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Creator of The 100 Speaks on Controversial Character Death

It was meant to "underscore the universal fragility of life," says the writer.

Merrill Barr

Three weeks ago, The CW aired an episode of The 100 featuring the death of fan favorite, Lexa, immediately following a love scene between her and series protagonist, Clarks. After the episode, fans expressed their displeasure with the death, proclaiming it to be another example of television's trope of killing off gay female characters.

Now, creator/showrunner Jason Rothenberg has spoken up on the matter in a post on Medium.

"The thinking behind having the ultimate tragedy follow the ultimate joy was to heighten the drama and underscore the universal fragility of life," said the writer. "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."

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The post adds, "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."

Whether or not this will quell some of the outrage remains to be seen, but maybe his letter will be a step in the right direction?

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