The fact that they decided to change the soundtrack name from Bellarke to Bellamy and Clarke is quite obvious. I hate to say this because I love Bellarke but the writers have sold out the story. They used usn to get renewal and they used the hiatus to edit out everything good. We have been baited, used and discarded. Not even the term Bellarke is used anymore. The writing is on the wall my friend and it's clear. Bellamy and Clarke are platonic.
I know this was sent before the recent episode aired and I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to answer, but I’d have to respectfully disagree.
Bellarke has been developing steadily since S1 and this season especially. So many people are looking for these big defining moments within this relationship, but they’ve never been that way. Bellamy and Clarke’s relationship has always been about the small moments, which I might add we actually get a lot of. These small moments accumulate to make this beautiful relationship that we’ve come to love.
That’s why their slow burn is taking as long as it is. However this season with the impending apocalypse they’ve been forced into more and more situations where their feelings for one another have been pushed to the forefronts of their minds (i.e Jaha telling Bellamy he and Clarke balance each other, the list scene, Bellamy getting kidnapped by the Ice Nation, etc.).
It’s clear that Bellamy is in love with Clarke and has been aware of these feelings since probably the end of S2 at the latest. Clarke on the other hand (IMO) has known she’s loved him for just as long, but has been unaware or in denial of exactly what kind of love she has for him. This season, in terms of her relationship with Bellamy, I think her journey was about being forced to realize exactly what he means to her, which the narrative has told us time and time again is a lot.
The scene in 4x11 is a testament to that. Now though, not only is the audience aware of how much she cares about him, but he is too. He was there when she mercy killed Finn for the sake of saving him from a horrible death and for the sake of the alliance with the grounders to ensure their people’s safety and he knows that Clarke let her mother hang herself so their people could be saved. Yet she wasn’t able to kill him or even harm him to do the same thing.
It’s been clear for awhile that Bellamy has always been unsure about where he stands with Clarke on her end. He knows how much he loves her and how far he is willing to go to ensure her safety and though she’s said things like “I need you” and “I can’t lose you too.” in the past, some of her actions have contradicted her words. Now though he knows, he’s seen it himself. She can’t kill him.
And what does that mean for them?
Well nonny it means development. It means that the scene where this happens
is going to be an important one. Regardless of what they talk about here Bellamy has never initiated a hug before. The most physical contact he has ever initiated between them was a shoulder squeeze or a gentle brush of her arm or hand to reassure her. The fact that he is comfortable enough in his knowledge about her feelings for him, platonic or otherwise, to initiate a hug is a big deal in itself. Honestly anything else that happens between them after or before this in the finale on Wednesday is just a bonus for me.
I know this ask was based off the post I made about them changing the name from “Bellarke Theme” in last years soundtrack to “Bellamy and Clarke” in this years, but we also have to keep in mind that they’ve added over two minutes to their theme this year. Their song is the longest one on the soundtrack.
I have a lot of faith in where they’re taking this story and I hope that you’ll keep your chin up and your lobe for Bellarke alive. :)