A whole freaking lot happened in this week’s episode of The 100, but nothing stood out quite like Bellamy Blake. It can’t just be me who thought those few scenes throughout the episode and that ending were pretty much the biggest highlight. There were other scenes that imprinted in a weirdly cool way in my mind, and some that didn’t. But Bellamy Blake always finds a way to steal the spotlight, which must be tied to the fact that he really is the heart of The 100.
The show follows both Clarke and Bellamy, but while we watch Clarke making rational decisions and get the very clear picture that she’s the head of all missions, her partner is the person whose emotions we get to witness the most on the show. Not only does he have one of the biggest hearts, he dictates his decisions based off that.
That is why the small glimpses that we got of Bellamy this week shone through the way that they did. Octavia’s ”death” could only be met with that kind of earth shattering reaction from her big brother. The way the camera angles were structured to pan on Roan and Echo before the news was delivered, showing us just how aware the others were of what would happen when they did tell Bellamy.
Now with Kane we saw plenty of guilty, he clearly thought that his decisions when it came to Octavia led to Echo stabbing her off that river. But it was Bellamy’s screams and his anguish that rocked that room, his pain echoing beyond that cell. And through it all, we felt what he did. It was his emotion that broke out of the show and made us feel.
Bellamy had a rough time during the third season of The 100, the worst of which came from his sister. Octavia in general wasn’t exactly an uplifting character either but it was the Blake relationship that suffered the most. Octavia’s continued blame and lack of understanding when it came to Bellamy’s choice to side with Pike drove a wedge a bit too big between the two.
And while that, combined with Lincoln’s death, was the driving force behind Octavia’s plot this season, what about Bellamy?
He spent the back half of last season trying to work through the decisions that caused 300 people to die. There was plenty self loathing and finally the realization that he was wrong to put his trust in Pike. But he never really moved on in a healthy way, instead opting to blame himself for everything that happened while thinking he didn’t deserve to survive.
This attitude carried itself well into this season and has been pushing him to make different choices. That wouldn’t exactly be a bad thing, if his opinion of himself wasn’t at such an all time low.
Bellamy Blake right now is both trying to make up for what he did when he lost his
people in Mount Weather, and still living in the past. Some of it could definitely be from the way others still choose to blame him for what was a very collective action. Pike didn’t rise to power by himself, he had enough support within Arkadia to get where he was and to convince Bellamy that his thought process made sense.
But now a season later Bellamy is still carrying all that guilt on his shoulders, not seeing how he deserved to even be considered a survivor on the Dropship.
Yet he is still trying to do better, be better. He tried to save the slaves that the Ice Nation was planning to control without the Sky People’s knowledge. And while that decision came with it’s own set of blame from some of his people, at least this time we saw Bellamy truly taking charge of his own choices. He was confident that he was still following his heart, but not in a destructive way. He was saving the lives that he could that very day, then waking up and doing the same thing all over again.
And along the way we have Kane and Jaha trying to share their wisdom with this man. Those two taking different strategies actually shows us the state of mind that Bellamy is in. Kane tells him not to focus on the past, instead taking it one day at a time. Bellamy is very mindful of that, applying it when he is the deciding vote that risks providing water for the Dropship in favor of saving people from Farm Station. He stands by his decision, making this kind of his motto for the time being.
Meanwhile when Jaha tells him what we’re all thinking, that he did what he had to do for his people and doesn’t need redemption, he ignores it completely because he doesn’t see himself as worthy of that kind of reasoning. It also doesn’t help that the narrative hasn’t exactly been favorable to Jaha, making him a character not many listen to anymore.
And with that, Bellamy shows us just how little he still cares for himself. There’s a continued duty to help keep everyone safe alongside this boulder that keeps him from moving on.
Octavia’s fake out death doesn’t stand a chance of lasting long enough to actually break Bellamy even more, but it might push things along at least from her side of all this.
Now it might be a little too soon to hope for the Blake siblings to finally figure things out, but that may very well be a good thing. Before those two come together, they both need to come to some conclusions about themselves. Bellamy needs to realize that he really didn’t side with the perfect person, but his reasoning makes complete sense. He shouldn’t be redeemed for trying to do exactly what every other person is trying to do, which is to save their own people.
As for Octavia, she needs to see that her spiraling after Lincoln’s death isn’t helping anyone. Blaming Bellamy for everything is just the beginning, followed by the fact that she’s killing people left and right without any actual reasoning behind it. Octavia, the character that claimed to be the voice of truth is now hypocritically going against everything she’s said she’s for so far. She’s killing people with no real reason, not one that is worth all these people dying. And Kane pointing that out is just the tip of the iceberg.
Bellamy’s journey this season is yet to be fully seen, although we can expect him to interact with the person who ”killed” his sister. This confrontation might not be all that promising since Echo did kill his people, his girlfriend and wounded his sister. But if there’s one thing that we can get from these two interacting, it’s for Bellamy to realize that everyone does unspeakable things for their people. That doesn’t mean he has to excuse Echo specifically, but he should see this as a way to reflect on himself.
No one is innocent, everyone around him has blood on their hands so the best way for him to move on is to accept that. Maybe interacting with someone like Echo, a person he can’t trust but can at least try to understand the reasoning that went on behind their actions, could make him see that everyone has killed but not everyone is expecting redemption. If his own people are telling him that he has nothing to feel like he needs to be redeemed for, maybe he could apply that logic to himself to try to focus on surviving the end of the world.
Aside from that interaction, all I could hope to see from Bellamy is maybe even a moment of happiness with either of the two people that mean the most to him right now. There are still issues that need to be solved yet there’s only so much time left for these characters.
Bellamy Blake deserves to stop piling on himself and just realize that like Clarke, he is doing the best that he can. No one is perfect on the show but he’s the core of the story for a reason. His moral code and constant need to follow his heart is what has kept his people alive for this long. There’s absolutely no doubt in my mind that this will continue to be true for the remaining portion of the season as well.
A Lie Guarded tackled three different stories, with Bellamy not playing as big of a role in this portion as others may have. But with Octavia’s fake death comes a chance for some genuine growth in her journey and in her brother’s. Both have a lot that they have to deal with, with Bellamy having to rise up from his past choices while Octavia hits rock bottom before finally realizing that she needs to work her way back up. Hopefully from this event changing episode there will be more of that on both ends, especially since 4×04 reminded us that there’s only so much time left for our favorite characters.
The 100 returns with new episodes, Wednesdays at 9/8c.