The 100's Best Episodes
The 100 has been on the air for 4 seasons, with a fifth season scheduled to premiere on April 24, 2018, and has seen 58 episodes come to life on small screens everywhere. WIth production on Season 5 officially wrapped and several months to go before we can expect to see new content, Truth Bee Told thought it would be fun to attempt to compile a (by no means exhaustive) list of the The 100’s best episodes so far.
We had each of the main contributors behind Truth Bee Told as well as a couple of guest contributors pick their top 5 episodes from the first four seasons of The 100. A points system was used (5 points assigned for every top pick, 4 points for every second pick, etc.), and a final cumulative list was assembled.
Between seven contributors, 17 episodes were chosen, a clear indication of how many strong episodes this show has. However, one episode in particular clearly came out on top. Read the results, as well as why everyone picked the episodes they did, below!
14 (tied): 3x16 “Perverse Instantiation Part 2”
Total Points: 1
Picked by April
April: The conclusion to Season 3 was fast-paced and action-filled and did a lot right, even as it did a few things wrong. Although their initial plan to save the ALIE-fied citizens of the City of Light has failed, Clarke comes up with a last-ditch solution: she needs to take the Flame and enter the City of Light. There’s a bit of questionable science here, but the teamwork we see at play in this episode is breathtaking, especially when one considers just how broken the group was for the majority of Season 3. One of my favorite aspects of this show has always been the dynamic between Raven, Bellamy, and Clarke, and we get to see it in full effect this episode: while Clarke enters the City of Light, Bellamy leads the rest of the group in an attempt to “hold the fort”, and Raven finds a way to handily point Clarke in the right direction. Clarke gets to have a last goodbye with Lexa here, and it’s something she desperately needed to truly begin the healing process. Although there were a couple of missteps, the overall theme of “United We Stand, Divided We Fall” resonated well in this episode.
14 (tied): 2x05 “Human Trials”
Total Points: 1
Picked by Gina
Gina: Before you think this is here just for THE hug, I’d like to say that this episode propels the plot forward significantly, both in Mount Weather and in Camp Jaha. The stressful lead up to Finn’s break, in which he opens fire on a grounder village, keeps you on the edge of your seat. And finally, there are sweet moments of connection between characters that this brutal episode highlights beautifully.
14 (tied): 3x13 “Join or Die”
Total Points: 1
Picked by Allison
Allison: This episode is bittersweet because Bellamy is still struggling with the aftermath of his actions earlier in the season, leading the audience to question whether or not someone deserves forgiveness even after committing a heinous act. The scene on the beach is a great moment for Bellamy and Clarke, who had been at odds with each other for most of the season but come together here to forgive each other and reaffirm how much they need each other. I loved the hunt for Luna because we got to learn more about why they needed Nightblood, and the scenes in Polis were gut-wrenching to watch; Kane’s crucifixion scene is going to haunt me forever.
14 (tied): 4x12 “The Chosen”
Total Points: 1
Picked by Sam
Sam: The Chosen is an episode that draws heavily on events from the past, with devastating effect. As fighting breaks out in the bunker over who gets to stay inside and who will be trapped outside to be swallowed by the death wave, the focus shifts to tender character beats: David Miller gives up his spot in the bunker for his son, Nathan; Abby insists to a broken Kane that her place be given to someone more deserving; a man desperately fights for a place so that his child won’t grow up without a father. Ultimately, in a scene that pays haunting tribute to the culling from Season 1, the Arkadians in the bunker are knocked unconscious with gas and, using the list Clarke created earlier in the season, those deemed non-essential to survival are taken outside. The tragedy of the scene is surmised by Kane as he says in a shattered whisper, “This is how we save our people.”
10 (tied): 4x09 “DNR”
Total Points: 2
Picked by April
April: I’m not going to beat around the bush with this one. I like it mostly because we finally get to see someone call Clarke out on her treatment of the Grounders. Over and over again, we’ve been led to believe that Clarke is largely tolerant and accepting of the Grounders. We’re made to believe that Clarke respects their belief system and their lives, but when it comes down to the wire, Clarke is finally exposed to all and sundry (even if I thought the message would have played better coming from Indra or Gaia as opposed to Roan—both WOC and Gaia extremely strong in her faith, which Clarke just desecrated). There are other people this show definitely needs to do this with (Octavia Blake is a big example), but the fact that the show actually painted Clarke’s actions as wrong earned a big sigh of “Finally” from me.
