The CW’s flagship summer show, ‘The 100’ was announced as ending with next year’s seventh season, which will fittingly bring the show to a total of 100 episodes. But it seems that fans may not be saying goodbye to this concept entirely, as the final season will contain a backdoor pilot for a prequel spin-off series. Showrunner Jason Rothenberg will oversee this set-up and will presumably carry over his duties should the network decide to pick up this pilot as an ongoing series. He is writing the script and will executive produce along with ‘The 100’ producers Alloy Entertainment’s Leslie Morgenstein and Gina Girolamo.
Rothenberg has spoken about exploring the world before ‘The 100’ in the past and even announced plans to pen a prequel novel for Alloy, which published the original books by Kass Morgan, which inspired the TV series.
The new series will be set 97 years before the events of ‘The 100’ and will show the immediate aftermath of the apocalypse that wipes out most of humanity. A small band of survivors will “learn to cope in a dangerous world while fighting to create a new and better society out of the ashes of what came before.”
The news of this backdoor pilot (or “planted episode”) follows the announcement of an episode of the current eighth season of ‘Arrow’ which will be used to set up a potential spin-off series entitled ‘Green Arrow and the Canaries’ to star ‘Arrow’ regulars Katherine McNamara, Katie Cassidy, and Juliana Harkavy. The CW previously ordered another spin-off pilot, ‘Jane the Novela’ based on ‘Jane the Virgin’ which ran for five seasons, and like ‘The 100’ ended with its 100th episode. However, The CW passed on that project.
‘The 100’ started off following a group of young delinquents who were selected to return to Earth after the apocalypse to see if it was safe to repopulate. Through their adventures, these settlers discover that some humans have survived the apocalypse but some have mutated, and they have all divided into factions, some of which have conflicts, into which the 100 are drawn.
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Source: The Hollywood Reporter