Richard Harmon as Murphy in "The 100"
Richard Harmon as Murphy in "The 100"Facebook/The 100

"The 100" is returning to the CW after a short break Thursday, March 31, and the new episode is expected to take the fans back to the Grounders' capital city of Polis. Clarke (Eliza Taylor) and Murphy (Richard Harmon) have been prisoners there for a few days now, but they will be freed ahead of the passing of fire. 

The upcoming "Stealing Fire" will be all about Grounders choosing a new commander following the death of Lexa (Alycia Debnam Carey) in "Thirteen." As per the traditions, Nightbloods of various clans will fight to death, and the last one standing will be chosen as the next commander.

Aden, a child Lexa was sparring with earlier in Season 3, would fight Ontari (Rhiannon Fish) of Ice Nation. Fans might remember her as the standing guard in Queen Nia's (Brenda Strong) chambers when Clarke unsuccessfully tried to poison her in "Watch the Thrones."

Whoever wins the fight will also have version 2.0 of ALIE (Lara Croft), the AI that caused the apocalypse, sewed into their body. Fans saw how Titus (Neil Sandilands) took it out of Lexa's body after her death. Now, in his official capacity as the flame keeper, he will pass it on to the next commander.

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It is understood that all of Grounder tradition is based around keeping ALIE 2.0 aka "the flame" alive. Considering the title of the episode of "Stealing Fire," it looks like Clarke and Murphy steal the chip and escape to Arkadia. If she does steal it, Clarke could even become the new commander of the Grounders, thereby bringing peace to her people in the Skaikru and the Grounders.

Find out who is the new commander of the Grounders when Season 3 episode 9 of "The 100" airs at 9 p.m. (EST) Thursday, March 31. You can on the CW channel or live-stream it via The CW Seed and CWINGO.

Meanwhile, many fans of the show are refusing to let go of the old commander and is still furious about her death. As reported earlier, Lexa's untimely death has not been met well with fans and while creator Jason Rothenberg had earlier said the fans were behaving like bullies, he has now apologised for the sequences that led to Lexa's death.

However, fans find this open letter apology shared on Medium three weeks too late, and call Rothenberg out for contradicting himself. Here are some responses to the apology:

Alex: 

This post contradicts answers you gave 3 DAYS AGO. And seriously it took you 3 weeks? 3 weeks.

After you called us bullies?

After you baited us and lied to us for a year?

You hid behind a writers assistant, your writers and your cast. But now that there's all this attention on you, you finally apologize? Too little, too late, too fake.

In these 3 weeks, we raised $65000 and fought for better LGBT representation in the media. What have YOU done? Actions, not words. Don't give a fuck that you're "heartbroken". The fans you baited are heartbroken and they still managed to pull together and do more than you. Again: what have you done, other than reinforce damaging tropes?

Sarahtm:

It's been weeks. You have not come to a sudden realisation today. You are not "apologising" because you mean it. You are doing it because you have to. Because the backlash has been too great. This is hollow.

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