The 100 Boss Explains Bellamy’s Absence, a New Risk, and that Sheidheda Twist

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[Warning: This put up comprises spoilers concerning the Season 7 premiere of The 100, “From the Ashes.” Learn on at your individual threat!]

The 100 Season 7 has lastly arrived, and as anticipated, we had been left with extra questions than solutions! Do we actually have invisible individuals to cope with on high of bodysnatchers and Anomalies now? 

Whereas Clarke was busy conserving issues in examine with the Youngsters of Gabriel, the Eligius prisoners, and the individuals of Sanctum, loopy issues had been afoot within the woods with Bellamy’s (Bob Morley) group. The Season 7 premiere did not fairly reply what turned of Octavia (Marie Avgeropoulos) after the Anomaly receded, however we did get some enormous clues about who the gang will likely be dealing with off with this 12 months. 

After screaming his lungs out over his sister’s obvious demise, Bellamy was kidnapped and seemingly taken by way of the Anomaly to locations unknown by a bunch of invisible and closely armed troopers. Whoever they’re, they’re very excessive tech, can management the Anomaly, and have a kill order on Hope Diyoza (Shelby Flannery). Echo (Tasya Teles) made the game-time choice to kind a hesitant alliance with Hope and Gabriel (Chuku Modu), and so they all adopted these strangers by way of the Anomaly to save lots of Bellamy. In case you’re hoping for a speedy rescue, nonetheless, chances are you’ll be disenchanted. 

TV Information has discovered that Bellamy’s seize was written into the Season 7 storyline to present actor Bob Morley a while off from the collection. Whereas he stays a collection common on the present, you need to anticipate to see much less of Bellamy Blake within the last season than you are used to. We talked to showrunner Jason Rothenberg about Bellamy’s absence, who precisely has taken him, and what last season twists we should always anticipate from The 100 this 12 months.

Eliza Taylor, <em>The 100</em>Eliza Taylor, The 100

What are you able to say about who has Bellamy and what this new group of individuals is like?
Jason Rothenberg: We all know that they’ve mastered the Anomaly. I actually cannot reveal very a lot about them aside from that we all know that they actually appear to be the large dangerous and that our heroes are going into that Anomaly to attempt to discover Bellamy and save him hopefully from them.

Was Bellamy’s seize and his ensuing absence a narrative choice or a logistics choice? 
Rothenberg: Bob selected to take a while off this season, and I believe, talking for him, that he was grateful that the studio was in a position to work out — and that the writers clearly had been in a position to work out — a storyline in a means that enabled him to try this. We had time, due to when it occurred, to form of craft a narrative that was nonetheless stuffed with surprises and immediately he turned the factor that everyone was looking for and on the lookout for. It was largely as a consequence of the truth that he needed to take a break.

We additionally know Sheidheda is now in Russell’s physique, which looks as if dangerous information. What are you able to say about his targets at this level?
Rothenberg: Properly, it is dangerous information, nevertheless it’s nice information for us as a result of J.R. Bourne is implausible. And attending to see him play this completely new character is a delight, actually. I imply, he is an enormous villain, that is for certain. He is not a superb man. However he has a perspective like all of our villains — I hesitate to even use the phrase villain as a result of everyone’s is gray actually on the present. We attempt to clearly dimensionalize the dangerous guys and definitely we soiled up the great guys. He is most likely extra on the Cage Wallace (Johnny Whitworth) aspect of the dangerous man scale, even perhaps someplace close to McCreary, dare I say? …We’ll get fairly deep into who Sheidheda is and what Sheidheda needs, and clearly, he needs every little thing.

The premiere title “From the Ashes” did remind me of that Second Daybreak saying from Season 3, however was {that a} purposeful callback or only a coincidence? 
Rothenberg: It wasn’t a coincidence that we named it “From the Ashes.”

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When scripting this last season, had you had sure character’s endings mapped out for years or did all of it come collectively through the technique of writing Season 7?
Rothenberg: Every thing type of evolves as you are engaged on it. Clearly, seven years is longer than I believed I would been gifted to be engaged on this present. So we had endpoints in thoughts, we blew previous these endpoints, and as we began to consider this season, I actually needed to say one thing with our last season. I’ve this not so unique idea, that the ending of a narrative is the story’s ethical — it is what it was all about, you understand? And so for six seasons, we have been type of holding the mirror as much as society and saying how terrible persons are and the way far they will go to guard the those that they love. And the lengths that they will go to are sometimes so darkish that they change into the dangerous guys, or they change into form of gray or morally corrupted. Even our heroes, clearly. However I do not consider that. I consider I even have a way more optimistic opinion of individuals, and so I actually needed to make a press release about what all of it meant. I believe that is one of many issues we’ll see because the season begins to ramp up and get into the house stretch, that we’re actually constructing in direction of one thing shocking and, I will not say profound, however actually, we’re making an attempt to make some extent.

Since that is The 100, can we assume extra main character deaths will happen?
Rothenberg: You recognize, everyone dies. Not everyone actually lives. [Laughs] To cite Braveheart. I can not take possession of that line.

Last seasons are likely to revisit biggest hits so did you wish to do callbacks and returning characters and issues like that for this season?
Rothenberg: One of many different targets I set out for our writers this season was to attempt to type of fill in some blanks, you understand? There have been sure storylines that I needed to type of not wrap up, essentially, however actually type of elaborate on and clarify. I will not get into what they’re as a result of that is undoubtedly spoiler territory. However it’s a last season and clearly we all the time do name again to issues. I believe one of many issues we have executed effectively is form of remembering what’s occurred to those individuals. Issues do not simply go away. Persons are haunted by issues that they’ve executed and those that they’ve misplaced and so something is feasible. However I do not wish to get too deep into spoiler territory as a result of that might destroy the enjoyable.

The 100 airs Wednesdays at 8/7c on the CW.

Bob Morley, <em>The 100</em>Bob Morley, The 100

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