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'The 100' Season 7 Premiere: Echo hallucinates Roan, ecstatic fans call it best part of the episode

While Hope hallucinated Octavia Blake, Echo hallucinated a character we have not seen since Season 4
UPDATED MAY 21, 2020
Zach McGowan as Roan (The CW)
Zach McGowan as Roan (The CW)

Spoilers for 'The 100' Season 7 Episode 1 'From the Ashes'

In the first episode of the return of 'The 100' for one final time, we saw Bellamy Blake (Bob Morley) being kidnapped by some invisible people in the first few minutes of the episode. From there, we see Gabriel Santiago (Chuku Modu), Echo (Tasya Teles) and Hope Diyoza (Shelby Flannery) start their search for Bellamy. As they grew closer to the anomaly, the toxin began to affect them. Gabriel took the anti-toxin, but Echo and Hope did not. While Hope hallucinated Octavia Blake (Marie Avgeropoulos), Echo hallucinated a character we have not seen since Season 4 — Roan (Zach McGowan) who was once King of the Ice Nation.

Roan was a major character in the fourth season after initially appearing as a recurring character in the third season and was the son of Queen Nia (Brenda Strong) of Azgeda. After she was killed by Lexa (Alycia Debnam-Carey), the latter instilled Roan as the king. Roan was a much better ally than Nia and we saw him become a regular character in Season 4, which is when we really began to understand him. We also saw what Echo was willing to do to protect Roan. While we didn't get much time to explore their relationship, we knew they were important to each other. This is why it makes it odd that Echo hallucinated Roan and not Bellamy. Roan also spilled what seemed to be a few truth bombs about Echo, implying that she may be with Bellamy because of her lack of self-worth.

Roan and Echo (The CW)

One fan tweeted, "I really miss roan and until the next episode I'm gonna talk about him because he’s one of the few interesting things that happened during this first episode #the100," while another wrote, "So, Roan really called out Echo for betraying Bellamy huh #The100." One fan tweeted, "When I tell u I freaked out when I saw Roan I FREAKING JUMPED UP AND DOWN like dude I miss him so much #The100." A viewer opined, "I was convinced the ‘unexpected grounder’ would be a Costia but I’m soooooooo happy it was Roan." A fan tweeted, "ROAN REALLY TOLD [ECHO] SHE ISN'T HER OWN PERSON I STAN THE KING #The100."

A fan said, "I SAW ROAN AND THAT'S ALL I CARE ABT, MY LIFE IS FUCKING COMPLETE #the100." Another tweeted, "#The100 anyway we got to see MY KING ROAN bby I love and miss u, best part of the episode." A viewer wrote, "Roan really said to echo/ash, you are lying to the man you claim to love, I have never said a bad thing about my king roan. #the100," while another opined, "Roan said who are you without following him, therefore she is only with him because she questions her self worth and not loving herself if alone????? #The100." One fan wrote, "SO ROAN IS ECHO'S DEEPEST DESIRE AND YOUNG ECHO IS HER GREATEST FEAR LMFAOOOOOOOOO F**K (BECHO) #The100."

Of course, fans wondered how a dead character got more screentime than Bellamy. One fan tweeted, "When *dead* Roan has more screen time than Bellamy in the final season premiere... #The100," while another opined, "ROAN, MY DUDE!!!!!! For 2 secs, you actually distracted me from the point. Which is #WHEREISBELLAMYBLAKE?!"

'The 100' airs on The CW every Wednesday at 8/7c.