THE 100 Season 4 Premiere Photos: How to Stop the End of the World

A.L.I.E. and the Mount Weather folks may have been defeated on THE 100, but an even bigger problem is going to emerge in season 4 of the show: the threat of nuclear meltdown. A.L.I.E. warned Clarke that the planet’s nuclear reactors were essentially self-destructing, which means that everyone would die from the excess radiation poisoning. But Clarke chose to end the false promise of the City of Light and killed A.L.I.E. regardless, which means she now has to figure out how to save the world from this new problem.

Related: Watch an extended preview for season 4 of THE 100

When the show returns, it’s all about surviving. People start dying from radiation poisoning and it’s a race to save the world. Will the other clans turn on Skikru because of Clarke’s choice? Meanwhile, Octavia is more fully embracing her new Grounder behavior.

Season 4 of THE 100 premieres on Wednesday, February 1 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.

THE 100 Season 4 Preview: A Dangerous New Threat

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When we last left the post-apocalyptic world of THE 100, we learned that a new apocalypse may be neigh. As Clarke went to confront A.L.I.E. (an AI who seemed intent on enslaving the remaining humans on earth in their own minds), she learned that the Earth is still dying. Decaying nuclear plants and radiation were going to put an end to the planet in less than six months unless A.L.I.E. was around to continue her City of Light project. But Clarke decided that the false paradise/prison of the City of Light had to end, no matter the cost. And so A.L.I.E. is now gone and the world is in danger of being uninhabitable for everyone…including the arkers.

In the first preview from season 4 of THE 100 we see the cost of Clarke’s decision. Lesions are developing on people, deaths are increasing due to radiation exposure. But Clarke, Bellamy and the others are determined to find a way out of this mess. This, however, seems to be the biggest challenge they’ve ever faced. Olivia, meanwhile, falls deeper and deeper into her new life as a warrior, as you can see from the video below.

Don’t miss the season premiere of THE 100 on Wednesday, February 1 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.

THE 100 Comic-Con Press Room: A New Apocalypse, Octavia’s New Job, the Flame, Anger at Clarke and More

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THE 100 stars Eliza Taylor (Clarke), Henry Ian Cusick (Kane), Marie Avgeropoulos (Octavia), Lindsey Morgan (Raven) and Christopher Larkin (Monty) — as well as executive producer Jason Rothenberg — came to Comic-Con to speak to reporters about season 4 and teased a new apocalypse, the endurance of the Flame, anger at Clarke, Raven’s new role and more.

Picking Up in Polis. “We’re still in the Tower [when season 4 begins]”, Cusick said. “We pick up immediately after the City of Light and there’s a lot of carnage and a lot of guilt and a lot of doubts and insecurity. And then we get hit with the news that… A.L.I.E. told us that the radiation’s going to hit us in six months. So we’re just dealing with all of that immediately.”

The Focus for Season 4. “We set up the story [in the finale of season 3],” Rothenberg said. “It’s the fact that the world is going to end — again. Sort of an apocalyptic-post-apocalyptic show. It’s a very different story than we’ve told in previous seasons. I like to do that every year. Season one was the origin story; season two was Mount Weather; season three was the A.I.; and season four is the “Earth Strikes Back,” you know? We’ll see the environment beginning to collapse, and crazy s**t will start happening pretty quickly. They’re going to have to work on how to survive, not whether or not they can stop it. This doesn’t spoil anything because I think it’s in our DNA at this point: when we say something’s going to happen, it usually happens; there’s no eleventh hour save. So it’s about how they’re going to survive it, not whether or not they can stop it.”

The Absence of a Commander. “There’s a vacuum that needs to be filled and somebody will try and fill that, and that’s pretty much where [episode] one [picks up]. It’s so action packed, where that vacuum is almost immediately filled,” Cusick teased.

