While The 100 season 7 is going to be airing on The CW in the new year, it may not be the end of the world entirely.
According to a report from Deadline, The CW is ordering a backdoor pilot for a potential spin-off show that will be set more than 97 years before the events of the original series. Per the logline, “It starts with the end of the world, a nuclear apocalypse that wipes out most of the human population on Earth, and follows a band of survivors on the ground as they learn to cope in a dangerous world while fighting to create a new and better society from the ashes of what came before.”
Could this pilot be a way to explore the early days of who we later know to be the Grounders? It’s possible, but the time period makes it impossible for the show to really focus on any of the characters we’ve met during the original series’ run.
The 100 executive producer Jason Rothenberg is set to write the prequel pilot, though we remain confused as to how this is going to factor into the larger story of the final season of that show. Is this a situation where you have to look back in order to look forward? We’re always skeptical on prequels in the first place, mostly because you often have a challenge creating stakes within a world where people know how the original story ends. Everyone is going to be aware of the full story of The 100 by the time this premieres, so what sort of mystery is there going to be to resolve?
We do still understand why The CW would want to consider this, as The 100 has been a steady performer for the network through the bulk of its run. It performs extremely well in streaming/DVR playback, and it also does have an audience all over the world. Yet, remember that they don’t always pick up spin-off pilots to series, as they’ve past twice on various new iterations of Supernatural.
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