The Life and Death of Lexa
Jason Rothenberg
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‘The Life and Death of Lexa’…

What life? You say this is a tragic story set 130 years into the future, and yes, it is absolutely tragic but you aim at being progressive? Lexa was jostled into a position of power at a young age and lost all rights to freedom. She grew up parentless and the only parental figure she did have constantly reminded her that the love that bonds two souls together, whether it be familial or romantic was WEAKNESS and meant binding a threat to her life.

It’s human nature to fall in love but with Lexa being Heda, that resulted in Costia’s head being cut off and sent to her in her SLEEP. She learned to prepare herself for death every fucking day and had to turn a blind eye to compassion because it ‘put her life at risk’. What sort of life is that?

We fell in love with Lexa because we saw ourselves in her. Many of us are oppressed, many of us are discriminated against each day and people are being KILLED in the REAL WORLD for loving someone of the same gender. You baited us into believing that this show was progressive in terms of LGBTQ+ characters. We found solace in Lexa because her life was a fucking tragedy but she still had Clarke. Their relationship was a beacon of hope which reminded us it can get better. You as the show-runner and the writers told us we shouldn’t worry. You baited us and we believed you.

Her life just started to turn around, her legacy for peace barely begun and her relationship with Clarke finally came alight. And for the viewers this was real progression, this was something that we've anticipated for years, even before the 100 begun. That is what it meant to have hope. There will never be another character like Lexa and the way you treated her death just reminded us that yes, we’re living in this world and some 130 years in the future, we’re still dealing with the same fate. It’s tragic indeed because she barely left a footprint in the soil, and once again we’re just dust in the wind. Where’s the progression in that?

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