Marie Avgeropoulos Interview: ‘The 100’ Season 4 and Octavia’s Heartbreak

The 100 star Marie Avgeropoulos
Marie Avgeropoulos from ‘The 100’ at Comic Con 2016 (Photo © Richard Chavez / Showbiz Junkies)

The 100 star Marie Avgeropoulos says season four of The CW’s sci-fi action/drama series will be an emotionally difficult one for Octavia. That’s nothing new as each season of The 100 has been tough on the character who in season three witnessed the murder of the man she loved. During roundtable interviews at the 2016 San Diego Comic Con Avgeropoulos also revealed she’s looking forward to Octavia’s even darker turn in the upcoming fourth season of the show which will premiere on The CW’s primetime lineup early next year.

Marie Avgeropoulos Interview:

Octavia had such an emotionally difficult season. How is she going to handle that moving forward?

Marie Avgeropoulos: “Tears, tissues, booze… No. Octavia had a really hard season. She lost the thing that was the most important to her which was her Romeo, Lincoln [played by Ricky Whittle]. They had that gorgeous Romeo and Juliet romance that was forbidden since day one. And whenever someone tells you you can’t have that one, it makes you want it even more. Isn’t it funny how that works? But they just kept making these immense sacrifices for one another throughout their entire relationship and ultimately that’s how it ended. As tragic and horrible as it was, it was a little Shakespearean at the same time. So it was a really precious thing they had going and he taught her pretty much everything she knows that the Arkers didn’t and wouldn’t because nobody really believed in her and dismissed her. Lincoln was the only one who really had never done that, except for her brother of course but they’d been ying and yang this season.”

How was it filming those scenes with Octavia losing Lincoln?

Marie Avgeropoulos: “Well, actually the last scene where Octavia was watching Lincoln’s death was actually really challenging because he wasn’t even there and I had to do it staring at a telephone pole with an ‘X’ on it. I had to really use my imagination to really service that moment because it was such a big one. They worked on their relationship to be together for three seasons straight. I had to pull my heartstrings every which way I could.”

We’ve heard the upcoming season described as harsh but also more hopeful. Are you looking forward to that?

Marie Avgeropoulos: “Not for Octavia. I know what she’s going to be up to. It’s going to be a really emotional journey for Octavia. She takes a really dark turn into some pretty nasty pastures. You know, Octavia thought killing Pike would sort of band-aid that wound in her heart. It doesn’t. It actually triggers something even more disappointing because she thought it would fix that and make it all better. She is going to do what she does best next season, and that’s killing people. She doesn’t enjoy or take pleasure out of it; she just knows that’s her skill set. Her peers are doctors, mechanics, computer programmers. It took Octavia a while to figure out what she does best and now she knows what that is and she’s going to use that as an outlet to really excel at being the best assassin that she can with a certain group that you’re all aware of – I can’t tell you who. She’s going to have a really dark season. I don’t know yet what I’m in for. Probably some fun.”

Are you excited for her to take that dark turn?

Marie Avgeropoulos: “Yeah, definitely. I don’t want her to start playing violin or something. It’s fun. My favorite part of my job is learning how to sword fight better and ride horseback and all that stuff. It’s so much fun. I get to put that on my tax return!”

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