I don’t a lot oppose Bellamy Blake dying as I’m confused by him dying on this means. If Bellamy had died fairly than handing over the guide that might place Madi in peril, even when it have been nonetheless by some means at Clarke’s hand (permitting for him to invoke “collectively” one final time to let her comprehend it’s what he desires and he’s along with her until the tip, although it’s the toughest selection), it might be a tough factor to observe however finally a noble dying. As a substitute, after he’s been largely absent this season, it’s like watching a physique snatcher make season 3-Bellamy-level-nonsensical decisions after which die. “Unsatisfying” places it too frivolously.
Sure, there are actual world causes for his diminished position this season, and certainly actual world causes that make it tougher for a lot of followers to hook up with his character, however that components into the viewers expertise too. Presumably his absence didn’t include a requirement that he be part of the Disciples and stay devoted so unconvincingly. Ultimately, it’s a troublesome option to say goodbye to a personality that has been a cornerstone of the present for seven years, and I’d think about many on this passionate and devoted fandom are going by means of some multilayered grief over this.
Earlier than Bellamy’s dying, this felt way more like a traditional episode of The 100, a thrill experience that whips by means of plot like hurry-up offense attempting to beat the clock. It actually helped that so lots of the key gamers have been on the identical planet collectively once more. And albeit killing folks off once more after protecting everybody alive for therefore lengthy feels a bit extra on-brand. A lot for my idea that the present could be softening for some blissful endings!
I’m glad the fabled giants of the previous turned out to be an overblown promise, and as a substitute a return of the crimson solar toxin – this season has tipped into an excessive amount of mythology even for my style, and returning to current mythology working very nicely right here with no need exposition or forcing the present to choose about whether or not the final battle is actual, if these beings nonetheless exist, or about one million different questions so quite a few that I’m guessing they are going to be circumvented by some model of Jordan’s idea being appropriate, and Cadogan being a crock.
The toxin gave us one final probability to see Josephine, who’s all the time a pleasant wildcard, even from throughout the confines of Gabriel’s thoughts. The toxin’s presence set the scene for loads of erratic habits in what was already a fraught circumstance, making Gabriel’s switching loyalties make some type of sense, and permitting us to briefly get pleasure from Indra and Sheidheda working collectively. The toxin additionally solid a way of doubt over all the episode that ratcheted up the strain. Was Nikki actually with Raven? Would Indra pull a Bellamy and let her drug-induced experiences drive her to unthinkable new loyalty to Sheidheda? Will we ever study the take care of Murphy being proof against the toxin?