When is The 100 season 5 returning? Are there any more breaks? When are the final 5 episodes airing? What are they about? All of your burning questions answered!
The airing schedule for The 100 season 5 has been confusing, to put it mildly. With hiatuses practically every other week and an impending time change, we don’t fault fans for feeling a bit lost!
But fear not, because your life is about to get a whole lot easier: returning next Tuesday, July 10 at 8/7c, The 100 is officially taking no more breaks!
That means The 100 will air every Tuesday from now on until the season finale on August 7. It will, however, be airing an hour earlier than usual starting with next week’s episode.
’The 100’ is moving to 8 pm
While you can rely on The 100 to air every Tuesday for the next five weeks, you need to be aware of an important change: starting next week, July 10, The 100 will air an hour earlier than usual — that’s at 8/7c — and this will be its permanent new time slot for the rest of the season.
This is the time on which you could usually tune in to The Flash on The CW, but now that the Arrowverse drama has gone on hiatus, The 100 is taking its spot, with new sci-fi/fantasy series The Outpost following at The 100’s old 9 pm time.
Although it is confusing, The 100 fans should actually be pretty pleased with this time ‘upgrade,’ as not only is 8 pm a more attractive slot, but this is the first time The 100 is being used to lead in a new series.
So reset your DVRs and set calendar alarms to make sure you remember to tune into The 100 an hour earlier than usual from now on, starting on July 10!
No more breaks!
This is important: we’ve almost grown used to The 100 season 5 airing biweekly at this point, but the pace is about to pick up.
As mentioned above, the final five episodes of the season will air back-to-back every Tuesday from now on, with no more mini-hiatuses until the season ends and we begin the long wait for season 6.
That means you’ll get new The 100 episodes on Tuesday July 10, July 17, July 24, July 31 and August 7, all at 8/7c.
An episode is screening early for fans at San Diego Comic-Con
If you frequent internet fandom spaces, you need to know that the season 5 episode “The Dark Year”, rumored to be a flashback episode to Wonkru’s time in the bunker, will be screened for a live audience almost a week early: lucky fans will be able to watch it at San Diego Comic-Con’s preview night on Wednesday, July 18.
Why does this matter if you’re not going to be there? Well, unlike when journalists receive advance episode screeners, the fans and casual audiences attending will be under no obligation to keep the secrets of what they’ve seen. So if you want to remain spoiler-free for this episode, the week of July 17-24 might be a good time to take a little social media hiatus.
The 100 5×11 “The Dark Year” airs on television Tuesday, July 24 at 8/7c.
Everything you need to know about the final 5 episodes of ‘The 100’ season 5
Despite the many mini-hiatuses, The 100 season 5 has gone by so fast. 5×08, “How We Get to Peace,” aired two weeks ago, and ended with a shocking twist: Bellamy poisoned his sister Octavia in order to stop the war and save Clarke from being executed. (Read our full review of the episode here.)
Only five episodes remain of The 100 season 5. What happens in them?! Here is everything we know (which isn’t much).
July 10: ‘The 100’ 5×09 ‘Sic Semper Tyrannis’
On Tuesday, July 10, The 100 5×09 “Sic Semper Tyrannis” picks up where the previous episode left off. Here’s the promo that aired at the end of “How We Get to Peace”:
The official synopsis for the episode reads:
“FIRE — The growing fractures in Wonkru threaten to explode once and for all. Meanwhile, in Shadow Valley, Murphy (Richard Harmon) starts a fire, unleashing catastrophic results. Eliza Taylor, Bob Morley, Paige Turco, Henry Ian Cusick, Marie Avgeropoulos, Lindsey Morgan, Chris Larkin and Tasya Teles also star. Ian Samoil directed the episode written by Miranda Kwok (#509). Original airdate 7/10/2018.”
“Sic Semper Tyrannis” is Latin, and means “thus always to tyrants.”
It dates back to the assassination of Julius Caesar and is (most likely falsely) attributed to Brutus, and was later adopted by John Wilkes Booth, who claimed that this is what he shouted when shooting President Abraham Lincoln.
Its meaning implies the takedown of one or several tyrannic leaders. Considering that Bellamy literally had an ‘et tu, Brute?’ moment in the last episode, one of those leaders is Octavia, who is shown to be in a coma in the promo for the episode. And with McCreary set to take on Diyoza, chances are that Eligius will find themselves in a similar position.
IMDb indicates that this episode will feature recurring cast members and guest stars Adina Porter as Indra, Jessica Harmon as Niylah, Luisa d’Oliveira as Emori, Sachin Sahel as Jackson, Chelsey Reist as Harper McIntyre, Ivana Milicevic as Charmaine Diyoza, William Miller as Paxton McCreary, Barbara Beall as Sangeda Delegate Brell and Raresh DiMofte as Joroum.
