|“||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 cast member Greyston Holt.
Kane was a Council member on the Ark and Chancellor of Camp Jaha before his departure. 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 supposed 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 Pike to attempt to restore order to Arkadia. Kane was captured and sentenced to death by Pike but managed to escape to safety, leaving Lincoln behind to be executed by Pike. He and his group later secured Pike's capture. Kane went with Pike to Polis but discovered that A.L.I.E. had taken over most of the city. Kane was forced into taking the chip after A.L.I.E. threatens Abby's life. He is later freed after Clarke activated A.L.I.E's kill switch.
Throughout the fourth season, Kane tries to maintain the peace between the Thirteen Clan, sleeps with Abby and becomes her boyfriend. Then he convinced Thelonious to never rebel against the Grounders, stating that he already saved humanity, which are 1,100 Grounders. As a result, Kane and Jaha started the Second Culling in the bunker to stop the riot and secure the survival of humanity and all survivors become Wonkru, one clan with Octavia Blake as their leader.
During the fifth season, he struggled to stop Abby from taking pills, he left with Abby to go to Shallow Valley with Charmaine Diyoza and the Eligius prisoners. While there, he helped Diyoza, giving her advice and tips about Octavia. He talked about their mistakes in the past and hoped that Diyoza wouldn't do the same mistakes. He tried to convince her that prisoners need Wonkru to survive. He convinced her and she brought the defectors to the valley. He also met Michael Vinson who, almost kills him and left him in a coma following Vinson's attack.
During the sixth season, Kane suffered from the injuries left by Vinson. He is put into cryo after throwing up blood due to a heated argument with Octavia. He is later reborn in the body of a young man named Gavin through a Mind Drive while his original body dies. However, he is unable to bring himself to live in such a state and chooses to die and take the new Nightblood with him. At his request, Kane is floated by Indra from Eligius IV after a final goodbye with Abby.
Marcus Kane was born on the Ark to Vera Kane and later become a member of The Council, where he became acting Chancellor when Thelonious Jaha was shot and again when Jaha remained behind on the Ark when the rest of the Sky People went to Earth.
Throughout the Series
In Sanctum, after waking up 125 years later, Abby is trying to save Kane. First, she used first generation Algae, given by Jordan, which Monty left for him, to put Marcus in coma, so she can perform surgery. Then she tells Niylah that she needs blood donations from anyone she can to save him. With enough blood, Abby finally manages to wake Kane up. Abby shows Kane the new world through the window on Eligius IV. Kane tells Abby that everything they've done led to this moment; and it was worth it.
Suddenly, Octavia interrupts them and angrily confronts them for their betrayal. She blames Kane for betraying them by blinding following Diyoza and causing so many of Wonkru to die in the gorge, including Ethan, who was the first to be shot. Kane retaliates by saying that if she didn't burn the Hydrofarm, they wouldn't have lost so many people. As the tension rises, Kane's still weak blood system gives up and he starts starts vomiting blood. Octavia helps Abby put Kane on bed. On realizing that Kane won't recover, Octavia says "Your fight is over" and leaves. Abby doesn't want to give up on Kane yet. So, she puts him back into cryosleep. Abigail then asks Jordan to make more algae.
In The Old Man and the Anomaly, Abby completes the Nightblood serum with the help of a reluctant Raven and turns a young "Null," Gavin, into a Nightblood with it. After Gavin's mind is wiped, Kane's mind is uploaded into his body via a Mind Drive while Kane's original body is allowed to die. Kane regains consciousness in Gavin's body, at first confused and then horrified after he sees his deceased original body.
In What You Take With You, Kane has a hard time adjusting to being in Gavin's body, particularly as he has lost everything that he feels makes him who he is. While meeting Simone Lightbourne, Kane realizes one of the women in the group knew his host and she reveals that she was Gavin's wife. Kane has an angry outburst about the Primes hiding the truth from their people about how they murder the hosts to implant the Mind Drives. Kane and Raven later wake Indra who points out that the situation on Sanctum is no different from what both the Sky People and the Grounders have done in the past. Raven suggests that to break the cycle, they destroy the Nightblood by floating it which will prevent the Primes from recreating it unless they can find a pilot willing to take them into zero-gee.
