SDCC 2016: “The 100” Moves on to the Next Apocalypse

The characters of The 100 don’t look like they’re going to get any relief this upcoming season. After having their minds taken over and nearly killing each other, the characters of The 100 have little time to rest. They’re already on to the next apocalypse.

We got to talk to Jason Rothenberg, Henry Ian Cusick (Kane), Lindsey Morgan (Raven), Christopher Larkin (Monty), Eliza Taylor (Clarke), Richard Harmon (Murphy), and Marie Avgeropolous (Octavia) about what’s going on with their characters and what to expect in the new season in some roundtable interviews from San Diego Comic Con.

Roundtable Interviews

Creator Jason Rothenberg ramps up the apocalypse in Season 4. This time the Earth strikes back and it’s going nuclear. People have 6 months to prepare and not everyone can be saved. This might seem like going full circle to the Sky Crew, who sent 100 kids down to the earth to save oxygen for their spaceship. So who is going to live and who is going to die? For a show that killed teenagers in the pilot, I feel like everyone and anyone may be on the chopping block. In keeping with the bleak prospect, not all of the groups may work together, and given their history it’s understandable. Can they work together to save themselves? Probably not. But Rothenberg does tease some returning favorites and the introduction of a new group that will play an important role in the rest of the season. Despite the seeming finality of a nuclear holocaust, Rothenberg assures us that the finale will not be a series finale, but a season finale.

Season 4 begins right where Season 3 left off, dealing with the aftermath of the carnage. Kane, played by Henry Ian Cusick, will be at the forefront of trying to find a peaceful way to save humanity. Now that Kane and Abby are an item, a development that surprised Cusick, maybe there will be fewer fights for power. People will be dealing with post traumatic stress and everything they’ve done, so it’s not going to be easy to get everyone to work together.

There’s no time for breathing room or healing in Season 4. And if they’re going to survive, they’re definitely going to need Raven. Lindsey Morgan talks about her character’s growth and about her future in the upcoming season. Raven’s been through a lot, but with this new apocalypse coming she gets right down to the business of trying to fix it, even though she may not be mentally, emotionally, or physically ready. Lindsey also encourages everyone to tweet, because you never know what’s going to happen – your dreams can still come true! She also talks about characters/actors that she’d like to have scenes with and who she fangirls about.

My favorite spoiler for season 4 is no more levers. Just how many times can the world be saved by pulling a lever? Christopher Larkin and Eliza Taylor joke about bringing the “pilot band” back together for season 4, even going so far as to include Bellamy and Murphy in the mix.  Monty, surprisingly, has never had a scene with Murphy! They discuss Monty’s relationship with Harper and how it might affect Monty’s relationship with Jasper, and Eliza Taylor talks about how Clarke’s decision to stop A.L.I.E. will make a lot of people very angry with Clarke.

Richard Harmon would like you to know that Murphy is still a badass. Murphy may have a girlfriend now, but he’s never going to stop thinking about himself. Harmon is glad that fans, and the characters in The 100, are starting to see that Murphy is kind of a good guy. He may be more interested in forming alliances and getting along this season, but to what extent is he going to work with others? And how much of that will that conflict with what he thinks is right? As Harmon says, he thinks Murphy can go it alone. I don’t know, Murphy, seems like you might want some friends to avoid a nuclear holocaust.

Marie Avgeropolous thinks Octavia could do with a drink. Avgeropolous thinks of Octavia’s romance with Lincoln in Shakespearean tragedy terms. And in the coming season, Octavia’s grief leads her on a very dark journey, to becoming an assassin. Avgeropolous thinks Octavia will go and find Indra, judging from the finale. But she also walked away from Bellamy. And while they have a lot of history, Avgeropolous says, “They’re family, they’re the Blakes. That’ll never change.” She’s sure that Octavia is a survivor and will remain one.

 

I don’t know how they’re going to save the world this time, but they are sure going to try. Who gets to live? Who gets to die? And who gets to decide? And how can we get along when most of us have tried to kill each other? These are big questions this season. One thing is for sure: it’s not going to be easy.