Over the years The CW has worked to change its reputation from the low-rated teen drama destination station to a producer of quality genre-based programming with newer shows - like Jane The Virgin and Crazy Ex Girlfriend - that don't fit neatly into any boxes. The network's recent success is largely due to pioneering the small screen rebirth of the comic book shows like Arrow and The Flash and stylish adaptations of YA novels with The Vampire Diaries and The 100.
The latter is a sci-fi/action show set 97 years after a nuclear war sent a portion of the human race to survive in space, returning to earth to find it habitable but filled with threats. The show quietly built a small audience during it's first season, and received more critical acclaim as its second season improved and built on the themes from the first. Based on the full-length trailer, the third season will be just as action packed, and we now have new images that hint at what is to come.
The CW has now released new images (via IGN) which gives us a closer look at where we will find our characters when the show returns. Showrunner Jason Rothenberg has stated that we will see a small time jump, set a few months after Clarke and Bellamy's near total annihilation of everyone on Mount Weather to save their people. The images show Raven (Lindsey Morgan) back at Camp Jaha, Clarke (Eliza Taylor) in hiding as a grounder, Octavia (Marie Avgeropoulos) helping Jasper (Devon Bostick), as well as shots of Abby (Paige Turco), Lincoln (Ricky Whittle), and Murphy (Richard Harmon).
One of the defining aspects of The 100 is its refusal to skirt the heavy issues that come with building a new civilization, and the moral complexities of war. Since the show began everyone has been at war in one way or another, and the end of season 2 saw hundreds of people die to save a few and Clarke leaving her people to try and grapple with her choices.
While this is a sci/fi show, death is very much permanent, and season 3 will deal with the emotional fallout of that choice, as well as the political repercussions. While politics and ideology are a strong through-line in the show, it is the relationships between the survivors that drives the more emotional and compelling story-lines. It seems clear that the follow-up season will be every bit as action-packed, and the stakes just as high.
The 100 season 3 premiere episode "Wanheda: Part One" airs Thursday January 21st, 2016 at 9pm on The CW.