The CW continues to build out its brand. The young adult targeted network has no shortage of series spawning all types of genres. With The Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, and Arrow covering superheroes, iZombie zombies, Riverdale seeing them explore mystery thrillers, The Originals taking vampires, and Jane the Virgin a romantic comedy, there is basically a show for anybody. One of their other big hits has been The 100, a post-apocalyptic series.
Although The 100 has not had as strong and devout a following as some of these other series, the quality of the series can contend with the best of them. Season 4 has only just begun and is exploring the idea of another apocalypse potentially ending the human race, leaving Clarke (Eliza Taylor), Bellamy (Bob Morley), and the rest of Skaikru scrambling to find a solution. Based on recent developments, it sounds like they may have bought themselves more time to figure it out, or at least see the aftermath.
THR has revealed that The CW has officially renewed The 100 for a fifth season on their network. There’s no word on a possible episode count, but it will more than likely be 13 or 16 episodes per previous runs.
This is an early renewal for the series, which goes to show just how much faith the network has in the series even after only five episodes airing this season. That’s undoubtedly good news for fans who want to see the series continue, especially as the current season has been so fast paced. We’ve already seen Clarke make a list of the 100 people she would save if Arkadia can be retrofitted to survive the solar waves and, once leaked, the rest of Skaikru devised their own plan to sort out who will get those coveted spots, which is now more complicated with Skaikru and Ice Nation forming an alliance.
There is now a danger of the renewal removing suspense from what’s the come; we can assume that they will be successful in surviving the incoming threat. That said, the show can still have a pretty unpredictable back half of the season; they’ve already been teasing the possible deaths of many fan favorite characters, and if only 100 people are going to survive this season there are sure to be many that will not return for a fifth go around. Main players like Clarke and Bellamy are probably safe as this has truly been their show, but anybody else could feel the wrath of the apocalypse.
Regardless of who makes it, it will be interesting to see where the show goes from here, and how long they can keep the human race alive.