(Note that IMDb information should always be taken with a grain of salt; sometimes there are errors, and sometimes actor appearances will not be listed ahead of the episode airing. Lola Flanery, for example, is not listed for any more episodes this season and we know that is not accurate. So don’t put too much stock into which actors are/are not mentioned for each episode.)
The episode is written by Miranda Kwok, who joined The 100 is season 4 and wrote the episode “DNR.” It is directed by Ian Samoil, who has been with the series since the second episode, working his way up from 1st AD and second-unit director.
On Twitter, showrunner Jason Rothenberg has said that this episode will “probably start a riot,” so make of that what you will.
Here are the promotional images released by The CW:
The 100 5×09 “Sic Semper Tyrannis” airs Tuesday, July 10 at 8/7c.
July 17: ‘The 100’ 5×10 ‘The Warriors Will’
The dummy title originally released for this episode was “The Last,” which could be a reference to what Gaia says when enemies of Wonkru enter the arena: “be the last.”
The new title is wonderfully enigmatic — the warriors will what?! — and the only potential clue we have to go on is the Indra-Gaia exchange from the season 5 promo in which Indra says, “real warriors hate war.”
Here is the official synopsis for the episode:
“HENRY IAN CUSICK DIRECTS THE EPISODE — Monty (Chris Larkin) strives to show Wonkru an alternative to war, and to the valley itself. Meanwhile, Abby’s (Paige Turco) health continues to deteriorate, along with McCreary’s (guest star William Miller) patience. Eliza Taylor, Bob Morley, Paige Turco, Henry Ian Cusick, Marie Avgeropoulos, Lindsey Morgan, Richard Harmon and Tasya Teles also star. Henry Ian Cusick directed the episode written by Julie Benson & Shawna Benson (#510). Original airdate 7/17/2018.”
“The Warriors Will” is written by Shawna Benson and Julie Benson (“Join or Die,” “The Other Side”) and directed by Henry Ian Cusick, who plays Marcus Kane. This is Cusick’s second directorial credit for The 100; he also helmed the season 4 episode “The Other Side.”
IMDb lists the following recurring cast members and guest stars: Chelsey Reist as Harper, Barbara Beall as Brell, Darien Martin as ‘Royal Guard,’ Stew McLean as ‘McCreary Guard #1,’ Albert Nicholas as Cosser, Michael Patric as Nash, and Hugo Raymundo as Hugo.
The promotional images further reveal Adina Porter as Indra, Tati Gabrielle as Gaia, Jarod Joseph as Miller, William Miller as McCreary and Lola Flanery as Madi.
Here are the promotional images released by The CW:
The 100 5×10 “The Warriors Will” airs Tuesday, July 17 at 8/7c.
July 24: ‘The 100’ 5×11 ‘The Dark Year’
“The Dark Year,” the episode that is screening almost a full week early for SDCC attendees, will very likely include flashbacks to Wonkru’s ‘dark year’ in the bunker. This is further supported by IMDb’s listing of Kyra Zagorsky’s recently deceased Kara Cooper for this episode.
Here’s the official synopsis:
“TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS — As Clarke (Eliza Taylor) races to save Abby (Paige Turco), she learns more about the trials and tribulations Wonkru faced in the bunker, and the impossible decisions they were forced to make in the dark year. Bob Morley, Henry Ian Cusick, Marie Avgeropoulos, Lindsey Morgan, Richard Harmon, Chris Larkin and Tasya Teles also star. Alex Kalymnios directed the episode written by Heidi Cole McAdams (#511). Original airdate 7/24/2018.”
Heidi Cole McAdams penned “Stealing Fire” in season 3 and “The Four Horsemen” in season 4. Alex Kalymnios made her directorial debut on The 100 last year with the formidable penultimate episode “The Chosen.”
According to IMDb, recurring cast members and guest stars for this episode include Luisa d’Oliveira as Emori, Chelsey Reist as Harper, Sachin Sahel as Jackson, Max Montesi as Lindo, Hugo Raymundo as Hugo, AJ Simmons as Anamay, and Barbara Beall as Brell.
The 100 5×11 “The Dark Year” airs Tuesday, July 24 at 8/7c.
July 31: ‘The 100’ 5×12 ‘Damocles, Part 1’
This is the first part of the two-part finale, although in The 100 tradition, only the actual final episode is written by showrunner Jason Rothenberg. “Damocles, Part 1” is written by Justine Juel Gillmer (“Demons,” “Heavy Lies the Crown”), with Dea White directing.
