other. After Clarke and her friends return to a regenerated Earth, they are finally reunited with Gaia who ended up on humanity's homeworld after her disappearance. During this time, Gaia finally makes peace with both her mother's relationship with the remorseful Octavia and in Gaia's own long-strained relationship with Indra.
Along with the rest of the human race aside from Clarke, Gaia achieves Transcendence. However, she joins her mother and Clarke's other surviving friends in returning to mortal form to live out the rest of their lives in peace on Earth, so that Clarke would not be alone by herself.
Gaia was born on Earth and is the daughter of Indra and an unnamed father who was killed during a battle. Indra trained her to be a Trikru warrior and leader, but following her father's death Gaia chose to dedicate herself to the sacred flame and become a Flamekeeper scout, searching the land for Nightbloods.
Throughout the Series
In The Four Horsemen, Roan asks Octavia to track down and kill the person who stole the Flame from him. Octavia tracks down Gaia and corners her in the temple. The two briefly fight, until Octavia gets the upper hand. Just before Octavia goes for the kill, Indra calls for Octavia to stop. When, Ilian and the looters come to the temple seeking to destroy the Flame. Octavia and Gaia come up with a plan to save the Flame. Due to Gaia being Indra's daughter, Octavia spares her life and brings Gaia's destroyed replica of the Flame to Roan along with the head of one of the looters, claiming that the looter was responsible for the Flame's theft and destruction.
In Die All, Die Merrily, she helps with the Final Conclave, giving orders on how to participate and giving the noviciates their sigil. She also announces the names of those killed.
In Praimfaya, she is seen in the bunker, when Octavia gives her speech.
Gaia is very devoted to the Grounder faith. She chooses to follow her faith instead of becoming a warrior like her mother, Indra. Later, she risks her life by stealing the Flame because she believes it is blasphemy for someone who is not an ouspika (priest) to be the Keeper of the Flame. Tradition is a value she holds important to her. Gaia is also someone who loves to talk about what is important to her. She is a good listener, as shown with Clarke and is able to see different perspectives of situations that others cannot. She has a kind way to her.
In Season Six, after learning the truth about the Flame, she was forced to destroy it, in order to save Madi Griffin from Sheidheda. Her loyalty can be her fault, blind to the ways things have always been. Gaia grows tougher over the course of the series. Her role grows more prominent and this is seen as she develops her own sense of style. She dresses for herself.
In Season Seven, Gaia is left unsure of her purpose after the Flame's destruction, as she must find a new path. She is shown to be more aggressive, striking first and putting survival at the upmost spot. She is shown to be a lot gentler and more careful than those around her, but can be distant and reclusive at her worst. Gaia is not one to want to focus on any dysfunction or familial issues and rather her safe space is away from the problems. But she is not a people pleaser by any means and will come to terms with things when she needs to.
Gaia is of average height with brown skin and brown eyes. Her braided hair is dark brown with blonde highlights.
In Season 5, after the 6 years and 7 days jump, Gaia's hair is white and shorter.
Octavia and Gaia have a very complex and strained relationship. The two share a mother figure, and therefore have a sisterly bond of sorts, however, the two are anything bit close. Between feelings of jealousy, due to Octavia fitting Indra's description of a perfect daughter, which she had tried to emulate in Gaia, and a disdain for Octavia's methods against religion and in support of the blasphemous Roan, she cultivates these feelings even when she eventually becomes part of Octavia's close council during her leadership inside of the Second Dawn Bunker. Because Octavia, surprisingly, had won the Conclave, she then started to respect her as a leader, dawning that responsibility upon her.
However, she also witnesses first hand Octavia's derailment into Bloodreina, and eventually, when the bunker re-opens, she conspires against her as soon as she has a chance, in Madi, helping Bellamy ascend the child into a Commander to take over power from Octavia, who naturally deems Gaia as a conspirator and subjects her to punishment via the fighting arena, against Bellamy and her own mother. During this fight, Gaia attempts to assassinate Octavia, but fails.
However, this betrayal, as well as seeing Gaia hurt during the Battle for Eden is what fully makes Octavia rationalize her wrong-doings.
Due to Octavia's banishment, the two don't see each other much during their time in Sanctum.
After reuniting with Octavia and Indra, Gaia tells her mother that she is no longer jealous of Octavia and Indra's relationship, but wishes that she was the warrior her mother had wanted. Indra heals the rift between them by stating that she considers Gaia her Seda, her teacher.
|Heavy Lies the Crown||Absent|
|The Four Horsemen||Appears|
|A Lie Guarded||Mentioned|
|The Tinder Box||Absent|
|We Will Rise||Absent|
|Die All, Die Merrily||Appears|
|The Other Side||Mentioned|
|How We Get to Peace||Absent|
|Sic Semper Tyrannis||Appears|
|The Warriors Will||Appears|
|The Dark Year||Absent|
|Damocles (Part 1)||Appears|
|Damocles (Part 2)||Appears|
|Red Sun Rising||Appears|
|The Children of Gabriel||Appears|
|The Face Behind the Glass||Mentioned|
|The Gospel of Josephine||Appears|
|The Old Man and the Anomaly||Mentioned|
|What You Take With You||Absent|
|Ashes to Ashes||Appears|
|The Blood of Sanctum||Appears|
|From the Ashes||Appears|
|Welcome to Bardo||Absent|
|The Queen's Gambit||Mentioned|
|A Little Sacrifice||Absent|
|A Sort of Homecoming||Appears|
|The Dying of the Light||Appears|
|The Last War||Appears|
- 1 Disciple (head smashed in)
Notes and Trivia
- She was originally meant to have a bigger role in "Echoes", but her biggest scene was cut. In the scene, she was riding a horse when she came across Ilian in a forest (who had already killed his brother in the original episode's opening). They conversed about A.L.I.E.'s chip, his family being dead, and wrapping them in cloth.
- Before "A Sort of Homecoming," she was one of the longest surviving characters that had not been known to have killed anyone during her time in the series.
- Gaia and Madi are the only two characters that were introduced in Season Four who are known to be alive.
- Gaia was missing from "Hesperides" to "A Sort of Homecoming" after she was taken through the Temporal Anomaly by a Disciple to an unknown location. Its later revealed that she ended up back on Earth.
- Despite not being a warrior, Gaia is shown to be a formidable opponent in her own right, taking down a Disciple one-on-one and aiding her mother in defeating Sheidheda, something that Indra couldn't do alone.
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- Deleted scenes, The 100: The Complete Fourth Season DVD