The 100 Showrunner Reveals Series Will End With Season 7 (After 100 Episodes)

The 100 Season 6 finale Eliza Taylor cries as Clarke The CW

The 100 Season 6 finale airs August 6, and it will lead into The CW show's final season. Showrunner Jason Rothenberg announced on August 4 that The 100 will end with Season 7. The CW already renewed the show for that season, and now it's known that there will be no The 100 Season 8. Rothenberg shared the "bittersweet news" with fans:

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The news is bittersweet, rather than simply bitter, because seven seasons is an incredible amount of time to be allowed to tell a story. The 100 is ending on the showrunner's terms. The cast and crew already know the show is ending after the next batch of episodes, so they have a chance to savor every moment and have a fitting goodbye. That's not a luxury every show gets, as every abruptly cancelled series knows.

The 100 writer/producer Kim Shumway definitely sees the sweet part of the news, sharing Jason Rothenberg's post with this comment:

This is a gift. Getting to end the show as we wish is a rare blessing. All the gratitude to WB and The CW for their support over the years. 100 episodes of #The100. What a ride.

Jason Rothenberg also marveled at the perfect math of the ending, to close the story after 100 episodes of The 100:

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Of course, many fans are replying with "Bellarke endgame" posts, because that's what they want to see in the final season. They want to see it NOW but fans will have to wait to see if Clarke (Eliza Taylor) and Bellamy (Bob Morley) do end up endgame. At least we know the stars are happily married in real life, after that surprise wedding.

The 100 is loosely based on the novels by Kass Morgan, and she honored the end of the show as well:

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The CW President Mark Pedowitz also addressed The 100 cancellation news during the Television Critics Association summer press tour (via TV Guide):

Jason Rothenberg has said to us a number of times — I just didn't want to listen to him for a while — that he wanted to end it after the seventh season. We talked about it a lot. Jason has some other ideas he wants to do, and he thought that this was the right way to go. We have been very good at listening to our showrunners/creators about when is the right time to end a series.

The 100 just lost a couple of major stars in Henry Ian Cusick as Marcus Kane and Paige Turco as Abby Griffin. There's definitely the feeling that the show is winding down from what it wants to say, so as long as The Powers That Be know how they want to end the story, I'm on board with the "sweet" end of this news. But if they don't make Bellarke endgame ... you know many fans will be bitter.

The 100 Season 6 finale Tuesday at 9/8 p.m. on The CW. Season 7 will end the series at some point later on. Keep up with all of the summer TV and streaming premiere dates with our handy guide.

Gina Carbone

Gina grew up in Massachusetts and California in her own version of The Parent Trap. She went to three different middle schools, four high schools, and three universities -- including half a year in Perth, Western Australia. She currently lives in a small town in Maine, the kind Stephen King regularly sets terrible things in, so this may be the last you hear from her.