As one of the few original cast members to survive to Season 6 of The 100, Bob Morley's Bellamy has experienced quite a character arc over the course of The CW series. Introduced as a stern, antagonistic leader to the teens sent to Earth, the character has become one of the most nuanced, complex characters of the post-apocalyptic show. Underscoring Bellamy's development has been his evolving relationship with the series' main protagonist Clarke, from opponents who frequently butted heads to firm friends and allies with a potential undercurrent of romantic tension.
During a press event on the series' Vancouver set this past November, Morley, whose character was last seen approaching a strange, alien world with his fellow survivors after the Earth had been rendered completely uninhabitable, shed some light on Bellamy's Season 6 mindset and his changing relationships with Clarke and his sister Octavia.
"They still have to kind of resolve what went down last season with Madi, putting the [behavior control] chip into Madi, being left in the fighting pits, and being on opposite sides of warring factions," Morley observed about his dynamic with Clarke following his questionable treatment of her surrogate daughter Madi in Season 5. "It’s a work in progress, as it is most seasons. The challenge of trying to do the right thing and even trying to define what the right thing is and the “good guy” terminology is in a new planet where everything’s new basically."
As the last survivors from Earth begin to settle on the faraway alien world of, Bellamy will also have to make amends with his sister. Driven into a brutal leadership position in the gap between Seasons 4 and 5, Octavia had become unrecognizably savage by the time she was reunited with her sibling. Refusing to address him as a brother after the harsh life she endured, she nearly had Bellamy killed by forcing him to fight in her faction's gladiatorial pits.
"It takes some time to even be able to address the situation between the two of them, and I think they both have a lot of their own healing they have to do before they can even start to speak to each other on terms where it’s amicable or the ability for it to grow into a more healthy relationship. It’s never really been that healthy," Morley admitted.
Morley remained coy on whether his friendship with Clarke would ever blossom into a full romantic relationship, remarking that there were "too many landmines" for the two characters to navigate between them at this point. In short, things remain complicated for the pair, despite so many fans wanting them to take things to the next level.
In addition to perking his role as Bellamy, the actor will make his directorial debut this season. Shadowing directors for the past two seasons, Morley completed a two-month training program by Warner Bros. for first-time television directors and looks forward to prospect of spending more time behind the camera.
"I think it’s something that I want, but I’m also terrified of it too. It’s a big crew, and it’s a bit cast. It’s quite an undertaking, but I’m just trying to get my head around it all and forge on," confessed Morley. "I’m really excited to be able to direct my friends and be able to sit there and enjoy their work as opposed to me being in the scene and my head like running a thousand miles an hour thinking about my performance, I’ll be able to sit behind the monitor and just kind of enjoy it, enjoy watching them work."
The 100 returns on the CW for its sixth season starting April 30 at 9 pm ET/PT. The series stars Eliza Taylor, Paige Turco, Marie Avgeropoulos, Bob Morley, Henry Ian Cusick, Lindsey Morgan, Richard Harmon and Tasya Teles.