Unity Days News Roundup
Unity Days, the first and only The 100 convention to be hosted in the show’s filming city of Vancouver, Canada, took place between January 19-21, 2018. A large number of cast members were present on one or both days of the event, including: Eliza Taylor (Clarke Griffin), Bob Morley (Bellamy Blake), Marie Avgeropoulos (Octavia Blake), Lindsey Morgan (Raven Reyes), Chris Larkin (Monty Green), Chelsey Reist (Harper McIntyre), Zach McGowan (King Roan), Tasya Teles (Echo), Luisa d'Oliveira (Emori), Sachin Sahel (Eric Jackson), Jarod Joseph (Nathan Miller), Nadia Hilker (Luna), and Jessica Harmon (Niylah).
Several unscheduled cast members also made a surprise appearance, including Richard Harmon (John Murphy), Tati Gabrielle (Gaia), William Miller (McCreary), and Jordan Bolger (Zeke).
With the premiere of Season 5 still three months away and the trailer nowhere to be seen, the cast members were extremely limited in the information they were allowed to share with the attendees. However, we were able to glean some tidbits that might be of interest in the upcoming season.
Arguably, the character we learned the most about over the weekend was Octavia, who, according to Marie Avgeropoulos, undergoes quite a transformation during her six years trapped in the bunker. “She’s a version of Octavia we haven’t seen before,” the actress teased. When she and her brother finally reunite after six years apart, “Bellamy has a really hard time swallowing the person Octavia has become.”
If that doesn’t sound grim enough, Avgeropoulos emphasized that Octavia doesn’t know how to deal with the leadership problems that come with having representatives from twelve warring clans trapped inside of a confined space, saying that Octavia will learn how to lead in her own unique (and very ominous-sounding) way. Avgeropoulos also hinted that Octavia has never forgiven Kane for his role in floating her mother and has always had an issue with authority; with the roles of power flipped in Season 5 she may (or may not) find a way to punish him for old animosities.
Between Octavia’s descent into darkness, rumours of cannibalism, and Jessica Harmon’s (Niylah) and Jarod Joseph’s (Nathan Miller) descriptions of a scene that had half of the actors in it close to vomiting, the situation in the bunker sounds very gruesome indeed.
How are things going for the characters trapped in space? Mouths were zipped tight in regards to any details, but as emphasized by Richard Harmon, “Six years is a long time. A lot of relationships have developed and regressed.” With seven people trapped on a single space station—four of them in relationships as of the last time we saw them, while three were single—it seems impossible that any of relationships between the characters will be the same as how we left them.
Although tight-lipped on specifics, Harmon did admit that Murphy considers Bellamy to be his best friend now, after six years in space together; the relationship is a confusing one, but one of respect. Harmon also emphasized how much he loves working with Lindsey Morgan, and mentioned that their characters have a weird chemistry—although he didn’t specify the nature.
Murphy is not the only one to undergo transformation while up in space. Tasya Teles says that her character has more sass now, and that it took her some time to learn how to “walk” as Echo again, and relax her while still maintaining her tough warrior spine that had been discovered in Season 4.
The character perhaps best suited to space is Emori, played by Luisa d'Oliveira. When asked how her character liked space, d’Oliveira replied, “She loves it!” There is certainly a lot about it for Emori, who had been a tech scavenger and nomad on Earth, to love, starting with the advanced technology onboard the ring. Space is full of revelations for a grounder like Emori, including the realization that the Earth is round!
On Bellamy Blake, Bob Morley said that his character would change quite a bit over the six year time jump, admitting that at first he didn’t recognize the person Bellamy had become and resisted the change before realizing that Bellamy in Season 5 is the best version of himself. And “the most honest version,” Lindsey Morgan chimed in.
Bob Morley also confirmed that Bellamy fully believes Clarke is dead; although he had hope that the nightblood solution would work (something that ended up being true) he believes Clarke had no chance to make it back to the lab in time and perished aligning the satellite dish to save them. His belief that Clarke died saving them, as well as her last words to him, will no doubt have a major effect on the transformation he undergoes.
Under the assumption that Clarke is dead and all is well in the bunker, what can we expect when Bellamy is reunited with his co-leader and his sister? Morley teased the reunions with a single word: “Emotional.”
There are also a handful of new characters from aboard the mysterious Eligius mining ship that landed at the end of Season 4 for us to look forward to. McCreary, played by William Miller, was described as “one bad motherf***er,” by Richard Harmon, “...somebody Murphy could have turned into had things gone a different way.”
Miller himself, who made a brief surprise appearance at the convention on Saturday afternoon, said that his character was undeniably bad, and teased that there is one moment in particular in which we’ll see just how terrible his character can be.
Regardless of what type of character the new cast members play, there was overwhelming consensus among the current cast members that they are all incredibly talented and fun to work with, and we can’t wait to see them on our screens for the first time in April.
Bits and Bites:
Nathan Miller was not originally intended to be gay; Jarod Joseph was told after Season 2 that there would be a change in his character for the upcoming season. Although the “Minty” (Miller and Monty) relationship undertones picked up on by some fans in Season 2 were unintended by the writers, it is possible that that interpretation impacted their decision to make Miller gay. (Chris Larkin and Joseph have their own fair share of chemistry, as the two shared several on-stage kisses.)
Both Joseph and Jessica Harmon called it an honour to be able to represent the LGBTQ community on screen. Joseph said, “My favourite thing about it is, regardless of whether you like me or not—and you don’t have to like me—Miller is a badass, gay brotha.” Harmon spoke of how it felt to be welcomed into a community she wasn’t a part of in her everyday life.
On the romance front, the odds of “Niytavia”—the popular fan ship of Niylah and Octavia—happening seem slim, as Harmon said she and Marie Avgeropoulos can hardly get through any of their scenes together without laughing. On the “Niylarke” (Niylah and Clarke) front, Harmon said that it’s a relationship based in love and friendship, but neither Niylah nor Clarke need nor expect it to be anything more than it is right now.
Chelsey Reist and Luisa d’Oliveira have known each other for a long time prior to working on The 100, but in Season 5 we can expect their characters to have more scenes together.
We can expect to see several “new worlds” explored in Season 5, which give the show a different aesthetic and open up more colour palettes.
A theme for Season 5, proposed by Tati Gabrielle: “What truly is unity?”
Season 5 of The 100 premieres Tuesday, April 24 at 9/8c on The CW.