Whether you ship The 100‘s Clarke (Eliza Taylor) and Bellamy (Bob Morley) — aka Bellarke — romantically or not, it’s hard to deny that their relationship has been one of the more transformative ones on the show. The two started as teen leader enemies. While Bellamy ran on a “whatever the hell we want” platform in Season 1’s Lord of the Fliesdays, Clarke has always been the leader who does what she has to do to keep her people alive.
Bellamy has changed a lot since Season 1, while Clarke’s trait to protect her people has become an even more deeply entrenched part of her identity. The two have mostly grown in the same direction when it comes to their values and priorities, but that growth has often happened while the two characters are in different storylines. When they do come together, it’s always interesting to see how they react to one another. More often that not, since those early days of The 100Season 1, they have come to rely on, respect, and trust one another.
Where will we find Bellamy and Clarke in The 100Season 4? We had a chance to chat with Eliza Taylor and Bob Morley during a blogger set visit back in November. Here’s what the two teased about their respective characters and the Bellarke dynamic in the upcoming season…
Bellarke as a team in Season 4.
“[Clarke and Bellamy] on the same team again, which is really cool,” teased Taylor. “They’re a real team and I really like where their storyline is going. There’s a lot of mutual respect and they’re kind of sharing the leadership role.”
Though Bellamy and Clarke will start the season together, it sounds like, similar to the past two seasons, the two might part ways — at least for a little bit — as Season 4 gets up and going. Morley said:
They obviously will go out on their own journeys and they both have their own issues they have to deal with and demons they have to fight, but, for the most part, in the beginning, there is that unity again. But, you know, everything’s pretty short-lived. Everything that’s peaceful is short-lived on this show.
Why fans gravitate towards Bellarke.
Speaking about the romantic Bellarke dynamic in particular, Morley addressed how it does (or doesn’t) affect how he and Taylor play their scenes together, saying:
It doesn’t necessarily affect me or Eliza when we’re performing. You know, we get our scripts and that’s what we do, you know. No one’s really pushing an agenda … That’s not something that crops up in conversations and we’re doing the job and you have what’s on the page and you try to do it as truthful as you can.
And whether that’s where Jason and the writing team want to take it, then that’s their decision. It’s not really something that’s up to Eliza or I, but you know, if people want to ‘ship it,’ then I’m not gonna stop them. And if they feel passionately about it, then that’s great.
Speaking about why he thinks some fans have responded so passionately to the Bellarke dynamic, Morley said:
For [Bellamy] to even open up to other people is pretty hard and he struggles to do that with his sister. I think the relationship with Clarke is one of the ones when he can be open with her and be vulnerable … There’s not many people he is like that with at all, so I think that’s why people might gravitate towards that because there is a side of Bellamy that she brings out that doesn’t really come out with anybody else.
Are Bellamy and Clarke looking for love?
Speaking more generally about if love is in the cards for Bellamy this season, Morley joked: “Maybe he’s steering away from that because most people that he does have a relationship with, end up blowing up or getting impaled … Is it really worth starting a love life with six months to go? It’s probably more of a like a fling, really.”
What is Eliza Taylor’s take on whether or not Clarke is ready to dive back into love again after tragically losing Lexa, the woman she loved, last season? Speaking about whether or not Clarke is open to love, Taylor said:
I wish I knew. As far as I know, there’s just so much else going on, that she doesn’t really have time for relationships right now, but I think she’s grieving for Lexa, but at the same time, she’s open to moving on. I guess? I don’t know. I really want her to get it on with someone.
Like Katniss Everdeen before her, Clarke doesn’t exactly have a lot of time to sit around thinking about love when the lives of everyone she knows and loves are at stake. Young adult dysoptian life is hard work, you guys.