If one of the most prolific and beloved fantasy slash horror slash supernatural writers declares his love for a post-apocalyptic show, you know it's gotta be good. American author Stephen King, whose books have sold more than 350 million copies, is behind bestsellers such as The Shining, Misery and It — which are only a fragment of his work, since he's written 57 novels and more than 200 short stories.
Perhaps just emerging from a binge-watching session, he recently took to Twitter to share his enthusiasm for The CW show The 100, whose third season premiered in January and is set to return for a fourth season.
Stephen King Loves 'The 100'
"Totally hooked on The 100," he tweeted, and went into detail about why he found the show so compelling.
'The 100' Manages To 'Push The Boundaries Of Moral Compromise'
With that, he echoed the A.V. Club's review of Season 2, Episode 16, "Blood Must Have Blood: Part 2."
Very few shows manage to really push the boundaries of moral compromise in a way that feels legitimately difficult. Breaking Bad did it. The Sopranos did it. Game Of Thrones has done it. Those shows never back down from the philosophical murkiness of their worlds, refusing to provide a tidy, happy ending if it doesn't feel right. With 'Blood Must Have Blood, Part Two,' The 100 has done the same, presenting a finale that doesn't shy away from the morally complex stakes it's spent a whole season building up.
He also dropped a few truth bombs about what made the show so good. From the feminist subtext...
...to the fact that it's anything but naive.
One Hundred Teenagers Are Sent To A Devastated Earth To Make A New Attempt At Life
If you haven't yet been hooked on The 100, watch the trailer above. The 100 is set 97 years after a nuclear war wiped out Earth. Those who were living on Earth's 12 space stations at the time of the conflict are thought to be the only survivors, and joined forces to build a single station named the Ark. Justice on the Ark is extremely strict and any crime can get an adult sentenced to death, while many teenagers are imprisoned.
But the prisoners get a new chance at a better life the day 100 of them are sent down to the Earth's surface in order to determine if the rest of humanity can settle there again. Unsurprisingly, the forest they land in is far from empty and the group is going to have to face struggles coming from their surrounds as much as from within their own ranks.