While Alycia Debnam-Carey may have never been a regular on “The 100” for her role as Lexa, she still found herself in the rare position of playing one of television’s most-popular characters. She was a fierce warrior, but also at the same time someone fighting for piece. Meanwhile, she was a love interest for Clarke like no other, and killed right after fans of the pairing finally got precisely what they wanted.
Did she really need to die? Logistically, we suppose it’s possible that they could have just written excuses for why we weren’t seeing Lexa on the show anymore, but it would have been difficult given that Debnam-Carey is a regular on “Fear the Walking Dead” and the show had pretty much used her to the full extent that they could.
Following the show airing the “Thirteen” episode on the West Coast, the actress took to her Instagram page and posted the following message tributing this role, and thanking all involved for helping it come to life:
“Thank you to those who banded together to create an incredible and inspiring character. She could have never burst into fruition without such a flux of creativity, passion and collaboration that extends greater than a singular autonomy of my own. To the writers, directors, crew – hair, makeup, costumes, stunts, actors and Jason [Rothenberg] who helped me capture her essence. Thank you to all the fans for bringing her further to life, your passion is everything. It has been an honour to portray her. To envelop myself in her skin. To be given the freedom to represent a moment in our cultural and social zeitgeist – she has left a great imprint on me. I will miss her. May we meet again.”
Obviously there’s little that can be done here to keep some of the fans from hurting in the way that they likely are right now, but we will say that creatively, the ramifications of Lexa’s death are huge. Perhaps more so than any other show at the moment, this proves that “The 100” is fearless when it comes to making big moves. So many other shows on television right now only sort-of-kill characters. It’s devastating to think that Lexa seems gone, but her death will hopefully be honored in upcoming episodes.
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