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|“||What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.||”|
|— Octavia to Kane [src]|
Octavia Blake is a major character in the first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh seasons. She is portrayed by starring cast member Marie Avgeropoulos and debuted in the series premiere.
In the first season, Octavia often helped Clarke as a medical assistant and collected information on the Grounders for the Delinquents. She is part of the original 100 and was sent to juvenile lockup for being a second child which was against the law on The Ark.
While on Earth, she faced many challenges: learning to be free, fighting for the survival of the Delinquents, trying to get into Mount Weather and save her friends, stopping A.L.I.E., losing Lincoln, and keeping 1,200 people together peacefully in one bunker.
Octavia was the lover of Lincoln. She embraced Grounder culture early on having never felt a part of the Sky People due to the circumstances of her birth, opting to wear Grounder clothing as well as applying Grounder war paint and getting at least one tattoo. She was the first to start speaking Trigedasleng, the Grounder language.
During the six years in the bunker, Octavia was the first leader. While initially more lenient, after Kara Cooper's coup, Octavia becomes Blodreina (Red Queen) and sentences anyone who breaks her to gladiatorial death matches. Two years after Praimfaya, a period of time, known as the "Dark Year" made Octavia dark and ruthless, because of Abby's actions.
In Season 5, Octavia continues to ruthlessly lead Wonkru. She wants to take Shallow Valley from Charmaine Diyoza regardless of how many deaths that would cause. This causes Bellamy, Clarke, and others to conspire against Octavia in the hope to avoid a war with the Eligius prisoners. However, in Damocles (Part 1), she later has a change of heart, due to her own actions.
In Season 6, Octavia is exiled by Bellamy for her actions after their arrival on Sanctum. Originally teaming up with Diyoza to hunt the Children of Gabriel, Octavia is healed by the anomaly and recognizes a desire to seek redemption for her actions and move on from being Blodreina. At the end of the season, Diyoza's now-adult daughter returns from the anomaly and after stating that "he" has her mother, stabs Octavia. Octavia subsequently disappears with the anomaly, leaving her current fate unknown.
Aurora Blake, her mother, was forced to keep her second pregnancy a secret because of the one child law on The Ark. A young Bellamy watched his mother give birth to his sister and even helped keep her quiet afterward. After the child was born, Aurora told Bellamy to name her. He had learned about the Roman emperor, Augustus, and named his sister after the emperor's sister, Octavia. Aurora told Bellamy that Octavia was his responsibility. He told her he loves her very much and promises to keep her safe, no matter what may happen.
Because Octavia was an illegal second child, she had to be kept hidden in their quarters, never venturing out. Bellamy would tell her stories and play with her, telling her about the Ark. Their mother would also read them mythology, which Octavia loved. Octavia would also help Aurora, who was a seamstress on the Ark. In order to find out about the surprise inspections ahead of time, Aurora was sleeping with an Ark Guard and she was also trying to get Bellamy a position on the guard. During these inspections, Octavia was forced to hide under the floorboards and wait quietly until they were done. Bellamy told her to tell herself, "I am not afraid."
Octavia was finally exposed a year before they were sent to earth. Bellamy had become an Ark Guard Cadet and was able to get duty during the Unity Day masquerade party. He sneaks Octavia out of their room for the first time in her life so she could attend and promises her that he'll keep her safe and deliver her home before their mother even knows they're gone. The party is disrupted by a solar flare alert, requiring everyone to show ID. Since Octavia didn't have any ID, they knew they would be caught. Bellamy tells her to go straight back to their room and hide while he creates a distraction, sacrificing himself, but Octavia doesn't know how to get back to their room. Commander Shumway notices that Bellamy has his shock baton out and starts to question them. Bellamy begs Commander Shumway to let her go, but he refuses stating Bellamy is not a guardsman yet. Octavia tries to run but is easily captured. Octavia is locked up, and Bellamy loses his sister, his mother, and his chance to be an Ark guard and becomes a janitor.
Over the next year, Bellamy is unable to see Octavia in Lockup. He is then approached by Commander Shumway who tells Bellamy that 100 prisoners are being sent to the ground, among them his sister. He offers Bellamy the chance to go to Earth and protect Octavia but only if he shoots and kills the Chancellor. Bellamy accepts the deal and stows away on the dropship.