Related: Read teasers from THE 100 panel and watch a sizzle reel from the show

Anger at Clarke. Understandably, Taylor thinks that a lot of people won’t be happy with Clarke for triggering an impending nuclear meltdown, even if it saved them from A.L.I.E. “They’re going to be mad. I think, at least. So, yeah, it could get a little intense in episode one when people kind of go, ‘Oh Wanheda, you’re a b***h’.” Rothenberg confirmed that “we’re going to see a lot of different reactions [what Clarke did at the end of season 3]. On the one hand, she just defeated this unbeatable enemy yet again, so the legend grows — the legend of Wanheda grows, and we’ll see a lot of interesting reactions to her in the first episode. But when people find out the truth, they’re going to be pissed off — some of them — for sure.”

The Enduring Flame. A.L.I.E. might be gone — as is the Commander — but the Flame will live on. Rothenberg said that “the Flame is still there. It’s a really important thing; it’s a touchstone; it’s an artifact. It’s not even close to important in season four as it was in season three, but whoever holds the Flame — even in lieu of a Commander, in lieu of a Nightblood — has some political power. So if you are the keeper of the Flame, people are going to listen to you, follow you. That’s a story that we’re going to tell, so it’s important still in that regard but not even close to what it meant last season. Last season it was like everybody wanted the Flame: A.L.I.E. needed the Flame; obviously Ontari needed the Flame, obviously; Clarke was not giving that thing up at all — it was Lexa in some way. And so ultimately it’s reduced but still there. We won’t forget about it. It will come back and play an important role eventually.”

Raven’s Role. “I feel like she’s kind of been reincarnated, and she’s had an upgrade mentally, spiritually, emotionally, and in a sense physically as far as—her pain’s still there, obviously, with her leg, and that’s never going to go away—but I think she’s found a new way to manage it and respects it because she chose to feel the pain over being numb—and respects that humanity for her,” Morgan said. “But as far as her arc and what she’s creating, she’s always been a builder, basically, a worker, so I think you’re going to really see her embark on something that is a manifesto for Raven Reyes to create. I wish I could tell you more!” She went on to explain that “everything that happened in the City of Light …because she escaped it in the way that she did, it was different than everyone else in the sense that a part of A.L.I.E stayed with her. We call it like the ‘Raven upgrade.’ She got the A.L.I.E. upgrade special, so her mind is working at an entirely different gear now. She’s in top gear, and she’s smarter than ever. She can code when she didn’t used to be able to code before. She can understand this technology; she didn’t used to be able to before the Ark and everything to do with A.L.I.E. and Becca and the creation. And you’re going to see that come to play in a big way for Raven. She was significantly changed by the City of Light and her experience with that, and you’re going to see what that kind of evolution and almost reincarnation is going to create for her in this coming season.”

Kane’s Role in Season 4. “Since [Kane] arrived on the Earth, his mission has always been to find a peaceful way for his people and for the Grounders to survive,” Cusick said. “I think he’s going to carry on with that, and I think it’s cool to have…you need to have a character-hero who is cool for choosing the peaceful way. The cool people should not be the ones who kick ass, although in our show there’s a lot of death and brutality and kick-assness. But Kane’s going to carry on with that path, I think, so he is going to be like an Ambassador to whoever’s in charge. Or is he in charge? I don’t know, we’ll see.”

Kane and Abby’s Budding Relationship. “It’s going to be kind of interesting now that they’ve sort of expressed their love [or] whatever you want to call it for each other…or their desire for each other, I suppose. It will be interesting to see if…the human race could potentially end in six months, what are those two going to do? Are we going to plant vegetables and watch sunsets — That could be a choice — or are they going to try and stop this from happening? I’m guessing the latter,” Cusick said.

