“Knowing everything I know now, Lexa’s death would have played out differently.”
The blog post came after three weeks of fan outrage — not to mention countless think pieces — over the perpetuation of the “Bury Your Gays” trope, a common practice of LGBT characters being killed to further the storylines of the main (often straight) characters.
It’s worth reading Rothenberg’s entire post for contextual purposes, but here are a few notable passages:
* “The thinking behind having the ultimate tragedy follow the ultimate joy was to heighten the drama and underscore the universal fragility of life. But the end result became something else entirely — the perpetuation of the disturbing ‘Bury Your Gays’ trope.”
* “I promise you burying, baiting or hurting anyone was never our intention. It’s not who I am.”
* “Clarke is experiencing the profound loss of someone she loved, and she’ll carry that loss with her forever. My sincerest hope is that any of our fans who saw a part of themselves in the relationship between Clarke and Lexa can take some small comfort in knowing that their love was beautiful and real.”
The post also comes just days before Rothenberg is scheduled to appear on a panel for The 100 at WonderCon in Anaheim, Calif.
Your thoughts on Rothenberg’s comments? If you count yourself among the angry fans, was this enough to keep you watching? Whatever you’re feeling, let’s hear it in a comment below.