Throughout the Series
Octavia is uninhibited and fierce. After being hidden her entire childhood in order to keep from being discovered Octavia is free for the first time in her life, something she embraces even as she struggles with it. She is brave and self-confident. Octavia has a short temper and is prone to outbursts and violence. She sees only in black and white, and judges people harshly as a result. She cares deeply for the people she loves, including her brother Bellamy and her deceased lover, Lincoln. Starting in "We Are Grounders (Part 2)" Octavia is shown to be much more violent and after becoming Indra's Second in "Survival of the Fittest," she more and more acts like a Grounder in her approach to violence.
Winning the Final Conclave, Octavia become the leader of Wonkru. While at first she tried to benevolent, Kara Cooper's coup forced her to become more ruthless and authoritarian. Similar to how things were on the Ark, she made all crimes capital crimes, punishable by fights to the death. Two years later, when food supplies ran short during the "Dark Year", Wonkru had to cannibalize the dead. Abby advised Octavia that eating should be required. Later, Octavia killed three people for refusing to eat. This event made Octavia think of herself as a monster. After six years in the bunker, Octavia emerges as a brutal dictator willing to kill anyone who challenges her power. She orders to kill any defectors and is willing to use parasitical worms in Shallow Valley. Octavia initially accepts Madi even though, as a Nightblood, Madi is a potential threat to leadership. Later, Octavia intends to execute Clarke, who is Madi's mother figure, without telling Madi and while using her to conquer Shallow Valley. Once Madi takes the Flame, she orders a guard to kill her. In "Damocles (Part 1)", Octavia starts to realize that she broke Wonkru and tries to sacrifice herself for the others. She willingly gives up leadership of Wonkru to Madi and helps Abby save Kane in the season finale.
In "What You Take With You," Octavia recognizes that she wants redemption for her actions and is horrified by what she became, particularly after seeing a hallucination of Blodreina preparing to execute Charles Pike and reciting the same words that Pike said before executing Lincoln. Octavia symbolically kills Blodreina and declares that she is Blodreina no more. Instead, she has become determined to seek redemption and to save her friends. In "Ashes to Ashes," Octavia states a belief that without Bellamy to help guide her, she became lost. In her new mindset, Octavia is far less violent, advocating openly for Clarke's plan as it doesn't risk innocent lives to save their friends. Octavia works hard to protect innocent people during the activation of the Adjustment Protocol and shows continuing remorse for her past. In "The Blood of Sanctum," Octavia understands that the Sanctum Citizens still worship the Primes because if they accept the truth, then their lives mean nothing. Octavia admits that this is the same reason she burned the hydro farm.
Physical AppearanceOctavia has olive skin, green eyes, and long dark brown hair. She has a toned build and is of average height. Octavia appears to be in her mid-teens. She bears a similar appearance to both her mother and her brother, though she and Bellamy are half-siblings. Later she is seen to wear war paint like a Grounder. In the original pilot script, she is described as strikingly beautiful.
Octavia has a tattoo on her right shoulder and upper arm, first seen in "Wanheda (Part 2)" and is similar in design to Lincoln's tattoos.
Octavia goes through an adjustment to her appearance that debuts in "Red Queen". Her dark brown hair is cut to shoulder length. And, she opts for a red and black color palette in regards to makeup. Her new war paint resembles blood. It is presumed that this is to authenticate her new title of Blodreina.
In Season Six, after arriving on Sanctum and particularly after entering the anomaly and wanting redemption for her past as Blodreina, Octavia discards her more threatening look. Instead, she now wears regular clothes with none of her Grounder makeup, appearing far more like she did when she first came to Earth from the Ark.
- Main article: Bellamy and Octavia
- "I'm not going anywhere without my brother."
- - Octavia to Indra[src]
- "My brother, my responsibility."
