We chatted to some cast members of ‘The 100’ to get the low-down on the controversial season three, and any outlook for the future.
It would be an understatement to say that season three of ‘The 100’ has certainly stirred the ‘controversy’ pot. More than once. However, its cast were still a genuine charm at San Diego Comic Con, and TV After Dark were part of some of the press-table interviews. Here, we checked in with Henry Ian Cusick, Eliza Taylor and Marie Avgeropoulos. We got some reflection of the season just gone, and possible outlooks for the season ahead.
All eyes are on Clarke in season four–and people aren’t pleased with her decision. Again.
As similarly stated in Jason Rothenberg’s interview, Eliza Taylor acknowledged that her “life-saving” decision at the end of season four wouldn’t be enough for some people. In fact, there would be some people “pissed off” at her–yet again. It comes regularly in waves for Taylor’s character. Clarke saves everyone’s lives at the eleventh hour in season finales only to an-often hostile reception from her peers. Yet Clarke struggles on, again and again. For Taylor, this hadn’t gone unnoticed, and she said:
I hope that Clarke this season takes a lot more pride, as opposed to being sorry all the time. You know, she’s so apologetic, it’d be nice if she just took some pride and some, uh, and acknowledged her power and her leadership.
Taylor expressed that she hadn’t been told that much about season four, and also acknowledged the lack of grief over Lexa’s (Alycia Debnam-Carey) death. She expressed her hope that Clarke would be given time to grieve Lexa, though she wondered if it’d be shown at all. Also, she spoke passionately of Clarke’s reunion with Lexa, and the ability to touch each other in “a world where nobody could touch them, really”. See Eliza Taylor’s interview where she speaks of her hopes for Clarke, and all things Clexa, below!
Henry Ian Cusick addresses the action-packed nature of the show versus the focus on the characters.
Cusick stated that he’d already read the first episode of season four, and commented that it was incredibly action-packed. Reflecting upon one of the questions, Cusick said that he’d hope to see some psychological ramifications within the characters. Furthermore, he noted that often the show was more plot-driven than character-driven.
There’ll have to be moments of ‘what have we done?’, ‘what have I done?’, ‘what has Bellamy done?’.
In addition, Cusick expressed his desire to see those moments “come out on screen”. He noted that last season’s stakes left them at a crucial pick-up point this season. So perhaps we will get to see some introversion in season four? Who knows? But for once, it would be refreshing to get some character insight into snap-decisions and turns. As the saying goes: “show, not tell”.
Octavia’s heading down a darker path in season four.
Marie Avgeropoulos addressed the issues of Lincoln’s (Ricky Whittle) death, and her struggles with Pike (Michael Beach). And in the light of Octavia’s not-so-surprising decision to kill Pike, Avgeropoulos spoke about the ramifications it may have on the others, as well as Octavia’s own psyche. Additionally, she spoke of where Octavia might be headed next season, and a surefire answer sprang to mind. No other than Adina Porter’s Indra.
Other than Bellamy and Lincoln, Indra’s the only one who ever believed in her.
Though Avgeropoulos didn’t quite answer the beginning question of the double-standard set between the Blake siblings for their actions in season three, she did ponder on her character’s “dark” outlook for season four. It’ll be interesting for viewers, perhaps, to see the emotional responses to season three–if any–from the characters. And particularly, to contrast between Bellamy and Octavia. You can see the rest of Marie’s interview below!
What did you think of the cast’s answers? Are there still giant elephants in the room to be addressed? Let us know your thoughts at TV After Dark, and thank you for participating by sending your own questions in. As seen, we couldn’t get them all across–but let’s hope the questions don’t stop coming.
Credit to TV After Dark contributor Christine Ring for the video and questions!