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'The 100' boss talks women warriors, Easter eggs, and Clarke and Bellamy

Marie Avgeropoulos as Olivia and Ricky Whittle as the Grounder on "The 100"
Marie Avgeropoulos as Olivia and Ricky Whittle as the Grounder on "The 100"
The CW/Katie Yu, used with permission

Last week on "The 100," it was revealed that even Clarke (Eliza Taylor) can be driven to the brink of inhumanity. When Finn's (Thomas McDonell) life was in danger after being stabbed by a poisoned knife, she agreed to let Bellamy (Bob Morley) torture the captured Grounder (Ricky Whittle) if it would get him to share the antidote. Of course, the plan failed, and it wasn't until Olivia (Marie Avgeropoulos) cut herself with the poison knife, that the Grounder revealed the secret.

What he also revealed at the end of the episode was the fact that he could speak English, when he uttered, "Thank you."

"He'll never be delivering Shakespearean soliloquies," said showrunner Jason Rothenberg at a Q&A for "The 100." "But, yes, he speaks English and he understands it. He's been quiet because the less he says, the more they're telling him what he's trying to find out, which is all about them."

As for the Grounder's attachment to Olivia -- he has twice saved her life now -- Rothenberg says he not motivated to help her because she's a hot girl, but, as he said previously, to suss out the information he needs. Also, Rothenberg said that we will meet a female Grounder in Episode 9, who is a "very cool woman warrior, his boss."

One thing that Rothenberg had previously revealed about the Grounders is that they weren't dressed as warriors because of the landing of the space ship, but that they had been previously been busy defending themselves from an enemy on the ground. Then we saw the sketchbook that was taken from the Grounder, which included some interesting looking creatures, including one that resembled Big Foot.

"The sketchbook is filled with Easter eggs," Rothenberg teases. "When we first meet him, this guy is wearing armor and he's clearly a warrior, and it's not like he became that way two weeks ago when The 100 dropped from the sky. He was already like that so there must be something out there that he's armed up against and we will find out what that is going forward. And it may or may not be the Sasquatch in the book."

This week, Clarke and Bellamy go on a mission to find supplies for approaching winter. Some of The 100 accidentally eat nuts with powerfully hallucinogenic properties and lose their grasp on reality. Meanwhile, Octavia seizes the opportunity to help a friend escape, and a terrifying event brings Clarke and Bellamy closer.

"There will always be a push-pull with those two, but they're all in alignment," Rothenberg says. "They all want to survive. It's about how they do that. In [last week's] episode, she was driven by an obsession to keep Finn alive and she was going to do anything, even if it meant torture. I think that's the decision most of us would make, in that situation. We all say that we don't advocate torture, or at least most of us do, but if it's your own child that's out there and the kidnapper knows something, you probably would say, 'I'm going to beat the s--t out of that (expletive) to find where my kid is.' That's where Eliza is in that episode, and Bob. Leadership is hard, depending on where you sit. It's easy to judge someone's choices as bad or good, but I think most of us would make the same choice. So, we'll see them in alignment going forward, for sure. And he'll do things that piss everybody off, so she'll have to try to line him up."

Also on tonight's episode, on the Ark, Commander Shumway (guest star Terry Chen) secretly assigns one of The 100 to kill one of his own, and the treacherous actions of Diane Sydney (Kate Vernon) are revealed.

"[On the Ark, politics are] less clear," Rothenberg says. "On the ground, it's fairly clear. They will either live or die. On the Ark, the numbers are that only 700 out of 2,000 and some people are going to live. Who makes those decisions and who gets to go will be a story that we'll start to tell, and it won't be pretty, at all."

"The 100" airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.