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We charge! We breach the wall! We kill them all! On my...
Sheidheda's last words (in Trigedasleng) [src]

Malachi, also known as Sheidheda (Trigedasleng for "Dark Commander"), was a major character in the seventh season after appearing as a recurring character in the sixth season. He was portrayed by Dakota Daulby and JR Bourne and debuted in "Memento Mori".

He was a Commander, given the title Sheidheda because of his dark history, and was a member of Sangedakru. He killed his own Flamekeepers and has been using the Flame to convince new Commanders to turn evil and to kill people, including their own teachers. To help newly-chosen Commanders from being controlled by Sheidheda, the Flamekeepers came up with the "Separation Ritual", during which the Commander calls upon the past Commanders to help stop Sheidheda.

Sheidheda served as a secondary antagonist in Season Six and later, one of the two main antagonists (alongside Bill Cadogan) of Season Seven, and ultimately the final antagonist of the series.

In "From the Ashes," he is resurrected in the final host of Russell Lightbourne after downloading himself into Russell's Mind Drive and killing the Prime. After his true identity is revealed in "Welcome to Bardo," the Mind Drive is removed to prevent Sheidheda from ever being resurrected again. After manipulating the differing factions on Sanctum, he takes control of Wonkru and eventually Sanctum itself. He was eventually killed by Indra after trying to cause a war between Wonkru and the Disciples. With the Flame destroyed and his Mind Drive removed, Sheidheda's consciousness was left with nowhere to go and he died along with his host body, making the Dark Commander's second death a permanent one.

Early Life[]

Sheidheda was born as a Nightblood named Malachi and eventually became a Commander of the Grounders. He was also Sangedakru's greatest champion. Instead of following the teachings of his Flamekeeper, he felt like the Flamekeeper was trying to control him. He eventually became impatient and killed his own Flamekeeper. He ultimately killed three Flamekeepers before being killed himself by his fourth.

During Indra's childhood, he was the Commander and took Trikru land, he butchered anyone who wouldn't kneel and their families. Indra's father died in the battle, but her mother bowed to Sheidheda which Indra thought her weak for.

Sheidheda also mentions that he "united the clans," implying that he invaded and conquered the other clans as well.

In The Queen's Gambit, during the conversation between Murphy and Sheidheda, it was revealed that the Flamekeepers banded together to kill Sheidheda because of his tyrannical actions, leading to Sheidheda's death by the hands of his fourth Flamekeeper.

Throughout the Series[]

In The Children of Gabriel, Madi mentions to Gaia that while listening to the past Commanders, she has been hearing a Commander who scares her. Gaia reveals that it is Sheidheda - the Dark Commander and asks Madi to avoid him.

In Memento Mori, Madi is communing with the other Commanders including Sheidheda. Gaia mentions to Josephine Lightbourne (pretending to be Clarke) that Sheidheda is getting too strong and they need to perform the Separation Ritual to stop him. Josie ignores Gaia's advice and wakes Madi up abruptly. After that, the Dark Commander starts revealing himself to Madi whenever she looks in the mirrors. After realizing what's going on, Gaia tells Madi that they must perform the Separation Ritual right away in order to call upon the other commanders to stop Sheidheda.

During the ritual, Madi finds herself in a room with no one but Sheidheda. Sheidheda tells Madi that Gaia is lying to her in order to restrict her. He tells her that his own teacher used to control him too so, he killed him. He urges Madi to kill Gaia. Madi refuses and wakes up. Later on, after learning that Clarke is dead, Sheidheda convinces Madi that Gaia is to blame for Clarke's death. He asks Madi to kill Gaia but Madi banishes her instead. Taking advantage of Madi's anger and grief, Sheidheda agrees to help guide Madi in her quest to kill the Primes.

In The Old Man and the Anomaly, Madi sees Sheidheda as she discusses killing the Primes with her friends and effectively committing genocide upon Sanctum. When they refuse to help her, Madi enacts her plan on her own under Sheidheda's influence.

In Matryoshka, Sheidheda continues to influence Madi to madness to the point that Gaia suggests killing Madi to prevent Sheidheda from being loosed upon the world which would make them long for the days of Blodreina. As the others try to get answers from Madi, Sheidheda orders her to tell them nothing. Raven Reyes realizes that Sheidheda managed to isolate the spirits of the other Commanders, somehow manipulating the AI inside the Flame to do it. Raven suggests that this means that the code from the minds of the Commanders can be deleted and they can possibly get rid of Sheidheda for good. Raven orders Gaia to go get get Becca's book to see if her theory is correct.

In Ashes to Ashes, while Madi is tied up to withdraw bone marrow for Nightblood serum, Sheidheda wants her to kill Jackson but Madi resists. While playing chess with Madi in the Flame's mindspace, Sheidheda insists that Madi should kill everyone in Sanctum and rule over this new world just like he ruled over his world (Earth). Madi doesn't want to kill anyone else besides the Primes but Sheidheda insists they should kill anyone who betrays them or stands in their way in getting revenge for Clarke. Madi agrees and asks him what she needs to do next.

In Adjustment Protocol, Raven tries to delete Sheidheda from the Flame without the help of Becca's notebook. During the process, Sheidheda briefly possesses Madi and threatens to kill her if he is deleted. Raven proves unable to hack the AI on her own and delete Sheidheda. Raven notes and is confused by the fact that the AI seems to be protecting Sheidheda.

In The Blood of Sanctum, Sheidheda possesses Madi and uses her to order the awake Wonkru members attack the Primes and their guards. Five people are killed before Clarke knocks Madi unconscious. Using Becca's notebook, Raven successfully hacks the AI with the plan to isolate Sheidheda, move him to another computer and then delete the Dark Commander for good. However, she finds a kill code that wasn't in the notebook, one that would destroy the Flame and realizes that Sheidheda created it and is forcing them to choose.

After Clarke floats the other Primes, Russell intends to execute Madi, but is talked out of it by Sheidheda who offers him a better way to get revenge. Using Madi's command of Wonkru, Sheidheda and Russell turn them against Clarke and the others. However, Clarke manages to break through to Madi who regains control from Sheidheda and orders Wonkru to take Russell and his men captive.

Enraged, Sheidheda strangles Madi in her mind while she struggles against him to no avail. With no other choice, Raven activates the kill code, deleting the Flame and causing Sheidheda to disappear. Moments after the dead Flame is removed from Madi, the group discovers that Sheidheda tricked them and his consciousness is uploaded to an unknown location.

In From the Ashes, Raven is concerned by her inability to trace Sheidheda's transmission. After Madi starts drawing memories that are not her own, Clarke questions if they are Sheidheda's, but Gaia suggests that they might belong to one or all of the other Commanders instead.

After Clarke knocks Russell Lightbourne unconscious, he awakens in a Mindspace resembling the room Sheidheda and Madi met in. Sheidheda, having downloaded himself into Russell's Mind Drive, comments that he likes Russell's current host better than his original body. Stating that he is now Russell, Sheidheda slits the Prime's throat from behind, killing him.

Sheidheda regains consciousness, now fully resurrected in Russell's final host. By playing on Clarke's emotions, he is able to get her to save "Russell" from the fire engulfing the Sanctum palace. However, as Sheidheda revels in his resurrection, Clarke announces that Russell Prime will be executed for his crimes the next day.

In False Gods, Sheidheda, still posing as Russell, is mentioned to have been visited by many of Russell's remaining followers. Looking through a book, Sheidheda enjoys the sensations of having a body again before being visited by Clarke and Indra who announce his execution at sunset. Given a choice of executions, Sheidheda decides on burning at the stake so that Russell's followers will be forced to witness it as will Clarke.

Later, concerned that the Adjusters are planning something drastic, Jordan Green visits "Russell" for help. Sheidheda rejects the clothing, stating that it will all turn to ash anyway and wanting to die and facing it are two separate things. Jordan begs Sheidheda to help "his" people who are planning some kind of an attack to stop the execution which will lead to people dying. Sheidheda simply tells Jordan to tell them not to kill him, surprising Jordan by his lack of caring. Jordan tries to convince Sheidheda to go out doing the right thing, using his voice to stop his people from dying. Sheidheda suggests that he ask his people nicely and Jordan says that he won't be asking by his father's son before leaving.

