5 Hopes for Raven Reyes in Season 5 of 'The 100'
I started watching The 100 in 2014, and was immediately captivated by the unpredictable plot and the flawed characters. I have loved Raven Reyes since her first scene in 1x02; I was enamored by her strength, intelligence, and quick wit. She has gone through so many trials and tribulations and has always overcome them. In the dawn before Season 5, I have several hopes for her character in the season to come.
1. I’m excited to see how her relationships with the grounders she’s in space with play out. We know that Raven has never had a good relationship with the grounders as a whole. She was tortured by Lexa, who also had Finn, her only family, killed; the Ice Nation killed her friend, Gina, and blew up Mount Weather. Since she’s trapped on the Ark, I’m curious to see how she interacts with Echo. Does she learn to trust Echo or does she hold onto resentment for her role in the destruction of Mount Weather? My hope is that she and Echo learn to have a mutual respect for one another. Heck, even Echo teaching Raven how to physically fight would be awesome, and it’s been confirmed that she does. Echo and Raven could form a surprising new friendship that most people wouldn’t expect.
I’m also excited to see Raven’s dynamic with Emori. They both have had to deal with physical disability — Emori was cast out of her clan due to her hand deformity, and Raven has to deal with the loss of the use of her leg. Raven could teach Emori about Skaikru technology and Emori could teach Raven about scavenging. While their disabilities aren’t the same, Raven knows to an extent what Emori is going through and I hope they can form a special bond.
2. I’m interested to see how Raven develops as a leader/second in command on the Ark. We have never seen Raven step up and assume a leadership role. She has never had the opportunity and now with Clarke gone, how will she handle that responsibility? She and Bellamy have always held a mutual respect for one another. I’m curious as to how that mutual respect for each other grows and changes on the Ark. Does she get overwhelmed with her duties or does she rise to the occasion? Raven has never let a challenge stop her and I’m eager to see how she grows in her new environment.
3. How does Raven deal with the crippling guilt of leaving Clarke behind? It was always the plan that Clarke would come with them, but when time ran out, Raven knew she had to leave her friend behind. Six years is a long time to deal with the fallout of her decision. Raven knows it was the only viable option she had, but that doesn’t make the choice any easier. Clarke and Raven have always had an interesting relationship, they have shared lovers and forgiven each other for their past mistakes. How does Raven move on without Clarke? Does she live for Clarke or for herself? Hopefully, space flashbacks will answer these questions.
4. I’m eager to see how Raven copes with her physical disability and chronic pain in space. She has always had to fight for her life, but now she’s in a calmer environment where there are no deadly threats. How does she deal with this new environment? Seeing such an independent and dynamic physically disabled main character on TV has been so refreshing to me personally. Seeing Raven struggle to cope and deal with her physical disability has helped me feel less alone, as I also have a neurological/physical disability. Just like Raven, I wasn’t born with this disability. Three years ago, I stopped having feeling in both legs and now I’m numb from the waist down. I have a jerky gait and walking long distances is incredibly challenging. I often wondered if my life was still as valuable with my physical limitations, and had to learn how to deal with the enormous change it made in my life. Seeing Raven’s journey in coming to terms with her physical disability has given me the strength and hope that I can live a badass and independent life regardless of my physical challenges.
5. I’m hoping to see Raven and Zeke (played by new cast member Jordan Bolger) bond, and maybe even form a relationship. Many people have been speculating that the two would make an interesting pairing, as Zeke is described as “a self-professed adrenaline junkie brimming with brains, wit, and bravado,” which sounds kind of perfect for Raven! Disabled people are often viewed in today’s society as burdens not worthy of affection, but I would love to see this trope subverted, since Raven has been pretty unlucky in love. Zeke is a member of the Eligius crew, and while we don’t know much about him, Lindsey Morgan teased the relationship as being like “a moth to a flame,” so I’m hopeful we’ll see the two spend time together— Raven deserves to be happy.
Season 5 of The 100 premieres on Tuesday, April 24 at 9/8c on the CW.