Find out how some of the major characters of THE 100 will deal with the aftermath of the City of Light’s destruction.
The 100 has risen from its cheesy start as a clearly dystopian teen series trying to be more than it was to actually being more than it was. It’s now season 4 and the series has created quite a storyline for itself.
Season 3 created a stir with the deaths of both Lexa (in a tragic accident that caused a major furor from its LGBTQ fans and supporters) and Lincoln (in what seemed more of the result of an off-screen dispute.) But despite those disheartening moments, the show looks to quickly prove itself once again as a series that can stand up against some of the best of them.
The start of the season begins where last season ended, with the fall of the City of Light. New series regular Zach McGowan, adds more specifically, the status of his character Roan.
“It really just kind of picks up where it left off with the whole fall of the City of Light and all that. And the power struggle as to what’s going to happen in Polis and what not. So we meet right there. When the season, you know, picks up, Roan’s just been shot. So I think I’m like unconscious on the ground.”
He goes further to explain what his character’s future in all this is, and whether Roan plans to lead his people.
“After the fall of ALIE and Lexa’s gone and there’s no Commander and Ontari’s gone and all of that, there’s a power vacuum,” McGowan explained. “So it’s a big question as to what’s the right thing for everyone and who is going to take power over [the others in season 4]. And I think that’s a big question for Roan — whether he even wants to do that kind of [power grab]. I’ve always kind of envisioned him, like, reluctantly involved in all of this. In Polis and whatnot. He’s not necessarily wholeheartedly into that. It’ll be a big question as to both who takes power and whether or not he’ll want it and whether or not he can control the Ice Nation, which is an unruly group (and he hasn’t obviously spent much time with them anyway since he’s been banished for so long). That’s something that’s explored quite a bit, without giving anything away.”
Apparently, there were more people under ALIE’s control than they thought, which causes more issues when they finally come out of it, as Bob Morley, who plays Bellamy, states.
“There’s a whole bunch of people who turned up to Polis under the guidance of ALIE so already, once everyone’s out of it, there’s a whole bunch of clans and people brought together by this one idea being ALIE that then come out of that and have to deal with what they’ve gone through and the fall-out from that. Also, not all clans get along so there’s that immediate place of waking up and being like, ‘There’s a whole bunch of people I don’t know or get along with.’ How do you confront that situation? That’s something that comes about. But obviously the impending doom is one of those things that you have to get into pretty quickly otherwise it will just get out of hand. That’s the pressing factor.”
So, what does it mean for the Flame now that the City of Light no longer exists? Eliza Taylor explains how it’s important to Clarke.
“It’s interesting because the flame….I mean, now that the City of Light has been shut down and the flame has kind of become a little bit obsolete, in the way that it’s not going to work the way that it would [have]given that there is no virtual world anymore. So I think for Clarke the flame is still so important to her because she still believes that it’s Lexa. She’s holding on to it as a keepsake and it’s still a very important….it plays a very important role in Grounder spirituality. So her having it certainly….it still holds power, but it don’t [sic]do the same stuff as it used to.”
Showrunner Jason Rothenberg also spoke about what’s to come for season 4 in an interview with TV Guide:
Unlike the main obstacles in previous seasons, a nuclear meltdown can’t be fought or reasoned with. How will the unique pressures of this situation reveal new sides to our main characters as they struggle to figure out how to survive?
Jason Rothenberg: What a great question! That is definitely at the core of everything, right? We’re presenting them with this obstacle that they can’t beat; they can only try and figure out ways to survive it. Then it becomes about who survives, how do we decide, how do you want to live these last six months? And that’s really, to answer the question, how we reveal character in interesting and different ways. What they do when faced with that death sentence tells us a lot about who they are. People react in a whole series of ways to news like that. You can fight to the death. You can surrender and just break down. You can surrender and decide to ride it out and try to make the best of it until the end. And we’ll see characters doing all of that. But you’re right, it’s a relentless ticking clock from the beginning of the premiere until the end of the finale of the season.
There is such a strict status quo in this world where everyone is fiercely loyal to their clan. How will this new situation challenge or change where people’s loyalties lie and how alliances are formed or broken?
Rothenberg: OK, so you are two-for-two with literally amazing questions because to me, the whole season is about that. The whole season is about, “Are you your clan or are you a human being?” And Clarke, she transcends tribalism and she’s looking for a way for everyone to survive. Just coming up with Arkadia as a solution for her people is not enough. And I think, unfortunately, maybe most people aren’t like that. Most people react to situations like this in a tribalistic way and they dig trenches around their world and they say, “We’re going to save my family.” By the way, it’s human nature. I would do the same thing probably. You save your family first, of course. You save your country first, of course. We all are patriotic. But at the end of the day, when the thing that’s coming for you is going to kill everybody, can you figure out a way to link arms together and face it together? That’s what this season’s about. That’s what Clarke’s trying to do. Great question.
The show did face a few criticisms last season. What did you learn from the critical and fan reaction and how did you go about approaching this season in light of that?
Rothenberg: You know, you have to just take the good with the bad. Ultimately, this show has been a blessing for me and for my family from beginning to end. Yes, obviously, it’s better when everybody’s being nice to you. But you can’t pay attention to that anymore than you could pay attention when they’re not. So for me, it’s about putting my head down and writing the show and telling the story that I want to tell. And ultimately, trying to block out the rest of it as much as I can. That’s really the lesson that I’ve learned as a storyteller. Hopefully people will watch the show and realize we do constantly take stock and make adjustments for sure. But ultimately, it’s about the story first. It’s about the characters first. I let the show do the talking for me now.
You can read the rest of the interview at TVGuide.com, where he talks about Clarke, Bellamy, and Octavia’s roles in season 4.
Season 4 of The 100 airs Wednesday nights at 9pm on the CW, with a half-hour special airing tomorrow night featuring the cast and showrunner as they discuss the season 3 finale and season 4 and answer fan questions.