The 100 Season 7; Beginning of the End

The 100 season 7 is coming soon on our TV and Netflix viewers hope that they will not have to wait several months to watch it as happened to previous seasons. Like many teenager or youth stories, The 100 is getting rid of older characters but not when we expect or in the way we predict.

Marcus Cane who is suffering from an injury from a stupid incident is dying but Abi saves him by giving him a new body, but he who usually has ethical issues with everything doesn’t accept the new body and the sacrifice by a stranger who offered his body. He prefers to commit suicide and reject the 2nd chance of living even though he knows that his death makes the sacrifice of the young stranger useless.

Then Abi who could die from incidents or addiction or depression lost her body to one of the royals in the new planet they discovered. Clark kills her when she got sure that someone else is in her body. A brutal end for one of the main characters without creating any empathy in the audience.

And Octavia after surviving several deadly incidents gets (probably) killed by Hope, the unborn child of Colonel who suddenly shows up as a teenager from the deadly mysterious storm. These 3 disappointments and few unanswered questions kept the audience waiting for the final season of the series.

Season 7 will start in the same situation as other seasons. Despite ending the season 6 in a cliffhanger, this season will show the characters in unstable circumstances with too many unknowns. As it is the last season, The 100 has to settle many things and end the story in an acceptable way. Usually, this doesn’t end well.

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There are many examples of brilliant series that couldn’t satisfy the audience in the final season. Battlestar Galactica (2004-2009) shares many common motifs with The 100 and the main one is finding a new Earth. It was a successful show until the last disappointing episodes that surprised its fans. They found a new Earth and all the unsolved mysteries got simple answers that didn’t satisfy the audience.

True Blood (2008-2014) is another example of a remarkable start and an unbelievable stupid ending. The vampire story created a world regulated by urban horror stories and myths and almost all the events were in-line with rules of that fantasy world. 

True Blood even had a social impact in some urban societies and many of its phrases used as a mutual slang for young people but the final episodes ended like a cheesy zombie movie by making all the conflicts disappear.

The problem in some brilliant stories is that they can’t keep the quality of story-telling until the end. Usually, when they don’t have anything new to create surprise or suspense, they fail to keep the audience attached. That’s why Sergei Eisenstein, the classic Russian filmmaker believed that police stories have the best structure of story-telling because they reveal the details step by step and try to keep the audience in permanent suspense. A narrative style that can be used in other types of stories too, particularly in horror stories.

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