10 (tied) 1x05 “Twilight’s Last Gleaming”
Total Points: 2
Picked by Michaela
Michaela: The first time the show had a shocking tragedy occur when the audience was expecting the characters to figure out a way around it was in Episode 5 of Season 1, entitled Twilight’s Last Gleaming. It has two of my favorite side characters, Tor and Reese Lemkin, and a touching display of humanity’s goodness that makes my eyes well up whenever I watch it.
10 (tied): 4x03 “The Four Horsemen”
Total Points: 2
Picked by Allison
Allison: I felt the sense of urgency that the characters felt and it led me to dwell on some tough questions: Who gets to be on the survival list? How do you choose? One of my favorite surprises of the season was the discovery of Indra’s daughter, Gaia through her emotional reunion with her mother. Indra’s reluctance to accept her daughter’s career path is a painful reminder of the dilemma many young adults face. Should you pursue your own career path or follow the career your parents want for you? Indra has been a fan favorite of mine since Season 2 because of her loyalty and quick wit, and Gaia has so much potential, as demonstrated in this introductory episode.
10 (tied): 4x08 “God Complex”
Total Points: 2
Picked by Sam
Sam: God Complex features some incredible character moments brought to life by outstanding acting; in particular, Richard Harmon and Devon Bostick are commendable in this episode. It also centres around key moments for both Bellamy and Clarke: Bellamy, after receiving a heartfelt speech from Jasper about how he’s wasting his last days on Earth wallowing in guilt over the things he’s done, finally lets go enough to enjoy life a little; and Clarke comes close to performing another unforgivable act herself—using Emori as a test subject for their homegrown nightblood solution—before remembering the words of Dante Wallace and ultimately sacrificing herself instead. This episode also includes the fantastic and never-before-seen team-up of Monty, Kane, Jaha, Indra, and Gaia in the city of Polis.
9. 4x10 “Die All, Die Merrily”
Total Points: 3
Picked by Allison
Allison: This episode felt like a movie; the choreography was incredible and the cinematography swept me away. The constant action kept me invested and the poignant deaths were very emotional. Illian and Roan’s deaths in particular were difficult to accept because I had gotten so attached to their characters—I wanted to know more about their backstories and see them interact with each other. This episode is truly one for the writers, cast, and crew to be proud of.
7 (tied): 3x15 “Perverse Instantiation Part 1”
Total Points: 4
Picked by Gina, Alyssa
Gina: This episode has it all: Bellamy and Clarke working together again, and reluctantly teaming up with Roan. Bellamy and Murphy teaming up to beat up ALIE zombies in an elevator, a tower rescue from a flippin’ fairytale, and Clarke facing her ALIE-controlled mother saying “start with Bellamy Blake.” It’s just a delightful ball of stress the whole time.
Alyssa: Earlier in Season 3 the show explored several different groups dealing with their own issues and conflicts, but now at the end of the season they have all banded together in the face of a common enemy. I also enjoyed the comparison between Clarke at the end of Season 3 and Clarke at the end of Season 2. At the end of Season 2 she’s very unsure of herself as a leader, unsure of what to do and if she should trust herself in a leadership role, but by the end of season 3 she’s slowly finding her way back.
7 (tied): 2x08 “Spacewalker”
Total Points: 4
Picked by Sarah, Michaela
Sarah: Spacewalker was one hell of a mid-season finale. It was a Finn-centric episode and while he was far from my favorite character, it still tugged on my heartstrings. We found out the truth of the “Spacewalker” incident: Raven was the real spacewalker and Finn took her place to protect her. It was also the episode in which Clarke mercy-killed Finn, who was about to be tortured and killed by the grounders. Right up until the very last minute, there was hope that Clarke would save him. She didn’t, and it was certainly a heart-stopping moment.
