What are your thoughts on the possible relationship between Octavia and Illian?
Honestly, I don’t have so many thoughts on it. I think Ilian is acting as a kind of shadow for Octavia, a mirror of her own character that is being held up for her (and us) to witness, to look at herself. To examine her character.
The last time we saw a shadow like that was with Clarke and L. That did become romantic. Are they telling the same story? Not so much. But it’s one way it could go.
Are you asking me if I’m offended? No. I’m not offended.
I want to see the story they are telling. Just because someone tells a dark, painful story about horror and injustice does not mean they are APPROVING of said dark, unjust, horror.
Art serves as a mirror of society and of ourselves. What do we see when we look at this show/story/song/artwork? What does it tell us about the world we live in. How is our life reflected in it? How does it echo our own behavior? How does it shine a light on our world today?
This is the kind of show that wants us to question our belief in how the world works. To question what is right. To question our tribalism. To think about our own mistakes. To think about forgiveness.
Honestly, it’s a bit mindblowing how the people who hate Octavia now are actually acting just like Octavia.