Jason Rothenberg Explains Bellamy’s Rash Turn and Pike’s Uprise
There was a lot of surprise gasps and questionable avenues in the latest episode, Watch the Thrones, and while myself did enjoy the episode, there are some who did not favor some of the elements. One example is Bellamy’s following to Pike. If you get what he has been through, what he has lost, and now his sister wanting to leave, it is understandable. Do I like it myself? No, but I have to be realistic about things, and try to empathize with the individual. But, I do think that Bellamy’s drop is just going to be vague and temporary.
Showrunner Jason Rothenberg goes into detail about Bellamy’s dilemma and Pike’s new power.
Via The Hollywood Reporter
What does this new Bellamy mean for the progress he’s made as one of the show’s “good guys?”
That’s based on what your perspective of the Grounders is. We know the Grounders are not all bad. But Bellamy’s worldview is formed by the fact that when has a grounder ever proved they’re anything but hostile? Lexa abandoned them and left him to die at Mount Weather and he lost friends because of that. They attacked him personally, mercilessly in season one. But they had their reasons for doing it. So for Bellamy, it becomes under the influence of Pike.
Pike, this season, shows up and he has a different view that’s informed by a different set of circumstances that are 100 times worse than the experiences our heroes have had. Bellamy becomes influenced by Pike’s view and his charisma, especially after he loses Gina. It’s a dark turn but I don’t think he’s a bad guy.
What does this mean for his relationship with Octavia (Marie Avgeropoulos) and how will people react?
In season one, Bellamy was out for himself and doing things to save his own ass. In season three, he’s doing what he thinks is right for his people. He’s a soldier for a cause but he’s not acting selfishly. Hopefully there’s a little difference. It’s still dark; it’s still going to be hard for people because Bellamy in season two really became a shinning, pure good guy. He was too good on some level. We wanted to take him back to a darker, morally more complicated place and still hopefully love him. And put him on the other side of Octavia. That was the bigger sort of dramatic challenge and something that I really wanted to try and do — see how far could I push them.
How will Pike’s appointment further divide the camp?
Pike is like the very tight, militaristic government, wartime, war-footing, marshal law. It becomes pretty bad. And it will eventually right itself, but it gets pretty intense. They have Clarke and Kane and others who really have made strides and believe in peace through unity, and those people really are out of power and in trouble because of what happens. Pike’s view is more about peace through strength. We’re just going to muck them up before they can do it to us. We hit them hard enough for long enough and it won’t matter that we’re fewer people. That’s a legitimate political, military perspective. I personally don’t think it’s right, but that’s what he believes and it gets tested.
Bellamy, being Bellamy would find the most effective way to save his people, and not be a part of the brutally ahead. I know that this will be difficult to grasp, but we must have hope and faith. Bellamy was easily manipulated whilst he was at his lowest and most vulnerable. He is after all, human.