DEADLINE: Tonight you brought Lexa back. After killing her, there was a lot of controversy, but did you always mean to bring her back? Were there any details you needed to tie in between her and Clarke?
JASON ROTHENBERG: Once we decided that the role of the judge during the test was someone who took the form of the person who was your greatest love, your greatest teacher, or your greatest enemy, then it was obvious that it would be Lexa. for Clarke. Then it became a production challenge to bring her back. Turned out it wasn’t that hard, we had a few conversations, Alycia [Debnam-Carey] was very excited to come back and close the fans. Obviously, yeah, that was a big part, it was great to find her in the cape and the makeup, and so hopefully that will bring some closure to the fans, who loved this character so much.
Series 100 final recap: who lives, who dies, and who transcends in the episode of the last war
DEADLINE: OK, let’s talk about the prequel, the prequel, the prequel. I know we had episode 8 “Anaconda” last season, but do you think The 100 prequel series could land at HBO Max?
ROTHENBERG: I wish I had had good answers for you. What I can say is whether this is going to happen or not is that there are discussions still taking place at the highest level. You know, I think I probably wouldn’t be talking about my turn if I mentioned where these conversations were going, unfortunately, but there’s a chance, a good chance, I guess, it could come back. I wish I had some news this week, it would be great to announce it this week, I don’t think that’s going to happen.
DEADLINE: You mentioned that the prequel would be a Cain and Abel story between Callie and her brother Reese, but are we going to see some of the characters from that series in the prequel? I mean it’s The 100 and anyone can warp time and travel.
ROTHENBERG: Yeah, I hear what you say. I don’t think we’ll see the characters from the original series. I mean, again, I would say never just because you don’t know what’s going to happen if you are lucky enough to run for awhile. Ultimately you tell a story. I know one of the things I want to do is bring it back to space because, alongside the timeline of the prequel, what’s happening in space is all of the space stations, which were separated. at the time of the nuclear holocaust, are coming together to form the ark. So up there is where we would meet the great, great, great grandmother and grandfather of all our heroes, Clarke’s great grandparents, great great grandparents -grandparents, Bellamy, Octavia, obviously, and so we could tell a story that way. Some actors have already tried to make their great-great-grandfathers and grandmothers look exactly like them. I doubt that will happen. We’ll see. But I know that’s somewhere I want to pick up the prequel if we’re lucky enough to get it ordered.
DEADLINE: Does the prequel finally talk about Cadogan’s downfall, being a tragic Greek hero?
ROTHENBERG: We certainly could. I mean, we definitely could. I love John Pyper-Ferguson, I thought he brought such an interesting flavor to the show and the role for sure. We know he’s leaving Earth. In the prequel, he goes through the wormhole and comes back in our story on Sanctum, but we also know that this stone is still there, so yes, he could theoretically reappear in series before burying this thing and shutting down this Earth.
DEADLINE: Was this the end of the final series that you always had in mind; this idea of transcendence and that Clarke is left as the strange woman?
ROTHENBERG: No, not from the start. I mean, honestly, when we started it was just about getting the pilot into series, you know, and then it was how to get to a second season. Once that started to feel like it was here for the long haul, we didn’t feel too confident about that ending until the end of season five or so, and that’s up to. around the time we pitched the studio network to let us write to an end, how can we end the show at the end of season seven. At this point, we really started formulating our final game. . At the end of the day, the idea of transcendence is something that the moral of the story probably would have been had we finished at the end of a previous season, you know, that idea that until we surrendered everyone realizes that we are together, that we’re all a crew, that we are all human beings, there shouldn’t be wars between countries and between political parties, until we realize that, we are doomed. In the end, that was the message I wanted to say. I just didn’t know how we were going to say it until we got the green light to finish it at seven o’clock.
DEADLINE: Octavia delivered this great battlefield speech tonight that speaks a lot about the division we are currently experiencing as a nation. Can you talk about how current events have affected you when it comes to writing?
ROTHENBERG: I don’t think we ended up in this place as a culture, as a world, out of the blue. It’s been around for a long time, so you certainly know it’s getting worse as it seems. I hope there is a light at the end of the tunnel, but I really wanted this speech to speak in our time, 100%. I mean, I think that’s what science fiction does well: you can show a mirror to the times we live in without being a preacher about it. We have always tried to do this a number of times throughout the series. We played in political waters without really making a point.
DEADLINE: Tonight it’s Clarke’s mom, Abigail, having an honest time with Raven in this latest episode. Why was that? When Clarke floats her mother (who is really Simone) in the Season 6 finale, she really feels guilty. I’m just curious why the conversation tonight between Raven and Abigail, and not Clarke and Abigail?
ROTHENBERG: That’s a very good question. The truth is, if I hadn’t been able to get Alycia – it’s just kind of a baseball response; if I hadn’t been able to get Alycia, it probably would’ve been Abby, but as Clarke’s judge, as well as Raven’s judge. But the Raven / Abby relationship has always been really, really important. I mean, as Avatar Abby tells her, as Judge Abby tells Raven on the ship in the finale, “she meant more to you than your real mother, her opinion meant more to you than the opinion of. your real mother ”, and so it was always a special relationship for her, and so you know the idea of bringing Paige Turco back once more was something I didn’t want to lose just because Clarke didn’t see it. his mother .