Jordan convinces the others to bring "Russell" out to address his people, though Indra threatens to kill him herself if he doesn't say what he's supposed to say which Clarke warns Sheidheda. Sheidheda states that they both want the same thing, peace before addressing the crowd. Sheidheda tells the crowd that if his death is needed to bring peace, then so be it and urges them not to take action as Clarke is right that they are all that's left of the human race. Declaring Sheidheda to be a false god, a man tries to kill him, but only succeeds in shooting Sheidheda in the shoulder before being beaten down by the crowd. As chaos breaks out, Clarke and Eric Jackson tend to Sheidheda's gunshot wound which damaged his subclavian artery. As he's taken off to Medical, Indra asks if Sheidheda will survive. Clarke believes so and Indra states that she hopes he does otherwise "Russell" will become a martyr to the fanatics and without Wonkru to keep the peace, Sanctum will explode. Clarke reluctantly realizes that they can't kill him which Indra confirms.

As Jackson treats his wound, Sheidheda questions if something is wrong. Jackson asks if he even cares about the people he's killed and Sheidheda states that his list of regrets is a long one before being interrupted by Indra. Indra informs Sheidheda that his execution has been cancelled as Russell's followers will burn Sanctum to the ground if they go through with it. The Dark Commander knows that they don't have the forces to stop it, pointing out that some of his guards are gone. One of Russell's followers warned of the attack and so is allowed to see Sheidheda as the fanatics no longer trust Jordan. The woman secretly tells Sheidheda that he had been right about Jordan who never suspected and did exactly what Sheidheda said he would while the shooter, Tobin, is dead. Pleased, Sheidheda enjoys the cookie she brought as the woman leaves.

In Welcome to Bardo, after one of Russell's followers, now calling themselves the Faithful, commits suicide, Indra asks Sheidheda how it feels to know that his people are willing to die for his freedom. Sheidheda claims that it feels awful and offers to talk them down again, but Indra decides to have John Murphy, still posing as Daniel Lee, do it instead.

As the Faithful are about to burn Murphy alive, Sheidheda enters with Indra and Emori, slapping Trey for his audacity and threatening Zev. Sheidheda calls himself, Daniel and Kaylee the last of the Primes and claims to love Murphy like a son as Murphy saved his life. Sheidheda orders Murphy's release, before turning and berating the Faithful for trying to sacrifice themselves for his sake when their uprising had stayed his execution as they are the only thing keeping him alive. Sheidheda demands that everyone kneel or die which they do, but it causes Indra to realize Sheidheda's identity. In Trig, Indra tells Sheidheda that there is a spider on his shoulder and he replies in kind that its too bad she can't kill him. Indra orders "Russell" escorted back to the lab.

Indra confronts Sheidheda, finally knowing what happened to the Dark Commander's code when they saved Madi. Sheidheda simply states that they both know Madi was too weak to be the Commander and asks if Indra's parents knelt when he conquered Trikru. Indra reveals that her father died in the battle, but her mother did kneel when it was over and Indra thought her weak for it. Indra states that when the people riot for the loss of their god, she plans to personally slit the Dark Commander's throat. As several people, including Nelson enter, Indra states that she may not be able to kill Sheidheda just yet, but she can make sure that he won't come back when she does kill him. Indra has Jackson painfully cut out Russell's Mind Drive so that the Dark Commander can never resurrect again.

In Nakara, Sheidheda emerges from his cell, much to Indra's fury. The guard explains that he is allowed outside for ten minutes every day, but the fact that the guard was talking to Sheidheda causes Indra to dismiss him as Sheidheda predicted. Indra orders that only Trikru is to guard Sheidheda who is not to speak to anyone and if he does, they are authorized to "shut him up." Indra changes her mind and instead orders that the Children of Gabriel guard the Dark Commander due to the risk of them being seen speaking with the enemy leader.

After dismissing the guard, Indra makes it clear to Sheidheda that he has no rights, but he is unconcerned, responding in Trig that he is recovering fine and he enjoyed resurrection and would've enjoyed the chance to be able to do it again. Indra states that the moment Sheidheda stops being useful, she will kill him herself. The Dark Commander mocks the number of people Indra has on her side and the theft of Wonkru's guns. Sheidheda states that what Indra needs is a Commander, but claims that Madi is broken. He suggests that Clarke could potentially lead as she once bore the Flame which only 3 people alive can claim to have done. The Dark Commander knows that Indra is afraid that Wonkru will choose to follow him, commenting that he would be too if Sheidheda was her. Furious, Indra leaves without another word while Sheidheda gives her a mocking nod.

Sheidheda is examining a chess figurine when Nelson enters, initially mistaken by the Dark Commander for Indra. Not satisfied with the Dark Commander being unable to resurrect, Nelson attacks, attempting to kill him. However, he proves to be no match for Sheidheda who easily overpowers and disarms Nelson. After winning the fight, Sheidheda helps Nelson up, stating that if he really had been Russell, he has no doubt that Nelson could've killed him. Sheidheda reveals to a shocked Nelson that he is not Russell Lightbourne and that he had killed Russell and taken over his body. Sheidheda offers to help Nelson get power, revealing that Wonkru is weak and the Eligius prisoners most likely have the guns. Sheidheda convinces Nelson to ally with himself to get power, stating that he has to first make allies with the prisoners "and then you take out the enemy's queen."

Due to the growing threat from the prisoners and the Dark Commander, Indra attempts to get Madi to be the Commander again, but she refuses out of fear. Indra reveals to John Murphy and Emori that Sheidheda is back and they need their Commander because Sangedakru will follow him and eventually the rest of Wonkru will fall into line. Murphy and Emori convince Indra to reunite Wonkru under her leadership instead to face the threats from the prisoners and the Dark Commander.

In The Queen's Gambit, Murphy is sent to bring Sheidheda his food as Indra doesn't trust anyone else to not be corrupted by talking with the Dark Commander. Sheidheda dismisses Murphy as a mere servant boy and discovers a message from the Faithful in the cookie Murphy brought him stating "Unification Ceremony Today". Sheidheda eats the message and notes that Indra must trust him to send Murphy into the cell with him. Though Murphy states that no one trusts him, the Dark Commander knows that Indra must trust Murphy or she wouldn't have told Murphy who Sheidheda really is. Sheidheda knows that Murphy is scared, seeing through his lie that Murphy still believes him to be Russell. Sheidheda insists that Murphy doesn't need to fear him and states that being feared works better than being afraid of someone.

The Dark Commander invites Murphy to a game of chess, commenting that its nice to be able to talk to someone and not have to pretend to be Russell. Sheidheda states that he saved Murphy's life and the least he can do is indulge the Dark Commander in a game of chess. The Dark Commander offers to give Murphy what he wants most of all: a chance to be a hero. Sheidheda reminds Murphy of his heroic actions to save the child the Faithful wanted to burn and questions Murphy about being scared. Murphy finally asks how the Dark Commander can make him a hero, claiming not to care about that but knowing that Sheidheda must know something bad is going to happen to offer that. Sheidheda confirms that something bad is about to happen from Murphy and instructs him to make a move and states that people will die if Murphy loses. Murphy begins playing with the Dark Commander who comments on Murphy using the aggressive queen's gambit against him.

The two continue playing, bantering as they do with Sheidheda suggesting that as a god, Murphy could have any woman he wants and not just Emori. The Dark Commander suggests that Emori is liking being worshipped while Murphy taunts the Dark Commander about his own past and how Lexa is everyone's favorite, having united the clans. Sheidheda angrily states that he united the clans and the Flamekeepers had banded together to kill him as they were afraid of his ideas and they had killed Lexa for the same reason. The Dark Commander assures Murphy that he won't let that happen again and Murphy realizes that the Dark Commander wants to be back in power. Sheidheda simply taunts that Murphy realized what Indra already knew from the moment she realized he was alive again. Sheidheda defeats Murphy's queen's gambit and states that "there are leaders and there are followers. How you respond to the loss of your queen will tell me what you are." Murphy tells the Dark Commander that he is neither but a rebel, but Sheidheda questions Murphy's presence if that is true. Murphy tells him to just continue playing the game, but the Dark Commander states that chess is more than a game: its strategy and uncertainty governed by choices. When Murphy tries to threaten him, Sheidheda orders him to consider his words carefully, admitting that he likes Murphy, but a real survivor would carefully consider his words on the off chance that his enemy escapes and takes power. Sheidheda promises to tell Murphy what he is planning if Murphy wins the game and they continue their chess match.

