An open letter to ‘The 100’ writers (spoiler alert)

Dear writers of ‘The 100’,

In the latest episode of ‘The 100’ (season 4, episode 11) one of the main characters, Jasper Jordan, dies by suicide.

When I heard that you almost killed Jasper at the end of season 3, I was very grateful that you decided to keep him around, because I hoped Jasper could heal from the trauma he had experienced, and go back to being the happy-go-lucky guy he was. You even ended season 3 on a hopeful note for Jasper, with Monty assuring him that he can get better with time. But instead for the entirety of season 4, we continue to see a Jasper with a death wish, devoid of hope.

I thought the way you handled Jasper’s PTSD in season 3 was so important and necessary. But the fact that you gave him no recovery story, was careless. Yes, I understand that when the world is ending, it’s hard for someone to recover, but you are basically telling people who suffer from PTSD and depression that there is no hope of getting better.

I really hope that in the future, you carefully consider the impact you have on your viewers.

Sincerely,

A fan, but also an advocate for mental health