Such a bleak conclusion is par for the course for this present, which likes to remind us that each pleasure can solely be achieved via the applying of intense ache. And, to be sincere, this finale might be one of the best ending we might have anticipated for many of those characters. It’s peace, of a form, even when The 100 doesn’t do a lot in the best way of interrogating or explaining why the characters who selected to reject obvious everlasting peace in a hive thoughts consciousness in favor of 1 final lifetime on Earth.
However it’s additionally a closing condemnation of Clarke Griffin, which feels deeply mistaken – and fairly frankly, merciless – after her journey to date. Her character actually deserves higher than this, and so do the followers that love her. Clarke’s seven-season arc doesn’t actually conclude a lot as simply cease, and her pseudo-happy ending solely comes about as a result of the different characters acknowledge the breadth of her sacrifice moderately than the present itself. Clarke herself is, as soon as once more, denied something like actual interiority within the present’s closing hour, and apart from a line about not eager to be alone we have now valuable little perception into her closing choices or emotions about something.
Season 7, as a complete, has struggled to figure out what to do with Clarke in this final run of episodes, steadily forcing her character to the sidelines of the narrative and usually ignoring her perspective. We nonetheless don’t actually have a transparent thought of the fallout from all her numerous traumas in Season 6 – Sanctum, Josephine, the Primes, Abby’s loss of life – not to mention how every thing that’s occurred this season (Bellamy, Madi, dooming all of humanity to die) has impacted her. (Will I be bitter eternally that we obtained roughly 4 minutes of display time dedicated to her decision to kill Bellamy? Sure. Sure, I’ll.)
As an alternative, it feels as if The 100 merely provides up on her character totally and, let me be clear: I hate it.
On paper, the thought of Clarke as a Biblical-type determine, a Moses who fights to get her individuals to the promised land however who’s barred from getting into it herself makes a specific amount of sense. However surely, it feels as if Clarke is being punished in ways in which others in the identical universe will not be, and her closing judgment is only one extra heaping dose of struggling dumped on a girl who’s already seen greater than her justifiable share.