MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD for the September 9 episode of The 100 Season 7, called "Blood Giant."
The 100 has packed its final season with twists and turns that few could have predicted, and "Blood Giant" delivered what seemed to be the biggest and most game-changing death in the series so far: Bellamy Blake (Bob Morley). When Clarke (Eliza Taylor) felt that she had to choose between Bellamy and protecting Madi, she chose Madi and shot Bellamy through the heart before he could hand over Madi's book of drawings filled with memories from the Flame to the Disciples.
Despite the shot looking like it had to be fatal, I for one had a hard time believing that The 100 would kill off the male lead after appearing in relatively few episodes of the final season, several weeks before the finale, at the hand of the female lead. Well, showrunner Jason Rothenberg has already confirmed Bellamy's fate. Rothenberg revealed on Twitter:
For 7 seasons, The 100 has been a show about the dark things that humanity will do to survive and the toll those deeds take on our heroes' souls. We knew Bellamy's death had to go to the heart of what the show is all about: Survival. Who you're willing to protect. And who you're willing to sacrifice. His loss is devastating, but his life and his endless love for his people will loom large and affect everything that comes after, to the very end of the series finale itself. We thank Bob for his beautiful work over these long years and wish him all the best in his future endeavors.
Yes, Bellamy is officially dead, and Clarke killed him. Bob Morley's seven-season journey as Clarke's right-hand man came to an end, after barely appearing in Season 7 at all compared to previous seasons. Morley had reportedly requested a lighter load at the beginning of Season 7.
Personally, despite Clarke clearly shooting him in the heart and The 100 including a shot of Bellamy looking pretty definitively dead, I wasn't 100% convinced until Jason Rothenberg (who has also explained the final season's priorities) confirmed. Not only was Bellamy supposed to be dead, but Clarke of all people killed him? No way. I needed the confirmation. Who could have guessed that the very last scene between Bellamy and Clarke would involve both of them crying and culminate in her killing him, right?
After all, even though Bellamy did side with Bill Cadogan and the Disciples after he went through his transformation on Etherea, he hadn't really done anything that bad, in my book, and he hadn't had much time to process what his decisions meant in the long run. And, as Bellamy more or less pointed out to Clarke when she had him at gunpoint, it was all but impossible to imagine her killing her longtime partner, co-leader, and best friend.
Even when it became clear that Clarke was very seriously considering shooting Bellamy, I half convinced myself that she would just shoot the notebook containing Madi's drawings, or wound Bellamy and grab the notebook before heading across the Bridge without actually killing him. Protecting Madi has been Clarke's top priority for quite a while, but this was going awfully far. Couldn't there have been a way to stop him and protect Madi without killing him?
And here I had been hoping for some kind of happy ending for the major characters! Bellamy was shot and killed by his best friend, Clarke will have to live with shooting and killing him, and she was already a wreck after she did it. Octavia lost her brother for good not too long after losing Diyoza.
More deaths are likely on the way, and I'm guessing at least some of the main good -- or "good" -- guys will survive, but I have a hard time seeing a genuinely happy ending after this, and that's what I've been wanting after all these years of gloom and doom. And poor Eliza Taylor had to shoot and kill her real-life husband's character!
Still, Jason Rothenberg did reveal that Bellamy's death will "affect everything" to the "very end of the series finale," so hopefully The 100 will find a way to follow up on this twist in a way that satisfies viewers. Tune in to The CW on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET to find out what happens next for Clarke after killing Bellamy on The 100. Be sure to weigh in our poll below about Bellamy's death, and check out our 2020 fall TV premiere schedule for some upcoming viewing options.