‘The 100’ Producer and Cast Preview an Intense and Political Season 3
At the Television Critics Association press tour on Sunday, Jason Rothenberg, executive producer of the CW’s “The 100”, said that the show would be returning to its roots in its upcoming third season, which arrives alongside “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” Jan. 21.
“The show started with the 100 [survivors] wanting to kill each other, and could they overcome their internal conflict before the threat of the Grounders wiped them out,” Rothenberg said. “Last year, we introduced some new elements and the conflict became a little bit more external.
“This season we get to a pure version of where the show started,” Rothenberg continued. “There is internal conflict at Camp Jaha — what was formerly known as Camp Jaha — and there’s a new group that comes in and really mixes things up and creates a lot of conflict internally. And we tell a lot of the story in Polis this season,” where political upheaval is also in the air.
Aside from Rothenberg, the entire panel was made up of women who play key characters on the show, and all of them said they were relieved and grateful to be part of an ensemble with so many complex female characters.
“I think what makes it interesting is when you have a strong woman and the strength is coming from vulnerability and being flawed. And the strength coming from there, as a woman, is more empowering. It’s very interesting to play,” said Paige Turco, who plays Abby, the show’s chancellor. “For myself as well, being older, I’m so grateful. It’s rare to have so many women on one show.”