Octavia’s New Profession. Octavia lost Lincoln in season 3 and while she killed the man who killed her lover, it won’t heal all of her pain. Avgeropoulos said that “she thought that killing Pike would band-aid that wound in her heart, but it didn’t, and season three ends with Octavia leaving, and you’re going to see her next season take some really dark turns and do what she does best, which is kill people. She doesn’t enjoy it, but she knows she’s good at it. So you’re going to see her journey, go to some really dark pastures, and she becomes an assassin.” As for where, specifically, Octavia headed at the end of last season, she hinted that “Octavia has a plan in her head, especially now that the war is over. Indra was in trouble the last time we saw her, so I would assume — if I was a fan and I could put two things together — that she’d be headed there first to make sure Indra’s okay, because other than Bellamy and Lincoln, Indra’s the only other one that’s ever believed in her, especially on the Grounder side of things, so that would be my guess…..Killing and fighting is the only thing that Octavia’s ever really been good at, so [her] peers are doctors, mechanics, programmers, [but] Octavia’s really quick and efficient at fighting, and she has a lot of pent-up rage happening right now, so you’ll see her become an assassin with a particular group of people that need her that you guys are familiar with, but I can’t tell you who.”

Controversy and a Dark Season. Rotheberg knows that there were some controversial decisions made in season 3 of THE 100 and he also acknowledged that the season was particularly dark. “We don’t sit around and try to say, ‘How do we appeal to everybody?’ You know, we’re not trying to do fan service.  I’m literally the only person that I’m trying to please, and I hope that when I like something, the fans like it, and sometimes they do, and sometimes they don’t. I feel like last season there were definitely some controversial [decisions], for sure. I set out in the beginning of the season to really go dark and really, sort of, push the envelope in a lot of ways, and you know, obviously some people didn’t like the Bellamy turn, and other  people didn’t like the Lexa death, and obviously the Lincoln death was controversial, too. What I will say is there were not enough wins in season 3. There was probably a relentlessness to the storytelling that wasn’t levened quite as much as it usually is. A part of that is because Jasper and Monty’s characters, who were usually kind of comic relief, they both had depressing as hell storylines, too. So we go to comic relief, and it’s like, ‘Oh s**t, that’s even more dark than the story we just left.'”

The Monty-Jasper Reunion. While the comic relief characters had dark storylines last season, Larkin thinks there’s some hope for Monty and Jasper’s relationship, as ell as Monty’s budding romance. “I think the most important thing is that at the end of the season we’re finally left with a moment of hope between Monty and Jasper for the first time since like mid-Mount Weather. And yeah, I don’t think things are going to be perfect– they’re far from ideal — but you feel like they’re finally ready to forgive one another and be the brothers that they’ve always been to each other, so I’m excited to explore that. I’m also excited to explore this new romantic foray with Harper potentially.” Larkin is also focused on how Monty can help save the world in season 4: “He has to find a solution, right? And I mean here’s the consolation: the Mountainmen did it; the Grounders did it; it’s possible. But I think we need to start working with the Grounders much better than we’ve been doing have in the past because they know how to do it; they’ve already succeeded. So, yeah, I’m excited for next season.”

THE 100 will return at midseason on The CW.

THE 100 Comic-Con Panel: The Cast and Producers Tease Season 4

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Earth was not a kind place for the Arc survivors this past season on THE 100. Between an A.I. trying to convert everyone and the battle for the Commander position of the 12 clans (13 – if you count SkaiKru), we lost a lot of people in season 3. Lexa was probably one of the most controversial deaths of television this year, but in the end, she was the one who helped Clarke defeat Alie inside the City of Light.

When it all seemed to finally have settled and that they were going to be okay, The Powers That Be decided to throw us for a loop and left us with a huge cliffhanger — apparently, Earth is on the verge of a nuclear apocalypse. Can’t these guys ever catch a break?

THE 100 stars Eliza Taylor, Lindsey Morgan, Marie Avgeropoulos, Chris Clarkin, Henry Ian Cusick and Richard Harmon — along with executive producer Jason Rothenberg — took to the stage at San Diego Comic-Con to tease what’s coming up in season 4.

Related: Read more THE 100 spoilers from the Comic-Con press room

We started the hour with a sizzle reel to catch people up on the past 3 seasons of THE 100 and that ended with Clarke asking if they even deserve to survive, now that they have an impending apocalypse (check out the ominous smoke surrounding Polis in the video below). Jason Rotherberg elaborated on that and commented about how, this time, their enemy is not human — it’s not something that can be killed or defeated. Eliza Taylor teased that Clarke will react in typical Clarke fashion, and try to get everyone on board with a plan, but that some of the other characters’ reactions to that will be very different and varied.

