THE 100 Scoop: The Cast and Creative Team Tease the Fates of the Hundred in Season 2
After leaving fans clutching their hearts at the end of the Season 1 finale over the presumed deaths of Bellamy (Bob Morley) and Finn (Thomas McDonell), and perhaps the eminent death of Chancellor Jaha (Isaiah Washington), who sacrificed himself to save the remaining population of the Ark, it was only too fortuitous to run into two of the executive producers of THE 100 at the CBS summer TCA party and attempt to get some long-awaited answers.
In an exclusive interview, executive producers Bruce Miller and Jason Rothenberg talked about where Season 2 shall pick-up for the hundred and what may have become of those last seen in dire straights in Season 1.
One of the fascinations of Season 1 was the duality of the space story and the Earth story. It is hard to foresee much of the space story continuing in Season 2, unless you have done something we do not expect; so will the show still have that dual-balance still? Or will it be more of an Earth-bound story?
BRUCE: It’s Earth-bound to a certain extent, yet it is not bound in just one world — just as we are a world that is split with people — they are too. Think about all the people that have to find each other. So we still have that, very much. In fact, most of the second season, people are spread far and wide. It takes awhile for people to come back together. Because you have the people at Mount Weather, how isolated are they? The story still has people who are in contact or very gentle contact who are trying to communicate and who are longing to be with each other. I think it worked beautifully last season. I was very proud of the fact we were able to keep it going without people going, “Why are we up there, when we should be down there?”
Well, the storyline was so accelerated, we didn’t have time to think about that.
BRUCE: It was good that we got some communication going, but I think for our themes of coming together and how when they do get together, how much they have changed — especially when you think of Abby (Paige Turco) and Clarke (Eliza Taylor). When was the last time we saw them together? When they finally do get together, if they get together, think of how much figurative water they have under the bridge. They are different people.
One of the things that seemed to come together at the end of Season 1 was Abby and Kane (Henry Ian Cusick) seemed to have some chemistry. Was that deliberate or was that something that just happened?
BRUCE: We’re very blessed to have a group of actors that lean into their characters and dig into every moment and pull out as much as possible — and some of them are young and some of them are more experienced, but they all do it. So what took place in a scene by scene and story by story basis for Abby and Kane, their characters grew to respect each other and out of that respect grew just a little bit of softening now that they were not at odds all the time. They learned to respect, even when they disagreed. Out of that, and it was surprising even was we wrote it, what we try not to do is just push people to wherever we want, but to follow the characters.
I kept thinking that I might be reading too much into Abby and Kane’s interactions, but they were so antagonist towards each other at the beginning of Season 1, and then by their final scene where they are finally on Earth, I’m like, “Wow, there’s something there.”
BRUCE: Fans really take to heart every look or every scene really has meaning, so we are incredibly careful with what we write and the actors are incredibly careful to really act those moments. Even just one or two little looks add up to, when you get to that final scene, you feel this connection between the two of them.
I would have never expected that it would be Abby and Kane to be the ones standing there together as with the last of the Ark survivors when they returned to Earth. It was kind of a double-take moment.
BRUCE: (Laughs) And I liked how they didn’t feel weird at all. It didn’t feel at all weird for them. But I would never have expected it either.
They had just gone through this harrowing experience where they were on the verge of death and this was their last chance, and they made it. So as a result there seems to be a closeness because they went through that experience.
BRUCE: And I think there is a little bit of alignment as they start to realize that they are fighting over things that not that far apart from each other. In the beginning, it was just such a style difference because Abby got so much more support and Kane got the hard knocks because of his point of view. So it was nice to see when they meet a little bit in the middle. They are such good strong actors, both of them, that you really believe that they can clash and then sit down and have a beer together afterwards.
With regards to the timeline, in Season 1, the show took its time in telling the stories of the hundred and those on the Ark on a day-by-day basis and approximately three weeks went by in Season 1. Do you have an idea of how long the timeline will be for Season 2?
BRUCE: We were just talking about that. One of the things we have tried to do is when someone is really interested in finding another person, they are not going to be doing other things. That’s why our timeline was always so present. Their problems were urgent. And Clarke is not the sort of person who gets derailed. She is very determined. In fact, we have the strongest group of women: Clarke, Raven, Octavia, Anya, Abby — and they are not afraid to get dirty. And even when they are all covered in blood. Granted they all still look so beautiful even when dirty, but we don’t do beautiful dirt on purpose. We were very mindful that in science fiction, women characters have full personalities. They should be relationship minded. They should be society minded. They should think about others. They should think about themselves. They should not be one dimensional. The great thing is I wouldn’t have thought we could have that many badass women characters and that they wouldn’t go up against each other.