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Not this time. I've tried, Abby. This isn't a glitch. It's a system failure. People need to know.
— Jake to Abby. [src]


Jake Griffin was a minor character in the first season. He was portrayed by cast member Chris Browning and debuted in Earth Kills.

Jake was Abby's husband and Clarke's father who died before the start of the series. He was floated for attempting to release critical information regarding the Ark's deteriorating life-support systems.

Clarke originally believed that Wells Jaha turned Jake in to his father, the Chancellor. She later discovered it was her mother and Jake's wife, Abigail, who informed Jaha of Jake's plans to defy the Council.

Early Life Edit

Jake was born on the Ark, and he rose to become the senior environmental engineer and deputy resource officer. He married Abigail Griffin and they had one daughter, Clarke together. He was close friends with Chancellor Thelonious Jaha and Councilor Marcus Kane.

Throughout the Series Edit

In Earth Kills, Jake was shown in flashbacks of the day of his death.

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Jake watches an old Football game with Clarke.

Jake was shown watching an old soccer game with Clarke, Chancellor Thelonious Jaha, and Thelonious’ son Wells. Jake’s wife, Abigail appeared in their home and talked with him. After their conversation Jake decided to head back to work to try and fix the Ark's latest problem. When Jaha asked if everything was alright, Jake told him "You know this old boat. It's always something".

Later that night, Jake was seen arguing with his wife about whether or not they should let the people on The Ark know that there was a limited supply of oxygen left. Jake thought they should tell them the truth. However, Abigail and the Council disagreed because they feared it would only cause riots and mass panic.

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Jake's video.

Jake was later seen making a video revealing the limited supply of oxygen. Jake admitted he was making the video because people needed to decide on their families own futures and the choice should be left up to them. A few minutes later Clarke walked in and demanded to know her father's plan. She wanted to help him but Jake refused because he did not want to involve her. Jake told Clarke she got her stubbornness from her mother and that was what he loved about both of them.

Moments later, the Guard barged into their home and arrested him. Jake was charged with treason and taken away. Jake tried to convince Clarke not to tell the people about The Ark dying as he was dragged away.

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Clarke, Abby, and Jake.

Later that night, Jake was shown walking toward his death. He was allowed to say tearful goodbye to his wife and daughter. Jake gave Clarke his watch and then hugged his family one last time. He stepped into the airlock and was floated moments later.


In Twilight's Last Gleaming, Abigail Griffin reveals the video Jake made to the people of the Ark. Because of this, they learn The Ark is dying and band together. The video prompts 320 people to volunteer themselves for the culling. Chancellor Jaha states that he feels guilty for killing his old friend because Jake was right about the people.

In Day Trip, Jake appears to his daughter, Clarke Griffin, in a hallucination brought on by the Jobi Nuts she ingested early in the episode. The hallucination of Jake tries to get Clarke to forgive her mother for Abigail's part in his death. However, Clarke states that she can't forgive her mother.

Personality Edit

Jake was a honest man who stood up for what he believed in, even though others around him opposed his ideas. He was ferociously protective of his daughter and wife. He was an idealist that who thought the best of people.

Physical Appearance Edit

Jake was a tall man with a fair complexion, blue eyes, and light brown hair.

Relationships Edit

Abigail Griffin Edit

Abigail was Jake's wife. The two appeared to be very close. However, when Jake discovered the flaw in the Ark's system, he wanted to tell the people of The Ark the truth. Abigail disagreed, afraid the people would riot and cause mass panic.

Abigail confided in her old friend Thelonious Jaha hoping to convince him to talk Jake down. However, Jake was charged with treason, arrested and later floated. Abigail shows regret for getting her husband killed. She remains deeply hurt despite doing what she believes to be right.

Clarke Griffin Edit

Clarke was Jake's daughter. They were very close. Clarke offered to help with her father's plan but he refused because he didn't want to involve her. When Jake was arrested and later floated Clarke blamed herself for his death. She believed that she caused his death by telling Wells Jaha of Jake's plans.

Before Jake died, he gave her his watch. Clarke wore his watch while she was in lockup to keep her memories of him dear to her. Jake's death left her devastated and emotionally scarred. Clarke refuses to forgive her mother for the part she played in Jake's death.

