We're going to need some answers when 'The 100' returns with season 5
The 100 Season 5: Clarke is a mom, Praimfaya has passed and alien prisoners have embarked the earth! Need more cause for alarm?
The long wait for season 5 of 'The 100' is nearly over and we will finally get to see the return of our favorite post-apocalyptic survivors. As we wait for the premiere of the upcoming season on April 24, though, we have quite a few burning questions that we need answers to.
Barring the Bellarke storyline, 'The 100' has managed to pay up on most storylines and we are pretty sure most of the untied ends will be dealt with in the next season. As fans, we have some topics that would love to be prioritized in the next season.
Clarke being a mother, for example!
Last we saw, she had just sacrificed herself for the sake of her friends, who escaped to outer space before the Praimfaya consumed them. She was all alone in the world with most of her loved ones confined in an underground lair and others left to die when the second nuclear apocalypse hits.
As it turns out, she has not only survived the Praimfaya, but is now the primary caretaker of a young woman. The trailer for the upcoming season has only teased their relationship, but it is evident that young Madi is no random girl Clarke has befriended over the years.
Clarke has clearly been mentoring her and teaching her how to survive in the post-apocalyptic world, while also regaling her with stories of her own family and friends. It is quite apparent that Madi is not Clarke's biological daughter, considering she is at least 9 or 10 and the time jump has only lasted six years and seven days.
Logically speaking, Madi must be a Nightblood who was trapped outside the bunker - much like Clarke – when the Praimfaya engulfed the whole world. Their shared curse of loneliness and Clarke's savior complex must have kept them together in the "desolate, scorched earth" so far. We cannot wait to see how they met, bonded and how the arrival of new guests will affect their relationship.
Speaking of new guests, there is a whole spaceship of prisoners landing near Clarke and Madi's squat spot and we don't know if they're good news yet. Who are we kidding, though? This is 'The 100.' No group of strangers have ever come into the picture with a friend request.
However, the synopsis for 'Pandora's Box,' which marks episode 4 of the season suggests that the members of the Gagarin Prisoner Transport Ship (owned by the Eligius Corporation) may – even involuntarily – provide some assistance to Clarke. The summary reads: "Our heroes are forced to rely on the help of Shallow Valley's dangerous new inhabitants in order to save some of their own, with surprising results."
While we are excited to learn about these "dangerous" newbies – three of whom include a former military strategist, a serial killer and a crime syndicate enforcer - we can't wait to see more of the bunkerkru and the new skaikru. The time jump would obviously have shaken up the character dynamics and we can't wait to see how that translates for the small group confined in a shuttle in space and a larger one detained in a bunker under the earth.
Most of us are still holding a candle for Bellarke to be a reality, but we would not be totally against Bellamy and Raven hooking up to pass time. Even an Echo and Bellamy hookup would be forgiven. Then there is Echo, who no one actually wanted to take along, but fought her way tooth and nail up to the sky. Has she become BFFs with the OG skaikru now? I mean, there is really nothing for them to do other than maintaining Monty’s Algae farm and brainstorming for ways to return home and bond.
The show's creator Jason Rothenberg, who constantly updates fans on what is to come, has confirmed that the show will not be dwelling too much on flashbacks and as fans we can totally respect this decision. But, a lot has happened in the six years that we skipped and we definitely want to see how Clarke and Madi forged their mother-daughter relationship.
Octavia, meanwhile, is the queen of the bunkerkru and may even be better known as Red Queen now. Despite Clarke's statement about unsuccessfully trying to dig out the people hiding in the bunker, we know that most of them – at least the ones that matter to us like Kane, Abby, Indra, Gaia, Jaha and Mackson - are alive and Octavia is ruling over them.
She is leading a large group of potentially agitated people belonging to various clans that hate each other. However, she is doing a lot better than most people expected despite the violent way her leadership began, thanks to the Wonkru alliance.
It is also a given that we will get to see how legends and histories are created in new worlds. The woman who nearly gave up her life to send her friends to heaven, the woman who killed the fiercest warriors of every living clan on earth to become the ruler of them all and the woman who conquered death and addiction out of sheer willpower and propelled a metal box into space that saved the lives of herself and her friend. These are the legends that precede Clarke, Octavia and Raven respectively and for Madi at least, this season will bring her face-to-face with her heroes.
Then, of course, there is the most awaited reunion of Bellamy and Clarke. The former probably assumes our heroine to be dead, and in true Bellamy manner may be making decisions on Ark-7 with "Clarke's death should not go to waste" or 'This is what Clarke would have wanted us to do," in mind.
What would her alive status mean to him after six years of probably idolizing her and pining after her death? Equally important, what would Bellamy's return mean to Clarke after she patiently waited for his return for six years, trying to radio him every day, narrating his daily life to him? Could their realities live up to the versions living in each other's hearts?
Don't get us wrong, we are not just in it for the Bellarke canon. It is difficult to imagine these many reunions, including that of Bellamy and Octavia. After an unbelievable roller coaster ride, the brother and sister had only come to accept each other as the humans they are, rather than the sibling they thought had to be a certain way, when they got separated yet again.
It has been a long time since Octavia was the baby sister who wanted Bellamy's protection – remember the first season? But, she is now a full-fledged queen and he is going to be the foreigner in her land. Will the politics of Earth divide the Blake siblings again?
Then there is the Clarke and Abby reunion. Abby has known since a very long time that Clarke will take her to great heights – and, great dangers. She, like Bellamy, must be under the impression that Clarke is dead and after six years of living her life with her boyfriend we wonder how their dynamic would change. Add a granddaughter – albeit adopted – to this dynamic and there is a lot of family drama for us to cover.
Also, how did the death wave jump over an entire valley? There is something sinister there, right? Or has four seasons of 'The 100' just made us optimistic? I mean, it would not be a bad idea to think back on how great Mount Weather looked before things went south.
The one thing we know for a fact is that there won't be any love triangles this season; Rothenberg has confirmed this by adding for good measure, "I really don't like love triangles". This is definitely good news for the fandom, which is quite tired of being pitted against each other from the beginning of the show, be it Finn-Clarke-Raven or Clarke-Bellamy-Lexa.
Another thing we trust in as fans is that 'The 100' has a way of fulfilling our greatest fantasies by forging new worlds and characters within the layout it has already spread. This time jump is sure to take things surging forward rather than backwards or keep it stagnant.
With this knowledge we are willing to stay spoiler-free till Tuesday, April 24 at 9/8c when 'The 100' returns with season 5 on The CW.