If you were expecting Thursday’s peace summit on The 100 to actually result in peace, you clearly haven’t figured this show out yet.
TVLine spoke with executive producer Jason Rothenberg about this week’s twists, but first, a quick recap of the biggest events:
A surprise attack at Mount Weather claimed many lives, including Gina’s; Clarke’s attempt to kill her traitorous ex ended with Lexa — no friend of the Ice Queen — renewing her loyalty to their people; Raven was forced to take a long, hard look at herself; and Arkadia became officially recognized as Earth’s 13th Clan.
Now, for some insight:
“When Clarke agrees to stay, she’s doing it largely because she still doesn’t trust Lexa,” Rothenberg acknowledges. “Now that the Sky People have become the 13th Clan, they need an ambassador — and who better than ‘Wanheda’ to stay there and make sure Lexa follows through on what she promised? At the same time, there’s no doubt that Clarke feels tremendous amounts of attraction towards Lexa, but it’s something she’s still resisting. As you saw, when she tried to kill her this week, she couldn’t; there’s something too strong there for her to fight.”
As for the episode’s other big event — the death of Bellamy’s girlfriend Gina, among others — Rothenberg says there’s a method behind the massacre.
“I wanted Bellamy to have some skin in the game,” he explains. “I wanted him, when Mount Weather was destroyed, to lose someone significant so that his turn to the anti-Grounder side has even more reason behind it. He already has no affection for that culture, unlike Octavia, but I wanted there to be that one thing that would justify him really taking up the mantle of ‘all Grounders are bad.’ That, coupled with Pike’s influence, is what pushes him in that direction. It’s going to be hard to watch for fans who want him to be perfect.”
But before you freak out too much over that last sentence, Rothenberg insists that Bellamy isn’t devolving back to his Season 1 self.
“He was a selfish a–hole in Season 1, doing everything to save his own ass,” he reminds us of Bellamy. “There was always his love for his sister, which was enough to make people still root for him on his journey to becoming a hero, but it’s different now. He’s making choices to defend his people.”
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