The 100 7×11, Season 7, Episode 11, “Etherea” aired on The CW August 12, 2020
FINALLY! After what felt like a thousand years, Bellamy Blake has returned to The 100 for an entire episode and we LOVE to see it!
This being the show’s final season, we (the fans) had hoped to see a rich, gratifying story about these characters we have followed for years. What we got was a great story about newer characters, which is great in it’s own way – but it left us wondering where the leads of the show had gone. We are finally getting there!
The 100 7×11 answers the long lingering question of the season – where the heck is Bellamy Blake? The answer – Etherea. And he’s not alone, he’s with his enemy (turned buddy) one of Bardo’s conductors. They fight each other, they fight to survive, they trip out in a cave and Bellamy starts seeing things.
The Bardo peeps worship Cadogan, but Bellamy just sees him as the wacky cult leader from Earth at first. It takes a long time in the cave and (we are guessing) some hunger induced hallucinations for Bellamy to embrace the philosophy of the Shepard. He also sees his Mom! Over the course of the episode, we see Bell go from trying to get back to the people he loves, to a full on believer.
May We Eat Again
Is he really a believer though? Okay, there are two options here. Either Bellamy is playing along to trick the Shepard in an effort to get his people to safety OR he’s just gone all in on this and is ready for his avocado toast and kombucha lunch date with Cadogan. Either way, we don’t love that this is the path Bellamy is on.
Let’s say he’s playing along to save his friends. That feels like the same story we have seen with Echo, Diyoza, Hope and Octavia. So yes, he’d be on the right side, but it would feel suuuuper repetitive. Now, if he is full on in believer mode, that would make more sense, even if it sucks.
(Space) Daddy Issues
Bellamy has longed for something to be a part of in the past, as we know. Remember when he joined up with Pike and killed all those people? He tends to gravitate toward the pull of powerful men and we can only hope that his love for his friends is strong enough to break through to him before the series is over. As much as we love drama, we want to see Bellamy, Clarke and the main characters have some peace at the end of all of this, right?
In the preview, it looks like Bellamy gets cleaned up and promptly gets promoted to the “make Clarke cry squad,” and our hearts are already hurting. The only positive that may come from this is that Bellamy may possibly get to see how Clarke feels about him, but with the way this season has gone, it doesn’t feel like they will explore this.
The memory extraction machine SHOULD be the final push to make Bellamy and Clarke talk about their true feelings (and 7 years of stolen glances and hand placement camera zooms would suggest that they SHOULD to talk about these feelings). Key word here is SHOULD. Who knows though, wilder things have happened in this hellish year. We will just be happy if he stays alive at this point.
What did you think of The 100 7×11? Are you so excited to see Bellamy again? We missed him so, so much!
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