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Why 'The 100' seaon 1 finale is must-see TV

The cast of "The 100."
The cast of "The 100."
The CW/Brendan Meadows, with permission

So many events take place in the Season 1 finale of "The 100," which is titled "The End of the World As We Know It," that it is must-see TV for fans of The CW futuristic series. It begins with Bellamy (Bob Morley) ordering preparations for the battle between The 100 and the grounders, even as Clarke (Eliza Taylor) pleads with him to do the right thing and find a peaceful solution to the problem. And just as Clarke feels she has persuaded her band of survivors to take a different course of action, several things happen that change the course of action -- and there is plenty of action.

As the story opens, Bellamy and Clarke stand over the grave of the 18 of those who have lost their lives since the shuttle from The Ark landed. Bellamy sees that as his failure; but Clarke is encouraging, saying that without him there would have been so much more death.

Executive producer Jason Rothenberg has requested that the specifics of the finale be kept under wraps so viewers will get the enjoyment of watching them unfold, but here a few spoilers about what happens on earth:

  • Bellamy forces Octavia (Marie Avgeropoulos) to make a difficult decision.
  • Raven makes a discovery that could be the saving of The 100.
  • Raven (Lindsey Morgan) and Clarke work closely together, putting aside their jealously over Finn (Thomas McDonnell) in a nice girl-power moment, until Jasper's (Devon Bostick) expertise is needed for the technical aspects of the work.
  • Finn makes a couple of bold moves that you just won't see coming.
  • We haven't seen the last of Murphy (Richard Harmon).
  • Octavia proves herself to be quite the woman warrior.
  • Something that was talked about in Episode 1 comes to play a role the finale

But it isn't just The 100 that see a lot of action in the Season 1 finale. There is a lot going on for those that remain on The Ark, as they desperately struggle to come up with a solution to ensure their survival. There is only 48 hours of oxygen remaining and things look grim as Jaha (Isaiah Washington), Kane (Henry Ian Cusick), and Abby (Paige Turco) try to come up with a scheme to save lives.

One thing is for sure. The body count is a lot higher than 18 by the end of tonight's Season 1 finale, which airs at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.