9 Exciting Plot Developments Teased in The 100 Season Premiere

Friday, 22 January 2016 - 12:47PM
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Friday, 22 January 2016 - 12:47PM
9 Exciting Plot Developments Teased in The 100 Season Premiere
The 100 is back, guys, and it's just as bad-ass, complex, and heart-wrenching as ever. While some plotlines were less successful than others (*cough*emo Jasper*cough*), overall this was a triumphant return for this well-written and underrated little sci-fi show. My favorite moment was probably that impromptu singalong in the car, but there were many other moments that teased huge plot developments yet to come. Here are nine big hints for the arc of the rest of the season, along with a few predictions.



Ice Nation


Showrunner Jason Rothenberg told THR that the first half of the season will be mostly focused on "civil war" with the Grounders. Where most of the clans have declared a cease-fire, with each other and with Arkadia, Ice Nation is not playing along. According to early buzz, they are a brutally violent group of Grounders who live on the fringes and are led by the Ice Queen, played by Brenda Strong, who kidnapped, tortured, and killed Lexa's first love, Costia. Rothenberg revealed that the Ice Queen, Nia, hates Lexa, and was only a part of her coalition for protection from the Reaping. But now that Mount Weather is gone, they want to strike out on their own.


We haven't actually seen Ice Nation yet, but characters referred to them in the premiere episode, and they seem to be the biggest new threats Arkadia (and Clarke) will face. We were also introduced to new Grounder Roan, who kidnapped Clarke at the end of the premiere (and was seen participating in something called "the tournament of the 12 clans" in the trailer, which will see him have a life-or-death fight with Lexa). Is he a member of the Ice Nation, and is that where Clarke is headed in Wanheda pt 2?

Wanheda


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Speaking of Wanheda, this is the moniker given to Clarke, who has been dubbed the "Commander of Death." We're going to learn a lot more about Grounder culture this season (which is great, as this is one of the best parts of the show), and the first tidbit we've learned is that they have a superstitious belief that when you kill someone, you gain their powers. So everyone is hunting Clarke, especially the Ice Queen, after her actions at Mount Weather, because they believe that this will afford them the power to control death.

It should also be interesting to see how people feel about Clarke after the Mount Weather massacre. The "Wanheda" name is symbolic of the mixture of reverence, fear, and condemnation that accompany her actions. On the one hand, she killed hundreds of innocent men, women, children, and the horror of this act is represented in Jasper's anguish and grief. But on the other hand, she stopped the Reaping, which drove her new love interest, Niylah, to protect her from bounty hunters and grants her respect from the Grounders. There are also rumblings that her actions have weakened Lexa's command, since she was unable to defeat Mount Weather herself, which may lead to further insurrection from Ice Nation.

Pregnancies


There was a very wink-wink reference to birth control implants in the premiere, which is a territory that is still unexplored in The 100, even though there must have been a means to control the population when the Ark was running out of oxygen. This could be a very fertile ground for dystopian world-building, especially considering Octavia's backstory as an illegal second child.

When asked if there could be an actual pregnancy storyline, Rothenberg said:

Opening quote
Yeah, there could be. I don't love stories like that generally, but that was important to me to put in as a world-building nugget for sure. I've been trying to get that in for like two seasons and it keeps coming out. Things come out for various reasons, because of time usually. That line actually was cut at some point and I made sure we put it back in. I finally have to answer the question of how they took care of that problem or controlled the population on the ark.
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Jaha-as-villain


Jaha has delved into some very morally questionably territory before, but now, he really seems to have gone off the rails. He's working with the artificial intelligence Alie, who was responsible for the nuclear apocalypse, in order to create a new power source. Which sounds great in theory, but his behavior is extremely worrisome, particularly leaving poor Murphy to watch someone blow his brains out for a few months and drinking the Kool-aid so readily about all of this "city of light" stuff. Rothenberg revealed that the AI storyline would be a slow burn, mostly coming into play for the second half of the season, and while Alie is clearly the new Big Bad (although a very morally complex one), Jaha may very well be her villainous henchman.

