The CW Conclave: Best and most heartbreaking family moments

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The 100 — “Exit Wounds” — Image Number: HU506b_0692.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Eliza Taylor as Clarke and Lola Flanery as Madi — Photo: Michael Courtney/The CW — © 2018 The CW Network, LLC All Rights Reserved.

Last season, as always, was an emotional roller coaster for many of your favorite families on The CW. Here’s a look back the highs and lows.

For many people, romantic shipping is a major part of watching shows on The CW, or any network, really. It makes sense. Such relationships, canonical or otherwise, are usually among the most engaging and endearing aspects of a show. They give viewers something to root for, swoon over, and cry about.

But here’s the thing: platonic relationships between family members can be just as complex and compelling. Unfortunately, they are often underrated and overlooked compared to romantic pairings. So, here’s to righting that wrong. (Although, full disclosure, there is one couple on this list.)

The following is a look the highs and lows for various families on The 100, Arrow, The Flash, Riverdale, and Supergirl. The happiest moment from each show is listed first and the most heartbreaking second. Let’s go on that emotional roller coaster all over again!

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The 100: “I loved her so much, but it is nothing compared to how much I love you.” (5×12)

The relationship between Clarke Griffin (Eliza Taylor) and her adoptive daughter Madi (Lola Flanery) was the highlight of season five, so it’s difficult to choose just one moment to discuss. However, the scene in which Madi, with help from Lexa (Alycia Debnam-Carey), gets Clarke to see the error in her ways and in which Clarke gives Madi the support she needs to lead Wonkru as its commander was a standout.

In addition to bringing back all the Clexa feels and demonstrating how strong and compassionate Madi is as commander, the scene also deftly reminded viewers that Madi is also a kid who still needs her mom.

Fortunately, Clarke came in clutch with an epic and poignant pep talk for her daughter. Clarke is not exactly the kind of person to wear her heart on her sleeve, but she has always made sure that Madi knows how loved she is. How many parents can say that?

“My sister, my responsibility.” (5×08)

Season five was certainly rough on the Blake siblings. From the day Octavia (Marie Avgeropoulos) was born, Bellamy (Bob Morley) had been dedicated to doing everything in his power to keep her safe. Octavia is the reason he became part of The 100.

But six years can change a person, and suddenly, Bellamy found himself having to protect everyone else from Octavia.

It remains unclear if Bellamy was truly trying to kill Octavia or just put her out of commission long enough for Madi to become the commander. Either way, it was something viewers never could have imagined Bellamy doing. Even Bellamy was hesitant to do it until he saw no possible alternative.

The scene, which series developer Jason Rothenberg said “may be [his] favorite scene in the history of the show,” becomes even more heartbreaking in the context of “The Dark Year” (5×11). Bellamy knew how dangerous Octavia had become, but he didn’t (and still doesn’t) know how or why she became Blodreina.

Bellamy had to make one impossible choice in poisoning Octavia. Octavia had to make impossible choices for six years. Hopefully, Bellamy will come to understand that and forgive Octavia.