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“The 100” Review: ‘Children of Gabriel’ – No Answers, New Questions

The 100 -- "The Children of Gabriel" -- Image Number: HU603a_0050b.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): JR Bourne as Russel VII and Eliza Taylor as Clarke -- Photo: Diyah Pera/The CW -- © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.
The 100 — “The Children of Gabriel” — Image Number: HU603a_0194b.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Ashleigh Lathrop as Delilah and Shannon Kook as Jordan Green — Photo: Diyah Pera/The CW — © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Things I Didn’t Like

Jordan and Delilah*: I am not a fan of the fact that Jordan told Delilah everything about Clarke and the others history. I completely understand that this is first human interaction outside of his parents and he’s still a precious bean, but he has a lot to learn. To be fair he was raised in an extremely sheltered environment without the politics that come with war and diplomacy. He gets a pass. Delilah also gets a pass because I am choosing to believe that she did not intentionally manipulate him just to report back to Russell and Simone, she probably had little choice in the matter. More than that, if she was concerned enough about what she heard from Jordan, she probably felt obligated to warn them.

Raven: Girl, you’re grieving. You’re hurt, you’re pissed, you are upset. But can you stop attacking Clarke for just breathing?  “Didn’t realize you were giving the orders again, Clarke.” You didn’t hesitate to take her orders when she said weapons down and you dropped that gun like it was on fire. Emori had no problem demanding that Clarke reassure Murphy that he was alive, awake, and okay. You can’t have it both ways. You either want to punish her for the rest of her life or you want her as your leader. Hash it out. It’s time.

Let the past die. Kill it if you have to/”Or should I call you Wanheda?”: We are on a brand-new planet, 200+ years in to the future and yet somehow we are still dealing with the belief that having a different blood type somehow makes you more special than anyone else.

There’s a lot of “blood purity” stuff I can insert here to explain why this is so problematic but I won’t bore you with it. But the nightblood, the flame, chips, all of that? It’s just a repeat of what we’ve already seen. Book Two is supposed to be a fresh start and a new story. I am hoping against hope that this story, which is so far proving to be pretty solid, doesn’t fall back on to what it’s already shown us for three seasons in a row. Also, no. You should never call her Wanheda. Let’s leave that behind on the twice scorched Earth too.

Promos: This has nothing to do with the show in general and everything to do with the promos. Why are they so short? It feels like if you blink you miss the entire thing. Give me something of substance!

Honorable Mentions

Murphy: So….Murphy was big dead. He actually died. Upon waking he believes he’s going to hell for all of his actions in trying to repeatedly save his own ass. Don’t sell yourself short, Murphy! Yes, you’re a cockroach that is all about survival but you also have helped the group out, time and time again. In all seriousness, Murphy’s arc is probably going to take an extremely dark turn this season as he copes with his own morality and the actions of his own past. On a sidenote, he too can lay off “Princess Clarke” (as if she hasn’t had that nickname for over two hundred years now) since they’re cut of the same cloth. As Clarke told him, “Don’t worry. Hell’s big enough for both of us.”

Delilah: There’s so much to unpack about this character and she was just introduced this episode! The audience could pick up on some nervousness from Delilah about coming “Priya The Seventh.” as she was explaining The Naming to Jordan. She seems nervous and maybe even reluctant. In their next scene she tells him that she wishes she had longer because “tomorrow, everything changes.” More on that below.

“The old man”/”Death to the Primes”/”Death Is Life”/The Children of Gabriel”: Clearly, we’re only at the very beginning of this particular story but there are some things that we can certainly pick up on. The Children of Gabriel and The “Royals” don’t like each other and are most definitely at war of some kind. The Children of Gabriel peeps kidnapped Rose and attempted to kidnap Delilah simply because they were hosts-aka nightbloods-destined to become Royals/Primes. They also beheaded two of the corpses left on the transport ship from last episode which makes me believe that when they say “Death is not the end” they certainly mean it. As much as I’m hoping that there’s no version of chips or Flames involved, we can assume that by beheading the corpses, it means they can’t “come back to life” in some way.  And perhaps the “Old Man” is the original Gabriel who they are anxiously awaiting to return to them.


I still believe that my theory from last week-that some way, Clarke is going to become Josephine-is a valid one. If anything, this episode provided me with more evidence to back that theory up.

Delilah acted that after her naming as Priya The Seventh, she would be a completely different person, it’s why she wanted to spend more time with Jordan. She also wanted to have sex with him “all night” because it seemed like the last decision she could make for herself. Also, we have the information that Russell’s daughter died six years ago and as we all know, the original Russell also had a daughter named Josephine. Interesting to note is the camera focus when Rose’s mother asked Russell, “How would you feel if it was your daughter’s turn?” and the camera focuses in on Clarke. And this is shortly after Russell has found out that Clarke has the same blood as him.

We also see in the promo for next week Clarke looking like she herself has been hit with a paralytic dart, down in a dark room, on a table. This could be it! I believe the consciousness of the original people goes in to the new hosts at the naming ceremonies and they take over the hosts body. Either way, I’m excited to see it.

Obviously something sketchy is going on with the Royals/Primes and Sanctum in general. While they’re portrayed to be “the good guys” something tells me that by season end, the Children of Gabriel will actually be the ones who turn out to be the ones everyone can trust. And, of course, Octavia will be one of them and somehow warn them all, thus leading to her redemption.

That’s it for this week. What are you theories? Let us know in the comments below!

Watch The 100 Tuesday’s at 9/8 on The CW.

Heather Mason
Heather Mason joined the TV Source Magazine team in December 2017 with plans to cover The CW's 100.

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