Jagged little pill


Alie's moral code is, like many fictional AIs, very objective and non-human-centric. She launched the nuclear weapons because there were "too many people," and by wiping out most of the population, she believes (and Jaha agrees) that she has "saved the world." This is fascinating, as wiping out humanity may be the right decision depending on your metric (if your concern was the environment, for example, although it probably wasn't considering that she destroyed most of the environment with nuclear weapons). And with Clarke's actions at Mount Weather, we've seen that atrocities can be necessary for the greater good (or, at least, someone could justify it that way). But with the introduction of those blue pills that eliminate hate, envy, and probably the whole spectrum of human emotion, Alie seems to have a more insidious, Brave New World type of moral code that is opposed to any and all human irrationality, even the types that lead to things like mercy and compassion. I can't wait to see where this goes next.

Alie's creator



In the premiere, we saw Alie being introduced to her creator, Becca, who looks like the hologram Alie projects. Considering that we don't even get to see her reaction to Alie's decision to wipe out most of humanity, we're probably going to see more of her, right?

Lincoln's death


This is speculation on my part, but hear me out. In the premiere, it was established that Lincoln is serving as the bridge between Arkadia and the Grounders, but we know from the trailers (and common sense) that this tenuous peace won't last for very long. Lincoln's death would be a perfect catalyst/symbol of the two peoples' inability to coexist. Anyone who says something like "There is no us and them" is not very long for this world, not in the cynical, brutal world of The 100, at least.

Plus, we know that Octavia and Bellamy are going to have some sort of falling out, and since they're so close, I can't imagine many other transgressions he could commit that would make Octavia say "You're dead to me." I would guess that he'll be involved in Lincoln's death somehow, which will push Octavia towards the Grounders once again, as that's clearly where she wants to be anyway.

Jasper is the new Finn


This was the storyline I cared least about. I usually love Jasper, but the relationship between him and Maya was not nearly well-developed enough for me to care about his very heavy-handed downward spiral. That being said, I would have said the same thing about Finn's descent into madness this time last year, and that led to some of the most potent drama we've seen on this show, so I'll give them the benefit of the doubt. I'm guessing things will get a lot worse before they get better, and although he probably won't end up gunning down an entire village, some kind of disaster will probably ensue.

Bellarke drama


Bellamy and Clarke were both seen in romantic entanglements with other people this episode—Bellamy with a new girlfriend, Gina, whom we've never seen before, and Clarke with a female Grounder. But both of these romances will likely be short-lived, as Rothenberg called Clarke's tryst with Niylah a psychological "escape," and as we all know, no relationship lasts on television if you don't see how it begins.

Opening quote
"It's a little hard to do something like that because we do a three-month time jump where you miss the first kiss and all the good stuff," said Rothenberg. "It will bother some people probably but he deserves to be happy. Clarke left, she bailed on him and he feels betrayed by that. He didn't know about her other 'relationship' with Lexa either."
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I'm surprised that Bellamy feels "betrayed" by Clarke leaving, or that it would be an issue that he didn't know about Lexa, as this implies that Clarke and Bellamy had more of an obligation to each other than I would expect. From Rothenberg's statements, it seems like the new girlfriend is pretty much just an obstacle on the way to Bellamy and Clarke, and as a guest star on a violent show, will probably die very, very soon. When asked if he considered Bellamy "moving on" from Clarke with another lead character, Rothenberg said:

Opening quote
"If we were going to do an existing lead as Bellamy's girlfriend we would have wanted to see that play out. And I wanted to make sure that he cared about somebody and that would affect him in his decisions going forward in a different way."
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This doesn't necessarily mean that Gina is going to die, but she's certainly a prime candidate. It seems that the only real competition for Bellamy and Clarke is Clexa, which is as it should be. There are only so many couples we can ship.

Where's Wick?


This isn't an "exciting development," but it's worth talking about. There was a vague reference to Raven "pushing Wick away" in this episode, and it seems that we aren't going to see the character again. When Rothenberg was asked if Steve Talley would return, his answer was a firm "no."

Opening quote
"He is not. She broke up with him, she pushed him away off-camera. Steve was great, he's a busy actor and things happen casting-wise so we have moved beyond and Raven is definitely in that place. She's pushing everybody away. She's denying that she's in that much pain really."
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Although this is somewhat rooted in character development, it's clearly not a creative decision. The writers and Lindsey Morgan were talking about further developing the relationship between Raven and Wick as late as last August, but unfortunately, Steve Talley was fired after fans found his controversial Twitter account, which included some racist jokes and references to being a KKK member. It wasn't a verified account, but multiple actors and writers from the show tweeted at the account, so it seems that Talley has been fired. It's unfortunate that this led to a narrative gaffe, but at least we know that the powers-that-be care about social issues.
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