Did you hear that? It was an entire army of Clexa fans mourning their heda. This sound follows the echoes of broken hearts everywhere.
The latest episode ‘Thirteen’ of The 100 aired Thursday and devastated fans with a beloved character’s death. Lexa (Alycia Debnam-Carey) is dead and the hope that pop culture ditches the ‘bury your gay’ trope has died a little with the fictional character.
Let’s start with some good news — the episode was epic. It was female-focused centering on Clarke (Eliza Taylor), Lexa, Octavia (Marie Avgeropoulos) and Becca (Erica Cerra). In terms of the shows plot, the episode tied together some loose ends and has weaved a fascinating storyline that connects the Grounder culture with the Sky People and ‘The City of Light’ faith.
Clexa fans were also treated to some heavy romance and delicious lady loving. Clarke must have decided she was finally ready for Lexa — because the two consummated their connection and provided fans with some sexy sapphic scenes that folks on Tumblr will be .giffing for a while. Our hearts may or may not have exploded.
Of course, the love scene came at a cost. Because just a few minutes later, Lexa’s fate was sealed when Titus (Neil Sandilands) accidentally shot the Commander while aiming to get rid of Clarke.
We’ve been aware of sketchy Titus since that time he waited for Clarke in her bed chambers — but he took his crazy to a whole new level when he attempted murder. Lexa rolled in at exactly the wrong time and — bang — she was shot in torso.
Since Murphy (Richard Harmon) was just being tortured in that room and Clarke was attempting to save him — he was there to watch all of this go down.
The dying scene was heartbreaking. Clarke tried to heal her — as she’s managed to heal a whole bunch of the Sky People with wounds seemingly way worse than this (remember that time Raven got shot in the spine?) But while Titus was already busting out his dead commander pack — Lexa and Clarke were exchanging some emotional words. Words that punched our shipper hearts right in the feels. (
Some of us will have to re-watch for exact dialogue as it’s hard to hear over, y’know, your own sobbing.)
But through a blurry lens of tears, more plot twists in the episode were revealed. The Commander’s ‘spirit’ was cut out of dead Lexa’s neck revealing the second AI that the flashbacks earlier in the episode told us all about. The first commander was Becca — who spent a couple years on Polaris modifying her genes to withstand radiation and perfecting the second AI.
A lot happened this episode.
But let’s double back and talk about Lexa’s death. Executive producer Jason Rothenberg has been prepared to handle the strong reactions to these huge plot twists and interviews about episode Thirteen are pouring onto the Internet.
The big guy had a tough decision to make with the show — and the LGBTQ+ viewers — well, that was the village that got burnt down this episode.
“Alycia was only available to us for a short window of time, a certain number of episodes. We had to be done with her by Episode 7,” Rothenberg explained to TV Guide — mentioning Debman-Carey’s series regular status on Fear The Walking Dead. “So my ability to use that character was going to be extremely limited, if not impossible, after this season.”
While this situation feels like yet another show to add to the ‘bury your gays’ trope that is way too common in television — it seems Rothenberg’s hands were tied. It’s unfortunate — especially since lady loving shippers have been recently mourning the death of Orphan Black‘s Delphine Cormier (Evelyne Brochu) who was also shot in the torso. Coincidentally, the show’s creative team had a similar situation — scheduling conflicts as a result to the actress starring in another show.
But this trope is growing tired for viewers as diversity and representation continues to trend. While filming schedules and creative roadblocks is an understandable reason for these hard choices television producers have to make — mainstream television does need to make more of an effort to represent the queer community well without the usual tragic ending. From Xena to Willow (Buffy The Vampire Slayer), Delphine to Naomi (Skins) — the lesbian death plot twist is becoming a serious flaw in popular culture. Queer folks need better representation.
While episode seven did offer the feeling of an ‘origin’ story — and we finally got to see exactly how the world ended, Lexa’s final scenes are what stole the show this week.
Here’s to hoping the character death will at least move the show in an even more exciting direction!
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