Ok, I need to write this, because it’s only been one day of the hiatus and you guys are already giving me an anxiety cancer over this whole b.echo/b.raven debate (it’s my first hiatus in between seasons and… has it always been like this? damn…)
First of all, listen - I know this fandom has some big trust issues, but seriously - trust the writers. Think logically (and like them) for just a moment: audience loves parallels and callbacks, but do you think the watchers/readers like repetition of plots? I guess the answer would be “not so much”, because the first thing is interesting and cool, something like a nice treat to the fans, but the other? It’s just lousy writing, shows you lack imagination and no writer wants that.
Now look calmly at b.echo and b.raven.
If the first one gets together, it will be sth like this - they’re from different cultures and opposite sides, they worked together, she betreyed him, he hated her, he forgave her, they found common ground, they became lovers (and I skip the whole “you killed my sister” thing). Sounds familiar? Yes, it’s like c.lexa all over again, and that relationship was so big and important for this show, that I don’t believe the writers would want to repeat it, because it will kinda degrade the whole concept - it just won’t be as unique as they pushed for it to be.
Then let’s look at b.raven - if it actually happened (and let’s not forget I firmly believe bellarke is endgame), that would give us another love triangle with Clarke and Raven and some guy they both have feelings for and another situation when at the end he chooses Clarke. Like… would they really want to do that Finn drama again? Also let’s not forget, that Bell and Raven already tried to be together like that and it didn’t really work (but instead became this beautiful beautiful friendship).
We can say a lot of things about this show, but they never repeat the same plots - they parallel, they tweak here and there, but they never do copy-paste.
Ok, but now you can argue that “hey, so they can tweak it and make Bellamy choose Raven at the end” and that would actually made sense… if not for the golden rule of television - no couple that gets together off screen is permanent. Period. Audience loves seeing the whole road, the good and the bumps and everything, not just the destination. Showing how the characters are falling in love pulls the audience in, telling them “listen, these two love each other, you just have to take my word for it” never works. Just look at Gina’s situation - the moment she appeared, I was 100% sure she’s gonna die, or they will break up. Because there’s no way in hell they’re gonna put their Male Lead with someone random and without proper romantic build-up and expect me to care (at the end of the day most of us probably cared about Bellamy who cared about Gina, but not about Gina herself). Imagine reading a book and then it’s as if it skips a few chapters and suddenly our Main Character is in a relationship - we just won’t care about it, it’s that simple. And if we don’t care, we don’t watch and the show dies.
Believe in the writers - with the new situation they introduced at the end of the ep, they don’t need to reheat some old dish, when they have one hundred new possibilities to explore. So let’s take a deep breath and slowly repeat - either way bellarke will be fine. Just… what will be The 100 without it’s angst?