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5 Questions from 'The 100' Season 5 Trailer

5 Questions from 'The 100' Season 5 Trailer

After months of waiting, the trailer for Season 5 of The 100 has finally been released in anticipation of the April 24 premiere date. If you haven’t had a chance yet, the entire trailer can be viewed in full below:

Unsurprisingly, the trailer left us with more questions than answers in regards to the show’s fifth season. Here are five of the most pressing ones:

1. How do the seven people trapped in space get back to Earth?

We now know that the people in space see the Eligius ship approaching before it lands on Earth; however, they have their lights off to avoid detection and are debating turning them back on. We also know that at some point they end up on one of the transport ships, as there’s a scene where they’re looking at hundreds of cryogenically frozen bodies aboard the Eligius ship. Echo aptly mentions that they’ll be an army when they get to the ground, most likely foreshadowing a conflict between them and the others.

 "What happens when these guys get to the ground? This is an army." Space crew stumbles upon rows of cryogenically frozen bodies aboard one of the Eligius ships. 

"What happens when these guys get to the ground? This is an army." Space crew stumbles upon rows of cryogenically frozen bodies aboard one of the Eligius ships. 

So assuming that Eligius and the space crew meet in space, how do they make it to the ground? Are they on the transport ship that Clarke saw land in the finale? Do they come down with a different ship? Do they manage to leave Eligius in an escape pod to go to Earth and warn the people in the bunker what’s coming? Do they use the same rocket that launched them into space six years ago to get back home?

And do all seven of them make it to Earth together? In a shot of what looks to be Becca’s rocket, we can see five people strapped in, meaning that two were left behind or were otherwise elsewhere. If this is the case, then who got left behind? And why?

 5 people inside of Becca's rocket. Who's missing?

5 people inside of Becca's rocket. Who's missing?

2. Are the people on the Eligius ship truly the Big Bads of the season?

From the trailer, it appears that the people on board the Eligius ship take control of the green space away from Clarke and Madi and are willing to do what they must in order to keep it for themselves — even war. But we also know that Octavia is willing to do what she must to claim the green space for her own people.

 "If this is the last living valley on Earth, then it's ours." Unfortunately, Octavia isn't the only one who thinks that...

"If this is the last living valley on Earth, then it's ours." Unfortunately, Octavia isn't the only one who thinks that...

The Eligius crew has their sleeping army, and newcomer Charmaine Diyoza states “You go to war with the army you have, not the army you want.” There’s also mention of fanatics crossing the 150 miles of desert between Polis and the green space — the people from inside the bunker, coming to claim the green space as their own? Charmaine, at least, seems to view them as a threat: “Fanatics make good soldiers.”

It seems that Zeke is not as on board with fighting as his boss is. Will Zeke’s more peaceful attitude have any impact on Charmaine, or will he end up splitting away from the Eligius group? Given the brutal life the people in the bunker have likely lived for the past six years, is Eligius truly the villain of the season, or is it Octavia and her people?

 "Why does it have to be war at all?" I've been asking myself that for five years, Zeke.

"Why does it have to be war at all?" I've been asking myself that for five years, Zeke.

And will the battle for “Eden” truly be the main conflict of the season, or will the groups overcome their differences in the face of something else?

3. How will Bellamy and Clarke react to seeing each other again after six years?

 “But in case this is the last time I get to do this, I just want to say— please don’t feel bad about leaving me here. You did what you had to do.”

“But in case this is the last time I get to do this, I just want to say— please don’t feel bad about leaving me here. You did what you had to do.”

Clarke, as we know, has been radioing messages to Bellamy every day for the past 2,199 days, without a response. She still has hope that he and the others with him are still alive. As Clarke stated in the Season 4 finale, talking to him is her way of staying sane and remembering who she was. On the other hand, Bellamy has spent the past six years believing that Clarke is dead and doing his best to honour her memory.

The trailer only reinforces this, opening with Clarke talking to Bellamy over the radio two months after Praimfaya. Later, we see Bellamy talking about how Clarke’s sacrifice still guides him, six years later.

 “Clarke didn’t die for us to live just so we can go back to the ground and make the same mistakes.”

“Clarke didn’t die for us to live just so we can go back to the ground and make the same mistakes.”

There are many reunions to look forward to in Season 5—and the trailer didn’t give us any hints as to how any of them will happen — but the one I am most excited about is Bellamy and Clarke. How will Bellamy react to seeing the girl he thought died six years ago alive and well on Earth? How will Clarke react to seeing the man she’s been talking to everyday for six years, when he looks, and no doubt acts, different from how she remembers him?

And how will the intervening six years change their relationship with each other? There are almost no scenes of Bellamy and Clarke together in the trailer, leaving the possibilities completely open-ended. How will Clarke’s close relationship with Madi affect her relationship with Bellamy and the rest of the people who went to space without her? If Bellamy spent the past six years being a sole leader on the Ark, will he and Clarke find it difficult to lead together again?

4. How will Octavia’s time in the bunker change her relationship with her brother?

 Octavia chooses to rule by the sword

Octavia chooses to rule by the sword

It looks like six years spent underground didn’t do Octavia any favours. In scenes that are presumably from a flashback, we see her exerting her command over the people in the bunker through force, killing anyone who doesn’t agree with her and declaring “You are Wonkru, or you are the enemy of Wonkru. Choose!” In a different scene, we see Marcus Kane collapsed on the bloody floor of the bunker holding an axe. Between all that and the speculation of cannibalism, it seems pretty obvious that the bunker will get pretty dark over the six year time jump.

Contrast that with Bellamy, who doesn’t want things to go back to the way they were before and will likely not see eye-to-eye with his sister on the things she did to survive. The trailer contains several intriguing scenes between the siblings: in the first one, Bellamy appears to be fighting Octavia and tells her “We all have things to answer for”; in the second one, Indra and Octavia sit by a campfire while Indra tells Octavia that her brother loves her, to which Octavia replies, “Love is weakness” (a callback to Clarke in the show’s second season); and in the third, Octavia hugs her brother and then kisses him on the cheek.

 Sibling love?

Sibling love?

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Will the war that seems inevitable see the siblings on opposite sides? Will Bellamy forgive his sister for the things she did while leading the bunker? (Will Octavia deserve to be forgiven?)

5. What the $@#! is that alien thing?!

 "Get it out!" But what is 'it'?

"Get it out!" But what is 'it'?

In a scene straight out of Alien, we see an unidentifiable person writhing on a bed screaming “Get it out!” while Bellamy, Octavia, Miller, Indra, and a new character, played by Kyra Zagorsky, look on.

What is it? How did it get inside him? And what will happen when it gets out?


Unfortunately for fans of The 100, answers to these questions (and many more!) will have to wait until the fifth season premieres on April 24 at 9/8c on The CW.

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