The 100 ALIE Theory: The Clan, Commander & Conclave Connection



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Before we dive deep down the rabbit hole together, a caveat: please note that the analysis and speculation below does NOT at all include or address any photos or footage from future episodes of The 100 (accidentally shared/leaked or purposefully spoiled). My theorizing is limited to exactly what has already been presented on screen, from Episode 101 through Episode 306.

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While I realize that the ALIE storyline on The 100 is not everyone’s cup of tea, perhaps the cohesive thread I attempt to weave from the artificial intelligence to the Grounders and Clans to the Commanders, Nightbloods and Conclave will encourage you to appreciate the direction they’re headed just a little bit more.

“The Singularity will represent the culmination of the merger of our biological thinking and existence with our technology, resulting in a world that is still human but that transcends our biological roots. Here will be no distinction, post-singularity, between human and machine nor between physical and virtual reality. If you wonder what will remain unequivocally human in such a world, it’s simply this quality: ours is the species that inherently seeks to extend its physical and mental reach beyond current limitations.”

– Ray Kurzweil, The Singularity is Near

THE CONNECTION

For almost a year now, I have been searching for and threading together a solid connection between ALIE and the Grounders; between the synthetic and authentic, high tech and humanity. My initial theory lived on a massive whiteboard from July of 2015 until recently, but has been updated and altered to the point where this article became a necessity to elaborate. Please keep in mind that 100% of what you are about to read is sheer speculation, and therefore should be taken with a grain of salt. That being said, I have dedicated a great deal of time and thought to what I present, and am sharing it with you because I am proud of the work I put into it.

In two-and-a-half seasons of The 100, we have been presented with more than one direct link between the technology and the humans. In my mind, ALIE’s master plan takes place across a veritable chessboard, controlled from the center square where she resides as the architect and panopticon within the matrix she created following the detonation of the bombs. 

ALIE

Raven: Why would the second AI be in space?
ALIE: My creator thought she needed a more secure work environment. I was the reason she wanted a more secure environment.

Space was a more secure work environment than Earth to Becca, ALIE’s creator, because the remaining space stations would not be affected by potentially catastrophic events down on the ground. Frankly, another advantage was that fewer people lived up in space, and no one would even suspect that the backup program created by an AI that destroyed Earth resided in their very living quarters.

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I am seriously questioning whether ALIE is the woman behind the curtain, so to speak, as Becca’s active operator — or if she herself was responsible for world destruction. ALIE could very well be A Lie. But ALIE is also one letter shy of both ALIvE and ALIEn. Blissfully perplexing!

It is conceivable that ALIE herself brought down the Ark, that she was responsible for the lack of remaining oxygen and resulting scarcity of resources. ALIE’s control was far-reaching, if Becca’s Polaris plan is any indication. As we learned in Episode 306 (“Bitter Harvest”),ALIE believed that Version 2.0 of her code was somewhere in the computer system of the Ark. What better way to access that system than to bring it down to her on Earth? I would argue that ALIE had a hand in the delivery of the unscathed missile carrying the unharmed Jaha as well.

It has also crossed my mind that ALIE has the ability to create other avatars, molding their likenesses from selected humans. That would explain how Ghost Wells appeared up on the Ark to Jaha, recruiting dear old dad down to Earth through emotional manipulation. I am not asserting that ALIE ever interacted with or is able to access the memories of deceased characters like Wells, or that the dead automatically travel to the City of Light (they don’t ingest the chip, after all). What I am suggesting is that ALIE may have accessed the mainframe of the Ark while it was still in space, likely searching for Version 2.0. In the space station’s computer system, she discovered and downloaded significant data about Ark residents. Before the other Arkers departed for Earth, they were monitoring the lives and deaths of the 100 kids sent down. Wells’ relation to the Ark leader, Chancellor Jaha, and details of his demise would have been noted in the system — and important for ALIE in the future.

