Among the many Warner Brothers shows to be featured in the Comic Con 2015 TV Guide that is being released this week (it can be found in some stores right now, official release date is Wednesday), The 100 has a pretty cool writeup.
The section on The 100 features some interesting Behind the Scenes info and photos (I love that Rothenberg said of Jaha, “He was Jaha of Arabia”) and a really great interview with Eliza Taylor (Clarke), who had a lot to say about Clarke’s journey in season two. She gives Rothenberg some real credit for the female empowerment of the show.
Below is most of the interview with executive producer and showrunner extraordinaire Jason Rothenberg (minus the sentences that give the summary on what happened in season two). He doesn’t give too much away about season three, but he has some very interesting things to say about what happened in season two! The interview is done by TV Guide writer extraordinaire (and big fan) Damian Holbrook.
Why kill Finn?
“I wanted to chart somebody’s devolution as a result of what happened in the previous season – the war they had gone through [with the Grounders],” says Rothenburg, citing real-life accounts of PTSD among U.S. soldiers as “something sci-fi can shine a light on without being preachy.” Rothenberg maintains that “once the massacre happened, there was only one way for that story to resolve, and that was with Finn’s death.”
How will Clarke’s people react to her bisexuality?
“We are definitely dealing in a universe where they have bigger things to worry about than who is having sex with whom or who you’re attracted to,” Rothenberg says with a laugh of his leading lady’s surprising flirtation with Lexa. “Survival becomes more important than that. Same thing with gender and race. None of these things matter. It’s just whether you’re weak or strong.” And while Rothenberg confesses that Clarke was not conceived as sexually fluid, he is tickled to be breaking some ground. “I don’t know many shows where the gay or bisexual character is the lead. And to have her kill Finn, one leg of her love triangle, and then reveal herself as bisexual in the same season is pretty cool.”
Will Clarke get past Lexa betraying the Sky People?
“Clarke had lowered her defenses and trusted her. She was falling for [Lexa] as much as somebody could in the short amount of time they had been together. That compounds the betrayal.” Should the pair cross paths again in Season 3, Rothenberg is positive “that will certainly be the first thing they talk about!”
Mount Weather is no more, so what’s next for the Ark’s survivors?
“We will find Camp Jaha evolving into what feels like a Deadwood…buildings start to go up and people start settling in.” He also hopes to bring in more of the 12 Grounder clans, including the Ice Nation and the Tree Crew, as tensions among them begin to brew again. “Now that Mount Weather is gone, the tribes are at risk of sliding back into the world before Lexa unified them all—every man for himself.”
Did Jaha and Murphy actually find the City of Light?
“We were deliberately ambiguous about whether there really is a City of Light,” teases Rothenburg, revealing that the island this odd couple discovered in the finale “is not in fact the City of Light.” The ongoing search for the mythical hot spot, which he officially confirms does exist but “is not what people are so far imagining,” will be “a big part” of next season.
What was in the water?
The sea beast that devoured Jaha and Murphy’s traveling companion on their boat ride to the island was not, Rothenburg vows, some sick security system. “I have seen people online making predictions that is was somehow the defense of the AI, Alie, to keep people from the island. That is not true.” Instead, he said it was a call back to the monster in the pilot, “the one that gave Octavia a nibble on the thigh…same species, but maybe that one’s mama.”
Speaking of Alie, is the AI bombshell that greeted Jaha connected to the video of the suicidal guy Murphy found in the island bomb shelter?
“The logical conclusion to draw is that Alie is the AI that somehow launched the nukes that ended the world, and the guy in some way feels responsible. Is he the creator of the AI? That will be explained in the next season, as will the state of the world before the apocalypse. “We will understand everything, and it will be surprising,” adds the executive producer. “It has a big impact on the present-tense story.”
Jaha and Murphy on the boat – Executive producer Rothenberg sayd the land mass Jaha and Murphy found is “an island on the East Coast, maybe Cape Cod.”
Alie in the mansion – What did Alie do? Whatever is was, “it made a guy guilty enough to kill himself,” Rothenberg says.
Octavia, Maya, Jasper, Monte, Clarke and Bellamy at Mount Weather – After Lexa’s betrayal, “trusting anyone is going to be hard for Clarke,” says Rothenburg.