I know I give Murphy a lot of shit (and I will keep so, because obvs reasons) but damn that scene in 316 when Emori stutters a crushed and broken “John?” and he flies across the room like jet rocket and sweeps her into his arms and hugs her desperately—
I’m very romantic about the idea that Clarke and Bellamy have essentially been reforged on earth as two people who share the same burdens and responsibilities, the same pain and same regrets and same hope.
One could say remade or reborn but I like reforged, because they were unique people on the Ark already, with their own tragedies already shaping them. They each begin the show with drama affecting their mindset. But landing together on Earth, joining their talent and strength… it reforged them. Adapt or die. Both of them were constantly tempered and shaped and altered by new drama since landing, in ways that often seem like only the other person can truly witness and understand. Bellamy and Clarke are larger than life characters, both starting out as prisoners and victims, then both reforged on Earth into stronger, braver versions of themselves.
After all, what things are forged?
Shields to protect.
Weapons to harm.
Tools to build.
Inner character to grow.
In many ways this applies to the entirety of the delinquents and the Sky People, but Clarke and Bellamy in particular went through it together. The same goals, the same hopes, the same regrets. Circumstances have made them into tragic heroes, and the connection they share is as deep as romance, as deep as friendship, as deep as family. In time it may become all of those things at once, but in 316 we have Clarke and Bellamy as they are now:
Trust and consent. Belief and care. A hand reaching out for a hand…and finding it, holding it, squeezing it tight.