The 100: In Defence of Lexa

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Diyah Pera/The CW

Well The 100 has done it again. The show known for making bold and surprising choices and story decisions at every turn went and shocked the hell out of fans on Wednesday night with Part 1 of the Season 2 finale, “Blood Must Have Blood.” There was no death this time around, but just some good ol’ fashioned betrayal.

Grounder Commander Lexa (Alycia Debnam-Carey) went and completely destroyed her alliance with Clarke (Eliza Taylor) by making a deal to secure the Grounders that were being held captive in Mount Weather. Unfortunately, that meant that the 44 Sky people left inside would be used by the mountain people and have their bone marrow depleted. The deal not only destroyed the shaky alliance that Lexa and Clarke had secured between their people, but it also stopped any hopes of the burgeoning romance between the two leaders … at least for now.

Lexa’s decision, as can be expected, was met with much passion, anger and shock throughout The 100 fandom. On the surface it’s very easy to be upset with Lexa for the betrayal and for leaving Clarke with no help at rescuing the remaining Sky People. However, I’d like to offer up a few arguments in defence of Lexa and her decision. Let us take a look:

1. Lexa did her job

Lexa is the commander. She saved her people. Plain and simple, cut and dry, but it’s true. While many may not like how she went about it, she did her job. This is war and there are tough choices that need to be made at every turn. Lexa made those. She kept her people safe and in the process also prevented the Mountain Men from turning her people into Reapers.

2. She sacrificed her own happiness

I think it’s safe to say that Lexa was in love with Clarke, or at least pretty well on her way towards being in love with her. Who could blame her either? It’s more likely than not if you’ve ever seen any of The 100 then you are a tiny bit in love with Clarke Griffin as well. I know I sure as hell am. Lexa knew if she made the deal how Clarke would react and that there’d be no chance at a  future relationship with her, and yet she gave up any possibility of future happiness of her own in order to save the lives of her people. That is a true leader.

3. She stayed true to character

The 100 has never backed down from letting us know how ruthless Lexa can be. She has an edge and has routinely told Clarke that she leads with her head over her heart and that sometimes that means making the hard choice. She even proved that when she recently let a good number of her own die in order to service the larger mission. Lexa has always said she will save her people. That’s exactly what she did. It’s not like she hasn’t been honest with us that was her goal the entire time. I have to respect someone that sticks to their beliefs, even when times get tough.

4. It kept Lexa alive

Going into the finale fans were almost certain Lexa was going to die. As she walked off to complete the mission I was almost sure that’s what was going to happen. Hey, it’s not like The 100 hasn’t taken beloved characters from us in the past right? Plus with Alycia Debnam-Carey going off to join The Walking Dead spinoff it’s not like it would’ve been THAT shocking. Thankfully, for now Lexa is just riding off into the sunset with her people and the story is open to live on for another day. Besides, just think how interesting that reunion/confrontation between Clarke and Lexa is going to be one day!

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Cate Cameron/The CW

5. Who’s not to say Clarke wouldn’t have done the same thing?

Yes, what Lexa did seems downright evil. But when we stop and think about it, would Clarke have made the same choice if given the chance? I’m thinking there’s a very high possibility that she would have. We’ve all watched the show from the point of view of the Ark people and know them. We care for them. We want them out of the mountain and to be safe. But what if you switch your point of view and think of it from the Grounders perspective then what? Lexa sacrificed the lives of 44 people to save many, many more and prevent future Grounders from being turned into Reapers. Yes, Clarke likes to think with her heart over her head, but 44 as opposed to thousands of lives? I’m not sure many emotions can argue with those kind of numbers.

6. It makes Clexa all the more interesting going forward

I am by no means saying that the potential romance between these two wasn’t already supremely interesting and worth my emotional investment. But more so than any other show on television right now, The 100 routinely goes one step further with their characters and stories and you end up somewhere you didn’t even think was possible but that you totally love. I think this can definitely be the case for “Clexa.” Their journey has just begun. They’ve just learned how to lean on one another and be open with one another about their feelings, fears and conflicts. Lexa had no knowledge of the deal until it was presented to her in the moment. Her feelings for Clarke in that kiss were very real. As Lexa said “May we meet again,” and I’m not sure it couldn’t have been said any more perfectly than that.

This may very well be the end of Lexa and the Clarke/Lexa romance storyline for now. I don’t suspect we will see her in the second half of the finale, but hey, when it comes to The 100 I’ve certainly been wrong before. Given the passionate “Clexa” fan base the show has out there though I doubt this is the last we’ve seen of Lexa on the show. I for one, cannot WAIT to see the reunion between her and Clarke.

Clarke is never one to take things lying down, and like Lexa she always speaks her mind. I’m sure it’ll be one hell of an encounter when these two meet up again and Clarke lays into Lexa. By then, the shock and initial pain of Lexa’s betrayal will have worn off and all that will be left in Clarke will be anger. Clarke is also a leader though and I suspect logically, after some time and when this war has passed she’ll look back and realize why Lexa had to make the choice she did. Will that understanding allow for forgiveness? I know one thing, Clexa fans sure are clinging on to that hope for dear life right now!

The 100 Season 2 finale airs Wednesday, March 11 at 9 p.m. ET on the CW.