As everyone prepares to leave in the Gagarin, Indra leads a group to take the Sanctum citizens captive and seize the Nightblood before it can be delivered to the ground. Raven reveals that Kane doesn't want her to see what comes next, but reluctantly relents and leads Abby to the airlock where Kane is preparing to float himself and the Nightblood. Raven activates the intercom so that Abby can talk to Kane who in Abby's mind appears in his original body. Kane tells Abby that what he is now is wrong though he understands why she did it and admits that if he lost her, he'd have done whatever he could to bring her back as well. Kane recognizes that neither of them will be able to live with what Abby has done and refuses her suggestion that they can build a new life together. Kane reminds Abby that she once told him that her job was to make sure that they deserve to survive and states that that's what he's doing now. The two exchange "I love you's" and Kane states that if he doesn't do this, they will both live to regret it and many more innocent lives will be lost. "This is how we get our humanity back."
Stepping away from the door, Kane grabs the Nightblood and signals Indra who begins reciting a prayer alongside Raven. Declaring "your fight is over", Indra tearfully floats Kane and the Nightblood as a devastated Abby watches helplessly.
Kane is a pragmatic individual, cold and willing to do whatever he deems necessary to "save the human race" for the beginning of the series. 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 idea of the human race as a whole.
Following the events of the Culling, however, Kane is filled with regret and remorse over his actions, depicted over the course of the next season and a half. After his failed attempts at leadership, he learns to place trust in his leaders. Marcus eventually ends up being very loyal to those above him. On the Ark after his mother was killed after Diana Sydney's planned explosion in Unity Day. On Earth, he supports and trusts Clarke as his leader.
After Section 17, 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 as such. In Fog of War, when Jaha and Marcus are informed they must kill the other to stop the bloodshed, Marcus never considers hurting Jaha an option. When Thelonious refuses to kill Marcus, Kane slits his wrists with the knife.
Kane often thinks logically rather than emotionally, though he is no longer "cold"; he often shows regret and remorse whenever he is compelled to make a sacrifice for the greater good of his people. 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 Sky People, though he is written off as unfeeling for his objective approach.
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 5, after the 6 years and 7 days jump, his hair is longer to his shoulder and is slicked back.
- Main article: Marcus 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 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 pretends to be unchipped in order to obtain Clarke's whereabouts from Marcus. She seduces him, but he realizes it's not her. Abby has him crucified for his resistance. However, Marcus' defiance wavers when Jaha threatens to kill Abby, and he takes the chip for her. 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.
Thelonious Jaha appears to be on friendly terms with Kane, despite accusing him of shooting him in the Pilot. Jaha accuses Kane outright of trying to take his place, learning Kane would execute Abigail for saving him. Kane has appeared to care about Jaha, advising him not to take his own life 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.
Vera 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. Not soon after however he was again distant with her until on Unity Day she is a victim of the bombing and as she is dying Marcus recites 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 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.
- Main article: Kane and Bellamy
Kane and Bellamy 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 he is not in charge anymore. In Inclement Weather, Kane interrogates Bellamy fo 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 Pike and Kane forms a resistance against Pike. They have begun to mend their relationships as of the end of season three.
Marcus and Charmaine have a allied friendship and partnership in Season Five. They trust each other too. Their relationship is initially that of kidnapper and hostage, as Kane is held in Shallow Valley under "protective custody". But they later become allies after Kane proves himself to be useful, helping to keep the prisoners in control to prevent a war with Wonkru
|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||Mentioned|
|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||Absent|
- As a member of the Council, Kane was indirectly responsible for various executions on the Ark, including:
- 320 Sky People (indirectly)
- Tristan (shot to save Finn and Bellamy)
- 364 Sky People in the bunker (with Jaha) (indirectly, get them out of the bunker on Octavia's order)
- 1 Second Dawn Bunker inhabitant (head bashed repeatedly)
- 1 Eligius Prisoner (shot to save Diyoza)
- Himself (assisted suicide via floating with Indra)
Notes and Trivia
- Though initially portrayed in Pilot as power-hungry, throughout Seasons 1 and 2, 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 Lexa forces him and Jaha to fight to the death.
- This is finally fulfilled in What You Take With You.
- It was suspected he ordered the attack on Chancellor 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.http://octaviablake.co/post/113924042259/cloverjean-jason-rothenberg-confirms-kane-is-not
- Kane was originally Octavia's father but the writers opted not to go that route https://twitter.com/JarettSays/status/756578188063481856
- He was the first Chancellor of Camp Jaha. Following the death of Charles Pike, he became the current Chancellor of Arkadia.
- 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.
- He is the eight 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 is the second major character to die by commiting suicide. The first was Jasper.
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