Lexa (Alycia Debnam-Carey)
Lexa was introduced in 2×06 as the Commander of the grounders in the post-apocalyptic earth of The 100, and was heavily utilized in the show’s promotion in the second and third seasons. It was revealed that she is a lesbian in 2×09 when she mentioned a dead female ex-lover, Costia. Lexa kissed Clarke, the show’s lead, in 2×14, in a heavily promoted episode, and an episode later betrayed her.
Many fans expected Lexa to appear in a limited number of episodes in Season 3 due to the fact that Debnam-Carey is a cast regular in AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead. However, over the course of a year, they were constantly reassured and given false hope that that CW and AMC were able to work out a good deal that would allow Debnam-Carey to continue her work on The 100 and that Jason Rothenberg and the writing room were not only aware of the dead lesbian trope, but were aiming to tell a groundbreaking, progressive LGBT-positive story.
In Season 3, Lexa appeared between the end of 3×02 and 3×07, when after a much anticipated and (again) heavily promoted sex scene with Clarke, she was killed off. The time between consummating love and being shot amounted to a 64-seconds time lapse on the screen. The greatest warrior in all the land had sex with the love of her life then was immediately shot by a disapproving male, Titus, who blindly opened fire on her lover. On Lexa and Titus’ relationship, Jason Rothenberg noted, only minutes before Lexa’s death scene:
In other words, Lexa was accidentally shot by her father-figure because he objected to Lexa’s love for Clarke. After her death, Rothenberg went on to dismiss any concerns about the lesbian death trope and explained:
“I don’t even want to talk about the trope that’s out there about LGBT characters; that is not something that factored into the decision”
— Jason Rothenberg, tvinsider
To date, Rothenberg has defended this decision by first stating that his hands were tied by the fact that Debnam-Carey had to leave the show for other obligations, and later defending it as a creative choice. In a March 4th podcast, he stated:
“We only had the actress for – this was it, she was going to Fear the Walking Dead the very next day, she flew out the next morning and went to… wherever they went to shoot it. So that factored in the storytelling. Lots of factors went into the decision that was just one of them.”
Despite the statement that 307 was Debnam-Carey’s last episode, starting January 21st 2016, the day of the S3 premiere, fans were invited to set, by Jason Rothenberg, to watch filming for the season finale – a finale which included Debnam-Carey, and teasing “Lexa” very much alive, along with a “Clexa” heavy season finale.
This type of promotion was a regular occurrence in Season2, throughout the hiatus, and during Season 3. In the episode in question, 3×16, Clarke and a virtual (and still dead) Lexa were reunited in a digital reality. They were only able to hug and kiss briefly before being attacked by an evil AI and fleeing. When Lexa sacrificed herself (essentially “dying” a second time) to allow Clarke to escape, in the live broadcast, Clarke said “I love you” to Lexa, to which Lexa responded, “I’ll always be with you.”
Earning an “I love you”
Actress Eliza Taylor admitted at a fan convention that the “I love you” was not in the script and that she had ad-libbed it during filming; the line is missing entirely from Netflix, the DVDs and the Blue Ray, as well as omitted from several international broadcasts of the show. Series executive producer Jason Rothenberg felt an “I love you” was “not earned”:
Lexa’s death and the show’s decision to bring back a popular lesbian character, to promote that character and her relationship with the female lead and attract an LGBT and LGBT-friendly audience is what sparked the LGBT Fans Deserve Better movement. To read the full story visit:
- 16 episodes. Season 2 appears between 2x06-2x15, Season 3 302-307 and (still dead) in 316
Female love interests:
- Clarke Griffin (Eliza Taylor, main cast, 45 episodes)
- Costia 💀 (off-screen, prior to the show)
Romantic arc with a woman: Yes
No male love interests
 A romantic arc is defined as explicit, on screen, and lasts 3 episodes or more. It is listed as questionable or subtext if romance is only implied, dream sequences, or otherwise not explicit for the viewer.
 Sweeps episodes air in February, May, July and November, the periods when advertising rates are set. A character is marked as "sweeps" when there is a very limited number of episodes that address their sexuality, all air during sweeps period, and the storyline is otherwise ignore/dropped.