Michaela: Spacewalker had two of my favorite components: flashbacks and tragic heartbreak. I never want horrible things to happen to the characters, but strangely enough, the episodes where they do happen often turn out to be my favorites. Sometimes you just need a good cry, you know? Spacewalker was one of those episodes where you’re expecting them to figure out a way to save the day, up until the final moments, and then Clarke turns around with a bloody knife in her hand, and Finn’s body slumps down on the pole where he’s tied. I was never a big fan of Finn’s, but Clarke’s and Raven’s reactions to his death makes me bawl every time.
5 (tied): 4x11 “The Other Side”
Total Points: 6
Picked by Sarah, Michaela
Sarah: The Other Side is one of my favorites for one reason and one reason alone: Jasper. All his pain and suffering had finally reached its climax. We see Clarke dealing with the ramifications of her decision to hide all of the sky people in the bunker, while all the other clans waited to see which clan would be victorious in the conclave. By the end of the episode, everyone agrees to share the bunker, but we still have to say goodbye to Jasper and the rest of the delinquents who have done nothing but suffer since they landed on the ground. Jasper, dead in the radiated moonlight, is something I will never be able to get over seeing.
Michaela: My favorite episode is Episode 11 of Season 4, The Other Side. This episode was Henry Ian Cusick’s directorial debut, and, as most fans figured out based on the name, it featured the death of Jasper. I would have much preferred Jasper survive, but Cusick did a masterful job of directing the heartbreaking scene between Monty and Jasper just before Jasper died. This episode also features Raven deciding to save herself, with the help of a hallucination of Sinclair, her father figure who died in Season 3. Everything about Raven’s storyline in this episode was amazing, and I cried (shocker, I know) when she declared, “I don’t choose pain. I choose life.”
5 (tied): 1x06 “His Sister’s Keeper”
Total Points: 6
Picked by Sarah, April
Sarah: His Sister’s Keeper is one of my top episodes because we learn so much about who Bellamy Blake is and how he would do anything to protect the ones he loves (e.g. his sister). We learn how Octavia had only known the four walls of their apartment on the Ark and how she longed to go outside. Once given that freedom, we see how everything is taken away from this family, including their mother. It’s a top Blake episode and a top Bellamy episode.
April: I’m one of Bellamy Blake’s biggest fans; I’ve been rooting for him since the pilot and I was finally rewarded in this episode. Focused almost exclusively on the relationship between the Blake siblings, the episode is spent bouncing back and forth between the past and the present. It’s the first time we’re actually given a deeper insight into who Bellamy is, as the audience gets to see the person behind the mask he presents to the world. In flashbacks, we see Bellamy doing all he can to keep Octavia safe, even joining the guard as a cadet. His new position makes him complacent, however, and his choice to sneak Octavia to a dance eventually results Octavia’s imprisonment, Aurora Blake’s death, and Bellamy’s demotion to janitor. In the present, Bellamy is once again put in a position where Octavia is endangered, and we begin to understand for the first time that so much of who Bellamy is is because of his complicated relationship with his mother. It’s this episode that raises Bellamy from a simple, two-dimensional character to a three-dimensional character with hidden depths.
4. 3x11 “Nevermore”
Total Points: 11
Picked by Sarah, Michaela, April, Alyssa
Sarah: Nevermore is one of my favorite episodes, not only because it shows the core group of delinquents working together again (my ultimate weakness), but also because of Lindsey Morgan’s brilliant acting. It’s probably one of her best episodes in the whole series. She not only embodies Raven Reyes, but she also embodies Raven under the complete control of A.L.I.E. It’s a constant exciting battle between A.L.I.E.!Raven and Raven’s loved ones.
Michaela: Nevermore gets a spot on my favorites list because, in a season where Clarke was mostly separated from the rest of the delinquents and was often hard to recognize as the Clarke we thought we knew, this episode reunites the core characters and has them all working together to save Raven. Lindsey Morgan’s acting as ALIE-possessed Raven is stellar, and I also appreciate that it was realistically difficult for the characters to be back together after the events of Mount Weather in the Season 2 finale. And of course, it has some tragedy—Monty is forced to kill his own mother, who was possessed by ALIE.
