The 100 ending explained: What happened in The 100 series finale?

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The 100 season seven, episode 16 brought the long-running The CW drama series to a final close. There was plenty of drama and some major character returns as the show concluded – here’s a recap of what happened.

What happened in The 100 series finale?

WARNING: This article contains spoilers for the series finale of The 100.

The Last War was the final episode of The 100, which followed the cast of characters as their stories drew to a close.

Heading into the finale, there were plenty of plot points to be resolved as viewers found out who lived and who died.

As fans will remember, this all started with Clarke (played by Eliza Taylor) seeking revenge for what had happened to Madi (Lola Flannery).

This led her to seek out Cadogan (John Pyper-Ferguson) as he was taking a test to see if humanity was ready for transcendence.

She killed him for his crimes but as the test could not be stopped once it had started, she had to step in for him.

As she tried to complete it, one of the judges turned into Lexa (Alycia Debnam-Carey), to help guide Clarke through.

However, she failed due to her killing of Cadogan as well as her murderous past.

This meant humanity was on the verge of being wiped out when Raven (Lindsey Morgan) stepped in to appeal the decision.

Octavia (Marie Avgeropoulos) then gave a powerful speech calling for a ceasefire between the Grounders and Disciples and the judges changed their mind.

Humanity was allowed to transcend and almost everyone alive made the transition.

Of course, this means Bellamy (Bob Morley) was not able to transcend as he was already dead in a brutal revelation.

As well as this, Clarke was unable to after she had failed the test herself so was sentenced to live out her life on earth alone.


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The big twist then came when her friends decided they would not transcend and stayed on Earth with her.

Therefore, the show concluded with an almost happy ending for Clarke, Raven, Murphy (Richard Harmon) and some of the other young survivors as they began their time as the last of humanity.

Following the finale, showrunner Jason Rothenberg spoke to Entertainment Weekly about the meaning of the ending.

He explained: “We wanted the moral of the story to be, simply stated, ‘Until we stop fighting, we’re doomed.’

“Until we stop killing each other in the name of country or tribe or even family, we’re doomed to keep repeating that cycle of violence.

“And once we do and we link arms and we realize we’re all in this together, then we can get to whatever comes next.

“In this case, it’s transcendence. That was the moral of the story.

“Clarke doesn’t get the gift of transcendence because of her actions; her actions have a cost.”

The 100 is available to watch on catch-up on The CW now.

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