Why is The 100 ending with season 7? This is a question that many may be (understandably) asking right now. After all, season 6 has been praised by many critics and fans alike, and given the size of the series’ global audience, it feels like there’s more than enough people to compensate for the decent-at-best ratings that the show gets on The CW.
It’s with the latter statement in mind that executive producer Jason Rothenberg wants to make it clear that this was a creative decision to end the series, and not just one dictated by the network. Speaking via TVLine, he explains that he has been planning for season 7 to be the end for a while, and it was only just confirmed by CW head Mark Pedowitz:
“We want to leave [the fans] wanting more. We don’t want to overstay our welcome. All the cliches. But [The CW wasn’t] ready to commit to that until late last week when I got a call from Mark. He’s been great the whole time about respecting showrunners. He really does give us enough rope to hang ourselves with, so we will now attempt to not do that.”
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This is where it feels like the right time to remind you that one of the things that The CW does a fantastic job at is making sure that its series get to end on their own terms and with their own desired legacy. It doesn’t happen all of the time, but just think about this — iZombie, Jane the Virgin, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Arrow, Supernatural, and now The 100 are among the shows already over at The CW or are going to end within the next 12-13 months. All of these shows have an opportunity to end on their own terms. They’re not pushed out the door or given the cancellation ax. If we were a content creator, we’d want to work with The CW. They’re budgeting their shows properly and building an architecture that incentives keeping them around and giving them proper endings.
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