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I also believe that the opening credit sequence of The 100 is actually the mind map created by ALIE, her giant matrix chessboard of the lands complete with players in the game stationed throughout. ALIE is Earth’s sole panopticon; she is the Architect from The Matrix, and the opening titles illustrate her surveillance grids.

Overlaying the entire opening sequence are graphics with grids and words like “trajectory” and “tracker” that all appear to be emanating from one source: ALIE’s virtual eyes in the skies. “Trajectory” is a word associated with path, direction, range and flight. Missiles and drones! “Tracker” indicates following, eavesdropping, investigating. Hello, ALIE! Add to this the fact that the words “Broadcast Uplink” flash over the Polis capitol tower and “System Status” appears next to it, and all of this adds weight to my theory.

ALIE 2.0: THE UPGRADE

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Photo of Erica Cerra as Becca courtesy of Aaron Ginsburg

Becca had the foresight to obfuscate the AI upgrade in Polaris, in the thirteenth space station — a location erased from ALIE’s memory and from all accessible data systems. Think about that for a minute. The apocalypse may have been entirely premeditated. The lengths that Becca went to in advance of destroying the planet are astounding. IF she was in the fact the one who launched the missiles.

I have to consider whether Becca created a backup AI due to legitimate fear of what ALIE was capable of. I would love to discover that the new and improved version of ALIE is actually one of the good guys, programmed to destroy ALIE 1.0 or at least put an end to her destructive plans.

Right now, ALIE 2.0 is just a ghost in the machine, a dormant or unfinished program trapped inside of the Polaris shuttle in Titus’ Polis lair. Or is it? See my Craziest Connected Theory of the Week at the end of the article!

BECCA

In 2051, Chris (Lighthouse Larry) created the ALIE avatar in Becca’s likeness. While it is unclear whether he programmed ALIE or if Becca did, the decision to feature her in a red dress was by design. Not only are you presenting an ostensibly innocuous, beautiful and alluring female form, you specifically designed her in a color symbolic of myriad possibilities; poisonous fairy-tale-red apples, Cupid, the Devil, love, war, and blood. To various cultures around the world, red represents everything from revolution, danger and evil to sex and reproduction. Most of the above is applicable to ALIE.

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In 2052, Chris killed himself because ALIE got the launch codes to the missiles. It is unknown whether said missiles were stockpiled on ALIE Island, but given the intact and pristine nature of that land, it is safe to assume that the weapons of mass destruction originated nearby but were launched to destroy locations all around the globe far enough away from ALIE Island.

There are a few plausible scenarios to explore how Becca may have hidden ALIE 2.0 on Polaris. Perhaps she was stationed up on Polaris in an unknown capacity at some point and was either sent home or banished from the space station. Given her level of intelligence, I am jumping to the conclusion that Becca was a high-ranking software engineer and officer on Polaris or in charge of operations down on Earth. Either way, I imagine Becca was also a highly ranked military operative with access to the highest levels of classified information.

While we are unaware of the details involving Becca’s ultimate fate, I feel as though ALIE must have been responsible for her creator’s death. This remains one of the most intriguing mysteries to me, and one I have to believe we will see explained in Season 3.

THE CHESSBOARD


THE CITY OF LIGHT AND DIGESTIBLE CHIPS

In the City of Light, Otan’s disfigured face was back to normal and we can assume that Raven’s leg is brace- and damage-free while she visits the counterfeit community. Back to Earth, their physical ailments and disfigurements remain intact, but without the pain previously connected to them.

Abby pointed out that after ingesting the City of Light chip, Raven’s pupils were not dilated. When your pupils widen, it is usually in response to emotion. The chips remove pain, memories and seemingly all emotions other than chemical contentment.

