The Season 1 finale continues (and ends) with “We Are Grounders — Part 2” on Wednesday (June 11), and the climactic battle scene against the Grounders that has been brewing all season is packed with so much action, gore and effects that for a moment, viewers will forget they’re watching an hour-long TV episode. The battle is just that good.
After screening the episode early, Zap2it got “The 100” executive producer Jason Rothenberg on the line to talk about the insane, “crazy” and “epic” showdown between the 100 and the Grounders.
“First of all, I want to give a hat tip to our producing director Dean White,” Rothenberg says. “He does many of our episodes, some of which I wrote, and is already going to do six next year, so he’s a huge creative part of this show. We could not have done it without him.”
Rothenberg is extremely grateful to both White and the rest of the crew for being able to pull off the “incredible” action in the episode. “Every episode, to me, is like a little movie, and we wrote all these almost-unproducable television scenes, like movie scripts within a television show,” Rothenberg says. “Our crew in Vancouver, including Dean, are all just magicians who figure out ways to actually make it happen, and the finale more than any other. The finale really is a big movie with episode 12 and 13 together.”
So how did Rothenberg approach planning out such a complicated battle sequence?
Rothenberg still can’t believe that he was able to go bigger and do more as time went on, instead of having to scale back.
It’s also something that you definitely don’t want to miss, as “The 100” delivers not only one of the best scenes to date with the battle against the Grounders, but also one of the best episodes of TV in history with “We Are Grounders — Part 2.” Be sure to watch the finale when it airs Wednesday (June 11) at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.