Other highlights:

  • Octavia will take a really dark turn, according to Marie Avgeropoulos. Next season, she will embrace what she does best and will become an assassin of sorts. She says Indra had a map part in helping Octavia finding herself and that she became a warrior because of it; and she is most definitely embracing that this season.
  • Lindsey says Raven is so much stronger now because of Alie. The AI left so much knowledge in her head and she feels like Raven will be a completely different person next season. She’s been through hell and back and that has only made her tougher.
  • Richard Harmon says that Murphy has found his match and someone that he can share his life with. . He thinks that for the first time he can see the possibility of a happy ending for Murphy.
  • Jason says that Indra and Roan are both alive. Zach McGowan is joining the cast as a series regular, so we will see a lot more of the Ice Nation King. He’s going to come back in a big way, the executive producer teased. He also mentioned that we will get to see Luna again and that we will see her join the rest of the characters.
  • Another interesting fact that Jason mentioned was that Jasper was supposed to kill himself after he got out of City of Light, but he felt that it was way too dark, so they changed Jasper’s fate and he is definitely coming back next season.
  • The flame is still very much accessible, but there are no nightbloods that want it. However, Titus had some scouts around the world to look for them, so we will get to see more of that. At first, there is no leadership in sight, for the 13 clans nor for Arcadia.

THE 100 returns with an all new season in 2017 on The CW.

THE 100 Season Finale Sneak Peek: The City of Light

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The season finale of THE 100 is upon us. And with The CW’s reveal this morning that the series won’t return til next spring, it’s going to be a yearlong wait if tonight ends on a cliffhanger (as we’re sure it will).

Last week, Clarke’s plan to infiltrate Polis was thwarted by Jasper, who had secretly taken the chip the week before. A.L.I.E. was on to their every move and used that knowledge to take Clarke prisoner and threaten her with Abby.

Of course, there great Wanheda resisted for a good while, until Bellamy and Murphy could get to Clarke. By the end of the episode, Abby, Kane and Indra’s lives were all in the balance and Ontari (the last reachable Nightblood) was braindead.

In “Perverse Instantiation – Part Two,” Clarke will make another difficult decision and decide to go into the City of Light and take on A.L.I.E. from within. She plans to receive the flame while getting a transfusion from Ontari to perhaps fool the A.I.

Thankfully, Abby is alive and disconnected from the chip, so she can help her daughter ascend to save all their lives. Two endings for the finale were reportedly filmed, so only a select few know how it will all end.

Who will live and die? Can Clarke defeat A.L.I.E. in the City of Light? And most importantly, what can we expect from Clarke’s highly anticipated reunion with Lexa?

Don’t miss tonight’s season finale of THE 100 airing at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.

THE 100 Sneak Peeks: Humanity’s Last Hope

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There’s only two episodes left of THE 100, and a multitude of storylines are still up in the air. Last week, Clarke, Bellamy, Octavia and Jasper failed to convince Luna to accept her birthright and defeat A.L.I.E. Instead, trouble found them out there on the oil rig, and the four were unceremoniously sent back to dry land.

Then back at Arkadia, Raven tried to use the admin login and kill switch, but not before A.L.I.E. was able to pull herself out of their computers. Meanwhile, the same thing happene over at Polis, where Pike destroyed the backpack just as A.L.I.E. escaped to the Ark in space. With no more options for the group, it’s hard to tell where the two-part finale will go next.

So in this week’s episode, titled “Perverse Instantiation (Part 1),” Clarke reaches out to an old frenemy, King Roan, to lead her into Polis. It’s a risky strategy, but it seems Clarke is desperate now with no one left to count on.