As the match nears its end, both men admit that they are most dangerous when they are cornered before Sheidheda suddenly pulls back from a potential checkmate. Noticing this, Murphy realizes that the Dark Commander is only distracting him and Sheidheda explains that only Daniel's words hold water with the true fanatics, meaning that Emori's ceremony will fail without Murphy's help. Quickly overpowering Murphy, the Dark Commander holds a chess piece to his neck, threatening to kill him if Murphy makes a sound and declaring checkmate. As gunfire sounds, Sheidheda releases Murphy and states that he can call for help now. Murphy screams for help and armed guards rush in as a satisfied Sheidheda returns his king to the chessboard.

In The Flock, after taking 30 hostages, Nikki demands Murphy and Sheidheda be brought to them. Reluctantly, Murphy convinces Indra to seek the Dark Commander's help. Lying on his bed, Sheidheda mocks Indra's control over Sanctum, but she knows that he got what he wanted. Sheidheda simply suggests that Murphy go and play hero, but he states that they are both going. Sheidheda questions why he would, knowing that if everyone realizes the truth, they will tear him apart and if he survives that, they have no reason to keep him around. Indra suggests a slow death then and there if he doesn't help them, but Sheidheda states that he will need more. Indra promises to protect him from the Faithful which he agrees is a start and promises that he can have back his 10 minutes a day of guarded time outside. The two negotiate it to 20 minutes and the Dark Commander requests someone to play chess with as well, "someone who understands the complexities." Though he looks at Murphy, Murphy refuses to play with him again and Indra refuses to play games herself and to find him someone instead. Sheidheda agrees to the deal, but offers them a better plan and provides them with a map showing a tunnel under the palace leading into the Great Hall. The Dark Commander states that Alyssa can show them the way and that "I feel like this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship."

With four minutes to spare, Murphy and Sheidheda enter the Great Hall where Murphy lies that Raven took a group to the second compound site. With only a few minutes left, Murphy asks Sheidheda where the others are, but he simply states that he hopes Murphy has lots to say. Murphy and Emori reveal the truth about the Lee's being dead while the Dark Commander mockingly reveals the truth about Russell's death to the gathered crowd. As Nikki prepared to kill Emori, Murphy spoke up, stating that it was his idea to use the prisoners, not Raven's. As Murphy attempts to talk Nikki down, Indra and Wonkru invade, killing two of the Children of Gabriel and one prisoner before the rest surrender. Pleased, Sheidheda states that it went according to plan and Indra agrees that it has "so far."

In the aftermath, Alyssa questions why everyone is telling lies about him, but Sheidheda states that the others don't have the strength of her faith. Alyssa slips the Dark Commander the key to his shackles as he thanks her for leading Indra there. As Zev angrily turns on Sheidheda and Alyssa and Indra locks the door, the Dark Commander removes his sling and shackles. Taking a candlestick, Sheidheda blows out and removes the candles, mocking how lost everyone is without their leaders. Sheidheda begins mercilessly slaughtering everyone inside of the Great Hall which Indra mistakes for them killing him. Murphy quickly realizes the truth and while demanding entry, reveals the Dark Commander's true identity to Penn, Knight and the Wonkru guards. Finishing his slaughter, Sheidheda orders the door opened in Trig. The guards, Murphy and Emori discover Sheidheda standing over his slaughtered victims and the Dark Commander declares in Trig that "my fight is just beginning." Immediately, Knight and one other Wonkru guard kneel before him while Penn, another guard, Murphy and Emori remain standing.

In A Little Sacrifice, as Murphy, Emori, Indra and the faithful members of Wonkru deal with the aftermath of Sheidheda's massacre, they find the Dark Commander gone, having escaped through the secret tunnel. Knight has gone with him and Indra knows that Sangedakru will follow Sheidheda as he is one of their own and the other clans will eventually follow with more convincing as there is no alternative. Murphy, Emori and Indra realize that the Dark Commander will go after Madi, the only other alternative and rush off to get to her before Sheidheda.

Sheidheda enters the tavern where Madi is located. Several Sanctummites flee at the sight of him while Picasso growls at the Dark Commander. Sheidheda greets Madi is Trig and Madi is surprised that "Russell" speaks the language. The Dark Commander reveals that Russell is dead and that he killed Russell in the Mindspace, commenting "good thing I didn't kill you in yours." To her horror, Madi realizes that it is Sheidheda before her. Armed with a knife, the Dark Commander monologues to Madi about the quandary he is in due to Indra's influence over the remaining Grounders and Madi's lingering influence over them as a former Commander. Sheidheda demands that Madi kneel before him, threatening to cut out the hearts of everyone she loves otherwise and feed them to Picasso. Terrified, Madi complies, pleasing the Dark Commander who leaves the tavern.

Later, Sheidheda makes an announcement in Trig from the palace revealing his resurrection and Indra's lies about there being no more Commanders. Indra and Penn are unable to find Sheidheda, but hear him listing the lineage of the Commanders as he prepares to resume leadership of the Grounders. Now with a partially-shaved head and an outfit resembling the one he wore in his original body, vows to protect his people and demands that they prove that they are his people by kneeling before him. Indra interrupts, angrily stating that they will never bow before the Dark Commander. Indra challenges Sheidheda to single combat for leadership of Wonkru which the Dark Commander, pleased, accepts.

The next morning, Indra and Sheidheda, both armed with swords, engage in combat, the Dark Commander taunting Indra over giving him the chance to lead his people back to the old ways -- his ways. Indra manages to knock Sheidheda's sword into the pond, but he also disarms her. Grabbing a blade from a nearby man, Indra continues the fight through the nearby area and stabs the Dark Commander in the chest with a knife. However, he removes the knife and knocks Indra to the ground with a sword slash that leaves her seriously wounded. Indra refuses to surrender and allow the Dark Commander to take her people so he prepares to kill her.

Before Sheidheda can kill Indra, Madi leaps in and slashes him in face with knife, taking out Sheidheda's right eye. In severe pain, the Dark Commander knocks Madi to the ground and prepares to kill her, but Indra offers to kneel before him if Sheidheda spares Madi's life. Sheidheda accepts the deal and Indra kneels as Sheidheda announces himself as the Commander and threatens to kill anyone who resists while Knight ties a bandana around his lost eye. With Indra nodding at them in agreement, all of Wonkru, even Indra's loyalists, bow before the Dark Commander as their new leader while Indra passes out from her injuries.

Turning his attention back to Madi, Sheidheda finds her gone and orders Knight to find and kill her. Sheidheda leads half of his people to finish off the remaining Sanctummites, but finds them gone with only the dead left behind. Enraged, Sheidheda orders Knight to find out the names of the dead and then kill everyone in their families. Knight is shocked that Sheidheda wants the children dead too, but he justifies it as the children will grow up to get revenge if they are allowed to live. Knight reluctantly agrees and Sheidheda orders him to report back when its done. Looking at himself in a reflective piece of metal, the Dark Commander removes the bandana covering his missing eye.

In The Stranger, now wearing an eyepatch over his missing eye, the Dark Commander holds court in the Great Hall. Murphy and Emori agree to kneel before him, but Sheidheda evicts them from the palace. Emori requests that they be allowed to live in the machine shop instead with Murphy justifying it as Emori being needed to maintain the reactor and the Dark Commander not leaving his favorite chess partner to sleep in a tent. Amused, Sheidheda agrees with the request. Next, the Eligius prisoners and the Children of Gabriel enter and Sheidheda demands that they all kneel or die. Nikki and prisoners comply, but Nelson and the Children of Gabriel refuse. Taking an assault rifle, the Dark Commander kills all of the Children of Gabriel members aside from Nelson who continues to refuse to kneel. Sheidheda shoots Nelson in the head, killing him.