- - Octavia to Bellamy
Bellamy is Octavia's older brother. Bellamy's and Octavia's sibling relationship starts before the first episode of season one at Octavia's birth. After Octavia was discovered and locked up, Bellamy shot Chancellor Jaha as part of a larger conspiracy to gain control of the Ark. In return he is able to stow away on the Delinquents' drop ship so he could protect his sister on the ground. Throughout Season One, Bellamy is overly protective of Octavia to the point of them getting into numerous fights, often acting more as a father than a brother. Eventually, he acknowledges his sister is stronger than he thought and in "We Are Grounders (Part 2)", Bellamy says goodbye to Octavia and allows her to leave with Lincoln after she is injured in the war.
Bellamy and Octavia are reunited again in Season Two when Octavia saves him from Grounders in "Many Happy Returns". Bellamy then helps Octavia find Lincoln and treat him through his Reaper drug withdrawals in "Long Into an Abyss". After Bellamy infiltrates Mount Weather with the help of Lincoln in "Survival of the Fittest", Octavia refuses to leave him behind, sacrificing her chance to be a Woods Clan warrior in "Blood Must Have Blood (Part 1)". Bellamy then saves her life by irradiating all of Mount Weather in "Blood Must Have Blood (Part 2)".
In Season Three Octavia is feeling out of place in Arkadia. Bellamy acknowledges her need to leave and find herself, making sure she know she will always have a place with him. As tensions between the Sky People and the grounders rise again, the siblings found themselves at odds as Bellamy is unable to trust the grounders after the events of previous seasons and Octavia tries to reach him. Bellamy realizes his mistakes but too late for Octavia to accept him. She blames Bellamy for everything that happened, including the death of her lover Lincoln which he tried to prevent. Octavia disowned Bellamy, and he believes he has lost her forever even as he tries to prevent her from making the same dark mistakes he did.
- Main article: Octavia and Lincoln
- "...Thank you."
- - Lincoln's first words to Octavia
Lincoln first met Octavia when she had been injured after falling from a steep hill. He chained her up in a cave and took care of her injuries, preventing her from being found by the other Grounders and she thanks him but escapes. After her brother, Bellamy, finds her, he takes Lincoln hostage tortures him for information on the grounders killing them, much to Octavia's dismay. Octavia frees Lincoln in "Day Trip" while her brother is gone and the rest of the delinquents are hallucinating from some bad nuts. In "Unity Day", Lincoln takes an arrow for Octavia, saving her life. He saves her life again in "We Are Grounders (Part 2)" when he leaves with her in the midst of battle because of the arrow in her leg, this time with Bellamy's blessing.
In "The 48", Lincoln returns to his village and almost certain death in order to get medicine to treat Octavia's poisoned wound. After he is captured by Reapers, Octavia does not give up hope of finding him, finally succeeding in "Fog of War". Octavia then works with Clarke and Bellamy to revert Lincoln back from a Reaper in "Long Into an Abyss" and continues helping him in his struggle to overcome his addiction to the Reaper red drug in "Rubicon". In "Blood Must Have Blood (Part 2)", Lincoln again picks Octavia over the Grounders and risks the alliance between the Mountain Men and the Grounders in order to go after Octavia at Mount Weather.
In Season Three their relationship is strained as Lincoln attempts to integrate into Arkadia and Octavia feels more and more disconnected from her people. Later Lincoln sacrifices himself, allowing Octavia and the resistance against Charles Pike to escape Arkadia. When Lincoln is executed by Pike she is devastated, reacting violently and placing the blame on Bellamy as much as Pike. In Perverse Instantiation (Part 2), she attacks Pike during the battle against A.L.I.E., but he survives. Later, after the battle ends, she kills Pike, finally getting her revenge.
In What You Take With You, after witnessing Blodreina prepare to execute Pike in her mind and seeing the parallels to the execution of Lincoln, Octavia realizes what a monster she truly became and discards her past as Blodreina for good. This also indicates that even after so long since Lincoln's death, Octavia still loves him deeply.
- Main article: Octavia and Indra
- "I said what do you want, Octavia of the sky people?"
- - Indra to Octavia as she holds Nyko captive[src]
Octavia and Indra initially started off as enemies when Octavia kidnapped Nyko to save Lincoln. Indra agreed to swap Lincoln for Nyko since Nyko was their only healer. After both Lincoln and Nyko are taken by Reapers, Indra allows Octavia to be the bait to get them back. Octavia saves Indra during a battle with Reapers and Indra allows Octavia to live.
