The 100 surviving children of earth have faced a lot of turmoil in their five seasons of post-apocalyptic survival. There are far less than 100 as loved ones have come and gone. Octavia Blake (Marie Avgeropoulos) was one of the originals and she’s still one of the 100 remaining on The 100.
Season six of The CW’s post-apocalyptic series premieres this week and Avgeropoulos was at Wondercon last month to speak about the new season. Details were still vague but check in with Avgeropoulos here before The 100 returns Tuesday, April 30 on The CW.
Marie Avgeropoulos: If I were to describe Octavia as an animal, I would describe her as a butterfly because she starts in a disgusting cocoon and then she flies. But she always might not land in the greatest of places.
Q: Will we see the tension between Octavia and Bellamy resolved?
Marie Avgeropoulos: Well, it was challenging between Octavia and Bellamy of course because Bellamy poisoned Octavia and then Octavia, which was at the end, Bloodreina, threw Bellamy into the fighting pit. So it’s kind of unforgivable acts on both ends and it’s to the extreme of brother and sister rivalry too. So it’ll be interesting for the fans to see in season six how they come together and what the outcome is.
Q: How did it feel to see the fan reaction to the premiere screening?
Marie Avgeropoulos: Well, I hadn’t seen it either so I kinda was like enjoying just to hear the fan reaction to the very beginning and all the way throughout into the end because I was trying to compartmentalize it between them and I me. I was like oh my God, because, you know, when you’re filming, you don’t see the other actors’ performances if you’re not in those scenes. So it was amazing for me to see all, all, my, my cast and my costars and my friends throw their most amazing performances too. I just felt proud.
Q: Did anything feel different coming back now?
Marie Avgeropoulos: Well, other than I’m in my 30s now? I started this in my young 20s. Yeah, I’m just thrilled to be a storyteller. The fans are still into the story that we’re telling. I’m just incredibly grateful.
Q: What kind of role will Octavia have on this new moon?
Marie Avgeropoulos: Well, how do I tell you this without telling you anything at all? That’s always the hardest. They’re like, “Don’t tell them anything, but talk to them.” Okay. As you tiptoe and try not to lose your job. What can you expect from Octavia this year? Well, you can expect that, you know, when you hit rock bottom, there’s only one way to look and that’s up. With Bloodreina she had to make a lot of really tough decisions. A lot of those decisions came from Abbie explaining about cannibalism. That was such a crazy, awful, unfathomable idea to even do but she says, “If everybody doesn’t eat the guilt is going to happen and then there’ll be chaos. Do it.” So Octavia had to shoulder a lot of these choices. So yes, I played a villain but Octavia had to do it because otherwise there would’ve been chaos in the bunker because it was a bunch of clans that hated each other trying to survive together. So it was a really complicated mindset because she, she was never born a leader and she was forced to lead. So Octavia’s got somewhere to go next season to heal her heart, heal relationships and she spends a lot of it alone in her own head.
Q: What’s the dynamic with Indra?
Marie Avgeropoulos: Indra trained Octavia to become a warrior and I just love Adina Porter. I just look up to her as a mentor in real life. She’s such a great actress and woman. Hi, Adina, if you’re watching this. Anyways, yeah, it was challenging for Octavia to hear from Indra that she had lost her way. And Bloodreina knew that but she had to keep on going just to survive until that moment when they came through and broke through the roof of the bunker and Bellamy came down but otherwise yeah, Octavia did get lost in the lust of power. Everybody loves that. She was like Trump or something.
Q: Will that theme continue?
Marie Avgeropoulos: A little bit. We’ll see. Or she finds her heart again and tries to mend relationships. It can go either way. I can’t tell you.