10:00 am EDT, May 4, 2018

Previewing ‘The 100’ 5×03 ‘Sleeping Giants’: Let the games begin

The 100 5×03, “Sleeping Giants,” is a thrill-ride from start to finish, as Clarke and Bellamy each face massive, Eligius-related obstacles.

While the first two episodes of The 100 season 5 were largely devoted to explaining (some of) what has happened over the past six years and setting up the new characters and conflicts, 5×03 “Sleeping Giants” propels the action forward at an exhilarating pace.

Related: The 100 5×02 review: We’re taken aback, bitches

The episode is written by powerhouse duo Aaron Ginsburg and Wade McIntyre, who most recently penned the fantastic season 4 episodes “Die All, Die Merrily” and “The Chosen.”

It is directed by Tim Scanlan, the man behind “Hakeldama” and “Gimme Shelter.” Yes, those were both big episodes for Bellamy Blake, and yes, fans of this character can take that as a good sign.

In fact, while The 100 doesn’t do character-centric episodes, I daresay we might consider “Sleeping Giants” to be for Bellamy what “Eden” and “Red Queen” were for Clarke and Octavia, respectively.

Fans of Bellamy and Bob Morley definitely don’t want to miss this episode, which in many ways feels like a celebration of his character.

While “Sleeping Giants” is certainly a big, suspenseful action-piece, it is the quiet moments that will leave you breathless.

“Sleeping Giants” delivers some incredible moments (some subtle, some definitely not subtle) that reaffirms the depth and beauty of some of these character connections we all love so much.

Scanlan makes some really smart and unexpected visual and auditory choices to underscore the weight, emotion, danger and — if you can believe it — humor that this episode contains.

It is also just a treasure trove of information, which feels like the tip of so many icebergs. You really can’t look away for a second without missing something important.

“Sleeping Giants” also sets up some incredibly compelling and intriguing new dynamics, including those between the three core members of the Eligius team.

We get to know Charmaine Diyoza (Ivana Milicevic), Paxton McCreary (William Miller) and Zeke Shaw (Jordan Bolger) just a little bit better… and prepare to have very strong emotions about all three of them.

And of course it’s another big episode for Clarke Griffin, whose struggle against Eligius turns very volatile very fast, as the trailer indicates. But hey, she’s still Clarke, so she’s totally got this. Right?

5 teasers for ‘The 100’ 5×03 ‘Sleeping Giants’

“HOME – Bellamy leads the charge investigating a potential way home. Meanwhile, Clarke and Madi deal with the new, uncertain threat to their home.”

  1. Something in this episode is very, very annoying.
  2. Something in this episode is very, very funny.
  3. Something in this episode will break your heart.
  4. Something in this episode will make you swoon.
  5. Something in this episode will make you cheer.

‘The 100’ season 5, episode 3 ‘Sleeping Giants’ airs Tuesday at 9/8c on The CW

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