Later, Knight approaches Sheidheda as the bodies are removed to report that everyone else has agreed to kneel. However, Sheidheda knows that Knight really means everyone he can find and orders him to continue to search for Madi and the others, knowing that while they are currently hiding, they will want revenge and they can't have that. The Dark Commander pointedly addresses Indra, knowing that she is listening in and asks about Gaia. Knight states that Gaia is amongst the missing and they believe that she is in the woods with a group led by Clarke who are "armed and extremely dangerous." Knight reports that there was no sign of them and hands Sheidheda Madi's notebook which is open to a page depicting the Anomaly Stone. The Dark Commander recognizes it from when he had the Flame. Indra reminds Sheidheda of their deal to spare Madi in exchange for Indra kneeling to him, but the Dark Commander states that the deal was from before she went into hiding with his enemies. Indra insists that she is neither Sheidheda's enemy nor does she know where Madi is. Sheidheda orders Indra to have Trikru clean up the mess and calls Nikki over.

As Indra cleans up some of the blood from the massacre, Sheidheda stops her, telling Indra to let someone else do it. Indra simply states that he ordered Trikru to clean up the blood and she is Trikru. The Dark Commander orders her to clean herself up when she's done as the festivities are about to begin. Knight unveils a throne made out of bones for Sheidheda which he is greatly pleased with and immediately sits in. Knight has Wonkru carry in the Anomaly Stone which they have located and then reveals that Nikki, who Sheidheda had follow Indra, has gone missing but Knight took it upon himself to have Nikki followed.

Along with Knight, Indra and several members of Wonkru, Sheidheda makes his way to the machine shop where he is spotted by Murphy and Emori on the security camera. Murphy tries to pretend that he thinks the Dark Commander is Emori returning after an argument, but Sheidheda doesn't buy it and walks in while Indra informs Murphy that he already knows the truth which Murphy had already guessed. Murphy refuses Sheidheda's demand to open the reactor door, causing the Dark Commander to admit that he likes Murphy and will spare both him and Emori if Murphy opens the door. Murphy is angered when Sheidheda insultingly calls Emori frikdrena before Emori interrupts over the intercom, addressing the Dark Commander as "cyclops." Emori threatens to blow the reactor if Sheidheda harms Murphy or tries to enter the reactor room. Though Knight claims that Emori is bluffing, Murphy reminds the Dark Commander that everyone inside knows that they are dead the second they let him in meaning that they have nothing to lose. "I believe in chess that's called stalemate," Murphy quips. Stating that the game is not over yet, Sheidheda takes Murphy captive and orders Knight to wait the people out and kill them all when the door opens.

Sitting on his throne, Sheidheda plays a game of chess with a bound Murphy when the Temporal Anomaly opens and a group emerges from it including Clarke, Raven, Bellamy Blake, Gabriel Santiago and Bill Cadogan. Looking at the one-eyed Sheidheda in charge and the aftermath of his carnage, Clarke wonders what happened in her absence.

In Blood Giant, a confused Gabriel approaches Sheidheda, asking "Russell" what is going on. The Dark Commander demands to know who Gabriel is and Clarke quickly realizes that he isn't Russell. Otis announces Sheidheda's identity and demands that they bow before him while Raven comments that they seem to have found Sheidheda's code. The Dark Commander demands that they kneel or die, but Cadogan states that he has neither the time or patience and has some cloaked Disciples kill the armed members of Wonkru surrounding the Dark Commander.

As Clarke's group discusses things, Sheidheda charges Cadogan but is stabbed in the abdomen by a cloaked Disciple. Cadogan tells the Dark Commander that his wound is deep, but Cadogan has no intention of removing the Dark Commander from his throne. Cadogan offers a trade: Sheidheda gives him safe passage to get what Cadogan came for and Cadogan will get Gabriel to treat him. Once they are gone, the Dark Commander is free to continue with "the debasement of our species" until Cadogan completes his quest to transcend humanity. With the only other choice death, the Dark Commander reluctantly agrees. As Cadogan's group makes their way through Sanctum, Sheidheda makes a broadcast ordering his people to let them pass freely.

Sheidheda and Indra are tied to a pillar together while Gabriel treats his wounds. Gabriel warns the Dark Commander that if the blade hit his kidney, there's not much that Gabriel can do for him and he doubts that the Disciples will take Sheidheda back to Bardo for treatment. Indra is pleased, commenting that its time that they let the Dark Commander find out what death is like for a second time. The Dark Commander jokes that Indra will miss him when he's gone and reassures Gabriel that Russell's death was quick. After seeing a hallucination of Josephine Lightbourne, Gabriel realizes that a Red Sun eclipse is beginning and warns that they will need the anti-toxin, explaining how it works to Sheidheda. When the Dark Commander questions how he can be sure, Gabriel tells the Dark Commander that he is already feeling the effects.

Tied together, Indra and Sheidheda witness the Disciples guarding them suffer from the effects of the Red Sun toxin while Indra hallucinates her mother kneeling before the Dark Commander years before. Speaking in Trig, the Dark Commander warns Indra, who is cutting through the rope binding her, that it won't go well for them if she doesn't get them free and that "my enemy's enemy is my friend." Indra warns him that once she kills the Disciples, she intends to kill him too. As Indra continues to try to free herself, Sheidheda tells her that every time he'd take a Trikru prisoner, they'd die trying to escape and that one would think that they would get better at it.

As the Disciples arguing gets worse, the Dark Commander urges Indra to hurry. One Disciple snaps and kills another and Indra orders Sheidheda to buy her some time. The Dark Commander draws the Disciple's attention by taunting him, giving Indra enough time to break free. Indra manages to kill three of the four, but one cloaks before she can kill him. As Indra grabs a sword, the Dark Commander notices the footprints of the last Disciple in the pools of blood on the ground and shouts a warning as the Disciple sneaks up behind Indra. Thanks to his warning, Indra is able to decapitate the Disciple.

As Indra comes down from the fight, she hallucinates her mother kneeling before Sheidheda again in exchange for the Dark Commander sparing her daughter and the Dark Commander taunting Indra's mother over breaking. Taking the anti-toxin from Jackson, Indra turns on Sheidheda who points out that he saved her life and that it must be worth something. Stating that it is, Indra swings her sword at the Dark Commander's head, but stops inches from his face. Indra announces that she doesn't need to kill him as Sheidheda is already dead and cuts his face. Indra orders that the Dark Commander's wound is not to be treated which both Jackson and Gabriel agree to without hesitation. In Trig, Indra informs Sheidheda that "your fight is over."

From his position tied up, Sheidheda watches the confrontation between Clarke and friends and the Disciples that ends with the Flame permanantly destroyed and most everybody leaving to rescue their friends. Before Clarke can leave through the Anomaly, the Dark Commander weakly tells Bellamy that he can help Bellamy if Bellamy helps him. Sheidheda directs Bellamy to Madi's sketchbook on his throne containing Madi's drawings of the memories she has been experiencing from the other Commanders.

In A Sort of Homecoming, Sheidheda awakens strapped to a chair on Bardo and hooked up to an IV drip. Cadgoan, going through Madi's sketchbook, comments that the Dark Commander is lucky that the Disciples brought him to Bardo or Sheidheda would be dead. Cadgoan asks about Madi's sketches and Sheidheda admits that while he didn't draw them, he knows who did. Though Cadogan can dig through the Dark Commander's memories, he asks what he wants instead. Sheidheda wants assurances that Sanctum is his, they can destroy the Stone and the Disciples will never come back. Cadogan states that the Anomaly Stones are indestructible, but he can have Sanctum.

