After seven episodes, we finally heard a Grounder speak on Wednesday’s (April 30) episode of “The 100.” And even more surprising? The Grounder didn’t speak in some exotic tongue.
Obviously, this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to unlocking all the secrets of the Grounders, so Zap2it went straight to said Grounder himself, Ricky Whittle, to uncover as much scoop as we could about the intense episode filled with torture, the Grounder’s connection with Octavia, the mysterious mythology surrounding the Grounders and much more.
So is this captured and tortured Grounder a bad guy? Not so fast, says Whittle. “For me, I’m just chilling, relaxing, enjoying a nice summer in Vancouver when these aliens drop out of the sky and start having sex, killing each other,” Whittle says. “I’m like, ‘These guys are crazy!’ In my eyes, I’m good people.”
When you look at it from that perspective, it’s true: The 100 are actually the enemies in his eyes. Especially since in this episode, the Grounder was tortured by Bellamy and Raven. “The torture, it was brutal,” Whittle says. “And these are essentially just kids but they’re doing it for a higher purpose. They’re trying to save one of their own. If only the Grounder had just said, ‘Oh, it’s that one,’ none of this would have happened.”
But the Grounder didn’t respond to the torture, and the only reason he revealed which of his vials was the antidote to the poison that Finn was dying from was because Octavia sliced herself with the same poison-covered blade. She knew he wouldn’t let her die, because he had already saved her once before.
“There’s obviously a connection there and as you saw from the sketchbook, he has taken a shine to her,” Whittle teases. “And if he is a part of this other faction of Grounders, he’s gone against them. He’s gone against his own people or whoever’s out there and put his own life on the line to look after this person that he doesn’t even know. He’s observed her since she landed.”
So what can Whittle reveal about this faction of Grounders? “Obviously there’s more than one Grounder,” Whittle says. “We’ve seen different types running around and some are very aggressive. In episode 1, Jasper was hit with a spear and to this day we still don’t know why. We’re going to find out that there are different types and like the human race, we have good people, bad people, and everyone has a different agenda, and the ground is no different. Some are more aggressive than others, some have different roles within their people.”
Whittle can’t wait for fans of the show to see what’s coming next, since he says the action doesn’t slow down at all. “Every week, the pacing is fantastic. There are no quiet episodes,” Whittle says. “They say this is a bottle episode and yet we’ve got torture and so many conniving things going on with some beautiful emotional scenes. Bottle episodes are notoriously supposed to dull ones. And yet this is one of my favorites.”