CHALLENGES — The burden of leading weighs heavily upon Clarke (Eliza Taylor) and Bellamy (Bob Morley) when different challenges force them to determine who will live and die. Paige Turco, Marie Avgeropoulos, Devon Bostick, Lindsey Morgan, Christopher Larkin, Richard Harmon, Zach McGowan, Isaiah Washington and Henry Ian Cusick also star. Ed Fraiman directed the episode written by Justine Juel Gillmer (#402). Original airdate 2/8/2017.
And that's what we're officially calling it? The death wave?
We do call it the death wave. I don't think the term appears in the show until late, late in the season, but yeah. It's a death wave.
The premiere begins almost exactly where the finale left off. It deals with the fallout of everyone snapping out from under ALIE's influence, free from the City of Light, and now forced to confront their pain and despair. Why pick things up so quickly from where the finale left off?
It felt to me that ultimately, Clarke was just told this news and I wanted to reset the table quickly. Ultimately, rather than jumping ahead and getting them down [from the tower] and getting them back home and skipping all of that stuff, it felt like three months as a time jump for season three was difficult for some people, and certainly they felt like they missed some things. And also because the story already started. The opening gun for the season four story was in season three, when ALIE tells Clarke that it's coming and it's real. It felt appropriate to pick right up where that story left off. My biggest concern in the off-season was, how do I get them down from that damn building? (Laughs.) I decided that that would be the time jump. We jump just enough time to get them onto the ground.