After an alliance is formed with the Grounders and Sky People, Indra takes her grounders to train at Camp Jaha where Octavia wants to train with her but Indra refuses. As the Grounders are about to leave camp, Octavia stops them and Indra finally lets her fight with Fio, one of her warriors. Fio easily beats up Octavia but she refuses to give up until Indra finally calls it off. When Octavia is recovering from her battle, Indra comes up to her and says that she sees a "strength of spirit" in her and asks her to be her Second. Octavia agrees and begins her warrior training under Indra, going so far as to tell Clarke that she only takes orders from Indra now.
When Lexa betrays the Sky People and sounds the retreat against Mount Weather, Octavia remains behind, causing Indra to disown her as a Second. Later, however, Indra helps Lincoln escape so Lincoln can find Octavia.
Season Three shows continued respect between the two, Indra claiming Octavia as her people.
- Main article: Clarke and Octavia
- "I'll fight this war with you now because I want our friends back. But after that, we're done."
- - Octavia to Clarke[src]
Clarke and Octavia meet in Season One when they are in the group of Delinquents sent to Earth by The Council. In the "Pilot", Octavia joins Clarke on her initial expedition to Mount Weather and Clarke helps Octavia after she is injured by a water snake. After Jasper is rescued in "Earth Skills", Octavia helps Clarke care for his injuries in "Earth Kills". In "His Sister's Keeper", Clarke volunteers to help Bellamy search for Octavia. In "Contents Under Pressure", Octavia at first assists Clarke with Finn's stab wound but their relationship becomes strained when Lincoln is brought into the drop ship and Clarke condones his torture under Octavia's protests. Clarke discovers in "Unity Day" that it was Octavia with Lincoln's help who arranged the meeting with Anya at the bridge. When the Delinquents fall sick in "I Am Become Death", Clarke sends Octavia off to Lincoln to find a cure. When Clarke and Finn are captured by Anya, Lincoln helps them escape in "We Are Grounders (Part 1)" because of his relationship with Octavia and asks Clarke to get Octavia to safety.
After the battle at the Camp, Clarke and Octavia are reunited again in Season Two when Octavia arrives at Camp Jaha with Bellamy in "Human Trials". Octavia leads Clarke and Bellamy to Tondc where they discover Finn has massacred most of the village. In "Long Into an Abyss", Clarke helps Octavia with Lincoln when they discover he has been turned into a Reaper. Octavia discovers Clarke knew ahead of time about the missile landing on Tondc in "Bodyguard of Lies" and dissolves their friendship. They get in an argument again When Clarke arrives at the Mount Weather intake door in "Blood Must Have Blood (Part 2)". After the take-down of Mount Weather, Clarke leaves Octavia behind along with the rest of the Delinquents at Camp Jaha.
Octavia struggles with Clarke in Season Three, believing Clarke to be hiding from her people and forcing Clarke to acknowledge that she is not helping her people in Polis but is simply hiding. Octavia still sees Clarke as a leader, and is willing to follow her in the fight against A.L.I.E.
In Season Six, despite their fraught history, Octavia becomes determined to help save Clarke as part of her seeking redemption for her actions. When Clarke apparently dies in Matryoshka, Octavia is visibly distraught even as she tries to comfort Bellamy and overjoyed when Clarke is saved.
Octavia is Aurora's second child. Aurora and Octavia seemed to have a very close relationship. As Octavia got older, she often wished to leave the safety of her home. Sixteen years after Octavia's birth, Aurora was floated when she was discovered. Octavia was thrown into juvenile lockup and never saw her mother again. Aurora's death greatly affected Octavia. On Earth, at one point, Octavia blames Bellamy for Aurora's death in anger.
- Main article: Octavia and Jasper
- "I'd go through hell and back to find her."
