The 100 has never exactly been the lightest show on The CW, and Season 3 may be going even darker than Seasons 1 and 2 put together. In addition to the regular mud and misery facing the survivors of the nuclear apocalypse, Bellamy has turned into a murderer and Lexa was killed in the afterglow of a love scene with heroine Clarke. Now, the bad has taken a turn for the worse as longtime Grounder ally Lincoln was executed. This death meant actor Ricky Whittle could speak his mind about his experiences on The 100, and he definitely went off.
Ricky Whittle’s explanation to Zap2It of the circumstances behind his departure are shocking, not least because he’s probably ruled out any possibilities of working again on The CW in the near future. (And possibly vice versa, depending on how network execs reacted to this.) It’s hard to believe that such difficulties were going on behind-the-scenes, given that Whittle never seemed to give any less than his best in his performances as Lincoln. He may have felt that he no longer had a place on the show with Jason Rothenberg, but he always delivered in the role.
Of course, even without the conflicts behind the scenes, it would be hard to blame Ricky Whittle for wanting to leave The 100. For a character that has been around since almost the beginning, and one who has been a major connection between the survivors of the Ark and the Grounders, Lincoln hasn’t been given all that much to do except glower, take off his shirt, and/or bounce from Blake to Blake for conversations. According to the actor, the writing just wasn’t there for him to want to stick around.
The interview does shed greater light on the tweets from Whittle’s mother that vaguely lambasted Jason Rothenberg for his treatment of her son. Knowing the reasoning behind Whittle’s decision to leave The 100 makes it somewhat easier to cope with the loss of Lincoln. Hopefully, Ricky Whittle will find better luck in his role as Shadow on Starz’ American Gods, and that he'll continue to find work after burning a professional bridge so publicly like this.
The 100 has been renewed for a fourth season, so the show will be around without Ricky Whittle for a while longer. For a look at what shows will be on the airwaves over the summer, check out our list of premiere dates.
Laura turned a lifelong love of television into a valid reason to write and think about TV on a daily basis. She's not a doctor, lawyer, or detective, but watches a lot of them in primetime. Resident of One Chicago, the galaxy far, far away, and Northeast Ohio. Will not time travel, but will sneak references to The X-Files into daily conversation.
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