When they got to the ground, they didn’t like each other. They both thought the other was stuck-up and only in it for their own gain. But it only took them a few days to realize that not only was that not the case but they needed each other in order to survive.
Both Clarke and Bellamy are natural leaders with their own strengths, but they also have their weaknesses.
Clarke is great at coming up with plans and organizing things so that those plans can be carried out. But in doing so she fails to take the human element into account—she does what she thinks is ultimately right for the collective whole, but doesn’t usually think about the individual sacrifice. With that, comes an opportunity for easy resentment from anyone who follows but doesn’t agree with her.
Bellamy is charismatic and evokes a sense of loyalty from anyone who follows him—he “rallies the troops.” He feels like it’s his personal responsibility to know every person who follows him and to care about them and their well-being—but that mentality also comes at a cost. It is incredibly hard for him to make choices that may pay off in the long-term if even one person is harmed in any way in the moment.
Despite these differences, both Clarke and Bellamy care deeply for their people—enough so that they’re both willing to make personal sacrifices for everyone else to survive.
Their personalities and leadership styles balance each other perfectly, so it’s no wonder that things tend to fall apart when they’re not together—the scale tips too far in one direction.
Clarke and Bellamy were leading together from Day One, whether they realized it or not. The connection that comes from collaboratively trying to keep a hundred teenagers alive through the obstacles that they faced—hostile grounders, acid fog, death, hunger, sickness, betrayal—doesn’t just go away.
As soon as they talked under that tree in 1x08, an unbreakable bond was forged. From that moment, an unspoken promise was made.
Clarke and Bellamy trust each other implicitly—they know each other well enough to know that whatever they do, they do it for the good of their people.
They forgive without question—they have both done horrible things in the pursuit of survival due to their position as leaders, and if they don’t forgive each other, then no one will.
They love each other unconditionally—no matter what they’ve done, no matter how long they’ve been apart, they are always there.
Their bond goes far deeper than friendship—it is the truest form of human connection that anyone can ever experience. It’s knowing what’s bothering the other person without having to ask. It’s feeling that something is wrong even if you’re miles apart. It’s a teamwork—no, a partnership—that is effortless and hypnotizing. It’s understanding that they would both die for the other if necessary, but that the other would do everything in their power to stop it because they can’t imagine the world without them.
Clarke and Bellamy are two sides of the same coin, two halves of the same heart, two pieces of the same soul.