The 100: The Dark Year
August 10, 2018 1:00 PM - Season 5, Episode 11 - Subscribe

As Clarke races to save Abby, she learns more about the trials and tribulations Wonkru faced in the bunker, and the impossible decisions they were forced to make in the dark year.

Before this episode started I had already harbored the notion that this episode was coming too late, that they should've shown this dark year earlier in the season to justify why Octavia is like this, and why everyone around her either enables her blindly or staunchly oppose her even though they were once on her side. And now I can see why they did it that way.


I don't know why I didn't consider cannibalism, but yeah that'll mess you up. And then Octavia suddenly killing people just to convince Kane to back her plan was out of nowhere. It felt like her tyranny was very sudden at the beginning of this season. But this episode portrayed a frayed Octavia in the past, unsure of the hard choices. The moment of her shooting people if they wouldn't eat their dead loved ones was a culmination of the adults putting all the pressures of their former leadership onto her; and admittedly she was not prepared to lead, but being a warrior, she could only play politics the only way she knew, with violence.

I appreciate that they not only used this exposition to show you Octavia's path, but also why Abby gives in to her addiction. She blames herself for Octavia becoming like this, and for breaking Kane's will.
posted by numaner (1 comment total)
Yeah, I'm just now catching up on this season via Netflix, but I think it's super gutsy to wait until the 11th episode of the season to show the audience the background for what happened to both Octavia and Abby and why the community in the bunker ended up in the state it was in. This is a good show!
posted by something something at 3:59 PM on September 3, 2018 [1 favorite]

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