[SPOILERS for those not caught up on The 100 season 2 ahead.]

In the last few years, The CW has diversified its primetime programming to add new dramatic and comedy series that have been hits with the viewers, the critics, or, in some cases, both. One of the network’s offerings that has garnered a strong critical approval is The 100, The CW’s dystopian future series loosely based on a young adult novel by the same name. The series follows a group of 100 young delinquents sent down to Earth from the space station where they believed the last of humanity had survived the planet’s nuclear apocalypse.

However, Clarke Griffin (Eliza Taylor) and the rest of the 100 quickly realize they aren’t alone on Earth and season 2 saw even more people join the conflict when the surviving members of a community were discovered in Mount Weather. Now, in the first promo for The 100’s third season, it seems Clarke will be dealing with the fallout from her actions at the end of season 2.

The first preview for The 100 season 3 (above) sees Clarke dealing with the dangerous consequences of her decision to kill the inhabitants of Mount Weather, telling someone, “I did what I had to do, that’s all.” Additionally, the Grounder Indra (Adina Porter) can be seen ominously telling Clarke’s people that she’s “being hunted by everyone.” Other fan favorite characters can be seen in the preview – though not in happy situations. Jasper (Devon Bostick) and Octavia (Marie Avgeropoulos) seem to be grieving, Monty (Christopher Larkin) is being restrained by what looks to be a Grounder, and Kane (Henry Ian Cusick) is giving some advice to Bellamy (Bob Morley).

Fellow returning cast members include Paige Turco as Clarke’s mother Abby, Isaiah Washington as Jaha, Lindsey Morgan as Raven, Ricky Whittle as Lincoln and Richard Harmon as John Murphy. Little is known about the third season of the series developed by Jason Rothenberg, but the season 2 finale ended with a few open story threads. Clarke, after the massacre of the Mount Weather people by her hands, refused to go home to her people and instead went off on her own. Meanwhile, Murphy found a mysterious lighthouse and Jaha located a mansion inhabited by an artificial intelligence that possesses part of the space station.

The 100 Season 3 Preview The 100 Season 3 Preview: Clarke Is Being Hunted

When it first premiered, The 100 showed promise as an interesting sci-fi show that may have been weighted down by the conventions of CW series and YA adaptations. But, as season 1 unfolded and presented morally ambiguous challenges that Clarke and her fellow survivors were forced to face, the show began gaining traction with critics and viewers, which carried through season 2. The 100 has been compared to other cult sci-fi series like Battlestar Galactica and even been called The CW’s most underrated show.

Of course, The 100 still occasionally suffers from tropes of television involving teenagers or plot contrivances that may put off some viewers. But for the most part The 100 has established itself as a compelling and ruthless science fiction series that earned its place beside other beloved and acclaimed genre fare. Now, the promo for season 3 teases another season as well-paced and exciting as the last two, which viewers will have come to expect from The 100.

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The 100 season 3 premieres Thursday January 21st, 2016 at 9pm on The CW.

Source: The CW

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