The 100‘s Richard Harmon and Sachin Sahel were teamed up for interviews at the 2019 WonderCon in Anaheim. Richard Harmon stars as John Murphy and Sachin Sahel plays Dr. Eric Jackson in the popular sci-fi drama which will return to The CW’s primetime lineup on April 30, 2019. The sixth season will find the survivors attempting to create a community on a new world. Episode one of season six is titled “Sanctum,” the planet that will provide the group shelter after Earth was made uninhabitable.
During roundtable interviews, Harmon and Sahel discussed their characters, Murphy’s relationships with Clarke and Jordan, and actors who’ve come and gone from the series.
Murphy’s described as the cockroach of The 100. How would you describe your character?
Sachin Sahel: “I would say he’s the owl.”
Richard Harmon: “Whoooo.”
Sachin Sahel: “Yeah, he makes that noise a lot. but like he’s always kind of searching and trying to figure out what’s going on and trying to be a voice of wisdom for a reason. So, I feel like he’s sitting on his perch just watching and trying to take it all in and hopefully find a cockroach to squish.”
How was the fan reaction to the screening of the season six premiere?
Richard Harmon: “It was positive.”
Sachin Sahel: “I think it was great. It was fun to watch it on a big screen with all those people. You’re like watching the premiere of a movie with people laughing at the screen, people applauding.”
Will there be a lot more Murphy and Clarke scenes with Murphy not forgiving her for the events in season five?
Richard Harmon: “I think Murphy’s trust is something once broken that is not easy to get back. I mean, he breaks people’s trust all the time so it’s a little hypocritical of him. But, yeah, I think that’s going to be a relationship that they’re going to need work on. And it’s not just her, it’s Murphy as well without giving too much away. There’s some really, really interesting new dynamics between Murphy and Clarke that you wouldn’t expect. It’s a lot of fun.”
Sachin Sahel: “That’s how it should be done…be foreboding.”
Murphy and Jordan have a relationship this season where he’s kind of like Uncle Murphy. How do you describe it?
Richard Harmon: “I think it’s an interesting relationship between him and Jordan because it’s hard for Murphy to look at him because he reminds him so much of his dad and his mom, specifically his dad. I think that’s a relationship that Murphy will miss is him and Monty, even though he never would have said it to Monty’s face. I think he had a lot of love for him and respect for him. So, I think he’s protective of Jordan in a different way than like let’s say Clarke is with Madi.
It’s different for him. He wants to see him do good. He wants to see him have fun. He wants to see him be his own man, but at the same time I think it’s hard for Murphy to just look at him. It’s hard.”
This season Jordan’s the new kid and everything is new to him. Will there be some kind of hazing?
Richard Harmon: “I think it’s awesome to see. It will be so great to have Jordan there because seeing a brand-new world through our eyes will be interesting, seeing it through his eyes is something completely different. I think he sees things so differently than the rest of us.”
We’ve lost so many characters over the years. Are there any you really miss?
Sachin Sahel: “I say Mike Beach.”
Richard Harmon: “It’s the actors, really, mostly. I mean Alycia (Debnam-Carey) was so freaking good too. That was a loss. William Miller, that’s one I felt bad. Ontari (played by Rhiannon Fish).”
Sachin Sahel: “Ontari. Yeah, she was great. I always liked Murphy and Ontari’s relationship.”
Richard Harmon: “I think that could have been explored further, actually. That’s legitimate because that was like the dark side of him from season one. She could bring out that whereas Emori brings out like the good in him. I would’ve wanted to see those two sides fight outside and inside him more. I think that would’ve been super juicy. I mean, you only have 42 minutes an episode.”
Sachin Sahel: “If that was the 44th minute, my eyes would be peeled.”
Richard Harmon: “Thanks, bud.”
Sachin Sahel: “You’re welcome, man. Ontari and Murphy was the jam.”
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