Marie Avgeropoulos as Octavia Blake on The CW’s The 100. I know that Clarke gets a lot of the attention on this show and I am a huge Eliza Taylor fan as well, but there has to be something said for the “girl under the floor” who has grown into one of the most interesting female protagonists on any current show.
Octavia started out unsure of herself, but she has always been a survivor and she has been trying to make up for her ruthless actions as Blodreina in season 6, but quickly realizes that it’s not an easy path toward redemption. Please note some spoilers are ahead.
I was a little concerned going into season 6 about what would happen with Octavia’s character. In season 5, she truly broke out of her shell and was absolutely captivating as Blodreina. Even though her actions were beyond questionable, she had such a drastic character transformation and I was impressed again and again by Marie’s portrayal of her.
In season 6, Octavia has taken somewhat of a backseat, but things get interesting when she teams up with Diyoza after Bellamy leaves her behind. Octavia discovers a new potential destiny within The Anomaly and it seems like she has been chosen. Is she a savior or a threat? I’m not so sure, but this new plot has kept Octavia relevant, continuing her story.
It was heartbreaking to see Bellamy leave Octavia behind, but perhaps that is what she needed. Octavia has had strong attachments to Lincoln, Indra, and Bellamy, but when she is left on her own, she is forced to deal with her guilt head on, coming face to face with everything she has done as Blodreina. When Octavia goes into The Anomaly, she ends up on a journey of self-discovery, but Bellamy initially seems skeptical of her true intentions.
In the season 6 finale, Octavia is the first one to speak up about helping Gabriel, performing selfless actions to help save innocent lives, which is absolutely a step in the right direction for her. Octavia knows that she has a long way to go for forgiveness, but it looks like she has looked within herself to find a way to keep going, which makes her a strong female anti-hero to truly root for.
What’s next for Octavia? We’ll have to wait and see, but we are left with an uncertain fate for her for season 7 after that cliffhanger ending. Season 7 will be the last season for the series, but I’m hoping this is not the end for Octavia. Now that she is finally on her path toward redemption, I want to continue watching her grow.
Octavia is strong and fearless, but she is also vulnerable, which makes her such a compelling and layered character. I can’t wait to see what happens next!
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