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|“||I made a choice. If she hates me for the rest of my life, I made the right choice, and that's all you have to know.||”|
|— Wells to Finn Collins. [src]|
Wells Jaha was a major character in the first three episodes of the first season and a guest character in the twelfth episode of the first season and in the second and fourth seasons. He was portrayed by Eli Goree and debuted in the series premiere.
Wells was the son of Chancellor Thelonious Jaha and Clarke Griffin's childhood best friend. He got himself arrested when he found out his father was sending the 100 to the ground, including Clarke for whom he harbored feelings. Given some of the laws his father had enforced, he was not popular among the 100.
On the ground, Wells tried to maintain order, advocating for the more moral choice and tried to make everyone get along. He was hardworking and resourceful, volunteering to dig graves and collect rainwater to aid their newly established camp, and his expert knowledge of botany helped treat Jasper's injuries.
He was murdered by Charlotte in the third episode, who wanted retribution for her parents' execution on the Ark by his father. His death set the stage for Clarke and Bellamy to work together as co-leaders in an attempt to stop more senseless deaths.
Wells emerged as an early leader for the 100, maintaining a moral compass and doing everything for the benefit of the people around him. He also acted as a mediator between Clarke and Bellamy by suggesting compromises for situations. His death marked significant changes to certain character arcs, specifically for Bellamy and Finn. Bellamy had to step up as a leader, and Finn became the new "voice of reason".
Early Life Edit
When Wells was younger, he and his best friend Clarke practice for the Unity Day Celebration. As Thelonious Jaha records their practice, Wells asks his father how the Ark stays in space. Thelonious tells him by keeping out Earth's gravitational pull. The Ark uses its own thrusters, which are all around it, to keep them spinning. This allows them to generate their own gravity.
Many years later, while playing chess with his best friend Clarke, Wells notices Clarke is distracted by something. Wells questions her and tells her she can trust him. Clarke swears him to secrecy and reveals the flaw in the Ark's systems as well as her father’s plan to go public. Wells promises Clarke her secret is safe with him.
Later that day, Wells watches as Clarke's father is floated. Clarke assumes it is Wells who turned in her father and got him killed. However, Wells knows the truth, Abigail Griffin turned in her husband. Wells lets Clarke hate him to protect her from the truth, because if she knew that her mother, Abigail Griffin, had turned in her father Clarke would hate her.
Throughout the Series Edit
In Pilot, Wells greets an awakening Clarke. When Clarke demands to know why he was on the Dropship, Wells explains that he got himself arrested and placed on the Dropship to protect her. As the Dropship hurtles towards Earth, Wells tries to apologize to Clarke for getting her father arrested and that he can't die with her hating him. Clarke, angry with Wells, reveals that her father was executed and that she does hate him.
After the Dropship lands on Earth, Wells informs Clarke that the communication is out. Clarke states that they need to focus on getting to Mount Weather. A little while later, Jasper Jordan appears and playfully flirts with Clarke. Wells intervenes and roughly pushed Jasper away. John Murphy sees this altercation and confronts Wells. Murphy declares that Jasper is one of them while Clarke and Wells are not. Wells tries to explain that he just wants to find out where they are. Bellamy Blake hears this and tells him they were on the ground, that should be good enough. Wells tries to explain why the 100 need to find Mount Weather but is interrupted when Murphy continues to try and fight Wells. When Wells tries to fight back, after being injured, Finn Collins steps in and tells Murphy to wait until it's a fair fight. Clarke helps Wells after the disagreement with Murphy and inspects his injured leg. Before they leave, Clarke tells Wells that he shouldn't have come down to Earth. Clarke, Finn, Jasper, Monty Green, and Octavia head for Mount Weather without him.
Later Murphy approaches Wells and reveals to Wells that his father begged for mercy before his father floated him. Shortly after, Wells sees Murphy's message: "FIRST SON FIRST TO DYE" carved into the Dropship. Instead of having it's desired effect, Wells tells Murphy he spelled "die" wrong.
That night, Wells is seen having quarrels with Bellamy Blake. Wells was very adamant about the others not removing their wristbands, as it was the only thing connecting them to the Ark, but his plea goes unheard. Later that night, Murphy and Mbege help Bellamy ambush Wells and forcibly remove his wristband.
In Earth Skills, Wells digs a grave for Glen Dickson and the other delinquent killed in the descent to Earth. Back in camp, Atom notices that Wells has extra supplies. Atom asks him where he got them and tries to take the clothing from Wells but Wells refuses. Bellamy appears and takes one of the shirts and puts it on. Angry, Wells throws the clothing to the ground, which causes delinquents to fight over the clothing. Wells turns to Bellamy and asks him if this is what he wants. Bellamy questions what's wrong with a little chaos.
