Do you have any thoughts for what Clarke can do to make you like her character again? I was so looking forward to her arc after 4x08 but after this episode i'm dead. And with only a few episodes left idk what she could do to fix it for me. even something as big as her tangibly rejecting or destroying the chip (which lbr, the writers don't wanna upset the antis so they probs won't go there) it still won't be enough.
I don’t think Clarke’s arc is complete, which is why I haven’t completely eradicated her from my “List of Characters I Like” list. I mistakenly believed (like many) that when she took the Nightblood in 408, it was a sign that she was finally letting go of the “I am Clarke and I am the only one who knows how to fix all the problems” mentality. Unfortunately, this turned out not to be the case.
HOWEVER, when I look at the arcs that Bellamy and Clarke are both on this Season and think back on previous Seasons and realize that often their arcs compliment each other, I notice that Bellamy and Clarke’s arcs haven’t….intersected yet.
Bellamy’s arc this Season has been all about learning how to let people go, letting them live their lives as they see fit, while Clarke’s has been about overcoming her tribalism (or so it seems) and becoming her own kind of leader. These arcs seem different on the surface but their not at all.
In order for Clarke to complete her arc successfully she needs to come to the realization that she can’t just tell people “this is how we’re going to do it-because I said so!”- which sounds a lot like L/xa’s “They are my subjects!” and Roan’s- “I am a King!. Clarke isn’t the Commander, she’s not the sovereign. She’s not even the Chancellor.
It seems the show has been telling us from the beginning that the old ways of leadership need to die (literally): Jaha (Chancellor) seemingly died in Season 1, Dante and Cage (Presidents of Mt. Weather) both died in Season 2, L/xa (Commander) and Pike (Chancellor) died in Season 3. We don’t know which leader will die in Season 4, but it seems that the leaders who are unwilling to change, who are stuck in the “old ways” don’t make it to see the end of the show.
If Clarke can’t change, can’t learn that she’s not destined to be the leader of the Arkadians by some sort of divine right (like L/xa and Roan), that she can’t just force people to bend to her will (like L/xa and Roan), that she can’t bear it all so they don’t have to (like Dante), that she can’t force her will on groups of people who are not her own (like Pike), she will die. And as she’s meant to be the hero of the story, I don’t think she’s going to stay in this rut.
I have a lot of hope that now that Bellamy has learned the “You can’t save someone who doesn’t want to be saved” lesson from Kane, and has applied it (as of last episode) and he and Clarke are reunited, he can begin to share what he’s learned with her, which will help to balance out Clarke’s leadership (because a large part of Clarke’s problem is that she thinks she is the ONLY one who bears the weight of leadership-when we as the audience know this not to be true).
Eliza said in a recent interview about the episodes leading up to the finally that Clarke leans on her friends a lot, which gives me hope that what I’m thinking is right. So….here’s hoping!