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How one fandom turned a character’s death into a revolution — and why, over a year later, they’re still fighting for positive representation of queer women on television.

March 3rd, 2016 was a day like any other — unless you were a fan of The CW’s The 100.

March 3rd, 2016 was a day like any other — unless you were a fan of The CW's The 100.

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In that evening’s episode, titled “13,” Commander Lexa (Alycia Debnam-Carey) was shot by a stray bullet, intended for her love interest Clarke (Eliza Taylor).

In that evening's episode, titled "13," Commander Lexa (Alycia Debnam-Carey) was shot by a stray bullet, intended for her love interest Clarke (Eliza Taylor).

To add insult to injury, Lexa was shot just minutes after the couple finally got together following a season's worth of romantic buildup.

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Spoiler alert: This is something that has happened before.

You can read more about the “Bury Your Gays” trope here, here, or here.

Before the shocking episode, The 100 had received a great deal of praise for its LGBT representation.

Before the shocking episode, The 100 had received a great deal of praise for its LGBT representation.

Here at BuzzFeed, we dubbed The 100 “The Show That's Breaking New Ground For Queer Representation.”

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