The 100 gained a massive following over the course of its seven-season run on the CW, so why was it canceled? Did the series come to its natural end? Or were there outside circumstances that led to its cancelation? Here is the real reason behind why The 100 season 7 was the show’s last, and its impact on the series finale. The 100 takes place nearly 100 years after a nuclear war destroyed all civilizations on Earth. The spaceship housing humanity’s survivors send 100 of its juvenile delinquents back to earth in the hope of repopulating the planet. But when the group makes it to earth, they quickly realize that they are not alone. Under the leadership of two of their own, Clarke and Bellamy, the group fights for their survival in a desperate attempt to establish communication with their ship.
This simple yet intriguing premise was spun out to seven seasons of deep plot and character development, aptly lasting for 100 episodes. All too often TV showrunners don’t get to end their shows on their own terms. Networks often cancel television shows due to declining ratings or other logistical issues behind the scenes. Or, conversely, they stay in the game for way too long, resulting in overly contrived plot points and exhausted audiences. But, fortunately, neither of these scenarios were the case for The 100 season 7. Showrunner Jason Rothenberg was lucky enough to end the show when he wanted and, more importantly, how he wanted.
Why The 100 Season 7 Was The Last One
In May 2020, Rothenberg told Collider that The 100 season 7 was the right time to finally end The 100: “It’s a long time to be telling the story of one group of characters… We also didn’t want to overstay our welcome and be a show that was making episodes into Season 10 and 12, and beyond, just to do it.” He went on to say that he assumed the studio would have allowed them to continue on into season 8 if he so desired, but 7 seasons already felt like a long time to tell a story about one group of people — and so going out with season 7 simply felt right. He said that The 100‘s series finale was incredibly close to what he envisioned from the get-go. Given the ways in which a show changes on a season-by-season basis, this may not have happened if The 100 continued beyond the creator’s intended ended.
This enabled Rothenberg to create a series final for The 100 that, while it wasn’t perfect, honored the show’s original message and core themes. The 100 season 7 was largely considered to be a polarizing season among fans, especially when it came to Raven and Clarke’s story. Even so, with the series finale, Rothenberg was able to get his message across. Humanity is messy, but always has the opportunity for improvement. As Rothenberg was able to end The 100 essentially the way he always pictured, this final theme of humanity’s messy potential feels like something he’s been working toward for seven seasons. He might have never gotten the chance to share his final message if The 100 didn’t end at the exact moment it did.
What The 100’s Cast Did Next
The 100 cast went on to have illustrious careers after the hit TV show ended. Eliza Taylor (Clarke Griffin) had a one-off on Seth McFarlane’s sci-fi series The Orville as Dr. Villka. She also has two other projects in the works, It Only Takes a Night, and I’ll Be Watching. Marie Avgeropoulos (Octavia Blake) has several projects in pre- and post-production, but she most recently appeared in Jiu Jitsu as Myra. Bob Morely (Bellamy Blake) is currently playing Nate in the TV series Limbo, which is in the filming process, and also played Peter in the TV miniseries Love Me. Ricky Whittle (Lincoln) has had some success in the television world, as he is now playing Shadow Moon in American Gods. Lindsey Morgan (Raven Reyes) moved on to the Walker: Texas Ranger reboot Walker as Micki Ramirez, after which she took a brief hiatus from acting. Richard Harmon (John Murphy) has had a number of roles since appearing on The 100. Most notably, he played Owen Mercer/Captain Boomerang on an episode of The Flash. He also had a stint on Fakes playing the character Tryst. Finally, Paige Turco went on to play the role of Nicole in Books of Blood. The rest of The 100 cast has also continued in their acting endeavors.
More: How The 100 Season 7 Sets Up The Prequel TV Show