Jaha is on his way out in the next season of THE 100!
The 100 will have at least one major casting shake-up in its fifth season: Isaiah Washington, who plays troubled pseudo-leader Thelonious Jaha, won’t be returning as a series regular.
It’s unclear whether Washington is leaving the show on his own terms or if his character is being written off, but Executive Producer Jason Rothenberg had good things to say about the original cast member when he broke the news to TV Line.
“We’ve been incredibly fortunate to have Isaiah Washington on The 100 for the past four seasons. He’s brought so much to the role of Jaha, and we love working with him.”
Washington has not publicly commented on his exit, nor has anyone close to the production discussed how the character will be written out and if fans can expect guest appearances from Jaha. The actor did, however, tweet a hint that he’s working on a new film, though there’s no news indicating he’s formally attached to the project yet.
— The Disruptor💥 (@IWashington) April 24, 2017
Until we get more details, the exit raises suspicion after the tumultuous Season 3 exit of Ricky Whittle, who played Lincoln. After leaving the show, Whittle said Rothenberg “abused his position to make my job untenable,” cutting the character and refusing work on story issues with the actor until The CW President Mark Pedowitz agreed to let Whittle audition for other roles and eventually leave the show. He currently stars in American Gods on Starz.
The 100 is currently airing its fourth season Wednesdays on The CW. Season 5 is expected to begin in early 2018.