The CW’s post-apocolyptic dystopian drama, The 100 has been a fan favourite ever since its first season. High on action and mystery, the sci-fi series has been lauded with praises from critics and viewers alike. With non-stop revelations every season, does season 7 finally reveal how Clarke Griffin is the key to humanity’s last war?
Adapted from a novel of the same name written by Kass Morgan, in 2014 premiered the post-apocalyptic dystopian drama, The 100 on The CW. Developed by television producer Jason Rothenberg, the show is an action-packed science-fiction with a target audience of young adults.
- The 100 – A post-apocalyptic drama laced with teen angst
- Is Clarke truly the key to the last war?
- Season 7 – What is the idea behind the ‘key’?
The 100 has been dubbed as “a rare high-concept guilty pleasure” by critics and has had audiences hooked to it since the very first episode. The strength of this series remains in the fact that it has not seen a dip in its quality even after six seasons. With protagonist Clarke Griffin being frequently touted as the key to humanity’s last war, is it really true?
The 100 – A post-apocalyptic drama laced with teen angst
When the series begins, it is with the premise that it has been 97 years since the destructive nuclear apocalypse that almost completed destroyed the earth’s population. Thousands of people are now living in the Ark, a space station that orbits the earth. Since the population is increasing, it isn’t possible to manage more people in the space which is why 100 criminal adolescents are sent to the earth to see if it is habitable. After coming to earth, these youngsters realize that there are some dangerous people who survived the apocalypse and are presently living on earth. Led by Clarke Griffin (Eliza Taylor) and Bellamy Blake (Bob Morley), the group tries to survive the harsh conditions they are subjected to.
Every season of this drama is loaded with intriguing characters, excellent cinematography, and a taut script. The series has been commended time and again for keeping the content fresh and intelligent. Its young cast is probably one of the most talented casts on television right now and comprises of Eliza Taylor, Paige Turco, Thomas McDonell, Eli Goree, Marie Avgeropoulos, Bob Morley and Chuku Modu.
Is Clarke truly the key to the last war?
In the previous season, there has been a lot of talk about the last war of humanity on the planet Bardo where the leader of the Disciples, Anders, is of the firm opinion that his clan will have a role to play in the impending war. Anders has been convinced that Clarke is the key to humanity’s last war ever since Octavia Blake (Marie Avgeropoulos) arrived. The show didn’t explore the reason behind this in detail in past seasons.
One of the most plausible reasons behind the idea of Clarke being the “key” was her closeness to artificial intelligence, A.L.I.E. In season 3, Clarke even took the chip to become a part of A.L.I.E. as she entered the City of Light. But this wasn’t the only A.I. connect Clarke had. She also took ‘Flame’, the A.I. that was associated by the Grounders to the Commanders. Clarke is also in possession of Mind Drive, a technology that once had the personality of Josephine Prime.
While the buzz was that Clarke’s undeniable connection with artificial intelligence may have more to do with her being the key than we can fathom, season 7 has sort of proved the fan theory wrong.
Season 7 – What is the idea behind ‘the key’?
It seems like the key might actually be Flame, the artificial intelligence. Initially, the disciples were looking for Clarke thinking that she might have the power. However, it has now been revealed that what the disciples truly need is Flame and haven’t yet realized that Clarke is no longer in possession of it.
The Flame was actually destroyed at the end of season 6 in a bid to save Madi’s life. Since that worked, Clarke has been pretending to still have Flame. Even though the ruse is working for now, it remains to be seen what will happen to her when Cadogan discovers this.
With only a few episodes remaining, it will be interesting to see Clarke’s role in the final showdown. Hopefully, the makers will clearly explain the concept of ‘the key’ by the final episode.
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