Written by Cortnie Heaven
Supanova star Kass Morgan created the world that introduced us to headstrong delinquents like Clarke Griffin, Bellamy Blake and John Murphy back in 2013 when The 100 was released. The book hit #13 on The New York Times’ Young Adult Best Seller list and within six months was picked up as a series on The CW.
Whilst Morgan doesn’t have writing credits for the series, it is heavily based on the words and characters that she created and has, therefore, earned her a place in the IMDb credits for the show.
Comparing The Books & Show
The story of Clarke (Eliza Taylor) is one of the biggest, and first notable, changes. In the television series, Clarke is a callous leader and kind-hearted friend, whereas in the books she’s portrayed as a delinquent like her 99 cohorts sent down to Earth. Another big change with Clarke is her first love interest, Finn. He’s not even featured in the books – that means no heart-wrenching decision-making later on in the books for Clarke.
Along with Finn we have multiple other individuals that are major loveable characters in the show who don’t even get so much as a mention in the books – Raven (Lindsey Morgan), Charlotte (Izabela Vidovic), Jasper (Devon Bostick), Monty (Christopher Larkin) and even Murphy (portrayed by another Supanova favourite, Richard Harmon) who were all added.
One more massive difference, and if you’ve watched the show you’ll very much know what we’re talking about, is the Grounders. If you’ve only read the books you’ll know them as Earthborns, and you’ll know they don’t even show up until the end of the first book – this makes for a huge difference between the television seasons and the books.
It’s clear from the above that Morgan’s books can’t really assist in predicting what will happen next, but there’s plenty of other ways we can dive into season 5.
We were left with a lot of questions at the end of season 4: How did Clarke survive Praimfaya? Did anyone else make it out? Who’s the little girl? What happened to everyone else? Our heads are spinning!
With such a big time jump between seasons 4 and 5, it’s likely the episodes will focus on how everyone’s adjusting to another new life. Show creator Jason Rothenberg stated in an interview with Entertainment Weekly that “the time jump is highly dramatic”, also saying that we’ll be seeing a big difference to Octavia and following how Bellamy, Raven and Monty have made it.
What has been established about season 5 – from the last confusing five minutes of season 4 – is that we’ll have a stack of new prisoners stirring things up.
Three new characters will float down from the sky when season 5 returns and we’ll also get an introduction to Clarke’s nightblood daughter, Madi. With Clarke’s background as a caretaker, it was very interesting to hear her say “we’ll kill them all” when asked by Madi what they’ll do if the monsters return.
Which leads the conclusion to a whole new era rising in season 5. Maybe instead of trying to save everyone, we’ll see Clarke turn to the role of ‘us against the world’, with potential new threats, being alone for the last six years, as well as a young one to care for Clarke’s view on the world certainly would have changed, even going as far as to say maybe we’ll see her team up with the bad guys this season – leaving a storyline of ‘lets save Clarke’ open for her friends return to the series.
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