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‘The 100’ 5×06 “Exit Wounds” Review: Never meet your heroes

The 100 5×06, Season 5, Episode 6 Review: “Exit Wounds,” Aired June 5, 2018

We have hit the midway point in the season, and if you are still not convinced that Season 5 is the show’s best yet – you’re kinda the enemy of Wonkru. In this episode, everyone is ready to fight, but their inner conflicts are their biggest adversaries right now. They are all fighting their own demons as well as plotting against each other and it is making things more complicated than ever!  Let’s dive into the psychological warfare that everyone is engaged in, because baby – they are all already at war.

Diyoza’s tactics, Clarke’s motherly instincts, the Wonkru mentality, Bellamy’s constant moral struggle, Octavia’s iron fist rule, and Kane’s betrayal are all pieces to a larger puzzle of this season’s psychological battle that is well under way. While some of the parties claim they are in it for peace, Clarke has made it very clear that she is only interested in protecting her new family, Madi. But how does that play into the larger picture? Clarke is usually at the center of these conflicts – fighting to make things right, but now she is ready to leave them all behind for the safety of Madi.

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Why? Because the already delicate structure of Wonkru will shatter once the Grounders realize that there is a living heir to the Grounder empire. Now that they are out of the bunker, people are itching to escape the tyrannical power of Blodreina and after seeing her “ways” over the last few episodes, we can’t say we blame them. She did what she had to do to keep them alive, but Wonkru’s survival instincts are kicking in hard when Diyoza starts dangling an invitation to paradise. Nobody can leave Wonkru without being subjected to the wrath of Octavia and it’s honestly a little terrifying.

Everything is a mind-game with Octavia mainly because nobody (including us) is certain what she is capable of these days. Despite the warning signs, Madi is completely awestruck by the Octavia she knows from Clarke’s stories. Unfortunately for the only true Nightblood, Octavia is not the girl from the stories. Madi’s hero is as ruthless as the bunker is (likely) smelly.

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We can totally see why Clarke wants to get her precious girl the F*CK outta Polis. Just because Octavia declared the clans officially Wonkru, doesn’t mean they have all forgotten the decades of tradition that they had on the ground before all of this. Madi is the savior in the eyes of some and that makes her the biggest threat that Wonkru has ever seen!

Clarke wants them to run, but Madi tries her hand (literally) at peace with Octavia. She goes to her and tells her everything and Clarke’s face in that moment says it all. And from a parental perspective, it’s a devastating blow to Clarke. Madi’s hero is not the Octavia we once knew and Clarke knows it. When Octavia had gone off the rails in the past, Bellamy was always able to get her back – but those days are over. Madi may have been acting out of love for Clarke, but she may have just made a deal with the devil.

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Elsewhere in this rather plot packed and intense episode, we saw some shifts. Murphy and Emori got back to their roots as a couple of roadside trouble makers, and this time it gives them some huge leverage in their battle with Diyoza. Both sides have a hostage now (Raven is still with Shaw) and we are hoping they can just make an even trade. But alas, nothing is ever easy on this show.

Kane’s shift back into his old ways of self preservation are a little shocking. He must know that this double agent work is going to lead to a big show down with Wonkru, but maybe he just doesn’t care. Something major must have happened in that Bunker to make Kane so ready to cut Wonkru down, but we still don’t know what that is. (Our bet – cannibalism!)

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Also, we need to address the Becho shaped elephant in the room. We totally understand why they are a couple, but we just can’t get our heads around it. Maybe it’s because we didn’t see how this love story developed, or maybe it’s because our hearts are aching for Bellarke to go from slow burn to an official couple – but we aren’t feeling these Becho moments. They aren’t earned. (Sorry.)

That was quite a goodbye and we are thinking that because they made such a show of it, it is (hopefully) the last we will see of Becho for a while. So, now that Echo has infiltrated Diyoza’s camp, we are ready to start liking her again. She is finally doing something for our favorite characters and we like that she will be doing it WITHOUT her tongue down Bellamy’s throat. We want to see her running sh*t like a bad-ass, not a footnote in the inevitable Bellarke endgame we see on the horizon.

The 100 — “Exit Wounds” — Photo: Michael Courtney/The CW — 2018 The CW Network, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All of the major players are in place for the next round of hero vs. hero. Nobody in this fight is going to back down because they all think they are the only good guys in this conflict. So, what’s next for the only speck of innocence left in the world? Madi has gone in and tried to make things right, but Octavia’s smile didn’t give us the warm and fuzzy vibes. Will Bellamy and Clarke finally team back up (fully this time) and save them all from themselves? Heroes aren’t coming to save them. They all need to find a way to reconcile who they had to be for the last six years with the people they need to be to survive on the ground or they need to let Bellarke take the wheel and guide them to the literal promise land.

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Season 5 Bellarke Hug Count: 2

May we meet again!

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Meg Bonney

Meg is a TV obsessed writer based in the Midwest. She is also the author of the award winning YA-Fantasy novel, EVERLY and tends to be overly caffeinated. Find her on Twitter to chat about TV, books and Bellamy Blake's freckles.

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