When we last saw Octavia, The 100‘s resident badass had become the leader of a unified clan of 1,200 people within the bunker. As we know from the promo, the group makes it through Praimfaya. Huzzah! But what has six years of life in the bunker done to change these characters and their dynamics with one another?
Den of Geek was part of a group of reporters who visited The 100 set in November. We talked to Marie Avgeropoulous (Octavia) and Adina Porter (Indra) about what to expect from their characters in The 100 Season 5.
“After the time jump, Octavia has changed quite a bit,” Avgeropoulos teased. “You’re gonna see her [six] years later and she takes a very creative way to help all the clans get along. There’s a lot of old resentments among all the clans and old resentments don’t die. So she has to come up with a very Octavia way to maintain order among the groups and you’ll see exactly how that is in season 5. This season gets a lot darker than last season, for sure.”
I’m not sure how The 100 could possibly get any darker, though it probably has something to do with Avgeropoulous’ tease that “resources are running extreming low and actually come to a halt.” Porter said the group has to come up with “a creative way of surviving.” (Please tell me this isn’t code for cannibalism.)
Amidst all of this instability, Octavia is still working toward her dream of one kru.
“One kru is the mantra that Octavia lives by, definitely” said Avgeropoulous, “but it sounds easier than it actually is to achieve, so, again, she comes up with this very destructive and dark path to create peace.”
Octavia is a character who has been trying to get away from the Skaikru culture that had her hiding under the floorboards since day one, but it sounds like she may end up taking a few cues from the culture she claims to hate.
“It’s interesting to see what exactly is going on in that small bunker,” said Avgeropoulous, “with all these clans who are at odds with each other trying to make peace and make a community … You know maybe they even take a few ways of reprimanding one and other from the Ark’s old ways, maybe they don’t?”
But, like all situations on this show, bunker life won’t last forever. We know that the people in the bunker will eventually make contact with people on the outside. How might that happen?
“There’s no way to see outside [of the bunker],” said Porter. “There’s a way for people who might survive on the outside to see if people below can hear them, to see if there are people still alive in there. And people keep that hope alive. Bang, trying to figure out some way to see if there’s some connection, but you have to wait to find out if that gets satisfied or not, but people are desperately trying to see if there are more humans on Earth.”
While things in the bunker sound pretty frakking bad, at least Octavia and Indra are still pals. Porter said the two characters are “still close,” adding: “We get to spend a lot of time together since, underground, there aren’t a lot of places you can go. I get to spend time with both my daughters, my faith-based, flame keeper daughter Gaia, and my warrior daughter Octavia.”
The 100 Season 5 premieres on Tuesday, April 24th at 9 p.m. Stay tuned for more details from our The 100 set visit.