Lindsey Morgan previews Raven-centric episode + Raven as a ‘villain’
From Entertainment Weekly:
There have been a number of contenders for The 100’s season 3 Big Bad: The Ice Queen seemed like a ruthless foe, but Lexa dealt with her quickly. Pike was a thorn in everyone’s side, but he’s since been captured. Ontari certainly wants to be a force to be reckoned with, but she’s more fun than fearsome. So that leaves us with A.L.I.E., a computer software intent on taking over the world.
Jaha, the Pinky to A.L.I.E.’s The Brain, has been recruiting as many Arkadians as possible to join them in the City of Light. They thought they had converted a serious ally in Raven Reyes (played by Lindsey Morgan), but instead she became the first person to fight for her free will and resist the AI.
That unique ability to fight back against A.L.I.E. is a character strength that Morgan loves about Raven: “For such a long time, Raven has just been beat down and beat down by life in this world,” the actress tells EW. “You kind of forget the super smart, funky badass space mechanic who flew down in a pod she built herself and pulled out a knife on Bellamy because he took her radio. We haven’t seen that Raven in so long because she’s been so troubled for so long. I think it’s is a nice reminder that this girl is no joke.”
Unfortunately, even Raven has her limits. In episode 10, A.L.I.E. gave Raven what she asked for and revoked her pass to the City of Light, resulting in a heartbreaking scene that saw all of Raven’s forgotten memories flooding to the surface at once. As an actress, Morgan felt it was important to convey with her body everything that was going on in Raven’s mind; she approached the episode’s director, Matt Barber, and asked that he relay the exact sequence of the memories that would be running through Raven’s head. “I wanted each memory of it to be different, [and] the expression of it to be different, because I’m going to feel differently about being drilled for bone marrow than remembering my boyfriend being murdered by one of my best friends,” she says. “And even though it’s just acting, it’s still an experience. It’s almost like these memories are real and they are inside of you — because you did live through them in a sense, especially the dark ones. You trick your body into thinking you’re going through trauma, and your body doesn’t forget anything. I can touch my leg and remember the surgery, and the necklace reminds Raven of Finn; I have little triggers to help me remember and bring those memories to the forefront.”
Following that harrowing scene, A.L.I.E. took full synaptic control of Raven’s brain; our badass space mechanic was simply too weakened by the trauma to keep her out. Now that Clarke and Jasper are fleeing with Raven, the race is on to save her, which is the focus of Thursday’s episode, “Nevermore.”
And who better to save Raven than the old gang? Although Clarke, Monty, Jasper, Bellamy, and Octavia have all been at odds in one way or another this entire season, they’ll have to put that on hold. “They all come together for one purpose — and that’s to try to save Raven,” Morgan explains. “It’s nice that they put aside their differences for a greater cause.”
Morgan enjoys working with the group again on a personal level (“I love when we can all be in scenes together because we do enjoy each other so much and everyone works great together — and this is technically the first time the entire season long that we’ve had a chance to be together in the same room”), but also on a show level. She says the essence of episode 11 goes back to what “the 100” are all about.
“We protect our people, but mostly we protect each other,” she says of the original group. “We were the ones who came down here together, so really the ultimate bond is there in the 100 kids themselves.”
After putting up a valiant fight on last week’s The 100, Raven (Lindsey Morgan) gave herself over to A.L.I.E. (Erica Cerra) completely. But never one to give up on her people, Clarke (Eliza Taylor) will lead the fight for Raven’s soul in Thursday’sepisode while the heartless A.I. does everything she can to protect her secrets – even if it means sacrificing Raven.
TVGuide.com spoke with Morgan about the new dangers Raven is facing, what A.L.I.E.’s real plan is and more. Check out everything she revealed in the interview below.
How did you feel when you learned Raven would become one of A.L.I.E.’s pod people?
I had an inkling of knowledge to it in the beginning of the season when Jason [Rothenberg] was pitching this whole Matrix scenario with the City of Light and how Raven would be integral to it. It was very exciting, because I feel like the show hadn’t been that science-fiction-y. I was really interested in doing a really science fiction-based story because it’s something I feel like I hadn’t done yet.
