“We will have to stay tuned to see where we’ll see them next season, but it’s pretty clear at the end of this episode that Bellamy is stunned by her choice,” executive producer Jason Rothenberg tells E! News. “He was hoping that they’d finally be able to now come home and have some sort of normalcy. They’ve made it! They’re back! ‘Let’s go have a drink,’ he says, before he realizes she’s not coming in.”
Rothenberg explains that even though Clarke has left Bellamy, and Bellamy let her go with a kiss on the cheek and a “May we meet again,” that doesn’t mean their connection is gone too.
“It’s clear to me that these two people have come to need each other and respect each other and love each other on some pretty deep level,” Rothenberg says. “Obviously it’s not romantic, certainly for Clarke anyway, and it’s never been vocalized that it is for Bellamy either. You could read as much as you want in their body language and their eyes, but that’s something that is being put off again as a result of Clarke’s walkabout.”
Now put down your pitchforks, The 100 fans, Rothenberg isn’t done!
“But you know what, the truth is that I’m not deliberately toying with [Bellarke]! It’s just the story that we’re telling now,” he promises. “If it makes sense at some point, it will happen. If people really want it right now, the Bellamy/Clarke thing, I highly, highly recommend that they read the books. It’s in the books! It’s a very tense part of the books. If you want that right now, you can get it. At some point, the show will give it to you too, but for now, it’s not there.”
Even though it may be difficult to wait for an inevitable, real Bellarke relationship, even the most hardcore Bellarke shipper must admit that if it happens too fast, it won’t be as satisfying.
“Absolutely!” Rothenberg agrees. “Because then once people get it, they’ll be like, ‘Okay, next!’ But it doesn’t enter our minds as storytellers as, ‘How are we going to deepen and play with the Bellamy/Clarke love story?’ It’s just not a part of the show right now. We played with the Lexa/Clarke storyline this season and that is still ongoing because both characters are still breathing. The journey is long, and eventually we’ll be able to tell that story in all its glory, but right now, there are other things in the way of that.”