Seconds later, a scream is heard nearby and they rush to see Murphy forcibly holding a Delinquents heads over a fire to simulate "realism" in order to trick the ark into believing they are dying from radiation. Wells interferes and the two begin to fight. When Murphy pulls out a knife, Bellamy stops Murphy to give Wells a blade wanting a "fair fight". Eventually, Murphy is defeated by Wells after trading a few blows. Wells, then demands Murphy drop his knife and forfeit the fight. However, the fight is then interrupted by Clarke and the others return to tell them that Jasper was wounded and taken by Grounders.
Clarke reveals she plans to find Jasper. Wells accompanies Clarke, Bellamy, Finn, and Murphy as they search for Jasper. While on the search, Bellamy tells Wells that they are not that different. They both came down to protect someone they love. Bellamy tells Wells that Clarke doesn't see him with Finn around. When they finally find Jasper, Clarke falls down a pit trap. When they pull Clarke up from the pit, Wells steals Bellamy's gun and shoot an attacking panther with it. Clarke looks at Wells amazingly, and Bellamy tells him that she sees him now. They all return to camp with Jasper.
In Earth Kills, Wells examines the poultice the grounders used to heal Jasper and reveals that it was seaweed. When Clarke and Finn plan to go find the seaweed, Wells joins them explaining that he knows what it looks like. After finding the seaweed, Wells, Finn, and Clarke are forced to take shelter in a buried car because of acid fog. While waiting out the fog, Finn finds a bottle of whiskey and beings to drink from it. He offers it to Wells who declares that it is toxic and says no thank you, speaking for both himself and Clarke. Angered, Clarke takes the whiskey and beings to drink it. While drinking they talk about having fun. When Clarke asks if she is fun, Wells said she is. Clarke, still upset at Wells proceeds to scold Wells for her father's death. After the two fight, Wells sniffs and takes a swig of the whiskey.
After the fog rolled by, Wells, Clarke and Finn returned to the camp with the needed supplies. After Clarke is done helping Jasper, she confronts Wells about her father's death. Clarke realizes that it wasn't Wells who turned in her father, but her mother. Wells declares that he was trying to protect Clarke. When she asks for forgiveness, Wells tells her that he already has forgiven her and hugs her.
Later, Wells goes on guard duty when a little girl named Charlotte approach him. She tells him that she has nightmares about her parents' death and then stabbed Wells in the neck, and said it was his father's fault.
In Murphy's Law, Wells is mentioned by many of the Delinquents as they attempt to figure out who killed him.
In Contents Under Pressure, when Raven successfully gains communication with the Ark, Jaha asks Clarke if Wells is still alive. Clarke hesitates for a moment but ultimately reveals that he is dead. Jaha is extremely upset by this, but it motivates him to have more control over the Ark and help bring people together.
In We Are Grounders (Part 1), Thelonious watches a video of Wells and Clarke made as children about of the history of the Ark. Wells asks how the Ark maintains its gravity in the video. His father tells him that it feeds partially off the Earth's gravity but generates its own with thrusters spread across its body. This gives Thelonious the idea to use the thrusters to push the Ark towards the Earth.
In The 48, Thelonious can be seen staring at a photo of Wells in Earth Monitoring Station.
In Inclement Weather, he is seen in a Hallucination by his father Thelonious, who is about to give up on finding his people. Wells is able to motivate and persuade Thelonious in order to get down to Earth and find the remaining survivors of The Ark.
In Survival of the Fittest, Wells' father Thelonious visits his grave, with Murphy as an escort. Murphy says that Clarke "sugar coated" his death to him, and told Jaha that Wells died by the hands of Charlotte, who stabbed him in the neck because Thelonious killed her parents because she couldn't kill him.
In Bitter Harvest, Abby mentions Wells when asking Thelonious about how he wouldn't allow Wells to simply take The City of Light pills without asking questions. However, Jaha seems to have forgotten about Wells, needing A.L.I.E. to remind him of his son, suggesting that the pills have 'healed' the psychological pain Jaha felt over Wells' death by erasing all memory of him.
In DNR, when Jaha is deciding whether or not to leave Jasper and other young Sky People in Arkadia to die from Praimfaya, Wells' image can be seen in the glass, implying that Jaha is thinking of him.