Jaha: It’s a silicon based device. You must ingest it. The filaments reconstitute in the brain stem and interrupt pain receptors, inhibiting certain neural pathways from firing. – Episode 306, “Bitter Harvest”

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The City of Light chips likely contain dissolvable nanotechnology. After someone ingests a chip, we have to ponder whether the effects are permanent or reversible. Raven is able to remain in a City of Light state of mind while remaining in Arkadia, which indicates that you can co-exist in both places.

To actually visit the City of Light, it appears as though you need to kneel and mediate, but I wonder whether one needs to be in proximity to Jaha’s magical tech backpack as well. Raven connected the mysterious tech backpack to the Ark mainframe while attempting to locate ALIE 2.0. There must be more than one backpack, and system server.

My interpretation of these chips, and what ALIE and Jaha fail to tell recruited humans, is that they also affect the electrical activity of brain. The chips provide the City of Light program’s control center (ALIE, the center square on her chessboard) with access and modification capabilities to reactions and responses, actions and stimuli, and memories. Utterly terrifying, if true.

BLOOD MUST HAVE BLOOD & NIGHTBLOODS

Titus: It is human nature to need vengeance. That is our way. – Episode 305, “Bitter Harvest”

Jus drein jus daun. I believe that it is far more than a Grounder phrase; Blood Must Have Blood is a program of sorts. Similar to the false concept of reincarnation that ALIE likely programmed into the Commanders via their nightblood, I believe that Blood Must Have Blood is programmed into all Commander and novitiate brains from the time they are selected and start training. To me, that is why Lexa is in great danger right now; she made the choice that Blood Must Not Have Blood. This is an unexpected glitch in ALIE’s matrix, in ALIE’s plan.

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While it may appear out of left field, I have to consider that Commander novitiates are infused with weaponized, programmable black blood. Perhaps this takes place at the Conclave, or immediately upon novitiate arrivals in Polis. Overseen by Titus, the Commander candidates undergo a procedure that inoculates their hemoglobin. Titus may not be aware of precisely why, but I suspect that he follows orders to a degree when it comes to Commander novitiates (see Titus section further down).

Creating a blood rich in traceable nanotechnology, with the ability to send messages, like warnings via nightmares — imagine the power and control. Thus, the Nightbloods. What remains a conundrum is how the messaging would be triggered, whether someone on Team ALIE is literally monitoring Nightbloods 24/7 or if their peculiar plasma is programmed to automatically sense an alarming alteration in behavior.

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Given the technology and resources that ALIE likely had at her disposal, it isn’t out of the realm of possibility that she and a team of scientists were able to create an artificial blood substitute that functioned like natural blood, using stem cells to create red blood cells. The synthetic nightblood may oxygenate the body, prevent it from infection and render it immune from poison. ALIE needs her Commander-in-Chief healthy, after all.

It is not a coincidence that Cage had a bloodletting operation called the Harvest Project and that Episode 306 of The 100 is called “Bitter Harvest.” Similar to the horrifying practice of harvesting bone marrow from captured Grounders, I believe that that latest episode was our wake-up call and clue to the Nightblood connection.

Although ALIE wanted to rid the world of “too many people,” she clearly needed humans to remain and sustain. Thus, the creation of nightblood. ALIE would retain a semblance of control through the selection of the Commanders, the most powerful leaders on what was left of the planet she destroyed.

Lexa is referred to as the Commander of Blood. The irony is not lost on me that she may in fact have zero command over her own blood, let alone that of her successor.

In 306 (“Bitter Harvest”),Lexa revealed that the former Commanders spoke to her via nightmares, and she interpreted that as a warning following her decision to choose peace over war. To me, this may be a clear example of exactly how the black blood coursing through Lexa’s veins is somewhat manipulated and controlled by ALIE.

In 302 (“Wanheda Part 2”),we learned that Nyko’s blood type is extremely rare: Rh null. An obvious conclusion would be that Grounders have been exposed to radiation and various chemicals over the last 97 years, potentially altering their bloodlines as new generations are born.

