And the Winner of AfterEllen’s 2016 March Madness is…

This year, we asked you to vote for The Best Actress in a Queer Role, and after a hard-fought battle, there could only be one supreme, and it was pretty clear early on who that would be. The winner of this year’s AfterEllen March Madness is….


Alycia Debnam-Carey in the role of Lexa on The 100.


Alycia took on her co-star and on-screen love Eliza Taylor in the final round, receiving 58 percent of the vote. Surely, there’s no hard feelings, though.

“[Clarke’s] in love with [Lexa],” Eliza Taylor told us at TCA. “Deeply madly in love with her. As much as she feels betrayed about what Lexa did to her, at the end of the day, she would have done the same thing. Both of them would do anything to save their people and that’s what made them connect in the first place because they’re so strong and so determined.”

The 100 307-17

Alycia’s role has deeply resonated with The 100 viewers as greatly proven in the last month since she was unceremoniously killed off in episode 307. The Commander of the 12 Clans, Lexa was ruthless but with heart; she did what she had to do for her people, making difficult decisions that some didn’t agree with, not letting that dissuade her. And Alycia Debnam-Carey played her so perfectly, with so much layered romance and resilience that fans connected with her instantly when she first appeared in Season 2, developing into a full-blown captivation before and in spite of her untimely death.

Congratulations to Alycia Debnam-Carey on her win. Lexa lives on!