|“||Survival requires sacrifice.||”|
|— to Luna [src]|
Roan was a major character in the fourth season, after initially appearing as a recurring character in the third season, and later appearing as a guest character in the seventh season. He was portrayed by actor Zach McGowan and debuted in "Wanheda (Part 1)".
Roan was the son of Queen Nia of Azgeda. When Azgeda joined the Coalition, Roan was banished from his clan as part of a deal to allow the Ice Nation to join the Coalition, forced by the Commander. During his exile, he made a living as a bounty hunter and succeeded in capturing Wanheda who he hoped would be a big enough prize to have his banishment lifted by Lexa. Instead, Lexa held Roan as a hostage to use against his mother. Later, when Lexa killed Nia, Roan became King of the Ice Nation.
After Ontari fell under the control of A.L.I.E. and the latter gained control of Polis, Roan fled. He later ended up at Arkadia, and he joined a resistance led by Clarke. The group hatched a plan to get into Polis: take the chip out of Ontari and then put the Flame into her. However, due to an individual in Arkadia being chipped, A.L.I.E. became aware of the plan and sent some of her followers to capture the group. This led to Roan being shot and badly wounded.
After recovering from his injury and because Ontari had been killed, Roan became the acting leader of the Coalition. Clarke entrusted him with the Flame in exchange for recognition of Lexa's alliance with Skaikru. Recognising Skaikru's technological abilities, Roan tasked them with trying to find a way to survive the upcoming nuclear wave but then discovered that Skaikru were shielding Alpha Station and harboring the only known Nightblood. In response to what he viewed as treacherous actions, Roan broke the alliance and marched his forces towards Arkadia, hoping to take it for himself and his people. However, Clarke struck a deal with him and they agreed to work together.
Roan is the eldest son of Queen Nia and the grandson of King Theo of Azgeda. When he was a Prince of the Ice Nation, Roan was banished as part of a deal to allow the Ice Nation to join the Coalition, forced by Commander Lexa. Three years later, he made a deal with Lexa that if he brought her Wanheda, she would lift his banishment, a deal which Lexa reneged upon.
Throughout the Series
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He gives Skaikru time to find a way around the upcoming nuclear wave but then discovers in A Lie Guarded that Skaikru is shielding Alpha Station and harboring Luna, the only known Nightblood. He breaks the alliance, slaughtering the Trikru warriors within Polis, taking Bellamy and Kane hostage, and declaring war on Skaikru.
In The Tinder Box, Roan leads the Azgeda army to Arkadia, hoping to take it and use it to protect themselves from Praimfaya. Clarke intercepts him and the two strike a deal, agreeing to split Alpha Station equally. However, Ilian sets Alpha Station on fire, leaving the future uncertain.
In We Will Rise, Roan works with Clarke and Bellamy to transport hydrazine fuel to Raven on Becca's Island. Roan expresses conflicting feelings about leaving his people to run such an errand and believes that everyone is out to only save their own people aside from Clarke. Fighting off attacks by Trikru, Roan realizes that his own people have betrayed them and kidnapped Clarke to get the fuel. Bellamy and Roan work together to save the fuel, with Roan killing one of the Azgeda warriors and Bellamy killing the other. However, one of the tanks of fuel spills despite their best efforts.
In Die All, Die Merrily, he represents Azgeda in the Final Conclave. He kills the first two champions, Fio and Gael. After discovering Echo assasssinating the champions, Roan banishes her for the cheating as he doesn't want to win by dishonest means. He makes an alliance with Octavia Blake and they attempt to kill Luna together, however the black rain comes and Octavia runs to cover and Luna, immune due to her Nightblood, overpowers Roan and drowns him.In The Chosen, Echo reveals her banishment by Roan to Clarke who already knows. Echo defends her actions as only being to try to save her people.
In From the Ashes, under the influence of the Red Sun toxin, Echo hallucinates Roan. Roan calls Echo a killer and questions who she will follow without Bellamy. The hallucination of Roan, joined by a hallucination of the real Echo, moves into Echo's shot at the invisible people who kidnapped Bellamy. The two question Echo's identity now, reminding Echo of the mistakes that she has made throughout her life. Telling Roan and the real Echo that she's sorry, Echo shoots through the hallucination, taking down the invisible people standing in the spot and causing Roan and the real Echo to disappear.
Roan is a reserved and hesitant Ice Nation warrior. Although he is initially seen as an enemy he has demonstrated a high sense of honor and a willingness to be allies with the Sky People. This is seen when he spares Bellamy's life at Clarke's request after they fight. After he becomes King of the Ice Nation he shows his loyalty to Lexa and the coalition by gifting the last mountain man to Clarke, again implying his honorable nature.