April: Tensions and emotions are high in this episode. Raven has been completely possessed by ALIE, Clarke has lost Lexa, whom she loved, Bellamy is still reeling from his assault at Octavia’s hands and his guilt over Lincoln’s death—the list goes on. Everything that could go wrong has, and the Core Team has never been more split than they are now. This episode works well because, as a bottle episode, we get to spend some much needed time dealing with the characters’ grief and disillusionment. Even with a smaller cast, there’s still a lot to digest with this episode; in the end a lot of negative feelings are aired out, and even if everything isn’t solved right now, you leave the episode with the feeling that healing is beginning both physically and mentally.
Alyssa: To be honest, this episode won a spot in my top five mostly because of Lindsey Morgan’s acting. Aside from the creepy Exorcist vibe this episode gives off, it also uses ALIE’s “possession” and Raven’s knowledge of her friends to both call them out and analyze their characters, for better or worse. This episode is essentially an hour of examining these characters and their relationships, which was fascinating. This was basically a nice cleanse that the show needed—after all the drama with grounder politics, it was so nice to have the delinquents united and hashing it out.
3. 2x16 “Blood Must Have Blood Part 2”
Total Points: 14
Picked by Sam, Sarah, Gina, Alyssa
Sam: The Season 2 finale is the culmination of Clarke and Bellamy’s season-long goal to save their people, with devastating results. Abandoned by their grounder allies and with the lives of their loved ones in danger, together (with Monty’s help) they choose to irradiate Mount Weather, killing everyone inside. The weight of this decision carries through a heart-rending scene in which we see the citizens of the mountain, some of them allies—including Maya, Jasper’s love—break out in radiation burns and perish. In the end, Clarke cannot bear the enormity of what she’s done and chooses to leave Arkadia, breaking the hearts of both Bellamy and the audience.
Sarah: Blood Must Have Blood Part 2 is my favorite season finale of The 100. Clarke, Bellamy, and Monty work together to find a way to stop the Mountain Men from killing the rest of their people after the grounders leave them to their fate, and each of them is irrevocably damaged by what they had to do to survive. We leave the sky people with the beautiful and tragic cover of Knocking On Heaven’s Door by RAIGN; there’s a pain that lingers whenever I hear this song. The entire scene is full of relief and heartbreak and it really pulls the whole season together.
Gina: This episode is pure traumatizing art. The impossible decision that Clarke, Bellamy and Monty face. The high-stakes fight just to live. The drilling for bone marrow. The tears. “Together.” It’s SO much. Then they hit you with that scene with Clarke and Bellamy outside of the camp while a cover of “Knocking On Heaven’s Door” by RAIGN plays. A kiss on the cheek. A goodbye. It’s too much and not enough all at once.
Alyssa: If you doubted that The 100 was a dark show before this episode, this finale definitely changed that. We see Clarke, with the help of Bellamy and Monty, completely irradiate the Mount Weather bunker, killing every single one of the “Mountain Men.” As someone who came to the ground believing that they could (and should) do better as a people, it’s even more devastating to watch Clarke and Bellamy pull that lever. Up until now, the show has relied heavily on the debate between “good guys” and “bad guys,” but as Abby says in this episode, “Maybe there are no good guys.” This is obviously a turning point for Clarke and for the show itself, opening up a whole new chapter for the show to address this terrible realization in future seasons.
2. 1x08 “Day Trip”
Total points: 19
Picked by Sam, Allison, Gina, Alyssa
Sam: Day Trip has been my favourite episode for so long now that it’s hard to imagine any new episode taking its crown. This episode does a fantastic job of letting the audience into the minds of both Bellamy and Clarke, two leaders who sometimes feel like they’re in over their heads—both with trying to keep the delinquents in their care alive and in wrestling with their own demons. Mixed in with the gravity of the A-plot is a truly delightful and hilarious B-plot featuring most of the delinquents high on hallucinogenic nuts (one of the only times the show ventures into the land of comedy).
Allison: Day Trip solidified my love of Bellamy and Clarke’s dynamic, as they opened up to one another for the first time and encouraged each other to face their demons. The hallucinogenic nuts plot brought some much needed comedy to the show, including one of my favorite lines from Raven, “You are the most beautiful broom in a broom closet full of brooms.” This episode had it all and more, I never wanted it to end!
Gina: If you knew me you’d know how predictable this is. For me, this episode set up the beautiful co-leader relationship of Bellamy and Clarke. It also showed the audience the fears and vulnerabilities of the two leads so well. And that tree scene, am I right?
