Roughing It Behind the Scenes of The 100 (PHOTOS)

Damian Holbrook

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Octavia’s (Marie Avgeropoulos) edgy encounter with Mount Weather weasel Emerson (Toby Levins) illustrated just how far she has come since the dropship. “She found her purpose and became a warrior,” says executive producer Jason Rothenberg, joking that Avgeropoulos “didn’t love the wild child” Octavia of Season 1. “She’s threatened that if I change the character back to who she was, she will kill me.”

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With the help of a blue screen and a postproduction effect called tiling that “makes it [look] like there are 500 people when we only have 100,” Rothenberg and the crew were able to turn a small group of extras into a Grounder army. “I wanted it to be epic,” he says. “I wanted Braveheart.”

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Eliza Taylor (Clarke) says “it was so hard for everybody to say goodbye” to Thomas McDonell (below right, with Bob Morley) when his character, Finn, became a casualty of war. “Working with him since the beginning, we had such a strong bond.”

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Built as a permanent structure inside one of Vancouver’s parks, the Sky People’s settlement, Camp Jaha, is “a massive set in the middle of the woods,” marvels Rothenberg. CGI effects were layered in to give the compound a more expansive feel, and it will get bigger in Season 3 when the survivors begin constructing homes.

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Taylor and Morley were all smiles thanks to a mini fan that Avgeropoulos fired up between takes. “We start filming in July, and the summer heat presents problems,” says Rothenberg—including swarming mosquitoes and a very sweaty cast. “A lot of our actors are wearing layers and armor and whatnot.” Our suggestion? Fewer clothes!

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Creating Jaha’s (Isaiah Washington, above) trek across the sunbaked landscape proved particularly daunting since filming for those scenes took place during winter in Vancouver. “The desert was freezing cold,” recalls Rothenberg, who adds that Washington still “loved” his character’s nomadic turn. “He was Jaha of Arabia.”

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