|“||Somehow we allowed justice to become vengeance and vengeance to become sport, and I allowed that, that darkness to rise... But my complicity ends today.||”|
|— Kane to Octavia in the pit fight [src]|
Marcus Kane was a major character in the first, second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth seasons. He was portrayed by starring cast member Henry Ian Cusick and debuted in the series premiere. In "The Old Man and the Anomaly" and "What You Take With You", he was also portrayed by Greyston Holt.
Kane was a senior Council member on the Ark serving temporarily also as Chancellor pro tempore, and Chancellor of Camp Jaha and later Chancellor of Arkadia. Kane was on the Council when they decided to send the 100 to Earth and when they decided to cull 320 Ark citizens to save oxygen.
Once the Ark came to Earth, Kane helped establish Camp Jaha as its first Chancellor before passing along the Chancellorship to Abigail Griffin when he left on a mission to seek peace with the Grounders. After his return to Camp Jaha, he often sided with Clarke Griffin and worked as an emissary between the Sky People and the Grounders.
After Abby decided to step down as Chancellor, Kane was expected to be elected the new Chancellor of Arkadia, but he lost the impromptu election to Charles Pike. Seeing Pike's tyrannical way of running things, Kane lead a small rebellion against the new Chancellor. However Kane was captured and sentenced to death by Pike but managed to escape to safety. He and his group later secured Pike's capture. Kane then accompanied the arrested Pike to Polis but discovered that A.L.I.E. had taken over most of the city. He was forced into taking the chip after A.L.I.E. threatened Abby's life. He was later freed after Clarke activated A.L.I.E's kill switch. Following Pike's death, Kane became the Chancellor of Arkadia.
Throughout the fourth season, Kane tried to maintain the peace between the Thirteen Clan and the Grounders while he developed a romantic relationship with Abby. After the discovery of the Second Dawn Bunker he betrayed the Skaikru alliance with the Azgeda and attempted to hand King Roan over to Skaikru's new ally, the Trikru, in order to secure the bunker for the two clans. However he failed and was arrested. After the majority of Sky People were being evicted from the bunker he convinced Thelonious to not rebel against the Grounders, stating that he already saved humanity, which included 1,100 Grounders. As a result, Kane and Jaha started the Second Culling in order to stop the riot and secure the survival of humanity and all survivors became Wonkru, one clan with Octavia Blake as their leader.
During the fifth season, he and Abby left Wonkru and joined Charmaine Diyoza and the Eligius prisoners in the Shallow Valley. Kane struggled to help Abby with her drug addiction while he helped Diyoza, giving her advice and information about Octavia. He successfully convinced her that prisoners need Wonkru to survive and Diyoza started bringing defectors to the valley. The two of them successfully escaped to the valley's caves after McCreary's faction defeated Diyoza's. Kane and Charmaine then betrayed Wonkru's attack plans to McCreary in an effort to prevent Octavia from controlling the valley and also to negotiate a settlement between the two warring factions. However McCreary refused any sort of compromise. During the Battle for Eden, a psychologically unstable Eligius prisoner, Michael Vinson, almost killed Kane, leaving him in a coma.
During the sixth season, Kane suffered from the injuries left by Vinson. He was put into cryo after throwing up blood during a heated argument with Octavia. He was later reborn in the young body of a Sanctum Guard named Gavin through a Mind Drive while his original body died. However, he was unable to bring himself to live in such a state and chose to die. At his request, Kane was floated by Indra from Eligius IV after a final goodbye with Abby.
Marcus Kane was born on the Ark to Vera Kane. As a young boy he would donate his rationed water to The Last Tree however he eventually stopped doing that and distanced himself from his mother's religious group. He later becomes a senior member of The Council, and first in line of succession during Thelonious Jaha's Chancellorship.
As a Councilman, Kane works closely with the Guard on the strict enforcement of the Ark's laws. His responsibilities include the close monitoring of every citizen of the Ark, even of his fellow Council members. Kane's sole goal is the survival of the human race, and thus he considers that friendship and mercy are luxuries which they simply cannot afford.
