The 100: The Plan to Save Clarke Gains a Surprise Ally

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WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Season 6, Episode 8 of The 100, "The Old Man and the Anomaly," which premiered Tuesday on The CW.

One of the biggest plot twists in Season 6 of The 100 has involved protagonist Clarke Griffin's body becoming possessed by the spirit of Josephine, a Prime revered as a living god on the alien world of Sanctum. Following a grueling skirmish between Clarke and Josephine's psyches for control of the host body, Clarke relinquishes the means for Josephine to purge her from the body forever before Clarke manages to subconsciously signal to Bellamy that she's still alive.

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As Josephine and her fellow Primes gather the tools necessary to obliterate Clarke from her own body for good, Bellamy races against the clock, informing those he trusts most that Clarke still exists somewhere inside her body with plans to restore her control. And while allegiances have been tested and betrayal running rampant so far throughout Season 6, Bellamy's clandestine plan to rescue his best friend gains vital help from a surprising source: Emori.

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Emori, John Murphy's longtime girlfriend, learns that he has quietly sided with the Primes and help them develop more individuals capable of supporting the mind transfer so their consciousness can live on in a twisted form of immortality. Alone with Emori, Murphy confesses that his betrayal of his friends was really just to ensure his own immortality and not necessarily guarantee peace between the two factions. The vaulted rationale he had presented to Bellamy revealed as just an excuse to avoid his newfound fear of death.

Murphy's confession is followed up by another surprising move: a makeshift proposal to Emori with the implant devices necessary for the transfer rather than engagement rings. While Murphy pledges his love to Emori for all of eternity, the young woman is understandably overwhelmed by the whirlwind revelations of that her boyfriend has betrayed everyone she knows. The tender moment is quickly undercut by Josephine, who's gathering tools to create an electromagnetic pulse and purge Clarke's mind once and for all, revealing to Murphy and Emori that their friend is still alive.

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As Bellamy plans to put his plan into action, Emori reveals to him that Clarke is still alive, which he confirms he had already known for some time. Emori then realizes that the only two people that Bellamy didn't disclose Clarke's fate to were herself and Murphy, since  due Murphy aligned himself with the Primes. When the returning characters first emerged from cryosleep as they arrived on Sanctum, they had heard Monty Green's dying video message to trust each other and work together towards a fresh start on the new planet. Shaken to learn Bellamy hadn't trusted her, Emori is determined to win back that trust without completely alienating Murphy.

This recommitment comes as the others make off with a captive Josephine into the territory of the Children of Gabriel, a religious sect dedicated opposing the Primes and undoing their mind transfers. Emori told Bellamy about Josephine's plans to use an EMP to purge Clarke, with the team stealing it to bypass the radiation shield protecting the Primes' community. However, as Murphy lies bleeding in the dirt, slashed in the leg during the escape, Emori continues to play both sides by accepting his earlier offer, whether it means dying today or in the far-future.

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One of the more overlooked characters has been Emori, often overshadowed by the louder, more cynical Murphy over the course of the series. However, when faced with the news of Murphy's betrayal and the fate of her companion Clarke, Emori casts her lot with Bellamy against the Primes while reaffirming her love for Murphy in the process. The two's relationship had been relatively uncomplicated in comparison to the rest of the characters but, with allegiances torn and trust frayed, things have become a lot more complex between the two.

The 100 airs on The CW Tuesdays at 9 pm ET/PT. The series stars Eliza Taylor, Paige Turco, Marie Avgeropoulos, Bob Morley, Henry Ian Cusick, Lindsey Morgan, Richard Harmon and Tasya Teles.

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