The news wasn’t all good.
GLAAD notes that 25 queer female characters across all platforms (broadcast, cable and streaming) have died since the start of 2016.
“Most of these deaths served no other purpose than to further the narrative of a more central (and often straight, cisgender) character,” Ellis noted. “When there are so few lesbian and bisexual women on television, the decision to kill these characters in droves sends a toxic message about the worth of queer female stories.”
The latter particularly caused an uproar among the show’s fans, as producers had built in a romantic storyline between the deceased character — Lexa, played by Alycia Debnam-Carey — and lead protagonist Clarke (Eliza Taylor).
The uproar caused some fans to boycott the program and begin using #LGBTfansdeservebetter on social media.
It also brought attention to the increasing number of LGBTQ character deaths on television, often referred to as the “Bury Your Gays” TV trope.