Throughout the Series
At the beginning of the series, Kane is a pragmatic individual, cold and willing to do whatever he deems necessary to "save the human race". Rather than seeing himself as overly dedicated or mean, he saw others as lacking what it takes to do what needs to be done. He cared little for the lives of individuals, only for the survival of the human race as a whole.
After the Culling of Section 17, however, Kane is filled with regret and remorse over his actions as he learns that humanity had actually survived on the ground and that he could have prevented those deaths if he waited just a day or two. This personality change would gradually develop over the course of the next season and a half.
Marcus becomes very selfless and willing to sacrifice himself. He stands up and begins to offer to leave himself behind on the Ark to allow the remaining humans to make it to Earth in We Are Grounders (Part 2), though Thelonious Jaha is already launching the ship before Marcus can do that. In Fog of War, when Jaha and Marcus are informed they must kill the other to stop the bloodshed, Marcus never considers hurting Jaha to be an option. When Thelonious refuses to kill Marcus, Kane slits his own wrists with the knife.
While he is extremely dutiful and obedient he learns from Thelonious that on special occasions the Chancellor must know when not to follow the rules and laws but break them and doing what he thinks is best. Kane takes this lesson at heart and a few days later he disobeys Jaha's direct order to abandon him and instead he stays and clears the rubble, saving his Chancellor and friend. Later on he would do the same by leading the resistance against Chancellor Pike.
Though he is no longer "cold", Kane often thinks logically rather than emotionally; one example is that he attempted to betray the Azgeda in order to ally with the Trikru and save his people in the process. What he believes is right is, more often than not, helpful for more people, such as his suggestion to turn in Finn to the Grounders and establish safety for the remaining Arkadians, though he is written off as unfeeling for his objective approach.
He often shows regret and remorse whenever he is compelled to make a sacrifice for the greater good of his people. Kane's philosophy is to sacrifice the few to save the many but he does not believe the cause always justifies the means. Especially when one loses their humanity in order to achieve their goal, no matter how noble this goal is.
Kane is a tall man in his forties with wavy dark brown hair and eyes, and tan skin. He appears to have an authoritative presence.
In Season 3, Kane has grown facial hair. In Season 5, after the 6 years and 7 days jump, his hair is longer to his shoulder and is slicked back.
- Main article: Kane and Abby
On the Ark, Abigail Griffin and Kane served together on The Council and constantly had opposing views. Kane and Jaha had Abby's husband, Jake Griffin, floated and her daughter, Clarke, arrested on treason charges for wanting to go public about the Ark's air problem. Due to Abby's constant rule-breaking, Kane has arrested her for numerous charges and attempted to float her with Chancellor Jaha intervening at the last moment to grant her a pardon. Later, in The Calm, he seems to start caring for Abby, saving her life when he is exploring the other deck to look for survivors. On Earth, Marcus is the first person to follow Abby out of the Ark ship once it lands.
In The 48 they go out looking for the Camp of the Delinquents and Clarke together. When Abby gives guns to the Delinquents to help them escape and look for Clarke and the others, Marcus per the Exodus Charter sentences her to shock-lashing in Reapercussions before passing along the Chancellorship to Abby. In Resurrection, Abby finds Marcus trapped under rubble after the missile on Tondc, pulling on a piece of metal to make noise and she grabs his hand to stop him. Abby tries to help him and he tells her to leave him and go find Clarke until Abby explains that Clarke got out as she already knew about the attack. When rocks fall down and trap them both further, they talk about how their actions on the Ark have influenced Clarke and the sins they have to answer for. In the season finale, after they are captured by Mount Weather and Abby has her bone marrow extracted, they return to Camp Jaha, holding hands.
