The 100 Season 5 spoilers were teased by executive producer Jason Rothenberg right after the Season 4 finale aired last night. What did the showrunner have to say about the next chapter in the post-apocalyptic series? He revealed a lot of information about the storyline and characters. He also took the time to explain the crazy twists of Wednesday’s episode.
Spoilers are ahead. If you are not caught up with the CW series and don’t want to know what is coming next, then do not continue reading.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Lindsey Morgan, who plays Raven Reyes in The 100, teased that the finale would give a hint of what to expect in Season 5. It turns out she was right, and fans are still talking about the shocking episode. However, there are a lot of questions about “Praimfaya” that need to be addressed. TV Line and TV Guide both spoke with Jason Rothenberg, who had plenty to say.
In the Season 4 finale, Clarke (Eliza Taylor) sacrificed herself to get Bellamy (Bob Morley), Raven, and a few others in space. Even though she was exposed to the radiation, the Nightblood in her system saved her. By the end of the episode, there is a time jump of six years and seven days. The characters have not reunited yet, but Clarke keeps getting on the radio to try to make contact. A ship is seen coming toward the Earth, but it isn’t her friends. It is a ship filled with prisoners and Clarke has a young girl with her, who is too old to be her daughter. Who is she and what is the deal with this prisoner vessel?
In Rothenberg’s interview with TV Line, the young girl’s name is Maddie and she is a Nightblood. Even though Clarke and Maddie are not related, they do have a maternal-type bond.
“Well, it’s not her biological daughter, but what we’ll see in Season 5 is that this relationship is hugely important for Clarke. She’s a Nightblood named Maddie, and she’s been with her for five years. They are, for all intents and purposes, bonded the way a mother and daughter would be. So Clarke loves her, and her decision-making process has changed, just as it does for anyone who has a child.”
As for the ship, it is filled with prisoners. What is ironic about this is that Clarke and her group were also prisoners. On the Ark, the elders decided to take the teen inmates and send them down to Earth to see if it was safe and habitable. Some of the prisoners on the Ark shouldn’t have been incarcerated at all. Take Octavia (Marie Avgeropoulos), who was imprisoned simply because she was born. On the Ark, parents were only permitted to have one child. Despite Bellamy trying to hide his baby sister, Octavia was found and punished just for being alive.
What about these new prisoners that are coming back down to Earth in Season 5? Are they hardened, dangerous criminals? Or were they incarcerated for unfair reasons, like the Sky Crew teenagers were in the first season of The 100?
“Some of them will probably be angry. All of them will be home, alive and back on Earth. I think, in some really cool ways, it’s a rebooting of the entire story. The 100 were prisoners when they came to the ground, and they thought they were alone, but they weren’t. There were Grounders in this world, which we learned when a spear came out of the woods and impaled Jasper’s (Devon Bostick) chest. Now Clarke is the Grounder, and these prisoners are The 100. We screw with people’s perspectives. Of course, the prisoners are going to start as antagonists, but we’ll probably dimensionalize them as we do with all of our bad guys.”
A little more information about Eligius Corporation and the prisoners were revealed by TV Guide. It turns out that the inmates are “real, hardened criminals.” They have come home, thinking they have the whole planet to themselves. This is exactly what the Sky Crew thought when they first arrived on Earth. Rothenberg said the passengers on the ship are a huge part of the story in Season 5.
With a time jump of six years, will fans get to see what happened between then and now? How did Clarke and Maddie meet? What went on with Bellamy, Raven, Echo (Tasya Teles), Monty (Christopher Larkin), Harper (Chelsey Reist), and Murphy (Richard Harmon) in space? How has Octavia handled leading her people in the bunker? The executive producer revealed that the major moments will be revealed to viewers. However, he also made it clear that the point of a time jump is to move forward, not backward.
What did you think of the finale episode? What are your predictions for The 100 Season 5? Fans will have a long time to speculate since The CW will not air new episodes of the show until 2018.
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