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Martha Blackburn is one of the main characters in The Wilds. She is portrayed by Jenna Clause.

She is an animal lover with a big heart and a deep connection to her Native American heritage (proud member of the Ojibwe tribe). Martha’s sweet and optimistic nature belies the struggles of her past. On the island, Martha faces challenges that forces her out of her shell [1].

Early Life[]

Martha grew up in Minnesota along with her best friend Toni, who she has been best friends with since they were little. When she was still a child, she got injured due to jumping on a trampoline, most likely a spinal cord injury with paralysis due to the back brace she's shown wearing. She had to attend physical therapy and relearn to walk and dance again. Martha has an interest in dancing, particularly the jingle dance, which is a native dance from her culture.

Throughout the Series[]

Season 1[]

En route to the Dawn of Eve retreat in Hawaii, Martha and eight other girls are stranded on a remote island when their plane crashes

Personality[]

Martha is a very optimistic, kind girl who is sweet to everyone, both humans and animals. She is proud of her heritage and makes friends with others easily. She tries to see the best from everyone and every situation, but while this helps her to be liked by others, her mother and Toni suspect that this overly positive attitude comes from Martha's need to deny the horrible things she suffered when she was sexually abused by her physical therapist.

Physical Appearance[]

Martha has medium length brown hair with some purple strands. She has brown eyes and tan skin.

Relationships[]

Toni Shalifoe[]

Toni is a best friend of Martha's. It's unknown how long or when their friendship began, but throughout the series it's shown that their bond is strong, seeing how Martha is accepting of Toni's sexuality and helps her in multiple situations, like how she offers Toni to stay in her house after she and Regan broke up. Toni is seen to be a supporter of Martha's jingle dancing, showing up on both her practice session and the actual day of the competition. Toni is there for Martha throughout the entire time that Dr. Theodore Wolchak, her physical therapist, is accused and eventually arrested for child endangerment and sexual assault. This is shown when she comforts Martha upon finding her sobbing in bed.

While stranded on the island, their friendship is tested with how Martha becomes friendly with Shelby, making Toni jealous. During the shelter building contest, Toni loses her temper and ends up destroying the shelter her team had built. This ends up temporarily breaking their friendship, with Martha stating that she can no longer pick up after Toni.

Throughout the next few episodes in the series, the two barely talk, though it's clear that they still care deeply for each other. This is most especially shown on their twelfth day on the island, when Martha defends Toni from Shelby's homophobia and when they both tend to each other while being sick due to the mussels. As the days pass by on the island, they gradually spend more time with each other again, and although there's never a scene for it, they go back to being best friends.

Shelby Goodkind[]

Martha meets Shelby when the latter suggests an icebreaker to the rest of the girls on the plane. Once Shelby introduces herself to Martha and compliments her eyes, the two hit it off right away.

While on the island after their plane crashes, Shelby helps Martha when she is nearly taken away by the waves and helps her with her injured ankle. While Martha's ankle is healing, Shelby continues to assist her and give her moral support, making them grow closer. Their continued blossoming friendship makes Toni upset, especially during the shelter building competition wherein Martha sides with Shelby and works together with her.

On their twelfth day on the island, while the girls are eating mussels, Toni calls Shelby out for the homophobic energy she's giving. Martha is shocked at this and tells Toni that it isn't true, not believing that Shelby actually thinks that way, but Shelby becomes honest with the group and says that she believes that way of life is a sin. This results in their friendship being in a rocky state for the next few days. Eventually, they make up, and in Season 2 she learns about Shelby and Toni's relationship. She is very accepting of this, helping to make up a bed they can share.

Appearances[]

Season One
Episode Appearance Status
Day OneAppears
Day TwoAppears
Day ThreeAppears
Day SixAppears
Day SevenAppears
Day TwelveAppears
Day FifteenAppears
Day SixteenAppears
Day Twenty-TwoAppears
Day Twenty-ThreeAppears

Quotes[]

Martha (to Fatin): "What about something more basic, like... how do I even get a guy to like me?"
-- in Day Three
Martha: "I'd rather be changed by something good... like love."
-- in Day Six
Martha (to Rachel, who's in the quicksand): "Listen to me. You have to stop, okay? Shh, stop fighting. You'll see. Everything gets easier. Just let go, and let us help you, okay?"
-- in Day Seven
Leah: "Okay, I really think we need to do something."
Martha: "Don't get involved. When me and my sisters fight, it's to the death."
-- in Day Fifteen

Notes & Trivia[]

  • A short but not exhaustive list of the pets Martha has had in her life... Two terriers. One dachshund. Two shepherd mixes. Eight cats. Three hamsters. Two llamas. Four cockatiels. Fourteen goldfish won at various carnivals. And a rabbit named Cappy, which is short for Capricorn, since he was born in early January. [2]
  • Figure skating is Martha's favorite sport to watch on TV. She used to mimic the skaters, performing fake double axels on the living room carpet-- a habit she clearly hasn't lost. Oddly enough, Martha has never dared to skate on actual ice. Pretty weird for a kid from Minnesota. [3]
  • Martha became a vegetarian at age 12 when she visited a commercial chicken farm. [4]
  • Martha learned how to swim by taking a class with her mom. [5]
  • The Wilds instagram account confirmed Martha is a Pisces on 2/1/22 and 19/1/22.


Gallery[]

References[]

  1. https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/B08PQ3RZN3/ref=atv_wp_cancel
  2. Field Note #007
  3. Field Note #037
  4. Field Note #043
  5. Field Note #61
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