'The 100' Prequel: Everything that Has Been Revealed So Far

The 100 may have come to its series finale, but the story is far from over. The creators of The CW show, which is now streaming in full on Netflix, have confirmed that talks are underway for a prequel that would start to fill in the time gap between the apocalypse and the events of The 100 a century later.

Though nothing has been greenlit yet when it comes to the prequel, fans have already seen the show's plot. The 100 Season 7, Episode 8, titled "Anaconda," acted as what was known as a "backdoor pilot" for the show, a pilot for a spin-off series that airs as an episode of the show being spun off from. This is common practice on crime procedurals shows like CSI or NCIS, where new teams are often shown working with the cast we know before moving to their own show.

"Anaconda" is not the first backdoor pilot that The CW has aired this year. The network also aired one for Green Arrow and the Canaries as one of the final episodes of Arrow earlier in 2020.

As we have seen this backdoor pilot for The 100, we know who will likely be the lead of the prequel series. That would be Callie (played by Iola Evans), the daughter of Bill Cadogan (John Pyper-Ferguson) who we saw in "Anaconda" taking 2,000 doses of the Nightblood serum into the nuclear winter, looking for fellow humans she can save.

In this mission, she is set to joined by the guitar-toting August (Leo Howard), while her brother Reese (Adain Bradley) hunts her alongside right-hand man Tristan (Craig Arnold). Cadogan himself is also expected to return, though Bradley and Evans are the only actors who we know have options to return is the pilot gets picked up to series.

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'The 100' prequel would tell the story of Iola Evans' Callie. The CW

If that does happen, however, the show is unlikely to be called "Anaconda." In a TVLine interview, The 100 creator Jason Rothenburg revealed the name he is currently thinking of is The 100: Second Dawn.

As of the end of September, however, the show has not yet been ordered. At that time, Rothenberg said to Deadline: "What I can say is in terms of whether or not it's going to happen is that there are discussions that are still happening at the highest level. You know, I think probably I'd be talking out of turn if I mentioned where those conversations were happening, unfortunately, but there is a chance, a good chance, I guess, that it could come back."

In the same interview, he hinted at what fans could expect from Second Dawn. He said, "one of the things I want to do is get it back up to space because concurrent with the timeline of the prequel, what's happening in space is all the space stations, that were separate at the time of the nuclear holocaust, are coming together to form the ark. So, up there is where we would meet the great, great, great grandmother and grandfather of all of our heroes, Clarke's great grandparents, great-great grandparents, Bellamy's, Octavia's, obviously, and so we could tell a story that way."

Though he admitted that some actors had pitched to return as their character's ancestors, the showrunner said: "I doubt that's going to happen. We'll see."

In a TVLine interview, meanwhile, Rottenberg hinted that the show could come to "The CW, HBO Max or Netflix," but it would rely on fans making it known they want to see this show. He said, "If you want it to happen, root loudly! We haven't been picked up yet, and the hour is getting late. It may not happen. Ultimately, it's going to be about word of mouth. Is the audience getting loud enough and tweeting at the right people the right way?"