- - Jasper regarding Octavia's disappearance.[src]
Jasper is one of Octavia's best friends. Although he had romantic feelings for her in Season 1, Octavia did not return them. Throughout Season One, Jasper flirts with her and tries to act brave to gain her love. While at a river, Octavia is attacked by a river serpent and Jasper saves her. Not long after, when the Grounders toss a spear that impales Jasper, Octavia shows great concern for him, assuming he was killed. In "Earth Kills", Octavia watches over a severely wounded Jasper after he is found and comforts him. When he awakens, Octavia is glad to see him alive. In "Murphy's Law", she stands by his side as him and Monty attempt to contact the Ark. Monty fails and shuts off all the wristbands. Jasper begins saying how he wasn't brave, but Octavia kisses him and says that he's brave. Their relationship is stunted when Jasper fires the first shot in the episode "Unity Day". Talking to Monty, Octavia seems to be annoyed with him.
Jasper helps Octavia with her grief over Lincoln's death. They're shared bond of loss seems to have brought them closer.
- Main article: Kane and Octavia
Octavia and Kane 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, "Ge smak daun, gyon op nodotaim." 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 "Survival of the Fittest". 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 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 to allow their escape. 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.
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- Octavia Blake: "What do you want me to do? Make it a crime not to be a cannibal?"
- -- The Dark Year
- At least one Grounder
- Several Reapers
- Two unnamed Mount Weather Guards
- An Azgeda warrior
- Lacroix (indirectly)
- Zoe Monroe (indirectly)
- Shawn Gillmer
- Charles Pike
- Two Ice Nation warriors and an Ice Nation Healer
- Rafel (Trishanakru ambassador)
- Two unnamed Ice Nation warriors
- Three Trishanakru people, including Ankara
- Yujleda (Broadleaf) Champion
- Ilian (mercy kill)
- 364 Sky People in the Second Culling (indirectly, ordered them out of the bunker)
- Approximately 386 people within the Second Dawn Bunker during the six years it was sealed (responsible as the leader of Wonkru)
- At least 16 Grounders (slain during Kara Cooper's coup)
- Numerous members of Wonkru in death matches (indirectly; matches held by her orders)
- 3 Wonkru (shot for refusing to eat)
- Tarik and 2 other members of Wonkru (ordered Kara Cooper to shoot them)
- 4 Children of Gabriel members (slashed with a machete)
- Tosh (snapped her neck)
Notes and Trivia
- She is the second child of Aurora Blake and the younger sister of Bellamy Blake.
- Due to the one-child law, her birth was a crime. The standard punishment on the Ark for breaking the one-child law is death for the parents and child being locked up. This is done to be a deterrent.
- She was discovered during the Unity Day celebrations after 16 years, and was "nearly a record". Her mother, Aurora Blake, was floated and Bellamy lost his job. Octavia was locked up in the Skybox.
- Her prisoner number on the Ark was 1-6-7.
- While in prison, Octavia attended an Earth Skills class taught by Charles Pike. Her class included Jasper Jordan, Harper McIntyre, Nathan Miller, Fox and John Murphy among others.
- The first of the 100 to set foot on Earth.
- First Sky Person to adopt Grounder ways and start learning.
- She is one of the eight members of the 100 who were not taken by the Mountain Men in the Season One finale. The others were Bellamy, Sterling, Zoe Monroe, Finn Collins, John Murphy, Raven Reyes, and an unnamed delinquent.
- Octavia has been used as Reaper bait twice: first in the woods as part of Indra's plan, second in the underground parking lot to lure Lincoln to her.
- Acquired a horse and named him Helios.
- Octavia's choice of weapon is a sword. After Echo stabbed Octavia and Octavia fell off a cliff, Echo brought Octavia's broken sword to Polis.
- Octavia Blake, Bellamy Blake, Clarke Griffin, John Murphy and Eric Jackson are the only 5 named characters who debuted in Pilot and are still alive.
Behind the Scenes:
- Kass Morgan revealed that Octavia was named after Octavia E. Butler, a female writer who was the first science fiction writer to win the Genius Grant.
- Marie Avgeropoulos does her own stunts.
- Octavia ties with Clarke Griffin as the second/third most character appearances on the show, having appeared in every episode except three. The only character with more appearances are Bellamy Blake, who've missed two episodes, respectively.
- So far, Season One, Season Two, and Season Six are the only seasons that Octavia appears in every episode.
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