Let’s start with the first major death, the one Marie Avgeropoulos calls “heartbreaking.” Midway through the battle royale, everyone’s favorite philosophical farm boy took an arrow through the neck — shot by Echo, who does not even go here! — and begged Octavia to put him out of his suffering.
“Ilian actually gave Octavia at a time when she was heading at much speed down such a dark path, “He was a very kind person, and his way of thinking was totally different from what Octavia’s was after Lincoln’s death. … That relationship made his death even sadder. When he asks her to take his life and she repeats the prayer he taught her, it broke my heart. He was such a beloved character, and a sweet guy in real life.”
This week’s episode also bid farewell to Roan, who was drowned in a fountain by Luna after getting caught in a torrential storm of black rain — absolutely not the dignified death one would expect for a king.
“It would have had to happen anyway since this was a fight to the death. But the fact that Octavia and Roan had just formed an agreement before the acid rain came. I think she felt a little guilty,” Avgeropoulos says. “Octavia had a lot of respect for Roan, and he had a lot of respect for her. He actually recognized her warrior nature. But at the end of the day, Octavia was fighting for her people.”
Following Octavia’s victory, she decreed that while she initially entered the fray on behalf of Skaikru, she decided that the bunker should be shared by all of the groups, an act that Avgeropoulos believes “shows how much Octavia has grown.” Unfortunately, it was all for nothing; the episode’s final times revealed that Octavia’s people had locked themselves in the bunker.
“At that point, Octavia doesn’t know that Bellamy was gassed,” the actress says. “For all she knows, he was on board with the plan. No one actually knows who called the shots just yet. … But how especially devastating for Octavia! It shows that her own people didn’t believe in her all along. She was out there completely shedding her blood for them, and they went and stabbed her in the back.”
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