Cadogan doubts that the Dark Commander comprehends what the sketches mean, but he knows that it means that someone has memories not their own, memories that Cadogan requires to start the Last War, a war that Sheidheda wants no part of. Cadgoan states that Sheidheda will be a part of it whether he wants to or not because if they win, then they will transcend beyond their mortal forms. However, the Dark Commander enjoys his new body and Cadogan tells him that he will transcend whether or not he joins the fight. Sheidheda asks if they have a deal, but Cadogan calls him a fool, telling the Dark Commander that if they lose, it won't matter if he fights or not or which planet he is on as every human will die. Sheidheda reveals that Madi has the memories and Cadogan realizes that Bellamy knew and that was why Clarke killed him.

Sheidheda warns that Clarke will never let Cadogan take her child and that Cadogan's strike team could get the child killed. Sheidheda suggests that Cadogan send him instead, stating that he'd wanted no part of the fight before he'd know what was at stake: "transcend or die." The Dark Commander has been in Madi's head and feels that he knows her better than Madi knows herself while the strike team won't know Madi at all. Sheidheda promises to get Madi back, but their deal must still stand after that. Cadogan releases the Dark Commander in agreement and orders him taken to the Anomaly.

Dressed in Disciple armor and cloaked, Sheidheda emerges from the Anomaly in the Second Dawn Bunker on Earth. Though faced with Indra, Gaia and Octavia who can't see him, the Dark Commander chooses not to attack and instead to follow Octavia and then Octavia and Clarke in order to find Madi. After following the two to where Hope, Jordan, Murphy and Emori are gathered in a worshop, Sheidheda learns that Madi is in the rec room. Pleased, he shoves Octavia into the workshop and locks the group in.

As Madi and Gabriel play the piano in the rec room, Sheidheda stabs Gabriel through the back and confronts Madi. Preventing Madi's escape through a vent, Sheidheda reveals himself, telling the girl that she is the key to the transcendence of the human race and that he has been sent to bring her back though Sheidheda wants to reign, not to transcend. The Dark Commander reveals nanotracking pills he can use to bring her back peacefully, or a blade to stab her with to bring her back by force if she refuses. Drawing his suit's blade instead, Sheidheda states that he prefers to gut Madi like a pig instead. Before he can, Gabriel tackles the Dark Commander off of Madi and orders her to get help from Indra. Sheidheda stabs Gabriel several times before leaving him to die and chasing after Madi.

Sheidheda chases Madi to the bunker's fighting pit where he faces off with Indra and Gaia together. Together, Indra and Gaia manage to take down the Dark Commander and Indra goes to impale him with a sword, declaring that his fight is over in Trig. Responding "not today,", Sheidheda stabs himself with the blade containing the tracking device which he then drops. The Dark Commander vanishes through the Anomaly just before Indra can kill him.

In the aftermath of Sheidheda's attack, Gabriel dies of his wounds after refusing medical treatment. Knowing from the Dark Commander that the Disciples will keep coming for her and unwilling to risk the people that she cares about, Madi uses the blade he left behind to transport herself to Bardo.

In The Dying of the Light, Sheidheda has been imprisoned in a cell on Bardo since his return, singing the Grounder Anthem much to the annoyance of the Disciple guards sent to bring him food and Clarke who is locked up in an adjacent cell with Octavia.

After being rescued by Levitt, Clarke leads him and Octavia to the Dark Commander's cell, interrupting his singing. Sheidheda instantly realizes that they need his help since no one is shooting him and tauntingly asks Clarke what Madi would think of her actions. As Clarke begins to attack, Octavia restrains her and reminds both Clarke and Sheidheda that they need to stop Cadogan. The Dark Commander points out that he did try which is what got him locked up in the first place. Clarke admits that while she'd love to Sheidheda, they do need his help and informs the Dark Commander that they will set him loose and Sheidheda will draw the Disciples away from M-Cap. The Dark Commander refuses to be a "petty distraction" and states that he's the High King of Sanctum. Octavia tells Sheidheda that the other option is that they leave and lock the Dark Commander back up and he agrees to be the distraction.

In a hallway near M-Cap, Sheidheda draws the attention of six Disciples and announces that he is there to kill the Shepherd before walking away. Sheidheda quickly dispatches the Disciples with their own weapons and then charges six more using one Disciple as a human shield. Minutes later, Clarke, Octavia and Levitt find all 12 Disciples brutally slaughtered and no sign of the Dark Commander anywhere. Clarke points out that they knew it was a possibility that he would no longer be there and promises that they will deal with Sheidheda later.

In The Last War, when Raven argues with the Judge that Wonkru and the Eligius prisoners are only distracting the Disciples and won't attack, the Judge draws her attention to Shiedheda hidden nearby with a gun who is preparing to attack. The Dark Commander opens fire on the Disciples' position, increasing tension between the two sides. When Levitt rushes out and tries to stop the war, Sheidheda, annoyed, shoots and badly wounds the young man which Indra notices. The shooting causes fighting to break out between the two sides, a few people to be killed and Echo to be shot while helping Octavia to rescue Levitt.

After Octavia convinces Indra to order Wonkru to hold their fire, Sheidheda reveals himself, yelling that Indra is not in command but he is. Declaring "blood must have blood" repeatedly, the Dark Commander works Wonkru up into a fury and they resume firing. Sheidheda begins commanding a charge to breach the wall and kill all of the Disciples, only to find Indra armed with a sonic cannon. Declaring "for my mother" in Trig, Indra blasts Sheidheda with the cannon, blowing him up and killing the Dark Commander. With his Mind Drive removed and the Flame destroyed, Sheidheda's consciousness is left with nowhere to go and dies with his host body, bringing a permanent end to the Dark Commander. Sheidheda's death and a speech by Octavia succeeds in bringing the fighting to an end.


Sheidheda can be imagined as a demon, prompting his successors to kill other people.

Overall, he is nothing more than a evil, bloodthirsty, sadistic commander and warlord, whose favorite saying is "kneel or die." Before his death, Sheidheda was a fearsome tyrant who killed his own teachers for binding him. Sheidheda later claimed to John Murphy that his teachers were afraid of him leading to their actions, with his fourth Flamekeeper ultimately killing him for being pure evil. After his original death, Sheidheda’s mind in the Flame was seeking to turn back and manipulated Madi for this. He used Clarke's "death" for this reason and corrupted her to kill every people who crossed their line. He wouldn't hesitate to kill Madi when Raven threatened to kill him, showing that Sheidheda only cared about Madi's body.

When Eric Jackson (unaware that Sheidheda is posing as Russell) asks if Sheidheda regrets killing people, he claims to have more regrets that Jackson could ever know, though it was a lie, due to Sheidheda posing as Russell.

After his resurrection, Sheidheda proved himself to be highly manipulative and intelligent as well as an excellent actor, posing as Russell Lightbourne without trouble. It was only Indra, who had experience with the Dark Commander as a child, who eventually saw through his deception. Though he forces his enemies to kneel or die, Sheidheda does not appear to treat those who he has conquered with outright malice unless they directly oppose him and to even respect his enemies to a degree. Despite Indra's hatred for him, the Dark Commander appeared to respect her to a degree as seen with their interactions. In addition, he appeared to genuinely like John Murphy who proved to be one of the few people able to match wits with Sheidheda, something that the Dark Commander respected. The Dark Commander often evaluated his opponents and conversed with them over a game of chess, presumably because of the strategic nature of the game. In turn, their game of chess gave Murphy an understanding of how Sheidheda operated. The Dark Commander's manipulation of the various factions of Sanctum led to him regaining power as the ruler of the moon, forcing even Indra to bow to him, albeit to save Madi.

On several occasions, Sheidheda has proven himself to be an incredibly formidable warrior with few equals. Even Indra, with her decades of experience, was ultimately no match for him in single combat and only managed to later defeat the Dark Commander with the help of her daughter Gaia. When faced with about a dozen armed Disciples, Sheidheda effortlessly slaughtered them all single-handedly.

After the arrival of Bill Cadogan and being severely wounded, Sheidheda seemed somewhat more subdued in his weakened state, but didn't hesitate to ally with Indra to escape captivity, at one point going so far as to save Indra's life. In turn, Indra chose not to kill the Dark Commander but instead to leave him to die of his wounds as repayment for his actions. However, this opened the door for Sheidheda to make a deal with the Disciples.

