Are you a fan of science fiction series? Then this one is certainly for you.
Welcome to Watch Tank, and today we are counting down picks to reveal the top ten things you never knew but are actually true about the television series The 100.
Yeah, I know that is exciting! But don’t we need a bit of an intro to the show, too? Of course, we do. Here we go then.
The 100 is an American science fiction television series based on the post-apocalyptic era. The series premiered on March 19, 2014 on The CW. The series was created and developed by Jason Rothenberg, and takes its cue from the novel series of the same name by Kass Morgan.
The series revolves around a group of post-apocalyptic survivors. They mostly consist of a group of criminal adolescents, namely Clarke Griffin (Eliza Taylor), Finn Collins (Thomas McDonell), Bellamy Blake (Bob Morley), Octavia Blake (Marie Avgeropoulos), Jasper Jordan (Devon Bostick), Monty Green (Christopher Larkin), Raven Reyes (Lindsey Morgan), John Murphy (Richard Harmon), and Wells Jaha (Eli Goree).
They were among the first survivors to return from the space habitat, the Ark, to Earth after a destructive nuclear apocalypse. Other leads of the show are characters like Dr. Abby Griffin (Paige Turco) who plays Clark’s mother, Marcus Kane (Henry Ian Cusick) who is a council member on the Ark, and Thelonious Jaha (Isaiah Washington) who is the Chancellor of the Ark and Wells’ father.
Now, with that introduction, I am way too excited to know the hidden facts. Feel the same? Then let’s start.
10. The tiff between Ricky Whittle and the writer of the show
There are two sides to a coin. Similarly, the television series The 100 also has its share of sour moments, among them being the rift between the show’s writer Jason Rothenberg and Ricky Whittle, the actor who portrays the character of Lincoln. The rift that started in March 2016 took an intense turn for the worst when Ricky’s mom intervened and took to Twitter to express her distress about the matter. She further elaborated on how Jason Rothenberg mistreated her son.
Ricky also made a statement regarding this matter and added that Jason misused his power as the writer to put Ricky in danger. Apart from this, the writer was also condemned for the way some characters on the show had abrupt deaths, causing their stints on the show to end as well. The relationship between Ricky and the show’s writer never improved and almost made him quit prematurely. Even if Ricky’s character died in the show, he is still proud of The 100 and wants viewers to keep watching it.
9. The actors are way older than their teenage characters
Despite the show being a teenage television drama, it doesn’t mean that all the actors are teenagers as well. For instance, Eliza Taylor who portrayed the character of Clarke, started working on the show when she was only eighteen years old. At present, Eliza is twenty-six years old already. This is a very normal thing in most TV series. Despite these characters appearing very young, they aren’t really as young as they look.
Again, we find exceptions everywhere. Such is the case of Marie Avgeropoulos, who portrays everyone’s favourite Octavia Blake. This actress was twenty-eight when she joined the show. Not only did she blend in well with the rest of the cast, but right now, she even looks younger than many of her junior co-stars from the cast.
Do these stars have the secret to the fountain of youth? If they do, then why can’t we have that, too?
8. Raven was supposed to get killed during Season 1
Was it a surprise that the writers had planned the execution of Raven Reyes in the show’s first season? No, not really! She had been a complication to the Clarke/Finn relationship, and initially, her role in the show was nothing more than a plot device. However, Lindsey Morgan, who portrayed Raven, impressed both the showrunners, writers, and the viewers with her acting chops.
For this, Raven, who was a guest star in season one, was given a reprieve rather than the original death planned for her. Morgan was then made a series regular from the next year onwards.
Raven has endured a lot in the show, but she maintained the stardom and love the audience has for her. She was one of those very few characters on television who though disabled, was not defined by her disability.
Doesn’t everybody just love Raven?!
7. Raven was scripted to be Finn’s mother
Yeah, even I got a shock after hearing this! Fans of The 100 loved watching the show for Clarke and Finn’s hatred turned love. Raven, Finn’s girlfriend, found a way to get down to Earth, and makers of the show didn’t initiate a lasting love triangle in the long run. People were happy to see Raven being much more than just Finn’s girlfriend.
