Ah, yes. The Show-That-Shall-Not-Be-Named had its season finale on May 19th. For the purposes of this article though, that show’s name is The 100. And after many in the cast talked it up to be a crazy, thrilling ride, it came off rather lackluster.
Many fans seemed to be on the same page as me as I scrolled through Twitter and Tumblr after the finale aired. The same feelings of “Was that it?” and “Well, I don’t know what to think,” that I had, resonated across the Internet. This is a perfect example of the result when something is hyped up so much that it cannot meet the idea and standards that people created for it. If it had been left alone for people to make their own assumptions about, there is a possibility that it may have been seen as more exciting than it unfortunately was perceived.
Then, there was the Clexa reunion that fell almost just as flat. The show-runners talked and talked about how Lexa would reappear in the finale but when it came about, the character received maybe eight minutes of total screen time. Lexa held up this show and helped it survive. When she was introduced in season two, the series garnered much more attention and whenever I recommend (though I no longer do) or hear someone else recommend this show, the suggestion is always followed by a, “Season one’s not great but just wait until you get to season two.” They ripped away their only saving grace and expected no repercussions. And then, when they brought her back, they barely allowed her on screen. For fans of Lexa, it might have just re-opened a wound that barely closed.
Lexa came back in the last episode and saved everyone just as she used to do when she was alive. The fact that everyone survives without her is hard to believe. But her return brings up only a plot holes in this plot hole filled show. If Lexa came back, why did all of the former Hedas also not return? If this was simply happening in Clarke’s mind, Lexa being the only one returning would make a little more sense. But everyone who has ever taken the chip is milling around the City of Light so everyone’s consciousness is involved. All of the past Hedas should have logically reappeared. So, where were they?
The episode was rushed. It was supposed to be a final goodbye for Clexa and it hit that mark even though it was hurried. It gave Clarke the ability to say the things she wished she had said to Lexa before and it gave her the chance to be reassured in her strength and decisions. It was obvious that the episode was supposed to be tense, stress-ridden and high-energy as they worked to save the world, but it lacked urgency in a way that cancelled out what was trying to be portrayed. And when you can see something instead of feeling something, the question of whose fault it is arises. The writers? The actors? The director? The blame game is not fun and I have no fingers to point at anyone in situation; I cannot make any sort of intelligent remark on who is to fault.
Now that Lexa is gone, what is to happen? Is the grounder storyline simply going to be removed as if it never existed? Who is Heda now? Will there still be a Heda or will all of the tribes simply work under the leadership of Clarke? That seems very unrealistic, but this show has done so many other things that were impossible and did not fit in with the original storyline, so I’m sure anything is an option for them.
This show has brought up so much controversy in this last season and it has been hard to tell if all of the media attention has worsened their situation as many hope, or bettered it by making previously unknowing people aware of the show. And with the renewal of the show for another season, for the sake of the actors, I hope that the show-runners make better decisions but, I will be absent from their viewership as I know many others will be.