Wells was strong, strict, and wanted the best for himself and others. His personality was similar to his father, Chancellor Jaha's. Always one to try and follow the rules, Wells was someone who tried to use all the things they learned on The Ark on the ground. Though many did not appreciate what he had to add to the group, Wells always stuck up for what he believed in. Loyal to a fault, in the past, he had been known to try and protect others in any way possible. This point was proven when he took the blame for Jake Griffin's death even though it was Abigail Griffin's fault. He cared for Clarke so much he was willing to have her hate him than have her face the truth and hate her own mother.
Over time he was seen as not only a rule follower but also as someone who had the courage to go against the popular vote if he believed it was right. Viewing the world in a very black and white sense, he tried to act in a sensible fashion. Most of the time Wells was predictable in his reactions -- put others first, followed the rules, and tried to use what he knew to make sense of everything happening. He was the type to try and figure things out in a logical way.
Physical Appearance Edit
Wells had brown skin, dark eyes, and black hair with an athletic build.
Thelonious Jaha Edit
- Main article: Thelonious and Wells
- "Clarke, is my son with you?"
- - Thelonious to Clarke about Wells.[src]
Although their relationship is never fully explored, it is shown that Wells and Thelonious Jaha may have a strained relationship. Despite their strained relationship, they are shown to care for one another deeply.
Before the series begins, Wells breaks the law, forcing his father to imprison his only son and send him down to Earth with the rest of the juvenile delinquents. While on Earth, Wells experiences an overwhelming amount of hatred the Delinquents have for him and his father. Because of their hatred for Wells and his father, Wells faces opposition constantly. Because of the actions of his father, Wells ultimately loses his life.
Later, when the 100 make contact with the Ark, Thelonious asks Clarke if Wells is still alive. When he hears that Wells is dead he mourns his son.
However, after Jaha makes contact with A.L.I.E. and is linked to the City of Light, he has lost all memory of Wells as the City of Light 'pills' erase all memories relating to his son to 'heal' him from the psychological pain of his death, with Jaha showing no inclination that he is interested in remembering more about Wells even after Abby Griffin mentions Wells and A.L.I.E. identifies Wells as his son.
Clarke Griffin Edit
- Main article: Clarke and Wells
- "...wanted to protect me. So, you let me hate you. How can you forgive me?"
- - Clarke to Wells.[src]
Wells and Clarke Griffin have a strained relationship. The two were childhood best friends and eventual love interests. It is unclear if Wells' feelings were one-sided. When Clarke tells Wells that her father discovered that the Ark is failing, Wells promises he won't tell anybody. Later that night, Clarke's father is floated while Wells watches. Clarke develops a hatred for Wells, believing him to have told his father.
When Wells learns the juvenile delinquents are being sent to the ground, he gets himself arrested by trying to destroy the last tree. When Wells tries to get her forgiveness, Clarke states that still hates him and will never forgive him. Although he tries to help her, Clarke spurns his efforts.
Before his death, the truth about Clarke's father's death is revealed. After the truth is revealed, Clarke and Wells reconcile. However, Wells and Clarke never get the chance to fix their relationship, as he is murdered the next morning.
Bellamy Blake Edit
- "I have my reasons. I also have the gun. So I ask the questions, and the question is, why aren't you helping me? Your dad banished you, Wells, and yet here you are, still doing his bidding, following the rules. Aren't you tired of always doing what's expected of you? Stand up to him. Take off that wristband, and you'll be amazed at how good it feels."
- - Bellamy to Wells.[src]
Wells and Bellamy Blake quickly developed a negative relationship with each other. Wells disagreed with many of the things Bellamy had to say and wanted rules, structure, and to bring the Ark people down; whereas Bellamy states that his people are on the ground and maintains an idea of "whatever the hell we want, whenever the hell we want".
Bellamy demands Wells take off his wristband and briefly tries to get Wells to agree with him but Wells rebuffs him. When he does, Bellamy comments he is sorry it has to be this way. Then Murphy and John Mbege force Wells to the ground and remove his wristband.
Wells is shocked when Clarke willingly recruits Bellamy to help save Jasper Jordan. While on the rescue mission Finn joins along. Bellamy teases Wells by telling him they came down to Earth for the same reason: to protect someone they love. Bellamy tells Wells that Clarke doesn't see him with Finn around. After the group rescue Clarke from a pitfall, Wells steals Bellamy's gun and saves Bellamy from a panther. Bellamy remarks that now Clarke sees him.
When Wells is killed, Bellamy wants to keep it a secret that one of the 100 killed him.
John Murphy Edit
- "You know, my father, he begged for mercy in the airlock chamber when your father floated him."
