|"Jaha" redirects here. For Thelonious' son, see Wells Jaha.|
|“||I have to think of everyone. I know you don't want to hear this, but you have to sacrifice the few to save the many. Like I said, good can come out of even the darkest acts.||”|
|— Jaha to Murphy. [src]|
Thelonious Jaha was a major character in the first, second, third and fourth seasons and a minor character in the fifth season. He is portrayed by starring cast member Isaiah Washington and debuts in the series premiere.
Jaha was the last Chancellor of the Council that governed the Ark. As the Chancellor, Jaha had a major role on the Ark, that brought on many hard decisions and challenges, such as ending the lives of hundreds of people in order to save thousands, or choosing to stay behind on the Ark to ensure that some of humanity can return to their home planet.
At the end of the first season, Jaha was alone on the Ark in communication with survivors of the Ark's descent to Earth. In Season Two, Jaha was able to escape the Ark via an inactive nuclear missile. He ended up crash landing on Earth and survived the impact. He was captured by the Grounders and later returned to the Sky People with a message from the Commander to leave or die. Jaha took the threat seriously even though the new Chancellor on Earth, Abigail Griffin, refused to leave. He gathered a group of followers and leads them into the Dead Zone, in search of the City of Light. The group soon dwindles down until only Jaha and John Murphy remain when they make it to an island where Jaha is introduced to A.L.I.E..
Sometime after travelling to the mansion, Jaha works with A.L.I.E. to create a device that allowed her to leave. Jaha takes the "key" to the City of Light, falling under A.L.I.E.'s complete control. The two travel to Arkadia and begin to create a small following of people, eventually leading to the mostly all the residents of Arkadia and Polis joining A.L.I.E.. However, a small resistance once led by Marcus Kane fights back against A.L.I.E. and eventually she is defeated after Clarke Griffin enters the City of Light and pulls A.L.I.E's killswitch. Jaha and every other chipped individual are freed.
In the fourth season, Jaha returns to Arkadia and assists with repairing Alpha Station in preparing for the looming death wave. While researching solutions, Jaha comes across a cult called the "Second Dawn", who created two bunkers to try and survive the apocalypse. He finds the location of one with Clarke and Bellamy, but it is not properly sealed. With the help of the new Flamekeeper, Jaha finds and opens the second bunker which is located under Polis. Against the better wishes of most of them, Jaha ushered Skaikru into the bunker during the Final Conclave. Later on, with agreement from the Grounders he was forced to let the others in on the deal that each clan would hold 100 spots each, including Skaikru. Jaha made the decision to gas 364 Skaikru upon realising that there wasn't enough spaces. He remained in the bunker as the radiation death wave passed.
Early life Edit
Thelonious Jaha was born on the Ark. He was the third generation of Arkers to live in space, a transitional generation, of the last surviving members of the human race. He had a son, Wells, and was friends with Jake Griffin and his family, with Clarke and Wells becoming best friends. Before becoming Chancellor of the Ark, Jaha was an engineer and supervised the redesign of sector 5. He was elected Chancellor some time before the problem with the Ark's life support system was discovered. The Council decided to keep on a "need to know" basis to avoid panic, however, when Jake attempted to go public, Abby warned Jaha hoping he would be able to convince Jake not to go through with it. Instead, Jaha and Kane had Jake floated and Clarke arrested and put into solitary confinement to ensure their silence of the problem.
In order to give the Ark time to fix the catastrophic air failure, Jaha and the Council came up with a plan to send the 100 imprisoned delinquents to Earth as well as to cull 209 people from the Ark. Just before the 100 delinquents were sent to Earth, Wells learned of the plan and set fire to the Eden Tree to get on the dropship. Before the dropship launched, Jaha was shot by an unknown assailant.
Throughout the Series Edit
Jaha is portrayed as a strict, trustworthy, organized and understanding person. He is tough to those that have a problem with him. However, he cares deeply for the citizens of the Ark and is willing to put himself in danger for their safety. He tries to avoid giving himself special treatment, even allowing his son to be part of the 100, and almost becoming part of the Section 17 volunteers.
Physical Appearance Edit
He has black hair and brown eyes with a dark skin tone, similar to his late son, Wells.
- Main article: Thelonious and Wells
Wells was Chancellor Jaha's only son. When it appears that Wells has died, due to Bellamy and his friends forcing him to take off his wristband, the Chancellor appears to be very distressed. In Contents Under Pressure, he learns his son has actually been killed and he hides his anguish. Later, however, he snaps at one of the family members of the Section 17 volunteers when they tell him that he doesn't understand what they're going through.
After taking the Key to the City of Light, Thelonious no longer remembers that Wells ever existed, as the Key took away the pain of his son's death and by default took away any memory of Wells so he never knows Wells was ever alive, let alone dead.
Chancellor Jaha cares about Abby. They generally tend to agree, but there are times where they disagree. For example, Abby is more optimistic about the 100's chances than he is. She saved his life after he was shot by Bellamy, risking her own in the process. In return, he stopped Kane from executing her. They both care deeply for their children who are on the ground.
Councilman Marcus Kane is Chancellor Jaha's second-in-command. Despite this, the two often disagree. Jaha has expressed that he thinks that Kane may have been involved somehow in the plot to kill him. But, Kane has appeared to care about Jaha, advising him not to take his own life with the 320 whose lives will be taken.
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|Twilight's Last Gleaming||Appears|
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|Contents Under Pressure||Appears|
|I Am Become Death||Credit Only|
|We Are Grounders (Part 1)||Appears|
|We Are Grounders (Part 2)||Appears|
|Many Happy Returns||Appears|
|Fog of War||Appears|
|Long Into an Abyss||Appears|
|Survival of the Fittest||Appears|
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|Bodyguard of Lies||Appears|
|Blood Must Have Blood (Part 1)||Credit Only|
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|Terms and Conditions||Appears|
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|Join or Die||Appears|
|Red Sky at Morning||Appears|
|Perverse Instantiation (Part 1)||Appears|
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|Heavy Lies the Crown||Appears|
|The Four Horsemen||Appears|
|A Lie Guarded||Appears|
|The Tinder Box||Mentioned|
|We Will Rise||Appears|
|Die All, Die Merrily||Appears|
|The Other Side||Appears|
Killed Victims Edit
- As Chancellor, oversaw the execution (by flotation) of Ark citizens including:
- 320 Ark residents (culled to save oxygen)
- Craig (pushed into water to be eaten by a sea creature)
- Ontari (struck a sword to her head while under A.L.I.E.'s control)
- 364 Sky People in bunker (with Kane)
Notes and Trivia Edit
- Thelonious Jaha may be descended from The Grounder Iman Jaha.
- He is shot in Pilot and is given extra blood by Dr. Abigail Griffin so he wouldn't die.
- It is revealed that Bellamy Blake shot him on orders from Commander Shumway who, in turn, was being commanded by Diana Sydney.
- Camp Jaha, the drop site of Alpha Station, was named after him before it was renamed Arkadia
- He was the last of the Sky People to come down to Earth.
- He was the last Chancellor of The Ark.
- During Pilot, Abby asked for A Negative blood for Jaha's surgery. However, it was later announced by the writers that all Sky People have O Negative blood.
- In Season Five it has been reported that Isaiah Washington's character Jaha, will no longer be a main character.
- Praimfaya is the first season finale he doesn't appear in.
- Perverse Instantiation (Part 1) is the only time Jaha and Roan interact.
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