In The 100 Season 2 Episode 8, “Spacewalker,” the writers made the bold choice to write off one of the main male leads and love interests to the lead female. Finn Collins was so much more than a love interest, but in the end, that’s all he was reduced to, and his sentence from the fandom was even worse than his untimely death.
Finn Collins was just another juvenile delinquent before his death, sent down to Earth with the others to either die or colonize it for their people. He helped Clarke become the leader of the Sky People, a task she was not willing or able to handle alone. His knowledge and abilities were key to their survival, as well as his “street smarts.”
Finn’s downfall was his growing love for Clarke, which was hindered by his girlfriend’s arrival on Earth, fan favorite Raven Reyes. The girlfriend he’d never thought he would see again, because he was being hunted by Grounders and the Ark was dying. No one on Earth knew if they’d ever see their friends and family again, so they became a clan of their own.
When Clarke and Finn slept together, Raven abruptly came down in a dropship, but how could they have ever anticipated that? Should Finn have waited longer before his tempestuous relationship with Clarke? Probably.
But was their a certain way he should have reacted to being stranded on Earth and fighting for survival? They’d all lost everything they’d ever known and what he found with Clarke was new, unknown, just like their new home.
Even when Raven arrived, Clarke and Finn’s relationship slowly died out until his death, where Clarke pity-murdered him to appease the Grounders and gave her love to him as they kissed and she stabbed him in the gut.
Finn’s sacrifice was of his own choice, though. Instead of letting his people risk their lives for him to live, he eventually gave in before anyone died in his name, handing himself over to his enemies.
Was his sacrifice needed? I can see why Finn had to die, but only partially. Almost all of the 100 have blood on their hands, and Finn killed less than most of his companions. The people he killed were innocents though, children, mothers, and the elderly. Whereas his companions killed Grounder warriors that were hunting them down like animals.
Finn was hated through all of his good decisions; his bad ones soon defined him. In his final episode, it was revealed that he only became one of the 100 because he covered for Raven, trading places with her so she wouldn’t be automatically floated for the crime.
He didn’t ever think he’d survive that decision, but he did it anyway, to save the girl he loved. Though his last moment was made about Clarke, his relationship with Raven should be what defined him. Raven screamed out in agony over losing the man she loves and Finn stopped her from becoming a murderer.
He was so much more than the guy who cheated on his girlfriend, which is the least offensive crime any of those people have committed. Hell, Clarke was easily let off the hook for murdered 300 Grounders. 300. If she can be forgiven for that, why Finn couldn’t have been forgiven for beginning to fall in love with someone else under dire circumstances?