Just when you think this show cant go any lower, someone finds a shovel...
I just...I just could not believe that any writer could possibly be this incompetent, this stupid, this uncaring about their own characters and their own fans...but then I remembered every other show that has come up with increasingly cruel and hateful endings for its main characters for the sake of cheap drama, and I remembered what a general shit show this show has become, and then it all came together. This is seriously the end of Bellamy, one of the main characters and biggest driving forces of the show since the pilot? He gets indoctrinated into some lame ass cult in five seconds, betrays everyone who he cares about, and then gets shot by Clarke? What a massive fuck you to Bellamy, Bob, and to all of us poor schmucks still watching. I dont know the whole story, but I did hear some stuff about issues between Bob and some of the writers/show runner (who has certainly had a vindictive streak in the past) so its hard not to see this half assed death as some kind of screw you to Bob. Or possibly as a fuck you to Bellaclarke fans, who the show runner has never really been a fan of from what I have picked up, or just to the fans in general, who they clearly hold in contempt and are annoyed by. Stupid fans, wanting a well written show, the nerve! Bellamy as a character has always been pretty up and down depending on what was going on with the writing, but he has long been one of my favorite characters, with a story that I found really rich and complicated, and to see this as his end, getting brainwashed shockingly easy and as a puppet to this seasons lamest Big Bad and the gunned down by his best friend after getting no closure with anyone, even Octavia, is just so unsatisfying. How exactly does this seem consistent with his story? He never got even a tiny bit of closure with anyone, even Octavia, never really finished dealing with his issues, and even on a show that has killing its characters as its bread and butter, this is just shocking in its senselessness. I kind of suspected that Bellamy might not survive this season, but I thought he would die saving everyone, having made peace with Octavia or something, not like this. This is just so lame, even in the middle of this increasingly lame final season. I cant even cry or be sad that one of my favorite characters just shot and killed one of my other favorite characters, I am just really pissed off and annoyed that a show I used to love could treat its audience and characters so poorly, and is so clearly running on fumes. Like, how does this end Bellamys arc as a character? Or his complicated relationship with Clarke? Its hard to see this as an end to his or their story when he is clearly brainwashed (or else he would certainly tell that the guys holding his closest friends hostage to force his best friend to do work for him are the bad guys) and hasn't acted like himself since he got back from the mountain. Its like he was some kind of clone, but now the clone was killed so we will never get to see real Bellamy again. Bellamy died when he supposedly died earlier (and dont you love that he got a fake out death, was around for a few more episodes, than died for real?) in the season more or less, and both his deaths sucked.
I mean, this could maybe have worked as the tragic end to Bellamy's story, maybe, if they had really sold him being brainwashed, if they had really managed to make it so we bought that he thought that working with these people would save the lives of the people he loved, that he was doing this to protect them, even if they hated him for it, and they had him doing something more dramatic than holding a coloring book before Clarke killed him, where it really was Clarke having to choose between him and Madi or him and everyone else, or he really went off the deep end and tried to kill Madi or everyone else to help them "transcend" or whatever, but this? This has all been so rushed, that I cant buy it. I just hate that, after everything, Bellamy died as a brainwashed weirdo in that stupid robe who betrayed everyone and never even got a chance to hash things out with any of the many people in his life he has unresolved issues with, its just such a terrible waste of such a major character. I could buy an ending where Bellamy is driven to extremes in what he thinks will protect his people (as that been his driving motivation since the very start) and that leads to his downfall, even by way of Clarke, that it wasnt brainwashing even but that he really did think this could protect the people he loves, but there just hasn't been enough time to make me buy this at all. Plus, its just another pile of misery to dump on Clarke, who at this point I am just hoping manages to die with some dignity (unlike Bellamy) and can finally end her suffering. Besides, it didnt even matter! Clarke still didnt get the stupid book, now nothing has changed except Bellamy is dead and everyone get to be even more miserable than usual as they try to deal with this next mess.
Its really too bad, because, before one of the stupidest things this show has done in a long history of stupid things happened, I was thinking that this episode was a bit better than the last few have been. A lot of the characters are back together, we got lots of great Raven and Murphy banter, who have one of the best relationships on the show and who are always great for some snarky comic relief (loved them making fun of each other for how much things have gone to crap on both their sides) we got some closure for Ravens story and her guilt about letting those people die of radiation, and the group hug between her, Clarke, Murphy, and Emori was one of the best and most emotionally impacting moments the show has had in ages, and we got to see the cute puppy being cute! And more mocking of those stupid all white outfits, which is always correct. The reason they probably kept Raven and Murphy away from Bill and Bellamy was probably half because they knew that Bill couldn't give his boring ass speeches while Raven and Murphy are heckling him.
But of course, we also have tons of scenes with boring new characters who I dont like or care about instead of focusing on the characters we have followed for years (and in the final episodes!) and we have a show down between Bill and Sheidheda where, tragically, neither of them die. I was hoping that they would kill each other and some better villain would show up to be an actual threat to our heroes, but of course not, we have to keep these two idiots around to be non threatening even longer. I cant believe that Indra didnt kill Sheidheda, it seems so out of character that she wouldn't take out this threat when she had the chance to, yet again! It reeks of writers who want to keep him around and have to come up with contrived reasons to keep him around, forcing people to act out of character, although why they want him so badly is beyond me. I have no idea why we are stuck with so many randos instead of giving screen time to characters who have been around for several seasons, who we might actually want to see, but I guess the show is bored with them, and they want us to be interested in the new shinys. I would think we want to spend time ending the many year spanning extremely complex arcs of our MAIN CHARACTERS in the last few episodes after seven seasons but apparently not! After seeing the end they wrote for Bellamy, arguably the male lead of the show, its pretty clear how much this show cares about its main characters.