Be clear The 100 tripped over his own feet, jumped 12 sharks and ruined his reputation with viewers long before that game of Thrones boffed it. But the game of Thrones final has quickly become synonymous with missing the landing harder than a drunken gymnast on the vault, so here we go and compare the two afterwards The 100 had an absolutely wild finale that I can’t get over.
On the one hand, The 100 turned his young blonde heroine into a villain a season ago game of Thrones pulled a heel twist on the penultimate episode of the show. On the other hand, game of Thrones didn’t finish his All-ass show with a U2 song. I could say more, but maybe you are planning on catching up on Netflix and I don’t want to ruin that experience for you! You should experience this on your own terms and in your own space. Let’s just drop a little spoiler tag.
Welcome my clowns who made it to the finals and my wise friends who are reading this because you need to know how bad it is but you don’t want to spend hours of your life watching it all. For years in genre criticism, we’ve been linking shows where anyone can die with quality. Early seasons of the Vampire Diaries and The 100 were praised for their wanton murder. The same with the Walking Dead. Game of Thrones’ The entire shtick in public discourse revolved around it. Death equals quality. Then The 100 killed Lincoln and Lexa back to back and the fandom raged.
game of Thrones should have taken note of it, because as early as 2016 The 100 discovered that there were limits to the death that audiences could endure. When game of Thrones Viewers started slaying their way through the cast list like a dog through a beef and peanut butter buffet last season. They felt uncomfortable and then horrified and gave up the show, salted the earth and seemed to never argue about it again. The 100 could face a similar fate. Because of the whole rapture thing.
Let’s jump back a second. All season long, Clarke’s lucky gang of killers has waged a low-key war with another surviving faction of humanity. This new group had discovered a path to some heavenly beings who would ultimately judge humanity on a single person and either kidnap all … Sorry, transcend to alienate the sky or to wipe out this last little bond of humanity completely.
It was extreme Left behind Kind of act and because that is The 100 and everyone on it is pretty awful. I admit that these people were zealous and there weren’t really some Contact Aliens wait patiently to kidnap them if they do well. But last week, her leader Maddie’s brain melted so he could finally meet the aliens, and an angry Clarke chased him into the judicial zone while the rest of her ragged team of war criminals prepared to deal with the rest of the zealots.
This week’s series finale, “The Last War,” immediately confirmed that the Alien Judgment Day matter was 100% real, and then Clarke instantly – as if without a single breath – murdered the zealot and splattered his blood on a heavenly being.
Things immediately become … real … Christian. I don’t mean that it feels very quick and clear, good or bad, like one of those pieces you had to do if you were ever to go to vacation Bible school. Only because she is Clarke does she see the heavenly being as Lexa, and because she is Clarke she admits to having committed genocide and horrific crimes to protect those she loves. Just another day. Celestial Lexa is unfazed by Clarke’s absolutely terrible defense of humanity, largely because Clarke really is a terrible person. She hasn’t bathed since season two, and we all know she killed a lot of people, including Bellamy, to protect “her” people. She has never sought peace or unity and has always been out for herself. It made her an interesting central figure, but just as Dany melted Westeros alive, it made her a villain.
Lexa tells Clarke that she has just sentenced mankind to death and knocks them out of their star-filled dock. Clarke then does what Clarke increasingly did as she grew older. She decides to focus on others and rushes to Maddie to see the end time. At that moment, Raven enters, jumps into the portal to the test area and requests a retry. And she gets it.
While Clarke has split off to a place just a little bit villainous this season, Raven has quietly anticipated the damage she and her friends have done. Earlier this season she killed a man when she probably didn’t have to to protect her friends, and where Clarke nodded and accepted this as a necessary sacrifice, Raven wondered if there was any other way to deal with disagreement than, you know murder.
The Heavenly One greets Raven and looks like Clarke’s dead mother, Abby. Do you remember abby Long before she was a drug addict, she and Raven had one of the most compelling and timely adult relationships on the show. It was such a good relationship that it worked whenever they were reunited – even if it was episodes or entire seasons between them. Raven accepts the appearance of her dead friend and spends most of her time convincing this creature that humanity is worth something. She gets support from Octavia – back in fabulous makeup – who manages to get the two warring factions of humanity not to commit suicide long enough for the heavenly being to realize that most humans might not be sucking.
Rather than giving humans more time to grow, as Raven asked for, the being decides that they can all transcend whatever! Every person on every planet transforms into tiny balls of light and leaves glowing trees behind. However, Clarke is left alone because not only did she fail the test, but she also committed murder while take the test and frankly that’s pretty bad!
Almost as bad as it was when the U2 entered, when Clarke was the only living creature to wander through a series of worlds and there was apparently a dog left in all of the universes. If the show had ended there it would have been bizarre and strange and confusing, but that’s it The 100 And it doesn’t know when to stop
Of course, Celestial Lexa reappeared and just as I was starting to assume the show would end with Clarke and Celestial Lexa, Clarke turned a corner and found all of her friends alive. Because they had peace and eternity, but decided to live together in one big hut by a river on earth.
Maybe that’s not as bad as Tyrion telling the audience that Bran had the best story and was supposed to be king, but similar to undeserved. And wild. And nonsensical. And ridiculous.
When everyone started to die in the middle of the episode, I texted a friend and said, “We’re going to have an anime ending.” This is an abbreviation for all those shows in which everyone dies in the final episodes and the hero then either recreates the world or travels to an alternate universe or does a rapture. The 100 Somehow the anime ended and then, like many other times over the course of the show, he screwed it up, leaving a group of 12 people alone at the end of the creation. Seldom has a show had such extraordinary potential and made it so bad.
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