WonderCon 2016 Report: The 100

The 100

On the final day of WonderCon 2016, which was Easter Sunday in fact, the cast and creative mind behind the post-apocalyptic series The 100 took to the stage to talk about their show. Among the cast members on the panel were Eliza Taylor (Clarke), Bob Morley (Bellamy), Devon Bostick (Jasper), Christopher Larkin (Monty), Lindsey Morgan (Raven) and Richard Harmon (Murphy) as well as executive producer/series creator Jason Rothenberg.

Before the panel got underway the packed audience got to see the first 13 minutes of tonight’s all-new episode that picks up after the untimely and what has become the controversial death of Lexa, the Commander of the 13 Tribes of the Grounders.

That very subject was discussed at length between moderator IGN’s Eric Goldman and executive producer and series creator Jason Rothenberg, who shared how surprised he was to the reactions of countless fans. In fact, he said that while he normally watches some of the videos that fans make for the show where they talk about the current episode, he had a hard time watching the videos made about Lexa’s death because fans “were so devastated”.

He went on to say that he didn’t “imagine (at the time the episode was written that the fan reaction) would be so intense” especially given that horrible things happen to the characters in the show every episode. That being said, though, he knows it “touched a nerve” with fans and he not only apologized online to the fans but also apologized several times throughout the panel for the way Lexa died. He stated “Knowing what I know now, I would have done it differently.”

Jason even mentioned that fans pointed out the similarities of Lexa’s death to that of Tara’s untimely death on Buffy, the Vampire Slayer, but he freely admitted he never watched Buffy and didn’t know about that storyline. He also elaborated, when asked, that he “would still kill Lexa,” but it would have happened differently. He would have had Lexa’s death happen so close to her and Clarke having sex. In the end, he said he wanted to “underline (that) life is fragile” and that he is even more “aware of the power of the stories they are telling.”

The conversation then turned to each of the cast members where they were asked specific questions about their characters current circumstances:

Eliza was asked how Clarke deals with loss and she commented that “she has (always) been good at compartmentalizing” but with Lexa’s death that will “change her for good, but she’ll somehow get through it (like she always does).”

Bob was asked what made Bellamy side with Pike and he shared that “his experience with the Grounders has never been positive, and he was going to take action because he was tired of living under the rules of the Grounders.” He also shared that Bellamy had no idea what Clarke was doing on their behalf with Lexa’s help.

Lindsey was asked about Raven taking the chip given to her by Jaha (via Alie) and the affect it has had on her. She shared that she “took the chip because of her leg…that disability has thrown her on her ass, creating (almost) a chronic depression.” Lindsey continued that “she’s the only person who can get herself out of that hole, (but) she has to want to get herself out of that hole.”

Richard was asked about Murphy constantly being beaten up and he joked that “consistency is the key.” But he then went on to say that he “reacts to all (that is going on) around him, he analyzes what he can do to survive and then he does it.” Jason then chimed in that Murphy actually know everything that is going and has become an “accidental hero.”

Christopher was asked about Monty’s mother and her role with Pike’s regime, sharing that while a lot of viewers don’t like his mother [he actually asked the audience who don’t like his character’s mom and many in the audience raised their hands] he wanted to remind everyone that he “had a loving relationship with his parents on the Ark,” and after losing her husband in the descent to Earth and facing down the Grounders, things with Monty’s mom “aren’t as black and white” as they seem.

Devon was asked if he thinks Jasper will take the chip (like Raven did) and he shared that he “has major PTSD since Mia died in his arms; he wants to forget that memory, but seeing what Raven has lost (her memories of Finn to be specific), he may change his mind (about taking the chip).”

To find out what happens next to each of their characters and how the storyline picks up after Lexa’s death, make sure to watch the new episode of ‘The 100’ on The CW tonight at 8/7c.

Photo Credit: Dominick Dusseault