In Bitter Harvest, Abby kisses Marcus on the cheek, in order to give him "hope". In Stealing Fire Marcus is to be executed by Pike but is freed by Harper Miller Bryan, Octavia and Abby and has to flee Arkadia. Abby decides to stay behind. In response, he kisses her passionately. The two then do not meet again until Join or Die, when Marcus goes to Polis. Abby, under the influence of A.L.I.E., pretends to be unchipped in order to obtain Clarke's whereabouts from Marcus. She seduces him, but he realizes it's not her. A.L.I.E. has him crucified for refusing the chip. However, Marcus eventually agrees to take the chip when A.L.I.E. threatens to kill Abby. Later, in Perverse Instantiation (Part 2), they reunite at the end after Clarke shuts down the City of Light. Abby and Marcus share an embrace while crying, to comfort each other.In Heavy Lies the Crown Abby and Kane sleep together. They spend the majority of the season separated from one another. In The Other Side Abby learns that Kane has been locked outside of the bunker. Abby and Bellamy Blake work together to open the bunker door. As a result only 100 members of Skaikru can remain in the bunker. Abby says she will be outside during Praimfaya. When Kane protests she tells him that she loves him, but she has made her decision. Kane does not follow Abby's wishes, and keeps her inside the bunker.
- Main article: Kane and Octavia
Kane and Octavia have a mutual respect for each other and Kane acts in a fatherly way toward her. In Survival of the Fittest, Kane picks her up out of the mud after she is beaten by Fio and asks her what she's trying to prove to which she replies, "What doesn't kill you, makes you stronger." Later, he acknowledges that Octavia is the one who brought the Grounders together with the Sky People. He asks her to "look out for [her] people," she replies that she is. Octavia is the one to find Kane in the rubble in Resurrection. Kane is the first person Octavia releases in Mount Weather when she retrieves the keys after the irradiation of Level 5 in Blood Must Have Blood (Part 2).
In Season Three, Kane shows to have more trust in Octavia. In Watch the Thrones, they are on the same side in the conflict at camp between Pike and the others. Kane sends Octavia outside of the walls in his place to rendezvous with Clarke and Lexa in Hakeldama. He helps her and Clarke escape Arkadia later in the episode with Abby's help. In Bitter Harvest, Octavia spies on Pike's people for Kane, keeping him informed on what they are doing outside of the walls of Arkadia. She informs him that they are willing to kill a kid to keep whatever they're doing secret, that he has to find out what Pike's up to. He tells her to "be safe." Octavia helps Kane escape execution in Stealing Fire with the help of others and he carries her out of Arkadia when Lincoln drugs her to sacrifice himself for his people. In Perverse Instantiation (Part 1), Octavia is unable to harm Kane too much when he is attacking her and Indra under A.L.I.E's control.
Their relationship however deteriorates rapidly in Season Five as Octavia rules the Wonkru as "Blodreina", instituting gladiatorial battles and forcing cannibalism on the populace, including Kane. This rivalry further develops as Kane along with Abby join the Eligius prisoners in Shallow Valley and counsels Charmaine Diyoza on how to undermine Octavia, even going as far as betraying Wonkru's attack plans to Paxton McCreary in an effort to stop her from taking over the valley who he describes as a "viper".It was during a heated argument with Octavia that Kane's stitches did not hold forcing Abby to put him into cryo as she couldn't find a way to save his life.
- Main article: Kane and Jaha
Thelonious Jaha appears to be on friendly terms with Kane, despite accusing him that he was behind his attempted murder in the Pilot on the basis that Kane would benefit the most from the Chancellor's death. Kane however appears to care about Jaha, advising him not to take his own life along with the 320 whose lives will be taken in the Culling.Jaha knows Kane well enough to recognize that he is intoxicated in Contents Under Pressure and tells him to pull himself together. When Jaha stays behind as the Ark descends to Earth, Kane stays in contact and is seen asking about him multiple times later on Earth. When they are both held captive by the Grounders in Fog of War, Marcus and Jaha appear to be glad to see one another. They both refuse to kill one another and eventually Kane tells Jaha to kill him and ultimately cuts his own arm when Jaha refuses to comply, to which Jaha is visibly distressed. Marcus, despite being a firm believer of punishments (his sentence of 10 shocklashes to Abby in Reapercussions), insisted that Thelonious be pardoned for treason in Remember Me. Due to their close relationship Kane manages to convince Jaha to abort his attempt to take over the Second Dawn Bunker and instead implement the Second Culling.