The episode is named after philosopher Nick Bostrom’s idea that a machine (or A.I.) interprets human commands according to their letter and not their spirit. Although this most certainly applies to A.L.I.E., in this case it may also apply to Clarke. At this point, she’s willing to achieve her goal by whatever means necessary.

What will Clarke do to defeat A.L.I.E.? Can she find another Nightblood? Will Murphy, Indra and Pike make it out of Polis alive?

Don’t miss tonight’s episode of THE 100 airing at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.

THE 100 Sneak Peeks: Sailors Take Warning

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With only a few episodes left of season 3, THE 100 is leading up to an explosive finale. Last week, Clarke, Bellamy, Octavia and Jasper finally found Luna, who could possibly save them all from A.L.I.E. if she would only take the flame.

Unfortunately, because nothing ever goes smoothly in this world, Luna refused to accept her birthright, opting for peace instead. Elsewhere at Polis, Murphy, Indra and Pike were all being held captive, while Kane was forced to take the chip. So at this point, it seems that Raven and her knowledge of the A.I. is the only thing standing between them and total destruction.

Red sky at night, sailors’ delight.
Red sky at morning, sailors take warning.

Yet in this week’s episode, ominously titled “Red Sky at Morning” after an ancient mariner’s rhyme, all three groups are going to try their hand again at defeating A.L.I.E. Clarke has decided they need to convince Luna to take the flame by whatever means necessary.

Meanwhile, Murphy has a plan to destroy Jaha’s backpack, even though Emori warns it will cause a nuclear explosion. And back at Arkadia, Monty and Raven (with her new savant abilities to directly read A.L.I.E.’s code) will make an important discovery that could turn the war in their favor.

So the question now becomes, who will gain the upper hand? Will Clarke convince Luna that taking the flame can save them all? Can Murphy, Indra and Pike band together to destroy the backpack? Or is Raven their last hope for finding a weakness and avenue of attack?

Don’t miss tonight’s episode of THE 100 airing at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.

The 100 Sneak Peeks: A Matter of Life and Death

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Those left alive on the Ark after the nuclear apocalypse knew that returning to Earth would be difficult, just not this difficult. Not only did they have to find food, water and shelter to survive, but as it turns out there was also wildlife and even other humans waiting for them on the ground. No one could have predicted the power struggle they would find below between all those left behind or how it’s become even worse now under A.L.I.E.’s control.

While the rest of us here in the present deal with so called ‘first world problems,’ the world of THE 100 has always been a matter of life and death. Fight to survive the Grounders, fight to outlive the Mountain Men and now fight for their freedom from A.L.I.E. It’s been a rough season of death and betrayal, but now is not the time to give in and give up.

In this week’s episode, titled “Join or Die,” they’ll each have to make that exact decision for themselves. Everyone has reached their breaking point, but what they do next could change everything. As Pike reminds the delinquents in flashback, “The key is to keep fighting! Against all odds!” For Clarke this may mean joining with Bellamy to get their people back. Yet for Kane this means not joining Abby and giving his people and mind up to A.L.I.E.

Because as Pike also tells the delinquents in flashback, “The minute you give up, you’re dead.”

Can Clarke and Bellamy put their differences aside and join together for the greater good? What does Murphy have planned to ensure his survival at Polis? And will Kane give into A.L.I.E.’s demands?

Don’t miss tonight’s episode of THE 100 airing at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.

THE 100 Sneak Peek: The Past Returns for Clarke

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All of the delinquents on THE 100 have made mistakes since they arrived on Earth, but none more than Clarke have been haunted by their actions. The great Wanheda earned her name by letting a missile destroy Tondc, mercy killing Finn and destroying the Mountain Men. She has a lot of blood on her hands in the name of the Sky People.

And in this week’s episode, titled Demons, her past will come back to haunt her. A ghost story between Miller, Bryan and Harper turns very real when the rest of the group find Arkadia abandoned. The place is a ghost town, but an old enemy will make Clarke face her demons. And Octavia discovers a clue that may help them defeat A.L.I.E.

