Episode 1 of season 3 was about loss. Here's where the spoilers begin.
Clarke is dealing with her culpability in the massive loss of human life she caused at the end of Season 2. It has sparked with her a deep confusion that she's dealing with by running away. She ran away from her old life, her people, and her family while using reckless hunting to sustain herself in her self imposed exile. Her confusion with her sexuality and the use of sex to somehow numb her pain. We see this in some of our students who have suffered from abuse and/or personal loss of a loved one. I've had a few students and friends over the years who have lost a parent during their formative years and turned to similar behaviors to cope. She's ultimately captured by Roan (Zach McGowan) who is basically, it seems, Charles Vane from Black Sails but in the future. Her reckless behavior has landed her in danger. Very exciting.
Clarke's mother Abigail is dealing with the loss of her daughter. She's struggling to keep the community together as chancellor and healthy as doctor. Raven points out that she's bad at both because she's too consumed with worry and guilt about her daughter disappearing. I tend to agree. She doesn't seem to have much control and it may be time for a new leader at camp sky people.
Raven is dealing with her loss of mobility and, while still very helpful, she's hiding her very physical pain and also her emotional pain dating all the way back to season one.
Jasper is dealing with the loss of the girl from the mountain (Maya) and has turned to alcohol and reckless behavior to cope. He has lost his grip on life and seems to be seeking death. He gets everyone in trouble, potentially breaking the truce between the tribes and nearly getting killed in the process by the ice people. He even gets punched in the face by Shawn Mendes!
Octavia continues to be my least favorite characters, but she's tied closely together with Lincoln, one of my favorite characters. Together they provide a canvass upon which a very Romeo & Juliette story is painted. It's an interesting lens through which the show explores race and identity. She is dealing with the perceived loss of culture within the man that she has fallen in love with. It begs the question of if she loves him or that he is different from the people that abandoned her as a child. She has adopted a new culture and is fiercely loyal to it. It is kind of odd at times, but I'm interested in how it develops this season now that Lincoln is assimilating, in a way, into the society of the sky people.
Jaha and John's story bores me. The AI that maybe destroyed the world because humans are overpopulated story is falling flat with me.
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