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|“||You are Wonkru, or you are the enemy of Wonkru. Choose.||”|
46 days after Praimfaya, Octavia and the delegates in the bunker discuss a punishment for a thief. During this assembly, they hear Clarke 's knocking on the bunker door. Kane and Abby go and investigate if Clarke may be trying to get inside the bunker. In attempt to open the bunker door, they discover that it is sealed shut due to the tons of rubble from the Polis tower collapsing over them.
Later, a Skaikru member named Kara fakes a seizure and locks some of the Skaikru members in the farm area. While Grounders begin gathering the Skaikru that are not in the farm area, Jaha is stabbed by a Grounder, but is spared by Octavia due to his expertise as an engineer. With the help from Jaha, Indra, and Gaia, Octavia resolves a problem of trying to opening the farm area door and shows that she is a capable leader. When some of the Grounders go against her leadership, she kills them, telling them, "You are Wonkru, or you are the enemy of Wonkru. Choose." Those remaining bow before her.
After opening the door, Octavia and the Grounders captures Kara and her coup members. As Octavia, Kane, and Abby rush to Jaha's aid, Jaha dies of his injuries. As punishment for Kara and the guilty Skaikru involved in the coup, Octavia instructs them to fight to the death for their freedom. It cuts to six years later where Octavia and her advisers watch over Wonkru warriors fighting to the death, the main feature of the punishment system they created. After the initial fight, more warriors are brought in. One of them is Marcus.
- Eliza Taylor as Clarke Griffin (archive footage)
- Paige Turco as Abigail Griffin
- Bob Morley as Bellamy Blake (credit only)
- Marie Avgeropoulos as Octavia Blake
- Lindsey Morgan as Raven Reyes (credit only)
- Christopher Larkin as Monty Green (credit only)
- Richard Harmon as John Murphy (credit only)
- Tasya Teles as Echo (credit only)
- Isaiah Washington as Thelonious Jaha
- Henry Ian Cusick as Marcus Kane
- Beckham Skodje as Ethan
- St. John Myers as Ethan Hardy (12 yrs)
- Barbara Beall as Sandgeda Delegate
- Julien Hyacinthe as Cooper Arker/Farm Guard
- Nicholas Philip Marinos as Large Warrior
- Anousha Alamian as Delphi Delegate
- Mikeal Vierge as Triumphant Grounder
- Marcus Aurelio as Angry Azgeda Warrior
- P.J. Pesce as Guitar Playing Arker (uncredited)
- Octavia: "My blood is red, and it always will be."
- Kane to Jaha: "In peace, may you leave the shore. In love, may you reach the next. Safe passage on your travels until our final journey to the ground. May we meet again."
- All: "May we meet again."
- Gaia: The blood of our enemies is her armor"
Notes and Trivia
- "Red Queen" is the title given to Octavia Blake after she became the leader of Wonkru. The Trigedasleng translation, Blodreina, is used for the first time by Gaia in this episode.
- This episode is the first time Clarke Griffin only appeared in archive footage. She only did not appear in one episode thus far, "Terms and Conditions".
- Second episode where Bellamy Blake did not appear, the first was "Thirteen."
- This episode featured Miller and Jackson sharing their first on-screen kiss.
- This episode is the only episode in the fifth season that doesn't feature Shallow Valley.
- In the initial assambly, Octavia recommends a solution with minimal punishment for a minor theft. By the end of the episode (after the six year cut), she is cheering a fight to the death that has become institutionalized as the punishment for even minor crimes. Along with The Dark Year, it provides key insight into Octavia's transformation as a character.
- Events in this episode are referenced in Octavia's hallucinogen-induced memories of her red sun toxin experience, in the sixth season episode "What You Take With You."
- It's mentioned that Abby has taken the treatment devised by Raven in "The Other Side" to purge the remnants of A.L.I.E.'s code from her mind.
- 2 Grounders (throats slit by Sky People)
- 1 Sky Person (slain by Grounders; off-screen)
- Angry Azgeda Warrior (slain by Octavia Blake for being an enemy of Wonkru and to avenge Jaha)
- 16 Grounders - (slain by Octavia Blake for being an enemy of Wonkru)
- Thelonious Jaha (blood loss due to being stabbed by an angry Azgeda warrior)
- Cooper Arker/Farm Guard (slain by Kara Cooper)
- Cabor - (slain by Kara Cooper)
- 7 Second Dawn Bunker inhabitants (slain by Kara Cooper)
- Unknown numbers of Second Dawn Bunker inhabitants (slain by Kara during gladiator fight)