The last three weeks have been a rollercoaster ride for everyone involved in The 100 universe: writers, actors and the fandom. The onslaught of strong opinions came with the death of the beloved character of Lexa (Alycia Debnam-Carey). The ensuing heated debates and social media anger at the show earned an official apology from the executive producer and focused a white-hot light on the power of television storylines that represent, or take advantage of emotional connections to, LGBT characters in a negative way.
At WonderCon this past Sunday, I had a chance to talk to executive producer/showrunner Jason Rothenberg about how the firestorm regarding the storyline, its promotion and execution, has changed him moving forward as he prepares to chart out, and write, The 100's confirmed fourth season on The CW.
Has it made Rothenberg a more fearful writer? How does Clarke's loss of Lexa play out in the rest of Season 3? How will it inform the stories in Season 4? Find out in our candid conversation below.