Upon recovering from his wound and learning about Transcendence, Sheidheda made a deal with Cadogan to get him Madi in exchange for being left alone as the ruler of Sanctum. However, not liking the idea of Transcendence nor that it would come down "Transcend or die" in the end, the Dark Commander betrayed his allies and attempted to kill Madi, taking enjoyment in sadistically tormenting her before going in for the kill. After being defeated by Indra and Gaia, Sheidheda fled rather than risk allowing Indra to kill him and, after being imprisoned, tormented those around him by singing nonstop. When Clarke and Octavia were rescued by Levitt, they released the Dark Commander who agreed to help them as a distraction, both because they had a common enemy and because they would've left him locked up otherwise.

At the end of his second life, Sheidheda took advantage of tensions between Wonkru and the Disciples to trigger a war, reveling in the chaos that he was causing. When Indra attempted to countermand his actions, the Dark Commander declared that he was in charge, not Indra, and worked his followers up into a frenzy. However, this proved to be his undoing as Indra took the opportunity to kill the Dark Commander once and for all, his death shocking both sides into stopping the war he had attempted to begin long enough for Octavia Blake to talk them down.

Physical Appearance[]

He primarily wears a hood to hide his facial scars. He only has one eye on the left side of his face. His right eye is covered by heavily scarred skin. He is a pale blond man who keep his hair in a manbun.

Following his resurrection in Russell Lightbourne's final host body, Sheidheda takes on the form of Russell himself. He later shaves the sides of his new body's hair and dresses similar to his original clothing style. Sheidheda subsequently loses his right eye to an attack by Madi Griffin and covers it with a bandana for a brief period of time. Sheidheda later replaces this with an eye patch.


Madi Griffin[]

During Season Six, Sheidheda repeatedly appears to Madi and guides her towards a path of violence, eventually physically possessing her body. However, the Dark Commander shows no real care for the girl, threatening her life to keep him from being removed from the Flame and nearly killing her for daring to defy him.

In Season Seven, Sheidheda reveals that he has little regard for Madi, seeing her as not being worthy of being a Commander and having apparently just used her as a means of getting power. However, the Dark Commander still regards Madi as something of a threat due to her being one of three living people able to lay claim to having borne the Flame and thus someone still possibly with some influence. Though initially terrified of Sheidheda's resurrection, Madi stood up to him to save Indra, slashing out one of the Dark Commander's eyes and leaving him with a permanent injury. He later comes after Madi at the behest of Bill Cadogan and the Disciples, but tries to kill her rather than capturing Madi. Sheidheda is only stopped by the intervention of Gabriel Santiago, Indra, and Gaia.


Main article: Indra and Sheidheda

Unlike Clarke and her friends or most of the Grounders, including her own daughter, who only know of the Dark Commander from stories or their interactions with him through Madi Griffin and the Flame, Indra has personal experience and hatred for him. Having seen his atrocities as a child, Indra is well aware of the danger that he poses and bears a grudge as her father died fighting him when Indra was a child and her mother bowed before him. Indra's experiences with Sheidheda allows her to see through the Dark Commander's guise as Russell Lightbourne when nobody else can and she makes it clear that as soon as she can, Indra will take pleasure in personally killing him. Due to her pragmatic nature, Indra doesn't take her revenge right away, knowing that it will just cause more problems and, with Eric Jackson's help, instead ensures that Sheidheda can never be resurrected again when she does kill him.

In "A Little Sacrifice," Indra bows to Sheidheda after failing to kill him in combat in exchange for Sheidheda sparing Madi's life.

In "The Stranger," Indra serves Sheidheda, but as he points out, is always listening and watching. Despite their differences, Sheidheda shows a degree of respect for Indra, even trying to get her to stop cleaning up the blood he had ordered her to have Trikru remove. Despite working for the Dark Commander, he doesn't have Indra's true loyalty and she rescues Luca from his massacre and appears to be supporting Murphy and Emori's efforts in secret.

In "Blood Giant," the two form a brief alliance to fight Bill Cadogan and the Disciples with the Dark Commander even saving Indra's life at one point. The effects of the Red Sun toxin cause Indra to finally understand that her mother had bowed to the Dark Commander in order to save her life rather than out of cowardice as Indra had always believed. Rather than killing Sheidheda, Indra banishes him from Wonkru to die of his wounds, declaring that no one is to help the Dark Commander.

In "A Sort of Homecoming," having been saved by the Disciples, Sheidheda attacks the Second Dawn Bunker to capture Madi. Indra battles the Dark Commander alongside her daughter Gaia, eventually defeating him, but Sheidheda escapes before Indra can kill him.

In "The Last War," Indra finally kills Sheidheda, declaring it to be for her mother.

John Murphy[]

Shiedheda's relationship with John Murphy began in "The Queen's Gambit" when Murphy brought the Dark Commander food and he recognizes that Indra told Murphy the truth about the Dark Commander since Murphy is afraid of him. Sheidheda challenges Murphy to a game of chess in order to distract him to keep Murphy from helping Emori as part of the Dark Commander's plans, but also appears to genuinely enjoy the chance to be himself with someone who knows his true identity. In turn, Murphy openly challenges the Dark Commander's claims and taunts him about the Grounders liking Lexa more than him. Murphy sees through Sheidheda's actions too late and the Dark Commander threatens his life to stop him from alerting the guards, but does let him go after its too late to stop him rather than killing Murphy.

Despite being on opposing sides of the brewing conflict, the Dark Commander appears to genuinely like Murphy, a sentiment that he expresses several times and to have a degree of respect for him. In turn, Murphy shows an understanding of how Sheidheda thinks and an ability to predict and counter his moves, often comparing their conflict to a game of chess. When the Dark Commander evicts Murphy and Emori from the palace, one of the reasons Murphy asks to move into the machine shop instead is because Sheidheda wouldn't want his "favorite chess partner" to sleep in a tent which the Dark Commander, visibly amused, agrees to. After discovering that Murphy is hiding the massacre survivors, Sheidheda goes so far as to offer to spare the lives of Murphy and Emori, despite his disgust towards the latter as a mutant, if Murphy opens the reactor room door. When Emori forces a stalemate, Sheidheda is shown to pass the time before Clarke's group returns by playing chess again with a bound Murphy.


Season Six
Episode Appearance Status
Red Sun RisingAbsent
The Children of GabrielMentioned
The Face Behind the GlassMentioned
The Gospel of JosephineAbsent
Memento MoriAppears
The Old Man and the AnomalyAppears
What You Take With YouAbsent
Ashes to AshesAppears
Adjustment ProtocolAppears
The Blood of SanctumAppears
Season Seven
Episode Appearance Status
From the AshesAppears
The GardenCredit Only
False GodsAppears
HesperidesCredit Only
Welcome to BardoAppears
The Queen's GambitAppears
AnacondaCredit Only
The FlockAppears
A Little SacrificeAppears
EthereaCredit Only
The StrangerAppears
Blood GiantAppears
A Sort of HomecomingAppears
The Dying of the LightAppears
The Last WarAppears


Sheidheda (possessing Madi Griffin): "I know what you are doing Reyes. You think you are smart enough to get rid of me? If you don't stop I'll kill this child!"
-- in Adjustment Protocol
Indra: "I saw him once -- Sheidheda. I was only a girl when he took Trikru. He went from village to village, butchering anyone who refused to kneel, their families, too. We cannot let this creature command Wonkru."
Gaia: "I know, mother. If we fail, I'll take her life."
Raven Reyes: "Then how about we don't fail? Thanks to Becca's book, we're past the AI's security. If I'm right and it quarantined the minds of the other Commanders, it should be easy to isolate Sheidheda and dump it onto the second computer. From there, we kill the son of a bitch."
Gaia: "What is it? What's wrong?"
Raven Reyes: "It looks like there's a kill code, but Becca doesn't mention that in her notes."
Indra: "So can you kill it or not?"
Raven Reyes: "I can, but... it'll destroy the Flame. He's making us choose."
-- in The Blood of Sanctum
Raven Reyes: "Gaia, what do you want me to do?"
Gaia: "Kill the son of a bitch."
Raven Reyes: "With pleasure."
Sheidheda (possessing Madi): "I will kill you Seda! I will kill you all!"
Gaia: "No more kneeling."
Sheidheda (possessing Madi): "You will all burn!"
-- in The Blood of Sanctum
Sheidheda (in Trigedasleng) "We would have ruled everything! Given birth to a world in our image. A new perfection. Instead your weakness... has killed us both!"
-- in The Blood of Sanctum
Raven Reyes (destroying the Flame) "Ok. Once more with feeling. (the download finishes) Got him!"
-- in The Blood of Sanctum
Indra: "Raven."
Niylah: "Where did he go?"
-- in The Blood of Sanctum