Vera KaneVera Kane was Marcus' mother. They had a strained and distant relationship, although he began to let her in again after he told her he didn't know who he was anymore, following The Culling. The next days however he distanced himself from his mother until on Unity Day Vera was mortally wounded during the bombing. As she was dying in his arms, Marcus recited the traveler's blessing he learned from her in his childhood. When he arrives on Earth he plants the Eden Tree his mother had taken care of on the Ark.
Callie CartwigCallie Cartwig and Kane appeared to share some kind of romantic connection and Kane seemed to care about her somewhat. He says to her he cannot compromise for anything, "even her" in the Pilot. She has since died, and received no mention of her from Kane.
- Main article: Kane and Bellamy
The two first meet in The 48, after Kane saves Bellamy and Finn's lives from a grounder by shooting him in the back of the head. Afterward, Finn and Bellamy lead Kane, Abby, and the other Ark survivors to the Dropship. Kane then arrests Bellamy for attacking Murphy and informs him that he is not in charge anymore. In Inclement Weather, Kane interrogates Bellamy for information on the Grounders but finds it is of no use. They seem to have become somewhat closer in Spacewalker, as Kane refers to Bellamy as "son".In the third season, Kane and Bellamy have grown closer, however, this bond is severed when Bellamy aligns with Charles Pike and Kane forms a resistance against Pike. They have begun to mend their relationships as of the end of Season Three.
Charmaine DiyozaMarcus and Charmaine Diyoza gradually develop a friendship and partnership in Season Five. Their relationship is initially that of kidnapper and hostage, as Kane is held in Shallow Valley under "protective custody". But they later become close partners after Kane proves himself to be useful, feeding her information about Blodreina and Wonkru as well as making plans for a colony on Shallow Valley. Diyoza's trust on Kane pays off as he helps her following Paxton McCreary's victory over her faction. While hiding in a cave, Marcus cares for Diyoza as she is well into her pregnancy and develop a plan on defeating McCreary. In The Dark Year they work together again, this time by betraying Wonkru's war plans on Paxton in an effort to stop Blodreina and convince him to accept a peaceful settlement between Wonkru and the Eligius prisoners.
|Twilight's Last Gleaming||Appears|
|His Sister's Keeper||Credit Only|
|Contents Under Pressure||Appears|
|I Am Become Death||Credit Only|
|We Are Grounders (Part 1)||Appears|
|We Are Grounders (Part 2)||Appears|
|Many Happy Returns||Mentioned|
|Fog of War||Appears|
|Long Into an Abyss||Mentioned|
|Survival of the Fittest||Appears|
|Coup de Grâce||Appears|
|Bodyguard of Lies||Credit Only|
|Blood Must Have Blood (Part 1)||Credit Only|
|Blood Must Have Blood (Part 2)||Appears|
|Wanheda (Part 1)||Appears|
|Wanheda (Part 2)||Appears|
|Ye Who Enter Here||Appears|
|Watch the Thrones||Appears|
|Terms and Conditions||Appears|
|Join or Die||Appears|
|Red Sky at Morning||Credit Only|
|Perverse Instantiation (Part 1)||Appears|
|Perverse Instantiation (Part 2)||Appears|
|Heavy Lies the Crown||Appears|
|The Four Horsemen||Credit Only|
|A Lie Guarded||Appears|
|The Tinder Box||Appears|
|We Will Rise||Appears|
|Die All, Die Merrily||Appears|
|The Other Side||Appears|
|Sleeping Giants||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||Mentioned|
|The Children of Gabriel||Mentioned|
|The Face Behind the Glass||Credit Only|
|The Gospel of Josephine||Mentioned|
|The Old Man and the Anomaly||Appears|
|What You Take With You||Appears|
|Ashes to Ashes||Absent|
|The Blood of Sanctum||Mentioned|
|From the Ashes||Absent|
|Welcome to Bardo||Absent|
|The Queen's Gambit||Absent|
|A Little Sacrifice||Absent|
|A Sort of Homecoming||Flashback|
|The Dying of the Light||Absent|
|The Last War||Absent|
- Octavia Blake: "'Rogue'. I'm a warrior."