Rh null blood indicates abnormalities in red blood cells, which opens up an alternate line of thinking for Nightbloods. It could be that Nightbloods are in fact Grounders that are born with the black hemoglobin, that it is a mutation but one that renders them extremely special rather than candidates for banishment.

Emori: My people saw me as a stain on the bloodline, something to erase. – Episode 212, “Rubicon”

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That is not a throwaway line, especially now in light of the Nightblood revelations. If Nightbloods are indeed an uncommon breed, I am starting to think that all Grounders are tested or monitored as soon as they are born. There is no other way to explain how all Clans across the lands would know to bring Nightbloods to Polis. On the flip side, if ALIE has any say or play in the future of new Grounders, perhaps it is her decision to banish those born with deformities; she recruits them from birth for future technology scavenging, unbeknownst to them or to their families. Again, this would be a way of life that Grounders accept because it is the way it has always been, a tradition they don’t question.

Whatever the case may be, my hope is that Dr. Abigail Griffin is one of our heroes by the end of Season 3 — that Abby uses her expertise to decipher the medical mysteries behind the City of Light chips and the Nightbloods.

INFINITY AND SYMBOLISM

Red is the not the warmest color, at least on The 100. I find that there are specific and less-than-subtle hints connecting ALIE to the Grounders right before our eyes, such as ALIE’s red dress and the Commander’s red sash.

The infinity symbol IS Becca’s brand. It is imprinted on the glowing orb in the magical City of Light tech backpack and on the Polaris shuttle.

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The very definition of infinity implies “forever.” On this show, the infinity symbol likely represents the concept of immortality that ALIE believes everyone can achieve in the City of Light. And The 100 logo itself features an infinity symbol with two zeroes crashing into one another. To me, this hints at the eventual collision of worlds between silicon-based and carbon-based beings.

The infinity symbol may also represent dualism, the belief that a human being embodies two parts: a body and a soul. Perhaps this is how and why ALIE implanted the reincarnation concept into Commander programming via the nightblood. Or at least feeds the leaders of the not-so-free world that fictitious philosophy.

CONCLAVE

A Commander’s Conclave takes place after a Commander has passed and their replacement needs to be selected. So while Lexa believes that the Commander’s spirit chooses, she’s also aware that the Conclave has a say in the matter.

At this point it is safe to assume that ALIE has some control over or say in the infamous Conclave that we have yet to see.

Clarke: That girl that was with Nia, Ontari. What will happen to her?
Lexa: She won’t be back until the Conclave after my death. – Episode 304, “Watch the Thrones”

We do not know at this point who participates in the Conclave, but if it includes representatives from the 13 Clans, we have to take the recent coup into consideration. Recall that Ambassadors from most of the Clans surreptitiously met with Ice Nation Queen Nia, attempting to remove Commander Lexa from power by challenging her to a fight to the death.

REINCARNATION

Lexa: Don’t be afraid, Clarke. Death is not the end. – Episode 210, “Survival of the Fittest”

Jaha: Death is not the end. – Episode 305, “Hakeldama”

And there it is — another line directly connecting the Commanders, Grounders and Clans to ALIE!

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Lexa: Don’t worry. My spirit will choose much more wisely than that. When I die, my spirit will find the next Commander.
Clarke: Reincarnation. That’s how you became Commander?
Lexa: How are your leaders chosen? – Episode 210, “Survival of the Fittest”

It seems as though what Lexa and the Clans have been told all along is that reincarnation is responsible for selecting the spirit of the next Commander. In fact, there may be nothing spiritual about the process. It is possible that the transmigration of souls is simply an embedded concept to keep the Commanders from suspecting that anyone or anything other than the metaphysical affects their destiny. Again, this line of thinking may have originated with the first Commander via nightblood, who then proselytized it among all Clans and it became accepted lore among all Grounders.

