The CW’s hit sci-fi show The 100 has a reputation for reinventing itself every year. The Season 5 finale was probably the ultimate reboot in TV history: the showrunners literally nuked the Earth, rendering it a dead world to our heroes. Undaunted, the crew boarded the spaceship Eligius IV and discovered a faraway planet to escape to but, bad news, it involved a 125-year time jump. No problem folks: just a little cryo-sleep and we’re all good.
Leaders Clarke and Bellamy were awakened first, and boy did they have a surprise: Jordan, a 20-something man they’d never met, told them of a very important message from his parents. Turns out Monty and Harper didn’t go into cryo, and evidently got busy during the long nights in space, bringing son Jordan into the world. His parents died after he too was put into suspended animation, but not before Monty found a planet to steer the Eligius IV toward, saving all aboard.
Check out the extended trailer for Season 6:
In it, we see the new world is called Sanctum, has 2 suns, and is inhabited by descendants of the Eligius crew from back in the day. We also see that when the suns go into eclipse things happen to the collective psyche of the assembled populace which isn’t very good. Always drama with The 100 crew, am I right?
During a recent set visit and roundtable discussion in Vancouver, onscreen siblings Bellamy (Bob Morley) and Octavia (Marie Avgeropoulos) talk about the new world and how they will deal with that new dynamic.
QUESTION: What’s the relationship going to be like with Bellamy and Clarke now that they’re kind of leaders again? How are they going to kind of work through that?
BOB MORLEY: Well you know, they still have to kind of resolve what went down last season, with Madi: putting the chip into Madi and being left in the fighting pits and being on opposite sides of warring factions. So that’s something that definitely is touched upon and they have to figure out a way to be able to get through that, but it’s really taking in that mantra from Monty to do better and be the good guys that they’re both trying to work upon. So, you know, it’s a work in progress as it is most seasons and the challenge of trying to do the right thing, and even trying to define what the right thing is and the good guy terminology is like in a new planet where everything’s different.
What can tease about Bellamy’s relationship with Jordan, because that was really sprung on him!
MORLEY: It’s kind of funny at the end of the season that he’s kind of becomes this surrogate parent, him and Clarke, with Jordan. You know, Jordan is such an interesting character because
he’s spent his whole life on a spaceship with just his Mom and Dad. So I know if I spent, what is he like 24 or something, 25 years with just my parents I’d probably be a little bit insane. So take from that what you will. But I mean, Shannon’s a great addition to the cast and he is a lot of fun and Jordan is a very quirky kind of character that I don’t think we’ve necessarily seen that much on our show. So I think Bellamy’s a little taken back by it and not really sure how to deal with that situation, but it’s an exciting addition, that’s for sure.
Can you talk about the opportunity to direct an episode this season?
MORLEY: So, I did the two-month workshop course at Warner Brothers, which is really, really, really helpful. And I’m very lucky to be able to Direct on this year with this cast and this crew. I wouldn’t want to do it with anyone else and I feel very comfortable on the show. It’s a terrifying challenge, but it’s something that I think I’ve been leaning towards. I’ve been actively pursuing it, but also reluctantly kind of saying I want to do it. I think it’s something that I want, but I’m also terrified of it too. You know, it’s a big crew and it’s a big cast and it’s quite an undertaking, but I’m just trying to get my head around it all and forge on. So it’s going to be cool. I’m really excited to be able to Direct my friends and be able to sit there and enjoy their work as opposed to me being in the scene and my head like running a thousand miles an hour thinking about my performance. I’ll be able to sit behind the monitor and just kind of enjoy it, enjoy watching them work. So that’s a really cool thing for me.
Considering where Octavia and Bellamy left off last season, what’s her journey going to look like to sort of repair that bond?
MARIE AVGEROPOULOS: This season will be very interesting for Bellamy and Octavia since they were at such odds last year. Octavia threw Bellamy in the pit last year, so I’m sure that’s pretty hard for him to get over. But that’s the fun part about The 100: it’s all these unhealthy relationships and how people cope. Of course, Bellamy dating and becoming very close with Echo has been challenging for Octavia. A few seasons ago she threw Octavia off a cliff. So that’s pretty hard to accept as your potential sister in law. It’s not just a little argument.
Do you think there is hope for their relationship?
MORLEY: I think the Blake sibling relationship is a real barometer of how Bellamy’s feeling in any given season and where he’s going. And I don’t think it’s something that they can walk away from that easily. You know that old adage of blood is thicker than water, it definitely rings true for them, but it’s just like … there’s gotta be a lot of water under the bridge before that developing into something more. That’s not something that the two of them could or would happily walk away from. So, there’s a lot of work to be done.
AVGEROPOULOS: This season you’ll see them together, maybe more or maybe less. We can’t tell you or we will be fired. But yeah, it’s an interesting thing that happens between them this season and it will shock the viewers. So, I’m really excited for everybody to see. Big decisions will be made.
The 100 Season 6 premieres on the CW April 30th.