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5 Storylines to Look Forward to in the 3rd Season of The 100

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The CW’s post-nuclear apocalypse drama, The 100, returns to TV on January 21, 2016, with lots of questions left to answer and an abundance of storylines to explore.

Here are 5 of the big ones we’re looking forward to.

1. Wither goes Clarke?

After (mercifully) killing Finn, allowing a missile to strike Tondc without warning the innocent people there, and making the decision to irradiate the entire population of Mount Weather, Clarke Griffin (Eliza Taylor) has a lot of blood on her hands. In the season finale, she walks away from Camp Jaha alone after telling Bellamy that she can’t stick around and look at the faces of the people she helped saved without being haunted by the (bloody) cost. So, where exactly is Clark of the Sky People going to end up?

2. The City of Light!

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Former Ark Chancellor, Thelonious Jaha (Isaiah Washington), leads twelve Ark survivors across the Dead Zone in search of the near-mythical City of Light. Only two of that group survive — him and John Murphy — to reach… something. Jaha doesn’t exactly get to his city. Rather, he follows a drone that leads him to a large (empty) mansion where he is met by A.L.I.E. — an artificially intelligent hologram portrayed by Erica Cerra. This AI knows Jaha’s name and has the missile which carried him to earth. She tells him that they have a lot of work to do. I sense something sinister going on here, but season 3 will reveal all (I hope).

3. Suicide Video Boy

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John Murphy (Richard Harmon), survives the Dead Zone with Jaha, but after being wounded by some kind of sea serpent, he remains on the beach as Jaha goes alone to the mansion. After sleeping for a while, Murphy wakes up and finds his way into the richly furnished lighthouse on the shore. As he is eating and drinking, he flips on a TV inside the lighthouse. The TV immediately plays a video from the year 2052 of a young man explaining that he gave his sister the “launch codes” (to some kind of bomb or missile, I presume). The young man says that despite his sister’s actions, it’s his fault. Then he pulls out a gun and shoots himself in the heart. Murphy will likely somehow get caught up in the mystery of the boy and what exactly he and his sister were up to.

4. Lexa, Lexa, Lexa

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Lexa (Alycia Debnam-Carey) was a strong character throughout her appearances in season 2. Although the role as commander of the 12 Grounder clans seemed too big for the character at times (seeing she was so young compared to the other Grounder leaders), Debnam-Carey captured a cool, in-control persona that carried well on-screen. In the second to last episode of the season, she made a deal with Mount Weather to have her people delivered from imprisonment in the mountain, thus breaking up her alliance with Clarke. What she does and where she goes from there will be of great interest in season 3. At one point, she asked Clarke to come with her to the capital of the Grounder confederacy, and although Clarke refused, we will likely still get to see Lexa in all her cold-blooded glory.

5. What becomes of Camp Jaha?

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All but a few of the Ark survivors (that we know of) are currently living in Camp Jaha. Obviously, there will be plenty of happy reunions for the families of the 44 kids saved from Mount Weather, but what happens after that is anyone’s guess. Will Abby and Marcus be able to hold together the alliance, or will the Sky People return to a state of war against the Grounders?

The 3-minute trailer for season 3 sheds some light on the storylines above while also supplying fodder for the paths of other favorite characters including Bellamy, Octavia, Jasper, and Monty.