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Saturday, March 14, 2015

The 100 Postmortem Interview: EP Jason Rothenberg Discusses Season 2 Finale and What's Coming in Season 3

Victory to the Sky People! Clarke succeeded in saving her people, but it came at a great cost to the world and to her personally when all but one of the Mountain Men were eliminated. Meanwhile, Thelonious reached his destination and the City of Light wasn't at all what he expected.

The 100 Season 2 finale was brutal and shocking throughout the hour. What comes next? BuddyTV spoke with Executive Producer Jason Rothenberg to get the scoop on A.L.I.E, the future of Mount Weather, Clarke's state of mind and how the Grounders will play into Season 3. 

This is the second part of our conversation, for the full interview, read the first part: The 100 Season 2 Finale Interview: EP Jason Rothenberg Teases 'It Can Always Get Darker,' including the War Games reference.

BuddyTV: You mentioned War Games earlier. A.L.I.E, is she Joshua?

Rothenberg: Well, I loved War Games, but she is an AI. She's an Artificial Intelligence, a sentient computer program that when she gained sentience, she sort of had the hard take off that Ray Kurzweil talked about in "The Singularity is Near," which is a book everyone should read certainly as we go into Season 3. 

Ultimately, [she] looked on mankind for one reason or another -- all of which we will explore in Season 3 -- and was in fact responsible for the end of the world. We never answered that question before. We never brought up that question really before. And we plan on playing in that world more in Season 3. 

Is she Joshua? She's an AI who ended the world and ultimately was trapped in some way by her creator, whether it's that guy in the video or not, remains to be seen, but was trapped in that house for 97 years.  He wasn't able to stop her from ending the world, from launching the nukes, but he was able to trap her. The big questions for Season 3 are: What does she want? Why is she like this? What does she mean when she says we have work to do?

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

'The 100' Season 2 Finale Interview: EP Jason Rothenberg Teases 'It Can Always Get Darker'

The 100 finale is already here. In "Blood Must Have Blood, Part Two," the battle between the Sky People and the Mountain Men hits the peak of its crescendo in epic fashion. With all hope lost, Clarke, Octavia, Bellamy, Jasper and Monty have to find a way to save their people. What sacrifices will they have to make along the way?

BuddyTV spoke with Executive Producer and Creator Jason Rothenberg to find out how Clarke moves on after Lexa's betrayal, whether there's any hope in this world, Jaha's quest for the City of Light and the difficult decision facing Clarke.

BuddyTV: Clarke at the end of "Blood Must Have Blood, Part One," she was left just standing there. How is she able to take that disappointment and forge forward with her people in danger.

Rothenberg: That moment is designed obviously to be the lowest of the low. The low point where everything she had going into the episode and into the ultimate battle for Mount Weather was taken away from her including the woman she had been falling for romantically. Everything is taken away from her in that moment. And her people are left to die and she has no way in and when we find her that's where she still is. 

She doesn't know how she's going to do this. She knows that door's not an option so she heads to the door she knows about. That's where she finds Octavia and of course things transpire from there.  I think it's always darkest before the dawn, but I guess in The 100 it can always get darker. [Laughs] And that's where this episode begins.