Sheidheda: "Hello, Russell Prime. I prefer your new body."
Russell Lightbourne: "What is this place? Who are you?"
Sheidheda (in Trigedasleng): "From now on... (slits Russell's throat) ​I'm you."
-- in From the Ashes
Sheidheda: "My, my, my. What foolish little lambs you are. The last thing I want is for all of you to die. In the same night that your uprising stayed my execution, you thought it wise to sacrifice yourselves?! You're the only thing keeping me alive!"
Trey: "Please forgive us, Russell."
Sheidheda: "You want forgiveness? Than show me your fealty."
Trey: "Anything. Tell me what to do."
Sheidheda: "Kneel. All of you, kneel or die."
Emori: "Indra, what's wrong?"
Indra: "I've heard that before."
-- in Welcome to Bardo
Indra (in Trigedasleng): "There's a spider on your shoulder."
Sheidheda (in Trigedasleng): "Too bad you can't kill me."
-- in Welcome to Bardo
Indra: "Now we know what happened to the code when we saved the Commander."
Sheidheda: "Hm, She was too weak to be a Commander and you know it. (in Trigedasleng) I've been wondering... did your parents kneel when I conquered Trikru?"
Indra (in Trigedasleng): : "If you must know... my father had already died in the battle. When it was over... yes, my mother did kneel. I thought her weak for it."
Sheidheda: "Ah. And you know what happens if you make me a martyr."
Indra: "Yes. The same thing that happens if anyone finds out who you are. Only then, as the people riot for the loss of their god, I can slit your throat."
Sheidheda: "What's the meaning of this?"
Nelson: "Up."
Indra: "I might not be able to kill you, but I can make sure when I do, you don't come back."
Nelson: "Death to Primes."
Eric Jackson: "For the pain."
Indra: "No. Let him feel it... for Abby."
-- in Welcome to Bardo
Sheidheda: "You fool, I'm not Russell. Do you play, or not?"
Nelson: "What do you mean? How's that possible?"
Sheidheda: "Don't tell me Gabriel neglected to teach his children how Mind Drives work because I'd rather not waste our precious time."
Nelson: "He did. Of course he did."
Sheidheda: "Then you know that two minds can't share a body. I killed his mind. Now his body is mine. Sit. I'll teach you."
Nelson: "Who are you?"
Sheidheda: "Someone who knows how to give you what you want."
Nelson: "And what is that?"
Sheidheda: "What everyone wants -- power."
Nelson: "I don't want power. I want justice."
Sheidheda: "You can't get justice without power."
Nelson: "Why are you telling me this?"
Sheidheda: "Wonkru is weak. They have no leader, and their guns were stolen last night. My guess it was the Eligius prisoners. You and the prisoners share an enemy, perhaps even the same goal."
Nelson: "Somehow I doubt a bunch of murderers and thieves want justice."
Sheidheda: "Don't make me repeat myself."
Nelson: "Power. They want power."
Sheidheda: "Oh."
Nelson: "Ok. You have all the answers. How do we do it?"
Sheidheda: "You make allies out of the murderers and the thieves. Then you take out the enemy's queen."
-- in Nakara
Sheidheda : "I feel like this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship."
-- in The Flock
Sheidheda: "Russell had all you fools convinced he was a god."
John Murphy: "Where's Indra?"
Sheidheda: "If that guy really was a god, why was it so easy for me to kill him and take his body? I am not Russell Lightbourne. I wear his body as my host. Your Primes are gone forever."
-- in The Flock
Sheidheda: "You're welcome. The plan worked perfectly."
Indra: "So far."
-- in The Flock
Sheidheda: "Shut up, you fool. There is an ancient saying -- what is a king without subjects? But I ask, what are subjects without a king? They are but lost sheep -- confused and scared... needing guidance and protection from the wolf who delights in their slaughter."
-- in The Flock
John Murphy: "Indra, what are you doing?"
Indra: "Killing a demon. Do you have a problem with that? Good. Get some rest. You've both had a long day."
Emori: "We should go, before they come for us. What?"
John Murphy: "This is what he wanted. Open the door!"
Penn: "Only on Indra's word."
John Murphy: "Listen. It's not one man screaming. Sheidheda's killing them."
Knight: "What did you just say?"
Sheidheda (in Trigedasleng) "Open the door! My fight is just beginning!"
-- in The Flock
Sheidheda (in Trigedasleng): "We meet again... Madi kom Louwoda Klironkru."
Madi Griffin: "Russell? I--I didn't know you spoke..."
Sheidheda (in Trigedasleng): "Russell's dead. I killed him in the Mindspace. Good thing I didn't kill you in yours."
Madi Griffin: "Sheidheda."
Sheidheda: "In the flesh... again. You betrayed me, Madi. I offered you the world, and you chose weakness, love. I'd like to see you bleed. Unfortunately for me, Indra's reign has changed things. Yeah. Yes. Follow her despite the redness of her blood. Hmm? This free reign won't do at all. I'm in a quandary, Madi. As a fellow former Commander, you have a claim to the throne and while killing you solves that problem, it makes my Indra problem worse. She may be an imposter, but she does have followers, Trikru fools mostly, but Grounders just the same, my people just the same. I'll give them a chance to kneel just like I'm giving it to you. Kneel for me right now, Madi. And I'll let you live. Refuse to kneel... and I'll slice open the chests of every person you love and feed their hearts to your dog. Hmm. (Madi kneels) Good girl. I'm so glad we've come to this understanding."
-- in A Little Sacrifice
Sheidheda (in Trigedasleng): "Friends of the Twelve Clans..."
Indra: "He's broadcasting from the palace."
John Murphy: "Madi, come with us."
Sheidheda (in Trigedasleng): "I have something important to tell you. You have been lied to. The one you have chosen to follow..."
Indra: "Let's move! We know where he is."
Sheidheda (in Trigedasleng): "Indra kom Trikru... told you the time of the Commanders is over..."
Indra: "I gave you an order!"
Sheidheda (in Trigedasleng): "She lied to you. All this time, she knew that a true Commander was among us."
Indra: "Keep Madi safe."
Sheidheda (in Trigedasleng): "She kept me in chains. But no more."
John Murphy: "Get the bastard."
-- in A Little Sacrifice
John Murphy: "Of course we'll kneel. Was there ever any question?"
Wonkru member: "These are yours." (tosses down Murphy and Emori's clothes)
John Murphy: "Ah. Why do I get the feeling this is goodbye?"
Sheidheda: "The palace is mine now. So is the farmhouse. For you, that means --"
Emori: "We'll take the machine shop."
John Murphy: "You need a mechanic to run the reactor. She's your girl. Besides, you wouldn't want your favorite chess partner to live in a tent, would you?"
Sheidheda: "Fine. Go. Who's next?"
Wonkru member (in Trigedasleng): "The Children of Gabriel and the Eligius Prisoners, Heda."
-- in The Stranger
Sheidheda: "I saved your life, Indra. Surely that is worth something?"
Indra: "Yes it is. I don't need to kill you because you're already dead. (slashes Sheidheda's face) No one treats him."
Eric Jackson: "Wasn't planning on it."
Gabriel Santiago: "Me neither."
Indra: (in Trigedasleng) "Your fight is over."
-- in Blood Giant
Sheidheda: "I can help you if you help me. My throne. The book."
-- in Blood Giant
Sheidheda: "Pretty pictures, don't you think? These restraints won't do at all.
Bill Cadogan: "You're lucky my people brought you here, or you'd be dead right now.
Sheidheda: "I feel lucky."
Bill Cadogan: "Did you draw this?"
Sheidheda: "No... but I know who did. Oh. Incredible."
Bill Cadogan: "Yes. Our medicine is incredible. So is our ability to dig through your memories, but I'd rather save the time. What do you want?"
Sheidheda: "First, I'll need assurances. Sanctum is mine. We destroy the Stone. You people never come back."
Bill Cadogan: "The Stones are indestructible, but, yes, you can have Sanctum, not that it'll matter. I don't think you comprehend what this means."
Sheidheda: "It means someone has memories that are not their own, memories that you require in order to start a war with whoever made the Stones, a war I want no part of. One planet will be fine, thank you very much."
Bill Cadogan: "Not a war, the last war, and you'll be part of it whether you like it or not."
Sheidheda: "How's that?"
Bill Cadogan: "If we win, we transcend, evolving beyond these meat sacks that age and die, becoming one with a universal consciousness."
Sheidheda: "I like this meat sack. It's new."
Bill Cadogan: "This will be better. And whether you fight with us or not, even you will transcend. Every member of the human family will."
Sheidheda: "Good luck with that. Do we have a deal or not?"
Bill Cadogan: "You fool. If we lose, it won't matter what planet you're on or whether you're fighting. Every member of the human family dies."
Sheidheda: "Clarke's child. Madi."
Bill Cadogan: "Of course. Bellamy knew. That's why she killed him. Thank you."
Sheidheda: "She'll never let you take her child."
Bill Cadogan: "I won't be asking."
Sheidheda: "Of course not. You'll send a strike team no doubt, they'll fight you, the child, as well. If she gets killed, you'll have nothing."
Bill Cadogan: "You have a better idea?"
Sheidheda: "Yes. Send me."
Bill Cadogan: "You? Who wants no part of this."
Sheidheda: "That was before I knew what was at stake. Although transcend or die has a nice ring to it, it really isn't much of a choice, is it? I've been in the child's head. I know her better than she knows herself. How well does your strike team know her? I'll get her back, but then our deal still stands."
Bill Cadogan: "Take him to the Bridge."
-- in A Sort of Homecoming
Sheidheda: "Hello, Madi. It seems you're the key to the transcendence of the human race. They sent me to bring you back, but, you see, I don't want to transcend. I want to reign. They gave me a choice -- (holds up a vial of nano-tags) use these to bring you back peacefully or this... (holds up a tagging device) if you wouldn't go willingly. I prefer Option 3 -- (extends his suit's blade) to gut you like a pig."
-- in A Sort of Homecoming
Indra: "You."
Sheidheda: "Me. Us."
-- in A Sort of Homecoming
Indra (in Trigedasleng): "Your fight is over."
Sheidheda: "Not today."
-- in A Sort of Homecoming
Sheidheda (charging a group of Disciples): "Is that the best you can do?!"
-- in The Dying of the Light
Sheidheda: "Let the games begin."
-- in The Last War
Sheidheda (in Trigedasleng): "We charge! We breach the wall! We kill them all! On my..." (notices Indra armed with a sonic cannon)
Indra (in Trigedasleng): "For my mother." (kills Sheidheda)
-- in The Last War

