The CW's The 100 aired the finale of its fourth season last May, and finally, after nearly a year of waiting, the season premiere is just days away. The show is best described as a sci-fi that features unexpected twists, stunning visuals and compelling characters. The first trailer for the fifth season has amassed over a million views on YouTube, and 11 million on Facebook.
Considering how the storyline was left last May, it's no wonder fans were so excited to get a glimpse of the new season. The show was essentially rebooted with a six-year time jump, which was a bold storytelling move that separated core groups of characters, left others in peril and hinted at the arrival of this season's group of baddies.
Here's what we know, as well as some speculation as to how things might end up.
BOW TO THE (RED) QUEEN
If the poster released last week is any indication, we’ll be seeing a lot more of Octavia Blake as she fulfills her role as the new leader of Wonkru. But it’s clear she won’t go unchallenged; new antagonist Charmaine Diyoza is shown ripping up a picture of her in the first trailer, which, well, isn’t a good sign.
And on top of this, it’s implied that things start off poorly and get increasingly worse during the six years that the youngest Blake sibling spends managing the bunker. Violence seemingly erupts on more than one occasion, with a fighting ring and Octavia covered in blood. If she is indeed the “Red Queen” referenced in one of the upcoming episodes, her title alone carries an ominous edge.
MOTHER KNOWS BEST
Perhaps the biggest change to the cast this season will be the addition of Lola Flanery in the role of Madi, a young nightblood who survived Priamfiya on the Earth’s surface. Not much is known about how or when she and Clarke Griffin first met, but the final scenes of season four made it clear that after spending the better part of six years keeping Madi safe and protecting her, Clarke sees the nightblood as her daughter.
They're an incredibly sweet duo, but because this is The 100, it’s likely their bond will be tested. Eliza Taylor, who plays Clarke, has said Madi makes a friend that worries her "mom." Although this could be a number of people, the first trailer suggests that this new pal might be Octavia.
“I know what it’s like to be the girl under the floor,” Octavia says to Madi. “You don’t have to be afraid anymore.” All well and good, but apparently, Mama Griffin has reservations. And if this show has taught us anything over the past four seasons, it’s that listening to Clarke is a good idea.
As the bunker descends into chaos and Clarke and Madi bond, a third group is figuring out how to make ends meet — in space. At the end of the fourth season, Raven Reyes, John Murphy, Emori, Bellamy Blake, Harper McIntyre, Monty Green and Echo made their way back to their old home, the GoSci Ring, where they would wait for five years until the Earth became survivable again.
We know some characters are going to deal with these circumstances better than others. Richard Harmon, who plays Murphy, has said his character won’t do well without a war to fight. Echo and Emori are both grounders, so it’ll be interesting to watch them adjust to life in space. According to Hypable, a fandom website, Bellamy spends a great deal of time staring out a window. He's presumably mourning over Clarke, who he believes is dead, and missing his sister.
THE BATTLE FOR EDEN
The majority of the season appears to be centered around fighting for the one green spot left on the Earth after Priamfiya, known as "Eden." The show has flipped its premise this time around by making Clarke, Octavia and those in space the “grounders” while the new antagonists from Gargarin Prisoner Transport return to Earth and find it decimated.
As the name implies, the Eligius group isn't exactly friendly. They’re led by Charmaine Diyoza, Paxton “Graveyard” McCreary and Zeke Shaw, who, according to Hypable, are “very different people, with very different agendas.” One reviewer stated Charmaine has a fair amount in common with Clarke and Octavia, whereas Zeke has been widely speculated to become a love interest for Raven once the two meet.
However, these similarities and sparks won’t prevent war from breaking out. Eligius has some pretty terrifying weaponry and no shortage of determination to finish the fight. “We have everything," Charmaine says. "The valley, the weapons; they have nothing.” YIKES.
SIX YEARS IS A LONG TIME
If the cast, crew, writers and directors have emphasized a single fact, it’s that the time jump between seasons will change certain relationships. Some have been strengthened by those years. Others, it is implied, haven’t fared as well.
Clarke, who previously prioritized her people above her own life, now has Madi to consider. This might put her at odds with even her closest friends from previous seasons while also giving her a new perspective on her mom, Abby, and the tough choices she made in order to keep Clarke safe.
In speaking of Abby, Marcus Kane defied her wishes by keeping her inside the bunker to save her life. Their relationship could become tumultuous after she wakes up and realizes what he did — and that's without even factoring in the unresolved complications with her brain. But, hey, on the bright side, Miller and Jackson seem to be going strong.
Things could also definitely change for the established couples in space. Emori and Murphy as well as Harper and Monty might be feeling the strain of having been trapped above Earth for six years. Only time will tell if those who survived Priamfiya together will stay together.
The 100's season premiere, "Eden," airs at 8 p.m. on April 24 on The CW.