- - Murphy to Wells.[src]
Wells and John Murphy quickly became enemies. Murphy harbors ill feelings towards Wells because his father, Chancellor Jaha, killed Murphy's father. Murphy explains that his father begged Wells' for mercy but was floated anyway.
On many occasions, Wells defends himself against Murphy. At one point Murphy craves "FIRST SON FIRST TO DYE" into the Dropship. Instead of being intimidated by Murphy, Wells tells him, “You spelled die wrong, geniuses.”
After Wells is murdered by Charlotte, Clarke accuses Murphy of the crime although Murphy maintains his innocence.
Finn Collins Edit
Although Wells had little interaction with Finn Collins, the two seemed to have mutual respect for one another. Both had a strong desire to protect Clarke. However, Wells may have harbored jealousy towards Finn for his relationship with Clarke. As pointed out by Bellamy Blake, Clarke would never notice Wells with Finn around.
Finn was also the only person to question if Wells was really the one who turned in Clarke's father, Jake Griffin.
- "I'm sorry."
- - Charlotte to Wells.[src]
Wells was indifferent to Charlotte. He even invited her to sit with him moments before his death.
Charlotte did not outright hate him. But to “slay her demons” she kills Wells in hopes that it would stop the nightmares and end her torture. Before and after, Charlotte shows a great amount of remorse for killing him.
Later, Charlotte did confess to his murder, even after she saw how the 100 acted when Murphy was the suspected killer. Charlotte ultimately kills herself because of what she did to Wells.
|Twilight's Last Gleaming||Mentioned|
|His Sister's Keeper||Absent|
|Contents Under Pressure||Mentioned|
|I Am Become Death||Absent|
|We Are Grounders (Part 1)||Flashback|
|We Are Grounders (Part 2)||Mentioned|
|Many Happy Returns||Absent|
|Fog of War||Mentioned|
|Long Into an Abyss||Absent|
|Survival of the Fittest||Mentioned|
|Coup de Grâce||Absent|
|Bodyguard of Lies||Absent|
|Blood Must Have Blood (Part 1)||Absent|
|Blood Must Have Blood (Part 2)||Absent|
|Wanheda (Part 1)||Absent|
|Wanheda (Part 2)||Mentioned|
|Ye Who Enter Here||Absent|
|Watch the Thrones||Absent|
|Terms and Conditions||Absent|
|Join or Die||Flashback|
|Red Sky at Morning||Absent|
|Perverse Instantiation (Part 1)||Absent|
|Perverse Instantiation (Part 2)||Absent|
|Heavy Lies the Crown||Absent|
|The Four Horsemen||Absent|
|A Lie Guarded||Absent|
|The Tinder Box||Absent|
|We Will Rise||Mentioned|
|Die All, Die Merrily||Absent|
|The Other Side||Absent|
|How We Get to Peace||Absent|
|Sic Semper Tyrannis||Absent|
|The Warriors Will||Absent|
|The Dark Year||Absent|
|Damocles (Part 1)||Absent|
|Damocles (Part 2)||Absent|
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Notes and Trivia Edit
- Kass Morgan confirmed that Wells was named after H. G. Wells, an English writer in many genres, and called father of science fiction.
- Wells Jaha may be descended from The Grounder Iman Jaha.
- Wells is given the nickname "Chancellor of Earth" by John Murphy in mockery.
- He was one of the first deaths in the series.
- He was the first main character to be killed in the series.
- He was the first delinquent to be murdered by another delinquent.
- He was killed with Murphy's knife, causing the delinquents to believe Murphy had killed him.
- His death ended several storylines with other characters, including leadership battle with Bellamy Blake, hostility with Murphy, and fighting for Clarke Griffin's attention with Finn Collins.
- Out of the main characters, he has the second least amount of appearances. The only main character with less appearances is Callie Cartwig who only appeared in "Pilot".
- Wells and Callie are the only main character that did not kill anyone. Although, in "Earth Skills", Wells shoots a panther, which is Wells' only kill.
- Both the TV series and the books version of Wells purposely got themselves sent to the ground so they could be with Clarke Griffin. In both versions, he damaged the last tree.
- In the TV series, Wells and Clarke were childhood friends. Though his crime is never stated on the show, at Comic-Con 2014, it was revealed that Wells was arrested for damaging the last tree.
- In the books, Wells and Clarke met as teens and were in a romantic relationship while living on Colony. He set fire to the last tree in order to get locked up, having determined that it as the most serious crime he could commit that wouldn't actually hurt anyone. He also sped up the expedition to Earth by tampering with the oxygen in the ship's airlock.