The New Season 4 Trailer For 'The 100' Teases a Second Nuclear Apocalypse

Wednesday, 14 December 2016 - 3:40PM
The 100
Wednesday, 14 December 2016 - 3:40PM
The New Season 4 Trailer For 'The 100' Teases a Second Nuclear Apocalypse
When it first started out, The 100 probably sounded like that father-son Will Smith movie, After Earth: a bunch of technologically advanced spacers return to a ravaged but beautiful post-human Earth to fight for survival. But instead, The 100 somehow turned out to be a post-apocalyptic Game of Thrones with 500% more face tattoos and a lot more sword fights. Fans will remember how last season ended: Clarke managed to penetrate the City of Light and confront A.L.I.E., who claimed that it was humanity's last hope to survive in the face of a planet-wide nuclear meltdown. Clarke decided to take the chance and destroy A.L.I.E. anyway, because nobody should ever trust an AI.

Well, it turns out that A.L.I.E. wasn't bluffing. The new Season 4 trailer reveals that Clarke (and the rest of humanity) is going to be dealing with another nuclear cataclysm, and it's going to be a doozy. Here's the new trailer:



There's a whole lot of stuff going on in this new trailer, with the biggest, most cataclysmic developments teased at the beginning: over 90% of the Earth will become uninhabitable after all the nuclear plants go Chernobyl, and that means no clean water and a whole lot more cancer. What can Clarke do to save humanity? What can anyone do? In the meantime, it seems the tensions among the Grounders are still boiling hot, which doesn't bode well for any kind of cooperative "let's all go defuse nuclear reactors around the world" coalition with the Arkadians. The official synopsis pretty much sums up how hopeless Season 4 seems:

Opening quote
For three seasons, THE 100 have fought to survive. That fight has torn them apart, turned them against each other, and taken the lives of their closest friends. In season three, our heroes found themselves at the epicenters of both the Grounder world and the struggle for Arkadia's soul. Despite their best efforts, all out war appeared unavoidable until a new, even more dangerous threat, one that had been quietly rising all along, exploded to the surface: ALIE, the A.I. that ended the world, offered relief from pain and eternal life in the "City of Light," but as her ranks grew, it quickly became clear that she was building an army dedicated to controlling all sentient life on Earth. This was no longer a battle between warring factions; it was a fight for humanity itself. Now, in the wake of the epic season three finale, a hard truth lands on the shoulders of those who remain. What's left to fight for now? Will they go quietly into the night, or will they find hope and faith in each other, as they face their darkest chapter yet?
Closing quote


All in all, it's a pretty big gamble to threaten a second mass extinction event—if our heroes (if you want to call them that) manage to avert this new disaster, what could the showrunners possibly throw at them next? The stakes have been raised about as high as they can go now that A.L.I.E.'s gone, so that leaves nowhere to go but down after this. Still, if we do see a global nuclear meltdown play out, the show may become the saddest countdown ever.
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