The Season 2 finale of “The 100” left fans reeling. Between the way Clarke (Eliza Taylor) vanquished Mt. Weather and the discoveries made by Jaha (Isaiah Washington) and Murphy (Richard Harmon), viewers are undoubtedly full of questions. Zap2it has got you covered. Below, executive producer Jason Rothenberg dishes the dirt in a Q&A, and check back Thursday (March 12) for a special article focusing solely on “Bellarke.”
Zap2it: Lexa’s absence conspicuous in the finale. Are you done with her?
Jason Rothenberg: When Lexa learns that Clarke actually went ahead and killed everybody in Mt. Weather and is alive, she’ll probably be on some level proud and surprised and impressed, but maybe also worried … the uneasy truce [with Mt. Weather] was the thing that would keep the 12 clans at the table with her. So now that Clarke went ahead and destroyed Mt. Weather single-handedly, I think that that alliance becomes much harder to hold. And the legend of Clarke of the Sky people grows. But these are all things we’ll play with next year.
Why did Clarke leave? Was it a rash decision because she just needed to get away for a little while?
It’s not a rash decision. She has broken herself in many ways in order to [save her people] and she just wants to be left alone. Every moment since she hit the ground at the beginning of the series has been spent trying to keep them alive, that’s a high-stress situation. She just wants to be done with it — for a little while anyway. She doesn’t want to have to every minute of every day be faced with what she had to do. She’s going to go away. We’ll see how long that lasts, where it takes her. Obviously these are things we’ll discover in Season 3 as well.
Turning to Jaha and Murphy — what was the sea creature?! That moment was so intense.
We met a creature similar to that in the pilot when it gave Octavia a little love tap on the leg. This was probably a similar species, based on a lamprey, which is an actual thing in our world, that has been affected by the radiation. But really that sequence was about Jaha and knowing the lengths to which he will go, how driven he is to survive because he believes that his survival will be the survival of his people.
He’s obsessed with finding the City of Light. He thinks that’s where the answer lies and in order to get there, he feeds one of his people to that sea monster — sacrifice the few to save the many, as he says. It’s really more of a character moment for Jaha. Murphy sees that and is horrified, and on some level that’s the breaking of a relationship that has been growing over the last few episodes. The sea monster, although a cool moment and very intense, it’s more about the characters and what it means for them going forward.
Are we wrong in asserting that Jaha and Murphy have not yet found the City of Light? The bunker and the mansion can’t have been it.
I’m trying to think how I should answer that. [pause] There is no City of Light. Ultimately, A.L.I.E. is the City of Light. She’s light, she’s made of light — the L in her name is either lucent or luminous, we’re still playing with the exact acronym. But the City of Light is a misnomer. We will obviously explore in great detail what A.L.I.E. ultimately is and what she wants and how she is the way she is and why she’s there.
There are enough dots to connect at the end of the episode between Murphy and his bunker and the guy who kills himself talking about how some “she” got the launch codes and it’s his fault and then we meet A.L.I.E. I think you can draw the conclusion that she is the “she” he was referring to.
The guy in the video — his clothes weren’t especially futuristic. Is he from back before the Ark people went up into space?
Some of this is obviously still evolving, but the story is that — one of the things I was really dying to do is explain how the world ended because we’ve never gotten into that before. A.L.I.E. is obviously an A.I., artificial intelligence, so that guy we saw in the bunker is somehow involved in her creation. She went ballistic and ended the world, and he tried to stop her and couldn’t. That’s why he’s killing himself, he’s got the guilt of the end of the world on him. She was obviously not stopped or killed, but entombed in that house and that’s where we find her 97 years later.
When Murphy finds the bunker, is someone still living there? Who removed the man from the video’s body? Who left “Werewolves of London” playing?
Obviously there was no body there, so somebody must have come in at some point and cleaned it up. Basically, that bunker is a fallout shelter that was created by the guy whose island this is. I’m not going to say specifically that he’s the guy whose mansion it is, because that may not be the case, but certainly he was around 97 years ago. We’re seeing our first real glimpse back in time and how this all came to be, something I really want to play with next year.
But the “Werewolves of London” thing is [laughs] … when Murphy steps on that solar panel and clears it off and sun hits it for the first time in 100 years, my idea was like if the guy’s iPod playlist picks right back up where it was. There’s a funny to story about why it’s “Werewolves of London” [specifically], but it’s not going to be entertaining to anybody who’s not my family.