Here’s the official synopsis for the episode:
“SEASON FINALE PART ONE — In part one of the fifth season finale, Octavia (Marie Avgeropoulos) leads her people into war. While behind enemy lines, our heroes must overcome their differences to save Wonkru from extinction. Eliza Taylor, Bob Morley, Paige Turco, Henry Ian Cusick, Marie Avgeropoulos, Lindsey Morgan, Richard Harmon, Chris Larkin and Tasya Teles also star. Dean White directed the episode written by Justine Juel Gillmer (#512). Original airdate 7/31/2018.”
The title of the two-part finale has many interesting potential meanings.
Damocles, as we expounded in an earlier episode title speculation article, was originally a figure from Greek mythology. The story of Damocles is that of a courtier who envies the seemingly luxurious lifestyle of King Dionysius, but realizes the true burden of leadership when the king invites him to swap places.
Damocles learns that with power and wealth comes a massive responsibility, the physical representation of which is a dagger hanging over his throne by a single horse’s hair.
This story is relevant to the entire fifth season of The 100, which is in so many ways about leaders that have gained massive amounts of power and are struggling to figure out what to do with that power. Perhaps the title indicates that these leaders will finally face consequences for their actions in the season 5 finale, either by giving up power like Damocles did or by having that dagger fall on them.
Episode titles on The 100 usually have multiple meanings, of course, and “Damocles” certainly has significance beyond its ties back to Greek mythology that might feed into the plot of the season 5 finale.
According to IMDb, recurring cast members and guest stars for this episode include Luisa d’Oliveira as Emori, Chelsey Reist as Harper, Sachin Sahel as Jackson, Hugo Raymundo as Hugo, Cassandra Ebner as ‘Female Wonkru,’ and Barbara Beall as Brell.
The 100 5×12 “Damocles, Part 1” airs Tuesday, July 31 at 8/7c.
August 7: ‘The 100’ 5×13 ‘Damocles, Part 2’
The final episode of The 100 season 5, “Damocles, Part 2” is, like all finales before it, written by showrunner Jason Rothenberg.
No synopsis or images have yet been revealed for “Damocles, Part 2.” In fact, we know absolutely nothing about this episode except that it is (supposedly) the episode that introduces Shannon Cook’s character ‘Lucas.’
The actor has heavily implied that he will be back for The 100 season 6, and the character is therefore presumed to tie into the big finale twist.
According to IMDb, recurring cast members and guest stars for this episode also include Luisa d’Oliveira as Emori, Sachin Sahel as Jackson, Chelsey Reist as Harper, Corey Schmitt as ‘Prisoner #2’ and Camille Hollett-French as ‘Armed Minor #1.’
Ahead of the season 5 premiere, Jason Rothenberg and the actors also posted a bunch of pictures from the set that give tantalizing clues as to what could be going on (or at least where it is going on).
The 100 news site Hypnoweb has a neat collection of all the behind-the-scenes images from season 5 if you want to check them out!
The 100 5×13 “Damocles, Part 2” airs Tuesday, August 7 at 8/7c.
When will we know more about ‘The 100’ season 6?
As we reach the end of the 2nd week of writing, I can safely say… If you have a mind left to blow after season 5, you won’t after Season 6.”
– Jason Rothenberg
The 100 was renewed for season 6 back in May, and the writers are already working on the new season.
At this point, we know absolutely nothing about what is going to happen in The 100 season 6, and nobody is likely to tell us anything before the season 5 finale has aired.
Because the finale airs well after San Diego Comic-Con, the series won’t have its usual presence there, and promotion for season 6 will instead kick off later in the year.
The one thing we do know is that The 100 season 6 will be 13 episodes long, like the previous two seasons have been.
Fake ‘working titles’ for the episodes were revealed by the writers themselves on their official Instagram account:
(My own recent visit to the writers’ room additionally revealed “Sign This Rider,” “The Calm Before the Storm,” and my personal favorite, “Characters Just Sitting Around + Talking About Their Feelings.”)
The premiere date of The 100 season 6 has not yet been set. While season 4 premiered in early February 2017, season 5 premiered April 24, 2018, and it is likely that The CW will want to keep the series airing in the summer. However, considering The 100’s erratic premiere times in the past, there are no guarantees.
No actors have been officially announced for season 6, though Eliza Taylor and Bob Morley have both strongly indicated that they will be returning. And of course Shannon Cook will be there!
Filming for The 100 season 6 is set to begin on Monday, August 15.
As for whether there is hope for The 100 beyond season 6, we’ll leave you with the words of Rothenberg himself:
Highly doubtful. No one’s told me to end it in 6. And the network does like to announce those kinds of things. That said, I suppose anything’s possible. So please keep watching. #The100 https://t.co/6XN3mMxW98
— Jason Rothenberg (@JRothenbergTV) June 25, 2018