Although he is loyal to his clan he does not agree with the ruthlessness showed by its other leaders. This is shown when he helps Clarke escape Polis after Ontari becomes Commander and when he promises to tell Ontari that Clarke helped her get the flame.
Roan is tall with an athletic build and long brown hair. He also possesses great fighting skills.
Clarke plot her assassination in "Watch the Thrones". When she is killed in the same episode, he becomes King of the Ice Nation.
- Main article: Clarke and Roan
- "You have a real gratitude problem, you know that?"
- - Roan to Clarke in "Perverse Instantiation (Part 1)"
Clarke and Roan first met in "Wanheda (Part 1)" after he captured her a prisoner for his Queen. Later in "Wanheda (Part 2)", they encounter 3 Ice Nation scouts who also seek Wanheda, Clarke breaks away from Roan and the Ice Nation scouts pursue her, Roan shoots them dead as they approach. When Roan approaches Clarke she stabs him and tries to run away again however Roan quickly subdues her. He takes her to an abandoned subway station to treat his wound where she questions why he's on the run. Roan admits he is not on the run for he was in fact banished and he can't return Clarke to her people since she is his key back to his people. Clarke soon catches sight of Bellamy who has come to save her, Roan, however, pins him down and Clarke begs him not to kill him. Roan stabs Bellamy in the leg and leaves with Clarke. He brings Clarke into a room with a bag over her head and when the bag is removed the room is revealed to be Lexa's throne room. For Lexa made a deal with Roan, bring her Wanheda in exchange for his banishment being lifted. However, since Lexa was notified of Ice Nation warriors marching on Trikru Land, Roan is imprisoned in the Polis tower.
In "Ye Who Enter Here", Roan finds Clarke and offers her a deal, kill Lexa and they can escape Polis together. At first, Clarke is completely against it but he tells her he'll leave a knife under her bed. Later at the summit, Roan watches Clarke kneel before Lexa and Skaikru become the thirteenth clan after Kane takes the brand.
In "Watch the Thrones", during an ambassador meeting Queen Nia attempts a coup against Lexa with all the ambassadors of the clans voting "Commander no longer," except for Clarke. Nia then issues a challenge to Lexa to fight to death announcing Roan as her champion. In the Polis marketplace, Clarke encounters Roan and tells him not to kill Lexa, he tells her he can't but instead offers her a way to kill Nia. The plan fails the match still takes place. Clarke watches Lexa take Roan down and prepare to strike but instead she throws the spear at Nia, killing her instantly. Roan is then crowned king of the Ice Nation.
In "Stealing Fire", Roan admits to Clarke that he would accept if Ontari became Commander because she was Ice Nation. He helps Clarke and Murphy escape Polis through the tunnels but informs her the next time they meet it won't be as friends. Clarke goes to steal the Flame and is later named the Flamekeeper by Titus. Roan later brings Titus to Ontari and demands to know where Wanheda went knowing she stole the flame. Titus admits he, in fact, gave the Flame to Clarke and Roan puts a knife to his throat. Titus commits suicide by moving under the blade slashing his throat. Ontari then orders Roan to find Wanheda and get her the Flame while taking a position as the faux commander.
In "Perverse Instantiation (Part 1)", Roan saves Clarke's life when one of A.L.I.E.'s chipped victims tries to kill her to get the Flame. They then become allies because they both have the same common goal of getting the Flame to Ontari. They arrange a ruse where Clarke acts as Roan's prisoner and they enter the Polis square with the Flame. However, Roan is shot by Kane and Clarke is taken by Jaha and Abby and the plan is a failure.In Season Four, Clarke and Abby save Roan's life and Clarke reveals the truth about the coming Second Nuclear Apocalypse to Roan. They form an uneasy truce and work together, but their relationship fluctuates as time goes on due to the various situations that crop up. Despite this, Roan maintains a deep respect for Clarke, telling Bellamy in "We Will Rise" that everyone is only out to save their own people except for Clarke.
Roan seems to respect Ontari as she is Ice Nation but the extent of their personal relationship is unknown.
In "Stealing Fire", Roan brings Ontari to the Purification Ritual being attended by all the other natblidas, there she says that if she becomes commander she will kill every last member of skaikru. Later when Roan is helping Clarke and Murphy escape Polis, Clarke realizes Roan would support Ontari becoming commander because she is Ice Nation. In the commander's chambers, after Clarke has left with the flame, Roan brings Titus and threatens to kill him. Titus kills himself stating "for Lexa" as he dies. Ontari then commands that Roan find Wanheda and the flame as she takes her position as commander. He is mentioned by her in "Fallen" to be searching for the flame.
In "Perverse Instantiation (Part 1)", Roan is still looking for Clarke and the flame and is angry because Clarke is the reason Ontari never ascended. Clarke and Roan ally because they both have the same common goal, giving the flame to Ontari. However, Roan never makes it to Ontari as he is shot.In "Echoes," after regaining consciousness, Roan's first question is where Ontari is, only to learn that she is dead.
