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Will The CW Have Its First Bisexual Lead Hero?

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Although gay, lesbian, and bisexual characters have appeared on various CW shows, none so far have had the spotlight as a series protagonist. All that might change with tomorrow’s episode of The 100.

The team here at Pop Insomniacs are huge fans of The 100, in no small part because it stars so many diverse and provocative female characters. With the introduction of Commander Lexa (Alycia Debnam-Carey), the series stepped up its game by showcasing a lesbian character in a position of power and respect, defined by her skills rather than her sexuality. Since most of Lexa’s scenes to date have been with Clarke (Eliza Taylor) viewers are speculating about an undercurrent of sexual tension between the two women.

Speculation turned into shock and elation for many this week after a spoiler clip of the fourteenth episode was unintentionally released online. It shows what appears to be Clarke and Lexa meeting lips in a romantic kiss. Yes, that’s right: these two young, beautiful warlords of death are having a moment.

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The video gives almost no context, so fan theories abound as to the intention and meaning behind the kiss. Clarke’s only previous romantic encounter in the show was a night with the shampoo-commercial-haired boy Finn (Thomas McDonell), and that relationship reached its tragic collapse earlier this season. Does a kiss with the Commander of the Tree People mean Clarke is opening her heart to love again? Predictably, shippers went nuts on social media, either shrieking in joyous favor of this new “pairing” becoming canon, or bemoaning what this means for Clarke’s other potential relationships. In a world where the fourth wall between fandom and show creators is constantly eroded, knee-jerk reactions both positive and negative inundated social media platforms like Tumblr, Twitter, and Facebook.

One thing many fans agree on: if this kiss means Clarke Griffin is officially bisexual, she could be the first LGBTQ lead character for live-action, young adult programming on a major network. This would be especially exciting coming on the heels Nickelodeon’s Legend of Korra finale in December, where the Avatar Korra walked into the sunset with her girlfriend Asami.

All’s not roses on the series homefront, however. According to a tweet from @The100writers, the clip of the kiss scene “made it out in error.” Kim Shumway, lead writer of Wednesday’s episode, used Twitter to convey her disappointment that the scene was spoiled.

In the past, The 100 showrunner Jason Rothenberg has been supportive of broad interpretations of sexuality for his characters.

So we’re still left with this question: Is the kiss real, and does it mean that Clarke is bisexual? Watch tomorrow’s episode of The 100 at 10 p.m. on The CW to find out. No matter how the question turns out, this ambitious science fiction murder-drama has already been confirmed for a third season renewal. Fans are buckling down as they hope their favorite characters can survive the season!

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  • Nate Blank

    The very fact that Jason tweeting this pretty much gives it away. Clarke is indeedly lgbt.

    • TJ

      Definitely. There’d be no reason for him to tweet this if it wasn’t fact, and get everyone’s hope up.

  • TJ

    So happy!!

  • flicker

    oh please, AGAIN ? can’t have even ONE tv show without “educationnal” purpose ? it’s more than a trend, its mandatory ! now I’m starting to wonder about all those shows that got cancelled

  • Al

    I think it’s great to highlight different relationships, and the Legend of Korra is also a great show, not just a kids show!

  • 46blitz

    I liked Clark’s character the least out of the entire Beverly Hills 90210 cast. Octavia, so willing to be a slave as a 2nd to the hateful warrior, is a lot worse than the bi thing. imo The writers make sure we understand that the grounders are on a much higher moral/spiritual/physical level than the 100 or sky people. And especially those Mountain people. I don’t remember if the Mountain ppl have embraced diversity or inclusion. So they’re just plain evil altogether.