The 100 really knows how to knock a person when they’re down.
It has already been a disappointing final season, and yet The 100 just delivered its most devastating blow since the death of Lexa.
During this week’s episode, Bellamy Blake was shot and killed by none other than Clarke herself. A truly heartbreaking blow to dedicated fans of the show.
This death was wrong for so many reasons that I cannot even begin to fathom. Not only did they spend the past two episodes dismantling seasons worth of character development of Bellamy, but they put him down without any sort of redemption.
It really makes you begin to ask yourself, what’s the point? What was the point of “killing” Bellamy earlier on in the season only to kill him off after? What was the point of making Bellamy a fan favorite only to treat him dirty in the end? Why did you make everyone hate him up until the point he died?
Honestly, what was going through the writer’s mind when they made these decisions? Because I just feel like they gaslight me the whole time.
One of the worst parts of Bellamy’s death is that it was Clarke, his closest friend, that shot him. Clarke had her reasons, but it still hurt.
Bellamy, because of his “for all mankind” crap, was willing to tell Bill that Madi is now the key to understanding this war. See, Madi has remembered a lot of things from the time she had the flame. Now that the flame is in pieces, Madi is the only one who can help give Bill the answers he needs. She even drew some of these memories down in a sketchbook.
That, however, involves poking through her mind which Clarke is all too familiar with. Unlike Bellamy, Clarke is not willing to put a child through that torture.
The real funny part though, is she doesn’t even grab the book that Bellamy is threatening to give to Bill. Want to bet that killing Bellamy isn’t going to stop Bill from finding out the secret about Madi?
When given the choice between her daughter or Bellamy, she chooses what any mother would. I don’t blame her for her decision, but god damn did it gut me. Clarke and Bellamy are the dream team of The 100. They’re the duo that could make even the most impossible situations seem possible. For her to be the one to put an end to Bellamy’s life is like a slap in the face to any Bellarke shipper out there.
Sure, the idea of Bellarke happening romantically was basically ruined with Bellamy being gone for half the season, but there was still hope. I personally was hoping the final scene of the show would be Clarke and Bellamy sitting somewhere together enjoying peace for the first time. Now that is nothing but a fantasy. Bellarke shippers will never get the closure they deserve and it sucks.
I guess you can say that Bellarke shippers now have a taste of what it is like to be a Clexa shipper. However, that is a pain I wouldn’t wish on anyone.
The one good thing about all this is that Clarke finally has the upper hand against Bill. But I can’t help think that all of this was possible without killing Bellamy.
All I can do is just think about how improper his sendoff was. Literally everyone except Bill couldn’t stand Bellamy and thought that he betrayed them. You could see throughout the episode that all Bellamy wanted was for his friends to understand and empathize with what he was doing. It was killing him thinking that all his friends hated him. Now he’ll never get to rebuild that trust and respect with his friends.
What’s even worse is we will never get a proper Blake sibling reconciliation.
Their two-minute conversation with Clarke in the room was hardly that. If anything, Octavia was just as baffled by this new Bellamy as everyone else. Octavia will never know if Bellamy forgave her. Bellamy will never know that Octavia finally understands him. It just enrages me the number of things we will never get to see because of this.
For someone as integral to the show as Bellamy, it feels almost like a crime just how awful his final arc was.
Bellamy deserved so much better. He deserved a happy ending, even if that meant transcending into a ball of light.
From the man who wanted to do whatever the hell he wanted, he became a man that saw the survival of so many people. He always did what he thought was right in order to save his loved ones. Even in his last moments, he still believed that what he was doing was the only way to make sure humanity survived.
It’s a tragic end to one of The 100’s greatest characters. And I couldn’t be more disappointed.
Elsewhere in the episode:
- Sheidheda and his followers were taken down pretty easily by The Disciples. While he’ll most likely remain a problem in the final few episodes of the series, it was nice to see him kneel before someone else for once, even if it was Bill.
- In these tragic episodes, I take joy in the light humor shared between Raven and Murphy. It’s these moments that make me remember why I love this show in the first place. Characters like Murphy can see light in all the darkness which is hard to do. But they make it seem possible.
- Gabriel is seeing his ex-girlfriend, Josephine Lightbourne, thanks to the Red Sun toxin spreading throughout Sanctum. It definitely felt a little out of place during this episode, but what can you do.
- Bill can pat himself on the back because, after all that searching, he finally has the flame. Too bad Gabriel shot it to bits.
- Sheidheda and Indra working together is a sight I’d never thought I’d see. More importantly, why did Indra not kill Sheidheda? Didn’t she not learn that mistake the first time?
This was undoubtedly a doozy of an episode. There are three episodes left and I’m willing to bet it won’t get any easier.
Bellamy, may we meet again.
The 100 airs on Wednesdays on The CW on 8/7c.