- Marcus Kane: "No. A warrior knows when not to kill."
- -- A Lie Guarded
- Marcus Kane: "Who you want to be, doesn’t always win."
- Marcus Kane: "I didn’t want you to see this, Abby. Not again."
- Abby Griffin: "Please, Marcus, I’m begging you. Don’t do this."
- Marcus Kane: "It’s already done. This... this is wrong, Abby. I know you know that. I understand why you did it. If I lost you, if I could get you back, I’d probably do the same. But you won’t be able to live with yourself and neither can I."
- Abby Griffin: "Marcus, please. We are so close. We can make a new life. We can start over."
- Marcus Kane: "Not like this. You told me once that your job was to make sure that we deserve to survive. You remember? (Abby nods) That’s what I’m doing now."
- Abby Griffin: "No, please. I can’t do this on my own."
- Marcus Kane: "Yes, you can, Abby. You’re so strong. You’re so much stronger than me. You saved me so many times. Not just my life, me."
- Abby Griffin: "I need you. I love you."
- Marcus Kane: "I love you, too. I love you more than I ever thought I could love anyone. But if I don’t do this now, then we both live to regret it, and so many more innocent lives will be lost. This is how we get our humanity back."
- -- in What You Take With You
- As a member of the Council, Kane was indirectly responsible for various executions on the Ark, including:
- 320 Sky People in the Culling (caused)
- Tristan (shot to save Finn, Bellamy, Monroe and Sterling)
- 364 Sky People in the Second Culling (alongside Thelonious Jaha got them out of the bunker on Octavia Blake's order)
- 1 Wonkru member (head bashed repeatedly during a gladiatorial fight)
- Himself (assisted suicide via floating alongside Indra)
Notes and Trivia
- Though initially portrayed in "Pilot" as power-hungry, throughout Seasons One and Two, he has become self-aware and regretful of his actions, showing remorse for his decisions on the Ark and taking full responsibility for the choices he has made.
- Kane's plot line focuses on redemption.
- "Earth Kills" is the first episode he doesn't appear in.
- "Praimfaya" is the first season finale he doesn't appear in.
- "Eden" is the first season premiere he doesn't appear in.
- On multiple occasions, Marcus has decided that killing himself in order to help others is the best option to solve life or death issues, often putting himself up for sacrifice. This is shown when he tries to manually launch the Ark down to earth at the end of Season One, and when Lexa forces him and Jaha to fight to the death.
- This is finally fulfilled in "What You Take With You."
- It was originally suspected he ordered the attack on Thelonious Jaha, though it was revealed in "His Sister's Keeper" that it was Commander Shumway who really did.
- Some fans have theorized that Kane could be Octavia's or Bellamy's father, but Jason Rothenburg tweeted that these theories are false.
- Kane was originally Octavia's father but the writers opted not to go that route.
- He was the first Chancellor of Arkadia. Following the death of Charles Pike, he became the Chancellor of Arkadia again.
- Marcus is the first person born after the Nuclear Apocalypse to be reborn in another body using the Mind Drive.
- However unable to live like that Kane committed assisted suicide afterwards.
- Henry Ian Cusick is still credited as main cast in opening credits of Season Six although he only appears at least 3 episodes. This marks season 6 for a season with the least amount of appearances.
- The last episode he appeared as Marcus Kane was when he was going to kill himself. Kane was seen in his old body (Henry Ian Cusick) while the character's most appearance on that episode was portrayed by another actor.
- He is the eighth main character to die in The 100. The seven preceding ones are Wells Jaha, Finn Collins, Lincoln, Roan, Jasper Jordan, Thelonious Jaha, and Monty Green.
- He was the first major character to die in Season Six. The second was Abby.
- He is the second major character to die by commiting suicide. The first was Jasper.
- Kane was the second Sky Person to become a Nightblood, before being reborn in the body of a Sanctum Guard named Gavin.
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