FATE VERSUS FREE WILL

It is fascinating that people are offered the opportunity to visit the City of Light rather than being forced to relocate there. ALIE offers her recruits a choice and a say in their destiny. They must ingest the chip and choose to live in a “world” free from pain. Of course if ALIE was upfront about the loss of personal memories, fewer volunteers would step forward.

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What I have trouble wrapping my mind around is the issue of control. I am not suggesting that ALIE has complete control over each Commander once they take the throne. Even if ALIE somehow created the nightblood that contains deliverable messaging in all Commander candidates, there remains a degree of choice within each individual. And Commanders are not living in the City of Light simultaneously; they are experiencing anger and pain, etc. Lexa’s every move and decision is not dictated by ALIE or directed subconsciously via her blood. For now, and until this season further reveals details, I am satisfied with the strong belief that ALIE has a small degree of regulation over the past, current and future Commanders.

POLARIS

The Grounder city of Polis was named after the remaining letters on the POLarIS shuttle. Whoever landed on Earth in that space pod likely founded the capital city. It is also highly probable that the initial survivors from Polaris were also the very first human beings to land on Earth following the bombs that destroyed most of the planet. They were immune to radiation on the ground because they grew up in space exposed to varying levels of radiation; their blood rendered them unaffected by it once they arrived. It is safe to assume that the Grounders originated from the folks on Polaris, and that they expanded their families over time and formed factions that eventually became Clans. Now I have to wonder if ALIE was responsible for the selection of the first Commander of the Clans, if she infused the synthetic nightblood into select candidates to test for efficacy and then expanded upon her program to create a Conclave process.

ALIE went to great lengths to access the Ark in search of Version 2.0, while it seems the upgrade has been sitting right under her nose in Polis and in Polaris the entire time. It remains to be seen whether the program is actually inside of the shuttle currently situated in Titus’ room, or whether someone we know actually has it with them (purposefully or unconsciously; see crazy theory further down).

THE CHESS PIECES

EMORI

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When we first met Emori in Season 2, she was one of the nomads out scavenging tech in the desert wasteland of former Manhattan. Emori is the very first Grounder providing a direct link to ALIE.

Emori: We were recruited. I don’t know her name. She comes to us in the flying machine [referencing the drones]. We collect tech. We bring it to the island, to him [motions to Gideon]. That’s how we survive. This time, she said she needed a ride. – Episode 302, “Wanheda Part 2”

ALIE: I’ve been looking for something for a long time. Searching for it, in scavenge technology. – Episode 306, “Bitter Harvest”

When I look closely at her name, and after the stunning reveal that Jaha no longer remembers his own son, I am convinced that Emori may hold the key to restoring mEMORIes.

JAHA

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ALIE’s recruitment of the primary pawn on her chessboard is paying off in every conceivable way. Jaha is a man on a mission, more so than ever before, even more determined than ALIE to convert his former people into City of Light acolytes.

In Episode 302 (“Wanheda Part 2”),Jaha told Murphy that “losing my son almost killed me, but the City of Light unburdened me.” In Episode 306 (“Bitter Harvest”),Jaha had no recollection of his son. This is a giant red flag about how quickly memory loss occurs after ingesting a City of Light chip.

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ALIE had not populated the City of Light, and started only after Jaha was securely in her camp. This leads me to believe that ALIE absolutely needs the tech upgrade that she’s seeking in order to move forward with her evil intentions. Jaha is blissfully paving that yellow brick road to Crazy Town for her.

Looking back, I am convinced that the nomad Grounders who took Jaha prisoner and delivered him to an undercover Commander in Episode 206 (“Fog of War”) did so under instruction from ALIE. She needed her pawn to meet her prey, before either of them were aware of her game. I would argue that Lexa may still be in the dark about what the evil AI has planned for her.

LEXA

The degree to which Lexa is aware of ALIE, her involvement in the Conclave, or any connection to Titus is unknown. I seriously doubt that the Commander visits her advisor in his room; thus, she may not know about Titus’ obsession with ALIE or that he has the Polaris shuttle. Then again, Lexa seems to know every little detail about what happens in Polis and around the lands under her command, so I have to question exactly how much the Commander knows and how much she truly believes.

