If you’re still in shock over Commander Lexa’s sudden death on The 100, Alycia Debnam-Carey wants you to know that she feels your pain.
Speaking at PaleyFest on Saturday, the actress said she was “surprised by the intensity and fury” of fans’ reaction to Lexa’s death after she and Clarke (Eliza Taylor) finally consummated their relationship. The Commander of the Grounder clans died after Titus accidentally shot her while trying to kill Clarke.
Some fans of the drama threatened to boycott the show after the episode aired. But, Debnam-Carey defended the events of the show saying, “It is important to note that the decisions only ever come from love and trust within the show.”
Members of the LGBT community were also miffed as it seemed the post-apocalyptic drama had resorted to a well-worn trope — a lesbian character being killed off after a joyful experience. To those fans, Debnam-Carey said, “I don’t think it was ever intended to aggravate anyone in a social situation. There’s so much love for that character, like from me, from the writers and from Jason [Rothenberg]. I hate to hear people wanting to not watch the show anymore for a certain reason like that. I do understand, of course, it’s a social issue. If people are feeling that way, it’s really important to recognize.”
The actress, who also stars in Fear the Walking Dead, noted that she had “personal obligations in my work life” that may have played a role in Lexa’s exit from The 100. But she added, “I think while the show has relationships in it, and it’s a show about people coming together, it is not a romantic-based show. So in any way or form that manifests on its own, it’s not the sole focus.”
Personally, Alycia Debnam-Carey said the reaction to the show was “emotionally overwhelming.” She elaborated, “The reaction that sparked within people, where I’m reading texts and tweets from people saying, ‘I’m crying and in tears,’ to be able to say you’re a part of that is an amazing thing. I hate thinking people thought it was insensitive, because it was such a beautiful episode for us to shoot as well.”
It was beautiful… but still tragic.
The 100 returns to the CW on Thursday, March 31st at 9pm EST.SuperFable