However, can you believe that makers thought that Raven could be Finn’s mother in the original script?
Thank God it didn’t turn out that way, and Finn and Raven instead became childhood pals whose friendship gradually developed into a complicated romance.
6. The show’s ratings dropped gradually with Lexa’s death
The 100’s viewership witnessed a massive drop with the episode that showed the loss of Lexa.
One week after that controversial episode was aired, many fans just refused to watch this show. Rather, they started a Twitter hashtag called #LGBTFansDeserveBetter. This suggested boycott movement appeared to remain in effect for at least a portion of the show’s audience. For quite some time, the series hovered around the 1.5 million mark, but right after Lexa’s untimely demise, The 100 didn’t even crack 1.3 million.
Have you ever felt so deeply connected to a show?! Think about it.
5. Wells was supposed to be one of the main characters of the show
Didn’t you also feel that way while watching? Wells Jaha (Eli Goree) had all the attributes of being a major character on The 100 and seemed integral to the show.
However, it was only later in the series when the fans realized that no one is safe. Wells demise at the hands of Charlotte was shocking and came as a surprise.
Anyone who has gone through Kass Morgan’s book series would clearly see that how different the book was from the series. Wells was one of the primary characters of the novel, but he ends up dying at the beginning of the TV series. Also, he and Bellamy are half-brothers according to the book, but not the series.
4. The Jungle scenes were for real
While most movies and TV shows use green screens to shoot and enhance scenes, The 100 goes all-natural and real with its shots. In this current age, it is as easy to create computer-generated graphics and jungle scenes using a green scene.
However, The 100 wanted to present the viewers with a natural backdrop. All of the jungle scenes were shot in a lush and green area. Everything was real.
The next time while watching the show, you know what details to look out for, right?
3. A lot of Aussies on board
This American TV drama featured three female lead characters, who were big stars, namely Eliza Taylor who portrayed Clarke, Alycia Debnam who portrayed Carey, and Dichen Lachman who portrayed Anya. All three ladies are all Australian.
2. Murphy wanted to portray Bellamy Blake
This was a surprise, don’t you think? Bob Morely, playing the role of Bellamy Blake in the show, just nailed it. However, he had other competitors for the role. Guess who? None other than his co-star Richard Harmon.
Harmon then bagged the role of Bellamy’s sometimes-ally sometimes-enemy, John Murphy.
Although it was the producers’ decision and they never revealed their reasons behind it, both actors are happy with the roles they got, and we are happy seeing them both in it.
Time to go all dark and dense
- CW wanted the show to be darker
Story goes that after watching a particularly ruthless episode where three hundred innocent people die, CW Head Pedowitz asked the showrunners if they had the liberty to go even darker. Rothenberg took this suggestion very seriously.
- The link between GoT and The 100
This one was pretty unbelievable! If you are an ardent fan of the show, you must be well aware of the grounders’ unique language. This language is called Trigedasleng. Now, Trigedasleng was created by the same person who created the Dothraki language spoken in the Game of Thrones.
See the connection? Both these shows are related as they share their language creator.
Now, before the showdown, here’s the final one.
1. Eliza Taylor didn’t give an audition for Clarke’s role
It is normal for actors to work hard in the auditions and then the bag the role of their dreams. However, Eliza got the lead role even without auditioning for it.
So, how did she pull it off? The producers had a look at a recent audition that Eliza had done. They were thoroughly impressed by her, and what followed, as they say, is history. Eliza portrayed the role of Clarke with perfection and secured her fanbase through the series.
Even after ragging with a lot of difficulties and controversies, The 100 succeeded in gaining a place for itself. Apart from the unique storytelling, on-point casting, and twisted plot developments, this series was a one of a kind feminist show. The 100 portrays women as heroes, villains, and everything in between. However, apart from all these, the series is progressive not only in the way it treats gender but also in the way it deals with race and orientation.
We hope to see the seventh season of The 100 which premiered in the USA on The CW on May 20, 2020. Do comment your thoughts and reviews below.
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