It’s at all times dangerous utilizing a time jump as a plot machine — however the brand new season of The CW’s “The 100” pulls it off.
“We take a variety of possibilities, and typically we hit and typically we miss,” says showrunner Jason Rothenberg. “However the reality that it was a threat — a daring selection — was one of many causes we needed to do it.”
The present’s Season 5 premiere (Tuesday at 9 p.m.) strikes the dystopian drama’s lot ahead, ageing every character by a whopping six years.
“While you do a time jump, it does permit you the liberty to vary [characters] in vital methods,” says Rothenberg. “However you additionally must watch out to ensure that they nonetheless really feel like the identical folks.”
“The 100” is ready on a future earth ravaged by nuclear bombs. The primary 4 seasons adopted what’s left of humanity because the survivors clashed (typically violently) over opposing concepts of how their new society ought to be constructed. Key characters embody Clarke Griffin (Eliza Taylor), Bellamy Blake (Bob Morley) — who’s the Mulder to her Scully — and Bellamy’s sister Octavia (Marie Avgeropoulos).
Due to an apocalyptic catastrophe on the finish of Season 4, Season 5 begins with Clarke, Bellamy and Octavia having been separated for six years, with Clarke presumed useless. Rothenberg says Season 5 is stuffed with emotional reunions.
“Bellamy seeing his sister once more was one we knew was going to be extremely dramatic, since you open Pandora’s field and [how she spent six years] is a shock, to say the least,” he says.
“However the largest [deal] to me was the conclusion that Clarke was nonetheless alive,” he says. “They weren’t simply reunions, they had been weirdly mind- blowing reversals, too. You don’t assume you’re ever going to see this individual once more, and there she is. Clearly that impacts Bellamy in all probability extra strongly than any of them.”
The important thing to placing characters although six years of offscreen evolution with out making them unrecognizable? Distilling their important qualities, Rothenberg says.
“For Bellamy, he was at all times a protector; it’s simply he’s now a protector who is ready to combine his head and his coronary heart and assume earlier than he acts,” he says. “Clarke has at all times been fiercely protecting of her folks; now her folks is an individual [a girl she meets in the interval]. Octavia remains to be actually emotional and protecting of her clan.”
One other key to a profitable time jump, he says, is periodic flashbacks and “ensuring that you’re together with sufficient dialogue that helps folks bridge the hole of their minds of what they missed.”
The leap ahead means that the previously teen characters are all now adults. However Rothenberg says that doesn’t affect whether or not the present can nonetheless be thought-about a teen drama.
“Regardless of advertising and marketing standpoints, it was [never] the best way we approached it,” he says. “I’ve two youngsters, one is about to be 19, one is 9. And I’m going to make use of a time period they might make enjoyable of me for, however theirs is a ‘woke’ technology. They take themselves severely way more so than earlier generations, or not less than mine … it’s actually one thing we attempt to do with these characters, too.
“We had been by no means writing youngsters. I simply checked out them as folks.”