Since we first arrived in Sanctum, on what we now know to be the moon Alpha, things have been a little wonky. Everything is shaped like a nautilus, people have visions, toxins abound – you know, the usual new world stuff. It turns out much of that has something that has something to do with what Gabriel and his followers call the Anomaly, an amorphous, thrumming green and yellow force of time, which seemed to have a mind of its own.
In “The Garden,” the second episode of The 100’s final season – which showrunner Jason Rothenberg called one of his favorites of the final season – we finally got some much-needed answers about what the Anomaly is, how it works, where Diyoza and Octavia were, and much more. Join us as we walk through everything we know about this otherworldly phenomenon – and the many new questions it raises.
What is the Anomaly and how does it work?
While Gabriel has long called it the Anomaly, Hope insists on calling it by the more utilitarian label: the bridge. The bridge connects a series of places, including Alpha, Sky Ring, and Bardo. It can heal wounds, or at least those inflicted by temporal flares, like Octavia’s. You can’t travel with anything extraneous to your person beyond a skin-tight suit, hence Hope cutting up her arm and sticking a note inside.
So far, we know of three ways to travel via the bridge. The first is the most unwitting: by walking, running, or swimming into it (or being swept up in it), as Diyoza was, or Octavia did after her, and the trio of Echo, Gabriel and Hope do in order to save Diyoza, Octavia, and Bellamy.