Roan and Bellamy don't have an easy relationship.
They meet in "Wanheda (Part 2)". Bellamy tries with all his might to save Clarke from her kidnapper, but he's knocked out by Roan. Clarke begs him, desperate, to spare his life, and in return she will no longer attempt to escape. He accepts the compromise but stabs Bellamy in the leg and knocks him out with a kick.
In "Perverse Instantiation (Part 1)", Bellamy, thinking that Clarke is in danger, points him a gun, restraining his intentions to bring the flame to Ontari. Clarke says that Roan will go with them because they both want the same thing: to put the flame in Ontari's head. To be sure he's not chipped, Bellamy shoots him in the arm. In Arkadia, Bellamy leads Roan in lock-up, calling him "Your Highness." There, along with Clarke, apologizes for his arm and Roan replies saying that they are even. Clarke explains A.L.I.E.'s situation and how they can stop it, asking for his help. When Roan accepts they head towards Polis. When Clarke decides to be Roan's bait, Bellamy is concerned and doesn't want to leave her in Roan's hands. Roan is clearly amused by his reaction. Later, Bellamy is caught by the guards of Ontari and can't save Roan from being hit.In "We Will Rise," Roan and Bellamy work together while transporting the hydrazine fuel to Raven on Becca's Island. The two maintain an uneasy working relationship due to their past differences and Roan's belief that everyone except for Clarke is only out to save their own people. However, when Clarke and the fuel falls into danger from Roan's own men, the two work together to save her and the fuel.
|Wanheda (Part 1)||Appears|
|Wanheda (Part 2)||Appears|
|Ye Who Enter Here||Appears|
|Watch the Thrones||Appears|
|Terms and Conditions||Absent|
|Join or Die||Absent|
|Red Sky at Morning||Absent|
|Perverse Instantiation (Part 1)||Appears|
|Perverse Instantiation (Part 2)||Absent|
|Heavy Lies the Crown||Appears|
|The Four Horsemen||Appears|
|A Lie Guarded||Appears|
|The Tinder Box||Appears|
|We Will Rise||Appears|
|Die All, Die Merrily||Appears|
|The Other Side||Mentioned|
|Red Sun Rising||Absent|
|The Children of Gabriel||Absent|
|The Face Behind the Glass||Absent|
|The Gospel of Josephine||Absent|
|The Old Man and the Anomaly||Absent|
|What You Take With You||Absent|
|Ashes to Ashes||Absent|
|The Blood of Sanctum||Absent|
|From the Ashes||Appears|
|Welcome to Bardo||Absent|
|The Queen's Gambit||Absent|
|A Little Sacrifice||Absent|
|A Sort of Homecoming||Absent|
|The Dying of the Light||Absent|
|The Last War||Absent|
- 3 Azgeda warriors
- 1 Sky Person (shot with an arrow to save Clarke)
- Anat (stabbed to save Clarke and the hydrazine)
- Gael, the Ingranronakru Champion
- Fio, the Trikru Champion
Notes and Trivia
- His name is possibly from the old colony name of Roanoke, Virginia. Grounders often use names derived from important places of the past.
- Roan was shot twice in the same episode, first by Bellamy Blake and then by Marcus Kane.
- "Perverse Instantiation (Part 1)" is the only time Roan and Jaha interact.
- At the beginning of Season Four, Roan was politically the most powerful individual within the thirteen clans, being the leader of the Coalition, their faith, and Azgeda.
- Roan is left-handed, but in "Heavy Lies the Crown", while training against Echo, he held his sword with his right hand because of his injury.
- He was the last leader - ruler of Azgeda before the Second Nuclear Apocalypse.
- Jason Rothenberg stated that a backstory they considered for Roan was that he wanting to get home to his true love after he got banished from his clan, but this had to be cut since there was "too much story to tell".
- Roan was the second character who debuted after the first season to become a main character. (Echo debuted in season two before him but became a main character after him).
- Roan was the second Grounder that become a main character. (first was Lincoln, third was Echo).
- Roan is one of three main characters not to appear in a season finale. The others being Wells Jaha and Callie Cartwig.
- Roan is the fourth main character to be killed on The 100. The previous three were Wells, Finn Collins, and Lincoln. In addition Callie's role was cut, but her death is never mentioned within the series.
- He was the first major character to die in Season Four. The second was Jasper.
- Roan was also the second major grounder character to die. The first was Lincoln.
- Roan's character was first seen in a leaked audition tape, though they decided to choose a different actor than the one who auditioned.
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- Rothenberg, Jason (14 Feb 2016) Tweet “Lexa made banishing Roan a condition of letting Ice Nation join the coalition. Only she could lift the banishment.” - @jrothenbergtv