After a controversial interview where Jason Rothenberg discounted the idea that Bellamy was trying to save Clarke in Season 6 of The 100, a new tweet from Bob Morley might indicate that he’s on the side of Bellarke fans. He left his tweet vague, perhaps purposefully, but fans think he was responding to Rothenberg’s recent interview about Season 7. Read on to learn more about the story behind Morley’s tweet. This article will have major spoilers for Season 6 of The 100.
Bob Morley made some fans very happy when he shared this vague tweet recently:
Morley, who plays Bellamy on The 100, wrote: “I put my hand up. Count me in. I guess I was one of the ones that misinterpreted all of that. For 6 years. Geez, how could I have been so blind? Apologies, I’ll do better.”
He was vague about what he meant and didn’t reply to any tweets about it to explain. But some fans think he’s referencing showrunner Jason Rothenberg’s recent interview with Hypable. When talking about Season 6, Rothenberg said:
I would say that some people perhaps misinterpreted the story of Bellamy in season 6: yes, of course he was trying to save Clarke, but leaving with Josephine in episode 8 was a way to save them all. If he had stayed, as Clarke points out, they’d all be dead. So he was making the right choice, but of course it was definitely also an emotional choice, because she was in more immediate danger and he had to save her.”
Some Bellarke hopefuls who want Clarke and Bellamy to get together were upset by this quote. They thought the show had indicated that Bellamy’s main focus was saving Clarke’s life, but Rothenberg seemed to point out that Bellamy’s focus was on saving everyone, not just Clarke. This might indicate that we won’t expect a Bellarke wrapup at the end of the final season, which isn’t hugely surprising since Bellamy seems pretty committed to Echo.
So Morley’s tweet seems to indicate that he personally always thought that Bellamy was sacrificing for Clarke and focusing on her not just last season, but all the previous seasons too.
Interestingly, back in 2015 Rothenberg gave fans hope that Bellarke was going to happen sometime in the future. He first discounted the idea that they were anything but platonic, but then hinted there might be more in a future season. In an interview with E Online, he said: “It’s clear to me that [Clarke and Bellamy] have come to need each other and respect each other and love each other on some pretty deep level. Obviously it’s not romantic, certainly for Clarke anyway, and it’s never been vocalized that it is for Bellamy either. You could read as much as you want in their body language and their eyes, but that’s something that is being put off again as a result of Clarke’s walkabout… But you know what, the truth is that I’m not deliberately toying with [Bellarke]! It’s just the story that we’re telling now. If it makes sense at some point, it will happen. If people really want it right now, the Bellamy/Clarke thing, I highly, highly recommend that they read the books. It’s in the books! It’s a very tense part of the books. If you want that right now, you can get it. At some point, the show will give it to you too, but for now, it’s not there.”
So that’s interesting. Back in 2015 Rothenberg seemed to indicate that Bellarke would happen at some point in the future (first he hedged it with “if it makes sense” and then seemed to get more specific.) But it really feels like he’s changed his mind about all of that since then. The big Lexa fallout happened after that interview, so maybe he changed his mind about Clarke ships in general at that point, or felt that a Bellamy-Clarke relationship wouldn’t fit well after Lexa. All of that is conjecture.
What we do know is that in mid-June, Bob Morley waxed eloquent about Clarke and Bellamy to TV Guide. He said: “For six years he’s depended … on her. He’s needed her. I think he would have felt somewhat lost, or terribly lost without her. She means a lot to him, and it’s been written that way for six years, so I just kind of imbued that into what I was performing… Bellamy cares about Clarke quite deeply.”
He did reiterate that it was unclear if Bellamy or Clarke had romantic feelings, saying that they are both very pragmatic characters. But re-reading his quote to TV Guide in light of his later tweet really does seem to confirm that his tweet was about Bellamy and Clarke. Whether or not that means he believes Bellamy has romantic feelings for Clarke, it does mean that he believes Bellamy is dependent on Clarke and focused on her, and his big rescue in Season 6 was every bit as much about Clarke personally as it was about her people. (At least according to Bob Morley’s viewpoint.)
Rothenberg, however, may just not be feeling like ending the series with any major ships. Back in 2016 before he left Twitter for awhile he wrote the following:
This ship war has to stop. Everyone, on both sides, please chill the fuck out. It's just a show. Watch or don't, but show respect. #the100
— Jason Rothenberg (@JRothenbergTV) February 17, 2016
So it’s possible that he may just steer clear of Bellarke or anything besides Becho for the final season, just so he can focus on the plot and not on ships.
But as I said before, it’s all conjecture. Only time will tell what’s in store for Bellarke vs. Becho in the final season.
For now, fans are happy about Bob Morley’s tweet.
He was just like “Bellarke lives matter” and I’m here for it.
— Ally // I put my hand up. Count me in. (@SlowBurnMAC) August 19, 2019
Thank you for this. For making a large part of the fanbase feel validated and wanted.
— Gia (@Count_Me_In_Bob) August 18, 2019
me trying to understand this tweet pic.twitter.com/kW7TrFoNA8
— Maya (@mayaz_100) August 18, 2019
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