WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers for The 100 Season 7, Episode 3 “False Gods,” which aired Wednesday on The CW.
As the characters of The 100 endured the harsh post-apocalyptic world in which the vast majority of humanity had been eradicated, individuals were repeatedly forced to make impossible decisions just to stay alive. This led to everything from deceit and murder to all-out war and institutionalized cannibalism. However, for the first six seasons of the series, one character hasn’t had to compromise her moral code for survival: Raven Reyes.
As the community’s chief engineer and tech specialist, Raven has largely stayed away from violence, instead running support while maintaining her de facto position as the team’s moral compass. By the seventh and final season, however, things have become so desperate that this is no longer the case.
The centuries-old nuclear reactor that has kept the power running on the human colony of Sanctum has begun to fail by the season’s third episode, with the resulting radiation leak causing the gruesome deaths of those tasked with monitoring it. Learning of this, Raven realizes she only has hours to act before a nuclear meltdown completely obliterates the fragile community in radioactive fire. When a hardened convict that traveled to Sanctum with her reveals he was a skilled mechanic before descending into a life of crime, Raven decides to have him make the repairs while downplaying the danger of the task at hand to him and his friends.
The radiation leak ultimately proves more lethal than Raven anticipated, and even those outside the reactor room show signs of advanced radiation sickness from being in its immediate proximity. Despite this, Raven continues to lie to the repair workers because she knows they only have minutes to spare until the complete meltdown. They manage to complete the repairs and save the community, but at the cost of their lives.
While Raven is visibly burdened by her actions, John Murphy comments that Raven no longer has the moral superiority that had distinguished her from her friends for years. As Raven struggles with this realization herself, she is beaten within an inch of her life by the convict’s girlfriend who swears to kill her for lying and leading those who trusted her to their deaths. Still racked with immense guilt, Raven allows this to happen without fighting back until the scuffle is broken up and she is escorted to the community’s sickbay, still haunted by the recent choices she was forced to make for the greater good.
For the past several seasons, Raven has harbored resentment toward characters like Murphy and Clarke for the bloody choices they’ve had to make over the course of the series, but she never had to make decisions of that nature herself. Now, Raven has made her first decidedly morally ambiguous move, perhaps in the entire history of the series. And with at least one character out for her blood and tensions continuing to run high on Sanctum, Raven may have literal blood on her hands before too long.
The 100 stars Eliza Taylor, Marie Avgeropoulos, Bob Morley, Lindsey Morgan, Richard Harmon, Tasya Teles and Shannon Kook. The series airs on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.
As the characters of The 100 face a new set of impossible decisions to survive, the crew's longtime moral compass is compromised.