The hysteria and outpouring of genuine distress over the death of Lexa in The 100, and how it was handled, has I think served more to obscure the material issues than highlight them. Conversely the programme's virtues have been largely overlooked. I cannot speak to the LGBTQ position, but did find it refreshing to have significant roles for female actors and the less frequent portrayal of an all-female romance. Though I confess when the first kiss took place in season 2 I did not see it coming at all. Perhaps in part due to the show’s commendable normalcy treatment of the most common forms of sexual orientation and use of characters reflecting this.
Unwittingly, when the character of Lexa was introduced there was an injection of colour and dynamism akin to a vital blood transfusion. The actress Alycia Debnam-Carey (ADC) could have said ‘You may be main cast, but this guest star is stealing the show’. The compelling chemistry between Eliza Taylor (ET) and ADC instantly set them apart from the rest of the cast and only a fool would have limited their joint on screen time. Unfortunately the other story lines as written and portrayed failed to compete with this charged dynamic creating a sense of imbalance and diversion from the overall narrative.
The failure to synthesise a popular character’s story line into the overall narrative is regrettable, and the compression of it at a crucial stage was badly done. The unimaginative and much criticised demise of Lexa was saved only by the stellar acting of ET and ADC. Worse still was the loss of a talented actor, the end of a compelling pairing and perhaps a wound to the show from which it may ultimately not survive.
Much of the show runner's raison de’tre for handling ADC’s role revolves around her limited availability. An unpersuasive explanation when you consider that it has not been stated that ADC could not have been signed to the main cast before AMC entered the frame. I hope I am wrong, but I fear that ET and ADC may have prematurely lost a once-in-a-career pairing, the remaining story lines will not adequately compensate for the loss felt by fans of the show, and there will be an insufficient audience or interest to sustain the show beyond a fourth season. The irony will not be lost on grieving fans that Lexa and Clarke will doubtless enter TV folklore, embraced as two iconic characters, whose story was cut short far too soon, but which will live on long after the show itself.