Alycia Debnam-Carey responds over the backlash that that “The 100” has been receiving since her character’s death in the show during its March 3 episode.
Diehard fans of the post apocalyptic series are still furious over the death of Ground Commander Lexa in episode 7 of the current season titled “Thirteen.” However, the commotion is not just as simple as wanting to see more of her in the show but is rooted more on the social issues about the character’s gender preference.
Variety reported that a portion of the show’s fan base felt like the death came so soon especially after Lexa has just consummated her relationship with show’s lead star, Clarke (Eliza Taylor). This follows an ongoing trend in primetime TV where lesbian characters seem to be dying just after they experience a specific happy moment or fulfillment citing a similar situation that has just also recently happened in another hit show, “The Walking Dead.”
Debnam-Carey, on the other hand, debunked the accusation explaining that the biggest reason why her character had to be written off of the show is because of her commitment with another program.
“I obviously had other obligations in my work life and I hope that people know that this wasn’t a social attack on anyone or any social movement,” she explained.
The actress is set to play Alicia Clarke, a series regular role, interestingly in “The Walking Dead” spin-off, “Fear the Walking Dead.”
“It’s a difficult thing, but as long as people love the show and are passionate about Lexa, I think that’s really what matters,” the 22-year-old actress continued.
In a separate interview with TV Insider, series creator Jason Rothenberg has stood by the show’s storytelling despite the ongoing online flak that they have been receiving.
“We would have told the same story. I stand behind the story,” Rothenberg revealed.
The writer and producer was also adamant that Lexa’s death meant no harm or any underlying tone in terms of the social issues that the real world is current facing as assumed by some fans.
“This is a show where characters die. That’s another reason we were so surprised..it’s a post-apocalyptic world set 100 years later in which anyone can die.”
As previously reported, “The 100” is currently on a two-week hiatus. The show will be back on air on March 31 with the episode titled “Stealing Fire.”