Appearances Edit

Season One
Episode Appearance Status
Pilot Mentioned
Earth Skills Mentioned
Earth Kills Flashback
Murphy's Law Mentioned
Twilight's Last Gleaming Appears
His Sister's Keeper Absent
Contents Under Pressure Mentioned
Day Trip Appears
Unity Day Mentioned
I Am Become Death Absent
The Calm Absent
We Are Grounders (Part 1) Mentioned
We Are Grounders (Part 2) Absent
Season Two
Episode Appearance Status
The 48 Absent
Inclement Weather Absent
Reapercussions Mentioned
Many Happy Returns Absent
Human Trials Absent
Fog of War Absent
Long Into an Abyss Absent
Spacewalker Absent
Remember Me Mentioned
Survival of the Fittest Absent
Coup de Grâce Absent
Rubicon Absent
Resurrection Mentioned
Bodyguard of Lies Absent
Blood Must Have Blood (Part 1) Absent
Blood Must Have Blood (Part 2) Absent
Season Three
Episode Appearance Status
Wanheda (Part 1)Absent
Wanheda (Part 2)Absent
Ye Who Enter HereAbsent
Watch the ThronesAbsent
HakeldamaAbsent
Bitter HarvestAbsent
ThirteenAbsent
Terms and ConditionsAbsent
Stealing FireAbsent
FallenAbsent
NevermoreMentioned
DemonsAbsent
Join or DieAbsent
Red Sky at MorningAbsent
Perverse Instantiation (Part 1)Absent
Perverse Instantiation (Part 2)Absent
Season Four
Episode Appearance Status
EchoesAbsent
Heavy Lies the CrownMentioned
The Four HorsemenAbsent
A Lie GuardedAbsent
The Tinder BoxAbsent
We Will RiseAbsent
Gimme ShelterAbsent
God ComplexAbsent
DNRAbsent
Die All, Die MerrilyAbsent
The Other SideMentioned
The ChosenAbsent
PraimfayaAbsent

Quotes Edit

Notes and Trivia Edit

  • Jake was the only person to believe the people of the Ark would make the right choices for their own future.
    • He turned out to be right.
  • Jake appeared to Clarke in a hallucination, caused by the Jobi Nuts she ingested, in Day Trip.
  • In the book series, Abby and Jake are called Mary and David.
  • In the first book of The 100, Clarke was told that her parents were both floated.
    • It was later discovered in Day 21 that, instead of being executed, Clarke's parents were sent to Earth, on a mission similar to that of the 100's, meaning that they could be alive.
    • In Homecoming, Clarke makes contact with them in the middle of the book via the radio in Mount Weather. Mary and David then travel back there, arriving in the book's last chapter and reuniting with Clarke.

Gallery Edit

See Also Edit

The 100 Characters
Main Characters

Abigail GriffinBellamy BlakeClarke GriffinEchoFinn CollinsJasper JordanJohn MurphyLincolnMarcus KaneMonty GreenOctavia BlakeRaven ReyesRoanThelonious JahaWells Jaha

Recurring Characters

AtomAnyaBeccaBreeBryanCage WallaceCarl EmersonCharles PikeCommander ShumwayCostaDante WallaceDavid MillerDiana SydneyEmoriFoxGeoff HardyHarper McIntyreHayesIlian‎IndraJacapo SinclairJacksonJake GriffinJohn MbegeJonesKyle WickLexaLorelei TsingLunaMajor ByrneMaya VieNathan MillerNiylahNykoOntariRileySeikuSterlingVera KaneZoe Monroe

Minor Characters

AdriaAnkaraArtigasAurora BlakeCallie CartwigCharlotteConnorCuyler RidleyDaxDelanoDerekDiggsDrewEthan HardyGlen DicksonGuaraGustusKeenan MykulakMadiMelMylesNygelOsiasOtanPascalRedReese LemkinRoma BraggSiennaTor LemkinTrinaTristanTybeZoran

Deceased Characters

AdenAdriaA.L.I.E.AnkaraAnyaAurora BlakeArtigasAtomBeccaBreeCage WallaceCallie CartwigCarl EmersonCharles PikeCharlotteChrisCommander ShumwayConnorCostiaCraigCuyler RidleyDante WallaceDavid MillerDaxDerekDiana SydneyDiggsDrewFinn CollinsFoxGeoff HardyGideonGina MartinGlen DicksonGuaraGustusHannah GreenHayesIlianJacapo SinclairJake GriffinJasper JordanJonesJohn MbegeKeenan MykulakLeeLexaLincolnLorelei TsingLunaMajor ByrneMaya VieMylesNiaOntariOtanPascalPeri GordonQuintRedRichardsRileyRoanRoma BraggSeikuSemetSgt. ScottShawn GillmerSterlingTitusTrinaTrisTristanTor LemkinTybeVera KaneVincentWells JahaWhitmanZoe Monroe

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