Meanwhile at Polis, Emori from Murphy’s past also returns, which places her at odds with the new fake Heda, Ontari. Emori will have to stay out of Ontari’s way or risk becoming the Commander’s next kill. Jaha also makes a surprise visit to Polis, probably in search of information on the second A.I.

Who is haunting Clarke and the delinquents at Arkadia? Will Emori meet her end at the hands of Ontari? And why has Jaha (and presumably A.L.I.E.) traveled to Polis?

Don’t miss tonight’s episode of THE 100 airing at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.

THE 100 Recap: The Truth Hurts

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Last night’s THE 100 brought to the forefront everyone’s painful truth about themselves.

“Nevermore” picked up right where we left off last week, with Jasper and Clarke escaping from a fallen Arkadia. They manage to get in touch with Sinclair, who directs them to the cave where the rest of the group is hiding out. Raven is still unconscious when they get there and they have to quickly get her into the cave, so she won’t recognize where she is when she wakes up. Alie has taken complete control of her mind and body, so when she does wake up, she thrashes around and tries to escape, following the AI orders.

The entire episode was about Alie trying to get into each character’s mind in order to find out where Raven is, especially after she realizes Clarke has the second version of the AI that she seeks. The group’s plan is to follow Raven’s original idea to use the wristband to reverse polarity and fry the chip inside her head (I think? The physics of this is kind of lost on me), so she can be finally disconnected from the crazy AI. Clarke knows that Niylah – that girl she was hooking up with at the beggining of the season, remember? – has one of their wristbands, so they make their way there, after knocking Raven unconscious again and blindfolding her.

Niylah is not exactly Miss Hospitality when they get there, because her father was among that fallen army that Pike slaughtered earlier in the season, so she wants nothing to do with SkaiKru. Bellamy threatens her at gun point, when Clarke can’t convince her to help, so they all make their way inside the little cottage. Except Raven wakes up and proceeds to hurt herself, trying to get away. Apparently, “there is no pain in the City of Light”, so she dislocates her shoulder and opens her wounds again, trying to escape.

So here is where the episode stops being about the quest to save Raven and starts to be a study about each character’s deepest regrets. Because, in order to stop her from hurting herself, the group starts a rotation to keep an eye on her while Sinclair is working on the wristband and Monty and Octavia went out to get an EMP at the dropship. So what Alie does is to throw in each of their faces – Clarke, Jasper and Bellamy – the ugly truths about themselves that they had never been brave enough to face. Like the fact that death follows Clarke everywhere; Jasper is a coward, who loses himself in drugs, so he won’t have to face his emotions; like the fact that Bellamy is not a leader, but a follower.

Each time she manages to rile them up, until with Bellamy she finally gets what she wants; Niylah walks into the room after hearing about the fact that Bellamy was one of the people responsible for the Grounders’ massacre and Raven sees her, giving Alie their location. But it was just in time for Monty and Octavia to return with the battery and – while the first try doesn’t work, the second one does – and they manage to fry the chip.

When Raven doesn’t wake up, Clarke realizes she knows how to get the AI out of her because she saw Titus taking it out of Lexa. So she cuts open the back of her neck and the destroyed chip slips out. Raven wakes up and they get the hell out of there because Alie’s army is on the way. Clarke asks her why Alie tried to get her to kill herself and Raven reveals that it’s because she knows too much. Alie wants the second AI so badly because that’s the only thing that can stop her.

Now, let’s talk about a few key points in this episode.

One, Lindsey Morgan once again hit it out of the park with her performance. It was powerful, raw and she seemed to switch flawlessly between a completely deranged Raven to the calm and collected Alie.

Two, the gang is all back together, but what makes me so happy is the fact that Bellamy and Clarke just clicked again, like they had seen each other yesterday. No matter what, they still have each other’s backs and are a powerful team together.

Three, that scene where Monty killed his mom. That was so, so incredibly sad and heartbreaking and I can already see how this is going to come back to haunt him, especially after Clarke managed to get the AI out of Raven’s head without killing her.

A new episode of THE 100 airs on April 21 at 9/8c on The CW.