The 100 show boss promises prequel series will ‘fill in blanks’ about the Grounders, Flame and the Ark


THE 100 fans finally got a look at the show’s planned prequel series after the ‘backdoor pilot’ aired in the US.

The spin-off prequel is set to air after the show’s current season which is its seventh and final finishes airing.

Last night’s episode served as a first look at the prequel and is set 97 years before the series first episode took place – at the start of the apocalypse.

Happily for fans the episode started to answer questions about the Grounders, Flame and the Ark.

Show Jason Rothenberg promised viewers will get even more information in the prequel.

“We have a lot of plans to make it different from the original,” he told Entertainment Weekly. 

‘It’s obviously going to be filled with a lot of Easter eggs and fill in a lot of blanks for fans of the original show.

“We know that we are talking about the origins of the Grounders, and assuming we get to move forward, we would see the fracturing of that group into various clans eventually.”

Rothenberg continued: “We would see the growing importance of the Flame, we would see the way the Flame operates before 100 years later when it came into our story in the original show when it’s not working perfectly anymore because of time and however many minds it now contains.

“Right now it only contains the mind of Becca. We have plans to go to a mind space and to see Becca when the next person receives the Flame, and that will happen as they become the second Commander.

“So whether we’ve got five seasons of story laid out or not I’m not going to sit here today and tell you that we do, but we certainly know where it’s going and how the world is going to change over the course of a few seasons.”

The prequel will also reveal more about the Ark, including family members of many of the show’s main characters, according to Rothenberg.

He said: “[The prequel] is going to be its own show and we’re not going to be always married to [the original].

“We’re going to flash back quite often to the present. We’re going to see pre-apocalypse more often, we’re going to see characters in their lives prior to the apocalypse and to contrast that with what’s going on in their lives in the post-apocalypse radioactive world and see how they’ve changed and how they got there.

“And I have a sneaky plan to get us back up to space, because we know that parallel to the story on the ground, we know what’s going on in space.”

Rothenberg confirmed earlier this year that The 100’s seventh season would be its last.

He tweeted: “With The 100 season 6 finale just days away, I have some bittersweet news to share: season 7 will be our last.

“We are eternally grateful to WB & [The] CW for always allowing us to tell our story the way we want to & to wrap the show on our terms. What an incredible ride this has been!”


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