Raven’s kind of a villain right now. Raven’s always trying to do the best she can for the group. Aside from the couple of mistakes she’s made, she’s always been a protagonist. So it was really interesting brutally fighting against my castmates, against characters and people I’ve spent three years constantly trying to save. I was really interested in that, and also interested in the acting exercise of, “what do you do when you’re mind-controlled by a supercomputer?” Like, that’s never happened to me before in life, so I love the challenge it brings.
What state is Raven in when we see her next? And what does her time in captivity look like?
Raven held out as long as she could, but she finally fully submitted to A.L.I.E. and with that comes compete and utter cognitive control over Raven’s mind, Raven’s body, everything she does. Raven’s no longer there. It’s A.L.I.E. that’s pulling the strings in her mind. So it’s really interesting to see Raven under full control of somebody else, and ultimately someone who is the adversary to all her friends. So you see A.L.I.E. working through the filter of Raven, and A.L.I.E. looks at Jasper or Bellamy, someone that’s holding her captive, and A.L.I.E. says, “enemy.” And Raven looks at them and all she sees is, “enemy.” She no longer sees Jasper or Bellamy. She doesn’t have any recollection of who these people are until it’s beneficial for A.L.I.E. to know.
Jasper (Devon Bostick) doesn’t understand everything the chip does. He doesn’t understand the extent to which Raven has been compromised. …. And now that Arkadia has fallen, he’s running for his life and he took Raven with him trying to save her. And whatever Raven sees, whatever Raven hears, A.L.I.E. hears and she collects that information. He blindfolded her and is trying to take her to some remote location. … But it doesn’t really matter where Jasper takes her geographically, because A.L.I.E.’s embedded in her brain.
Clarke has the A.I. that A.L.I.E. has been after, and now she’s brought it straight to her in a way. How will the Flame factor into the episode?
The Flame literally raises the stakes from a 7 to a 15. Everything is culminating in this point. And now that A.L.I.E. has taken Arkadia, A.L.I.E.’s that much stronger. The more minds she has, the more influence and power she has. She’s stronger than ever. Her army’s at full capacity, basically. And now she has her secret weapon, her right-hand pod person, Raven, in the room with the very thing she has been searching for for this entire season. So A.L.I.E. is so close to victory she can taste it. And the Hundred, the kids, are so screwed. They don’t even know, but if A.L.I.E. gets the Flame, they’re done. The Hundred will be extinct, essentially, when she takes them all and erases their minds. So everything is at the boiling point as far as what’s going to happen.
A.L.I.E. said that conquering Arkadia was only Stage 1. What can you say about A.L.I.E.’s main goal?
A.L.I.E. doesn’t think she’s bad. A.L.I.E. doesn’t think she’s a villain. A.L.I.E.’s just doing what she’s made to do and what Becca created her to do, and that’s save the human race. And in A.L.I.E.’s mind, saving the human race means enlisting them into the City of Light. Because she has factored into her A.L.I.E. mind that what’s wrong with humanity is pain, because pain ultimately causes humanity to be violent against one another, kill one another, get revenge. So once she factors out pain in the equation, then humans are peaceful. … However, what A.L.I.E. doesn’t understand is that pain also makes us human, and she’s stripping away the humanity and mortality of us. And because she is a computer, she can only do what she’s created to do. So she’ll literally stop at nothing to finish what her programming is created to do. So that’s A.L.I.E.’s ultimate end goal. In a way, she’s trying to make the world a better place. She’s trying to save humanity, but just going about it the wrong way.
The photos released from the episode reveal Niylah (Jessica Harmon) returns this week. What can you reveal about her return and whether or not she brought that wristband with her?
I think that’s interesting because as big as our world is now – especially with characters like Niylah and Polis and everything – everyone’s still essential to the ultimate story. So Niylah being in the premiere with the wristband obviously is why she’s coming into this episode. If you saw [last week’s episode], Raven had the idea of using the wristbands as a way to disconnect from A.L.I.E. … But also, Niylah has had her own personal journey through everything that’s happened while everyone else was gone. So you get to see what Niylah’s been through and how the Hundred and Skaikru have affected her and her life. Every choice and action have a consequence, and it’s not just affected our core characters. It’s affecting our entire world and it’s interesting to see that all play out.
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