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Lexa is special; she has been the only Commander thus far to almost achieve all-Clan unity and peace. Titus referenced this ultimate goal a few episodes ago, but I must question what Titus’ ulterior motives may be and how they involve Lexa in the future. Because if ALIE is seeking a world filled with fewer humans, war is a necessity. And if ALIE is seeking a world filled with humans in pain for future City of Light recruitment, peace stands in her way.

On ALIE’s chessboard, an exposed king is vulnerable. Trust me when I tell you that I find these possibilities and implications as distressing as you do, because Commander Lexa is one of the most layered, complex, unique, fascinating and well-crafted characters on television. My head knows that Alycia Debnam-Carey is a guest star on this show, employed by another network on another show full time. My heart, however, disregards that fact in favor of optimism. In Episode 304 (“Watch the Thrones),Queen Nia mentioned that only death or a unanimous vote of the Ambassadors can remove a Commander from power. So my heart continues to believe that Lexa will ultimately be removed from power and not killed, opening up the door for Alycia to return to The 100 in the future.

MURPHY

Jaha: John Murphy knew the truth, and we lost him.

We now know that Titus was working with some of ALIE’s nomadic, tech-scavenging Grounders to locate Murphy. The question remains how he knew that Murphy was connected to ALIE or had one of the sacred symbol chips. Titus clearly believes that Murphy will provide him with answers he’s been seeking for decades.

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Keep in mind that Murphy has been with Jaha for months, so that his interaction with and knowledge of Grounders is quite limited. Murphy certainly knows little about the Commander, let alone any relationship whatsoever with Clarke. It is highly unlikely that Emori had essential information about Lexa and Clarke, but filled him in about other Grounder traditions and politics during their Bonnie-and-Clyde adventures.

The City of Light and technology data that Murphy knows about is pivotal, and that knowledge is what puts him in grave danger with Titus; he gleaned indispensable insight about Becca and ALIE while studying the videos during his lighthouse isolation. I stand by my earlier assertion that John Murphy will achieve full zero-to-hero status by the end of Season 3, and I have great faith that he will be among those who literally save the day (and planet) when all is said and done.

ONTARI

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Admittedly, Ontari’s existence throws a wrench into many of my theories. Whether Nightbloods are born with the rare dark plasma mutation or are infused with the synthetic hemoglobin, it could be that ALIE was the one that somehow arranged to keep Ontari’s presence on Earth a secret from both Lexa and Titus. As we know, all other Nightbloods are brought to Polis for training as Commander novitiates. I am fearful that Ontari may be ALIE’s future plan to regain control over the Grounders and Clans, to reinstall the desire for war rather than peace, for population control and for City of Light candidates.

RAVEN

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I have been saying it since the end of Season 2 and stand by my assertion that Raven Reyes is absolutely key to the final decimation of ALIE. I strongly believe that Raven and Monty will team up to dismantle the digital diva once and for all.

ALIE’s recruitment of Raven to the City of Light is a risk and double-edged sword for her. On one hand, Raven is the perfect candidate with her physical ailments. On the other hand, Raven’s working knowledge of modern technology may wind up being used against ALIE.

“See you on the other side.” Raven said this to ALIE but then Jasper said it to Jaha, yet Jasper has not ingested a City of Light chip. Curiouser and curiouser!

TITUS

I am not suggesting that Titus is 97 years old, or an alien. But he has been the Fleimkepa for four Commanders, the closest and most trustworthy person in the Commander’s life. Or so we thought. [My other theory about Titus being responsible for Costia’s death and betraying Lexa is in my 304 analysis article]

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At first I was convinced that Titus was working with or for ALIE. But it appears as if he is obsessed with her and that he has never actually come face to face with the AI. There is an infinity symbol on his wall and on also on the outside of the Polaris shuttle. I would guess that the drawing of celestial entity on wall is ALIE. He may be working for her, given the choice of helping to advise/direct/control the Commanders or face certain death. The degree to which he is aware of what is contained in the nightblood, however, is unclear. Perhaps he is there to reinforce instructions contained in the hemoglobin.

