The difference between Clarke and Raven taking the flame is that Clarke wanted to take it in order to become the new commander and lead them to the bunker together, which was.. questionable, at best. It's not her place to do so. If Raven would take it, it would be to solely save her life, not to step into Grounder power. Two very different scenarios. I doubt people would be upset if it was Raven's key to living.
I believe I just argued that you CAN actually say it is her place to do it. She’s fucking saving the world here. Trying to save humanity from death in a few weeks is not a good enough reason to take the flame?
Do we need to do it again?
- She doesn’t want people to die. HOw DaRE. THE OFFENSE of wanting people to stop fighting so they can cooperate. What a FUCKING TYRANT. How.. what was it you said… ? “questionable.” Not sure she even said she wanted the power. I think she just wanted to get them to stop fighting and get in the damn bunker. But Okay. You think she wants to lead the grounders. There’s so much evidence for that. (that’s sarcasm. there isn’t. she barely wants to lead her own people.)
- Lxa called her the commander. That gives her the right.
- Becca called her the commander. That gives her the right.
- Titus gave her the flame, Becca’s journal, made her a fleimkepa, and told her to find a nightblood to become the new commander. That gives her the right.
- Becca was a sky people. The flame came from her people, not just the grounders. It’s a hybrid.
- Clarke knows more about the flame than any of them, and that includes Gaia. Raven knows more too, btw.
- Clarke does NOT think of the grounders as savages. She’s been living with them and working with them and learning from them for a while now and has ALWAYS been on the side of joining with them. Hasn’t she, even when her people thought it was impossible? Hasn’t she ALWAYS been on the side of unity? Not her domination of them, but being allied, friends, partners. She fell in love with their queen.
- Roan maybe said that about Clarke because he does NOT want her to become the commander, even though he thinks she was “born for this,” because he wanted an Azgeda commander and didn’t want the power to go away from the Azgeda. Hmm. Maybe Roan had his own agenda? IMPOSSIBLE. Roan NEVER plays politics. (that’s sarcasm again. Roan does nothing but play politics.)
- The grounders are being assholes and if you say they aren’t you’re lying so that you can turn them into noble cupcakes and Clarke into the bad guy for trying to keep them from killing everyone. EVERYONE. Because they are being savage. And if someone doesn’t do something, they’ll all die, so they do, in fact, need saving.
- I told you you would change the narrative if it no longer fit your story. (Oh, Clarke is being an imperialist if she takes the flame to save humanity but Raven is being a good perfect angel if she takes the flame to save her life.)
- oh yeah. AND SHE’S A FUCKING NIGHTBLOOD. that give her the right. Don’t like it? Too bad. Don’t like that it was science? It always was. Made a mockery of it? Nope. Just went back to the roots.
I’m not saying that Clarke was right to take the flame. I’m not saying Raven would be wrong to take the flame. I’m saying the story people are putting forth does not really match the story that the show is telling.
While some of the stuff I said above is clearly my interpretation, a lot of it is just straight up canon that people are IGNORING so they can hold onto their interpretation. The flame chooses the commander. they have to be a nightblood. The nightblood was created by science. No matter what happens, whoever is chosen, by whatever means, is therefore chosen by the flame. That’s kind of how those kind of chosen one things happen. Ontari? Not chosen. Clarke, Lxa said she was chosen. I do not like it at all. But textual evidence that Clarke is working within the boundaries of the flame and the religion of the commander. The clans don’t like it. Gaia doesn’t like it. But the fact of it is, flame and nightblood chooses the commander, not the fleimkepa or the people. This is how they set it up. She has the right. It’s not cultural appropriation. It’s religion. Theirs.
Clarke is certainly flawed and absolutely makes bad decisions sometimes and does the wrong things, but the fandom is turning her into the bad guy racist white savior. Princess she is. White savior, not so much. The same thing they did to Bellamy last season. Misinterpreting his actions to fit their personal beliefs.
I’m not down for it.
I am a fan of this show. I will defend The 100. I will defend Bellamy Blake. I will defend Clarke Griffin. I will question them too, but when I see interpretations that twist the characters so they become hated. Sorry. I’m going to say something.
And I don’t care if I don’t have the popular interpretation or how many big meta folk disagree with me. I think for myself. And I find this Clarke The White Savior narrative to be really questionable. There is some basis for it, but if it becomes the whole story, it’s inaccurate.