The 100 EP Jason Rothenberg released a statement last night apologising for the death of Lexa (Alycia Debnam-Carey). Read on to find out what he had to say
In the wake of Lexa's shocking exit from Season 3 of The 100, EP Jason Rothenberg has promised further deaths when the show returns with "Stealing Fire" March 31. The decision to kill off the Commander back in Episode 7 ("Thirteen") was met with outrage by fans of The CW's hit series, with many viewers accusing its creative team of playing up to stereotypical on-screen representations of LGBT characters. Actress Alycia Debnam-Carey, who plays Lexa, as well as co-star Lindsey Morgan (Raven Reyes) have spoken out about the controversy, defending Rothenberg's decision while acknowledging the depth of feeling among the show's devoted audience. Last night, Rothenberg issued a full-length statement explaining the reasoning behind his choice, before addressing the extensive social media backlash that followed the episode.
The show's EP admitted to having spent "a great deal of time reading letters, blogs, tweets and articles" in the days following the episode's broadcast, adding that he's "profoundly grateful" to the show's fans for their feedback. Acknowleding that "no episode of television exists in a vacuum", Rothenberg continued: "[Lexa and Clarke's] relationship held greater importance than even I realized. And that very important representation was taken away by one stray bullet... The thinking behind having the ultimate tragedy follow the ultimate joy was to heighten the drama and underscore the universal fragility of life. But the end result became something else entirely - the perpetuation of the disturbing “Bury Your Gays” trope. Our aggressive promotion of the episode, and of this relationship, only fueled a feeling of betrayal."
"While I now understand why this criticism came our way, it leaves me heartbroken. I promise you burying, baiting or hurting anyone was never our intention. It’s not who I am." Rothenberg then went on to admit that, on hindsight, he would have scripted Lexa's death differently: "There are several reasons why this particular episode played out the way it did: practical (an actress was leaving the show), creative (it’s a story about reincarnation) and thematic (it’s a show about survival). Despite my reasons, I still write and produce television for the real world where negative and hurtful tropes exist. And I am very sorry for not recognizing this as fully as I should have. Knowing everything I know now, Lexa’s death would have played out differently." To read the piece in full, click here. Are you satisfied with Rothenberg's explanation of the decision to kill off Lexa, or do you think producers went too far?