In Episode 302, Emori revealed that “we have other buyers” for the sacred symbol chip that she and John now have. The end of Episode 306 proved that the other interested party is none other than Titus! He hired a few of ALIE’s nomadic Grounders to be double agents, to be on the lookout for the chips while out scavenging for technology.

Titus isn’t in control, but he is spinning out of it. I have speculated that he was responsible for Costia’s death, for letting the Ice Queen know about Lexa’s beloved because she was a distraction for their ultimate plan of 12-Clan unity and peace. Now Clarke is in the same precarious position.

CRAZIEST CONNECTED THEORY OF THE WEEK #1: PIKE

Pike: We don’t have the numbers, but the missiles in this mountain even the playing field. You know I’m right. – Episode 303, “Ye Who Enter Here”

Sound familiar?

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It is possible that that the ALIE 2.0 upgrade is not a what, but a “who,” residing within a human being we’ve already met. ALIE’s initial issue with the planet was that there were too many people. So who is to say that a new and improved version of ALIE wouldn’t be focused on round two of eliminating humanity?

Believe me, I realize just how convoluted it might seem to assert that Charles Pike is in any way connected to the artificial intelligence. There is a chance that Pike is unaware of any programming within his system, and there is also a chance that he volunteered to be a population enforcer once he landed on Earth – convinced ahead of time that all Grounders are evil killing machines. I am not seeking a reason to explain or justify Pike’s behavior; I am simply offering one theory as to what may be motivating his actions.

CRAZIEST CONNECTED THEORY OF THE WEEK #2: CLARKE GRIFFIN, WILD CARD

To me, Clarke is a glitch in the matrix, as it were. In my mind, ALIE has either underestimated her or does not find Clarke to be a threat to her game plan. If that is the case, let us all hope that ALIE’s eventual downfall begins with Clarke Griffin.

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To be honest, I feel as though Love itself is a glitch in the matrix. In the programming of ALIE, perhaps Becca failed to include love as an option, purposefully. It could be that Becca was driven by heartbreak, and therefore designed an effective system where love would never be an issue. But even the most stoic of human beings is not immune to the power of love, to the heartstrings tugging her toward another human with the strength and pull of a magnet. Lexa + Clarke = Glitch! Danger! Hold me.

If ALIE is in fact controlling the chessboard of the lands, the players and the pieces within, then I have a goosebump-inducing suspicion that we are going to find out sooner rather than later whether or not she is in position to checkmate and emerge victorious from the treacherous game she constructed.


If you are interested, I also co-host The Dropship: The 100 Podcast with AJ Mass! Last week on the podcast, we discussed Episode 306 at length and also featured interviews with the Producer/Writer of 306, Kira Snyder, and Sachin Sahel (Jackson)! We post weekly episode analysis and interviews with many of the producers/writers and actors. Our plan is to record new podcasts every week following new episodes of The 100.

May we meet and tweet again!

-Jo @jopinionated

The 100, starring Eliza TaylorPaige Turco, Marie AvgeropoulosBob MorleyChristopher LarkinDevon BostickIsaiah Washington, Ricky Whittle, Lindsey Morgan, Richard Harmon and Henry Ian Cusick, airs Thursdays at 9/8c on The CW.

 

 





Jo Garfein
Written by Jo Garfein

Jo is Senior TV Analyst for SciFi Mafia, and the Executive Director of Cancer Gets LOST (CancerGetsLOST.org),a charity dedicated to channeling television fandoms toward the greater good via auctions of rare and autographed pop culture memorabilia.