'The 100' Final Season Countdown: Should Bellamy and Clarke get romantically involved or stay platonic?
Over the past six seasons, Bellamy and Clarke's platonic relationship has become the central focus. The two represent, as they say in 'The 100', the head and the heart'
Getting into a "Bellarke" discussion is a dangerous territory for most people. This ship featuring characters from 'The 100' have the most vocal supporters who have repeatedly asked the showrunner, Jason Rothenberg, to make it happen and are yet, left continuously disappointed after each season ends.
Now, with Season 7 of 'The 100' being the final season, as far as fans see it, this is the last chance to see whether Bellamy Blake (Bob Morley) and Clarke Griffin (Eliza Taylor) are more than just friends. In the novels by Kass Morgan, Bellamy and Clarke do get romantically involved, however, the story on the show has become quite different from that in the books.
Over the past six seasons, Bellamy and Clarke's platonic relationship has become the central focus of the show. The two represent — as they say in 'The 100' — "the head and the heart," and are there for each other whenever a tough decision needs to be made. Who can forget Mount Weather and how Bellamy would not let Clarke pull the lever on her own?
While Clarke has been functioning for the society from Day 1 of their time on Earth and afterward, Bellamy needed some time to become who he is currently on the show. After all, he was willing to let 300 people die, just so he wouldn't be caught for shooting Thelonius Jaha (Isaiah Washington), although one could argue that if he knew the death toll would be that high, he might have rethought his plan of action.
Clarke was instrumental in making Bellamy the leader that he is, so much so that they trusted each other for everything (except in Season 6) and even shared the burden of their guilt with each other. As viewers, we know that each of them is the other's person and no romantic relationship — except for "Clexa" — would come close to penetrating that relationship.
But it is for that very reason that Clarke and Bellamy being romantically involved might not work well together. The shared trauma that the two characters have made them great friends and the best for the other to go to when in need, but it may prove too much if they tried to get romantically involved.
And let's be honest — today, when TV is obsessed with romantic relationships and all the drama that can come from it, it is refreshing to see the two main characters of one of the biggest TV shows on primetime TV just be friends. After all, platonic relationships can be deep too and we often forget that. If perhaps "Bellarke" does happen and the characters' dynamics change, fans themselves might be convinced that yes, they were better off as friends.
Some of the best moments in 'The 100' came from Bellamy's and Clarke's platonic relationship, and while some of them show why the characters could do well being romantically involved, the friendship as a whole has been some of the best writing on television.
Follow MEA WorldWide's countdown to the final season of 'The 100' for more. The final season will premiere on May 20 on The CW at 8/7c.