The 100 has never taken it easy on its characters and if this week’s episode title and description are any indication, things will get much worse before they get better.
The episode is titled Gimme Shelter and in it “Clarke’s arrival on the island quickly takes a turn for the worse”.
The title of the episode is taken from a Rolling Stone’s song and the lyrics certainly apply to the plight of the characters on The 100.
The song speaks of a threatening storm, sweeping fire and the need for shelter.
Following the destruction of Arkadia and the lost rocket fuel, the grounders and Skaikru are in need of a shelter from Praimfaya, the nuclear apocalypse.
On a show with real consequences, it seems likely that this season will claim a few lives before it is over.
With The 100 thankfully renewed for a fifth season, we know that at least some of the characters will survive.
But with this show, it’s not just about who dies, but about the choices made by those who live. There are no easy answers and living while others do not is the great burden of survival.
On last week’s episode we left off with Raven having a seizure or stroke after learning of the loss of a barrel of rocket fuel.
Meanwhile Octavia has fled Arkadia after choosing not to kill Ilian. Roan’s own men betrayed him and with the return of Praimfaya now public knowledge, the situation will only get worse.
It will likely fall to Clarke, as it so often does, to make an impossible choice to save as many as she can.
In a preview clip for Gimme Shelter Bellamy returns to Arkadia just in time to be greeted by black rain. This scene hits home with the gravity of the threat.
This is not an army you can fight but a corrupted mother nature herself. It is now a race against the clock to come up with a way to use the nightblood before the radiation comes in full force.
Here is a preview scene from the episode.
The 100 airs Wednesdays at 9/8c on The CW.