The 100 7×13, Season 7, Episode 13, “Blood Giant” aired on The CW August 19, 2020
This is the way the world ends, not with a bang, but a whimper. – T.S. Eliot
A whimper, that’s exactly how small the death of Bellamy Blake felt in this episode. He didn’t go out like you’d imagine the male lead to go out. He died shunned, alone and in a cult for some reason. Oh, and shot by his best friend.
Bellamy Blake wasn’t always perfect, but that’s why we loved him. He was flawed, he was devoted and he never gave up. He lived his life by a code: My sister, my responsibility. Over the years, we saw his devotion expand to include Clarke and his people, but the simple fact was that Bellamy fought for those he loved. He tried hard to find a place where he belonged and made some huge missteps, but his heart always found a way to “come home.” And his friends never gave up on him.
His previous devotion to his loved ones is the exact opposite of what they teach in his new cult, which is why he felt so unrecognizable after he returned this season. Season 7 Bellamy sucked, but we have been down this road with him before and fans were more than ready to welcome him back. And we counted on his friends to do the same.
But now he’s dead. And the show is almost over. That’s why people are pissed. Zero resolution on a story and a character we spent 7 years with.
We all know that death is common on The 100. Death is part of life, yes, we get it. But the death of the character that embodied so much hope, love and devotion just hits differently in 2020, a year when loss and despair are all too common in reality.
And for those saying that his loss is only felt by shippers, you are not only wrong, but you are reducing the impact of this character on every other character on the show, not just Clarke. But so what if we DO want to look at this from a shipping perspective. Love is also a part of life and a big part of The 100. Ships matter.
Speaking of ships, let’s talk about Bellarke. Bellamy’s death sort of makes all of the Clarke and Bellamy moments feel tainted and pointless now. The way the camera always went to Bellamy to show how he looks at Clarke. The zoomed in focus on every touch. The lingering shots of their hugs. How she called him every day. How he fought to save her last season. Looking back now, what was the point of any of that now that she killed him?
The other huge issue is that the Clarke we know would not have done this. She would have found another way. She would have locked Bellamy up to keep him from telling Cadogan about Madi. She would have lied and said it was her sketch book, not Madi’s. She would have shot Sheidheda. She would have shot the guards. She would have shot every person in that room to keep Madi safe, but the Clarke we know would never shoot Bellamy.
We are still holding out hope that somehow it’s not real. That it’s all a simulation and that the trust we have put in the writing to deliver a worthy ending to this story and these characters wasn’t for nothing. Because we have hope and we want to see the good. Just like Bellamy Blake.
What did you think of The 100 7×13? Are you pissed about how Bellamy’s death was handled?
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