Killed Victims[]

Notes and Trivia[]

  • His first teacher chained him to a wall, which made him kill that teacher.
  • He was a feared ruler of Polis during his lifetime and he wanted Madi to kill others such as Gaia since his victim record includes his Flamekeepers/teachers.
    • According to Gaia, if he is able to successfully use Madi to continue his reign of terror, it will be much worse than even Blodreina.
  • He is the first male Commander shown in the series.
  • He is the only known Commander to have been resurrected; he did it by transferring his consciousness from the Flame to Russell Lightbourne's Mind Drive and then taking over Russell's body.
  • He is the second ever alive ex-Commander after Madi Griffin, following his resurrection via a host and before he reclaimed his title.
  • Sheidheda is the first Commander whose dominion included Sanctum and the Eligius Prisoners, after they pledge their allegiance to him in "The Stranger".
  • Jason Rothenberg explained that when Sheidheda uploaded himself when the Flame was destroyed, the code went into the ether of the system WiFi on the ship and found its way into Russell's Mind Drive.[1]
    • The reason that it took so long for him to take control is that Russell had to be asleep or unconscious for them to be in the Mindspace together as seen with Clarke and Josephine. Russell had been refusing to eat, drink or sleep since his arrest.
  • In a Trigedasleng conversation that did not make it into the finished episode, Sheidheda mentions waking Sangedakru,[2] which may hint at his original clan.
    • In "False Gods," it is revealed that Sheidheda was a member of Sangedakru. Knight, a member of Sangedakru, says that Sheidheda was the clan's greatest champion.
  • In "A Little Sacrifice," his real name is revealed to be Malachi when he lists the lineage of the Commanders. Its also mentioned in "Blood Giant" when Otis introduces the Dark Commander to the Disciples.
  • In both of his bodies, Sheidheda has lost his right eye. It is unknown how he lost it in his original body, but in Russell Lightbourne's body it was slashed out by Madi Griffin in "A Little Sacrifice."
  • He was the only antagonist to become a main character.
  • Sheidheda is the final character to die in the series.
    • With the Flame destroyed and his Mind Drive removed, Sheidheda's death is permanent even if humanity hadn't transcended.
  • Sheidheda is the last main character to die in the series.
    • He was the third major death in Season Seven. The first was Bellamy, the second was Gabriel Santiago.
    • Sheidheda is responsible for the death of Bellamy and Gabriel Santiago. He told Bellamy to take Madi's notebook which leads to his death. Sheidheda killed Gabriel by stabbing him multiple times.


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See also[]

The 100 Characters
Main Characters
Abigail GriffinBellamy BlakeCallie CartwigClarke GriffinEchoFinn CollinsGabriel SantiagoHope DiyozaJasper JordanJohn MurphyJordan GreenLincolnMarcus KaneMonty GreenOctavia BlakeRaven ReyesRoanSheidhedaThelonious JahaWells Jaha
Recurring Characters
AdenA.L.I.E.AndersAnyaBecca FrankoBill CadoganBlythe Ann WorkmanBreeBrellBryanByrneCage WallaceCarl EmersonCassiusCharles PikeCharmaine DiyozaCillianCostaDante WallaceDavid MillerDiana SydneyDoucetteEmoriEric JacksonEthan HardyFoxGeoff HardyHannah GreenHarper McIntyreHayesIlian‎IndraJacapo SinclairJadeJae WorkmanJames CrockettJosephine LightbourneJake GriffinJeremiahJohn MbegeJonesKara CooperKaylee LeeKyle WickLeeLevittLexaLindoLorelei TsingLucaLunaMadi GriffinMaya VieMichael VinsonMiles ShawMiranda MasonNathan MillerNelsonNiaNiylahNykoOntariPaxton McCrearyPennPriya DesaiRileyRoseRussell LightbourneRyker DesaiSeikuShawn GillmerShumwaySierraSimone LightbourneSterlingTitusTreyTristanVera KaneVincent VieZoe Monroe
Minor Characters
AdriaAnkaraArtigasAtomAurora BlakeAtohlCarisCaspianCharlotteChaseChrisCillianCole McAdamsConnorCostiaCraigCuyler RidleyDaniel LeeDaxDelanoDelilah WorkmanDerekDerrickDiggsDrewFioGideonGina MartinGlen DicksonGuaraGustusJuelKeenan MykulakLaylaLeeLieutenant GracoMacallanMark and Peter ColtonMelMiss LucyMylesNygelOsiasOtanPascalPeri GordonQuintRedReese LemkinRichardsRivoRoma BraggRyderScottSemetSgt. LovejoyShaySiennaStevensTor LemkinToshTrinaTrisTybeWhitmanWillaZoran