After what feels like a very long wait, the fourth season of The 100 premieres this Wednesday, February 1 on The CW!
When we last saw the characters, Clarke learned that Doomsday was coming… literally… at a time when the political situation becomes even more dangerous and leadership is left up in the air. We’ve seen the first three episodes of Season 4, and we can safely say that the new season features some surprises, some tough decisions, and a continued trek into the show’s rich universe of warring tribes and factions. Even with those different groupings, The 100 Season 4 offers a chance for the first time in a while to see much of the cast in the same geographic location.
KSiteTV recently spoke with Executive Producer Jason Rothenberg about what’s coming up, possible parallels between characters, how he feels about a potential fifth season, and more. You can check out the interview below; photos from The 100 season premiere can be found here.
Enjoy the interview!
KSITETV’s CRAIG BYRNE: One very interesting aspect I’ve noticed about the Season 4 episodes that we’ve been able to screen as press is that the young people seem to be echoing the adults’ roles in Season 1. Was that something you always wanted to shoot for?
JASON ROTHENBERG: That’s an interesting point. No, that wasn’t, really, although there is certainly a cycle of life thing happening where these young people have been through the fires and are hardened and able to survive and are fully realized adults, really, on their own right now. So there is that acceptance on the part of the older generation, but that happens, I think, in all our lives at some point. So, yes. There are episodes coming up this season where we really almost see a role reversal for Abby and Clarke, which is one in particular that I’m thinking of that’s amazing and emotional. We all go through that at some point, where our parents realize “they’re actually a grown-up, and I can bare my soul to them now.”
On a similar note of parallels, though, both Abby and Clarke have lost loved ones before needing to rise to positions of leadership among their people.
I do think that there are parallels for sure, life lessons in common. Abby lost her husband, Clarke’s father, and has moved on, obviously emotionally now, by the time the Season 4 story picks up, and she is able to have a real relationship with Kane, which is one of my favorite relationships in the show. Clarke has lost two loves of her life, really. She’s been in love twice, and she’s lost them both, in a very, very tight timeframe, and so Abby knows how that feels and is there for her daughter in some beautiful ways this season. Again, I wouldn’t say that there was a deliberate parallel in terms of wanting to see something with Clarke that we saw with Abby. Zooming out for a second about this show, everybody last lost someone. It’s tragedy. They’ve all lost people that they care about and love, and they’ve all had to pick up the pieces and move on, or in some cases, let it break them and not move on. That’s just part of what this show is. Death is a big part of this show, and so the ways people deal with death are often on display.
How would you tease how Roan fits into Season 4?
I think Roan fits in in a big way. Zach McGowan is awesome. He really just stepped on the screen for us last year and felt like he was a part of this fabric from the beginning, in my mind. Such a good guy, totally open for anything, does all his own stunts, as a bunch of our actors do… and he fits in in the political way, into the bigger fabric of the show, because he is the king of one of the main clans. There are two super-power clans, Trikru and Azgeda, and he’s in charge of one, and he doesn’t actually fit the mold of Azgeda. Ultimately, really, thematically, the season is about “can you transcend your tribalism?” Can you rise above the people that you were born as a part of and begin to make choices, perhaps, that benefit all people instead of just your people? Roan does that in a big way this season. Roan is able to do that for a while, anyway. I’m not going to ruin where his journey goes, but he and Clarke are on parallel paths in that realization, and they’re both fighting the pull back to their people. Obviously there is, I think in some ways, a human instinct to do what’s best for your kind when the sh!t hits the fan, and that’s not always the right thing to do morally. Sometimes it is. I don’t blame that type of thinking; I think it’s very human to want to protect yours; your family and your people. But when the world is coming to an end and we’re all gonna die, I hope that we could figure out a way to link arms and deal with the problem together as one people. Roan is a big part of that this season.
With the possibility of a big nuclear disaster coming, is there even a chance for a Season 5 of The 100?
There’s more than a chance. I feel incredibly bullish on our Season 5 possibilities. The story that this season ends, teeing up into next season, is really exciting, and I think everybody who’s read it and seen it loves it. There’s a lot of reasons why I feel high on Season 5. One of them is the creative is really strong. Another is, financially, they’ve made 60-some odd episodes, and I don’t think they’re going to stop now. So, I feel good about it!
You can read more of KSiteTV’s coverage of The 100 Season 4 here. Season 4 begins February 1 on The CW following Arrow.