To say that Bellamy Blake (Bob Morley) had a rough go of it in The 100's fifth season is seriously understating things. He had to poison his own sister, kidnap a child to put an A.I. chip in her head, and slaughter his way out of the fighting pits in order to escape yet another apocalyptic event. At least he got a nice nap at the end of it?
Bellamy's relationships with both Clarke (Eliza Taylor) and Octavia (Marie Avgeropoulos) are also pretty much in tatters after all their clashes last season (though he did get to have a quick heart-to-heart with Clarke as they escaped Earth — not to mention that Bellarke hug we got upon the discovery of their new planet). This means Bellamy will need to put some hard work into rebuilding bridges with two of the most important women in his life when the show returns. And he's got miles to go before he and Clarke can get back to a good place.
"They still have to kind of resolve what went down last season with Madi. Putting the chip into Madi, being left in the fighting pits, and being on opposite sides of warring factions," Morley told reporters on a visit last fall to the set of The 100. "So that's something that definitely is touched upon, and they have to figure out a way to be able to get through that. But it's really taking in that mantra from Monty, 'do better and be the good guys,' that they're both trying to adopt and work upon. It's a work in progress, as it is most seasons. The challenge of trying to do the right thing, and even trying to define what the right thing is, and the "good guy" terminology is in a new planet where everything's new basically."
As for Bellamy's relationship with his sister, there's even more betrayal and angst to work through, considering Bellamy poisoned her, tried to unseat her as heda, and ended up getting thrown in the fighting pits where she seemed resolved to watch him die a gruesome death. That's some pretty heavy stuff for siblings to go through, but when has that ever not been the case with Bellamy and Octavia?
"I think it takes some time to even be able to address the situation between the two of them," Morley said, "and I think they both have a lot of their own healing they have to do before they can even start to speak to each other on terms where it's amicable or the ability for it to grow into a more healthy relationship [exists]. ... I think that Blake sibling relationship is a real barometer of how Bellamy's feeling in any given season or where he's going. I don't think it's something that they can walk away from that easily. That old adage of blood is thicker than water definitely rings true for them, but it's just — there's got to be a lot of water under the bridge before they can kind of develop into something more. But it's not something that the two of them would happily walk away from, so there's a lot of work to be done."
Luckily, a new planet is a great place to start fresh, and considering there's supposedly a "peaceful society" thriving on this planet, we can all hope that these characters will get to spend time on repairing their relationships now that there's not a constant threat of war, disaster, or genocide on the agenda... yet.
The 100 returns Tuesday, April 30 at 9/8c on The CW.
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