Alyssa: This episode definitely gets nostalgia points, but it’s still one of the most interesting and well-acted episodes of the series, in my opinion. Most of all, it’s a favorite in terms of character development for Clarke and Bellamy separately, as well as their relationship with each other, whether you happen to see them as romantic or not. The scene when Clarke offers Bellamy forgiveness is such an important one for both the show and these characters, and it doesn’t hurt that Bob Morley is so convincing as a tormented Bellamy. This episode opens up opportunities for character development, more complex relationships between characters, and introduces some of The 100’s favorite themes: guilt, forgiveness, and a struggle to maintain your humanity in increasingly dire circumstances.
1. 4x13 “Praimfaya”
Total points: 26
Picked by Sam, Allison, Michaela, Gina, April, Alyssa
Sam: Praimfaya takes place almost in real time as a clock counts down the minutes and then seconds until the end of the world. But for an episode that focuses largely on action, it also takes the time for some beautiful and well-earned emotional beats as well. My heart broke along with Bellamy’s when he came to terms with the fact that they would have to leave Clarke behind, and that epilogue! The transition from Bellamy and Raven looking down on a scorched Earth to Clarke, six years later, drinking in the clean rain, is one of the most breathtaking things this show has ever done.
Allison: The Season 4 finale kept me glued to the screen as the timer counting down to the end of the world had my heart racing throughout the episode. Tough calls were made as Clarke chose to stay behind and Bellamy chose to leave without her, decisions which spoke to the growth of both characters this season. I enjoyed the six year time jump because the characters arcs will be renewed; a lot can happen in six years and I’m excited to see how everyone has changed.
Michaela: Praimfaya is widely recognized as the best season finale The 100 has had to date, if not the best episode period. While large chunks of the script had been leaked earlier in the year, which took away from some of the intensity, it was still a heart-pounding, edge-of-your-seat roller coaster ride. We saw new character interactions, like Monty with Murphy, and the frenetic racing of the clock was so impressive that my heart rate is going up just writing this. Very few die-hard fans were surprised by Clarke being left behind on earth, but the 6-year time jump, essentially rebooting the series, was both exciting and heartbreaking. This episode also featured some of my favorite soundtrack pieces—Tree Adams never disappoints.
Gina: This may very well be the best episode of this show to date. Racing against the end of the world. Beautiful character moments. The long overdue head and heart talk between Bellamy and Clarke.“I’ve got you for that.” The action. The sacrifices made. And boy, oh boy, that twist of a last scene. “I see you.” I’m gonna stop before I cry.
April: Praimfaya has everything that a finale is supposed to have: high stakes, drama, life and death choices, and real emotions. We see Echo, a hardened assassin, terrified of attempting something that to her likely seems impossible; Raven, the smartest badass on the show, doubts her brain and her skill, because she knows that if she fails, they all die; and Bellamy is finally given the opportunity to shine as the “head and heart” leader that he’s always been capable of being, as Clarke forces herself to take a step back due to fears that a hallucination of Abby’s might become reality. The strongest emotional thread is hope, embodied by Bellamy Blake. He finds a way to reassure each member of the team, helping them carry on when they’ve given up, and when it comes time to make that final, impossible decision, it’s hope for the future that allows him to close the door and tell Raven to start the launch sequence. There’s also that shocking leap forward, moving us six years into the future and onto an older (and hopefully wiser) Clarke. The 100 sets itself up for an amazing Season 5 with this finale.
Alyssa: There are a ton of powerful scenes all bunched together in this one episode: our favorite characters watching the death wave destroy Polis and Arkadia via drone feed from Becca’s lab, Monty and Murphy hashing it out while hurrying to get the oxygenator that they need in order to survive in space, Clarke running for her life towards Becca’s lab with the death wave visible behind her, the look on both Emori’s and Echo’s faces when watching Raven float in space, the look of desperation on Bellamy’s face while he’s waiting for Clarke to make it back from the tower and when he finally realizes they have to leave her behind. Last but not least, Bellamy and Clarke’s clear connection in this episode is a GIFT.
With a limit of five picks apiece, there were a ton of quality episodes that ended up not being selected. What are you favourite episodes of The 100 that didn’t make the list? Let us know in the comments below!