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The 100 finally delivered Echo's (Tasya Teles) long-awaited backstory, and though we shouldn't be surprised at how dark and traumatic it turned out to be, we're still seriously hurting for the poor girl.
In an episode that was already full of emotion thanks to the ongoing sibling conflict between Bellamy (Bob Morley) and Octavia (Marie Avgeropoulos), we also went through the wringer via flashbacks to Echo's childhood, where we learned her origins as a spy for Azgeda. As it turns out, Echo's real name is Ash, but in a loyalty test from Queen Nia (Brenda Strong), she was forced to kill her best friend — the real Echo — who'd been tasked with killing her. She then had to assume Echo's identity for her first mission, and thus her life as an assassin began.
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TV Guide spoke to Teles about this horrifying revelation and what it was like to finally get some context for why and how Echo has always related to the world and characters around her.
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How exciting was it to finally get to tell Echo's backstory and see some of where she started? Tasya Teles: I think that's been a big part of what's missing in her storyline, you know? Everybody has a sense of history or at least some sort of story of where they came from, and she was the only one that nobody knew anything about. We all hypothesized and I obviously didn't develop as much as I could, but I was so curious and so excited to see how the writers were going to elaborate on this and what they were going to bestow upon her and whether that lined up with what I had researched about traumas that made sense in terms of how she's developed as an...
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