23 Best Cold Opens on The 100

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The 100 is at its best when the stakes are high and the characters are the central portion of the story being told. 

The introduction for each is always a make or break moment, usually because it sets a tone for the rest of the episode and what the audience can expect.

Over the past five seasons of The 100, it has managed to find a good stride in the way that it delivers those openings.

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There is a healthy mix throughout each season of humor as well as action-packed introductions to the upcoming storyline. 

Usually build on suspense, shock factor, or character heavy interactions that build on the conflict, the show knows what how to hook us from the start. 

Here is a slideshow of some of the strongest examples of successful cold opens on the show, those that we still remember to this day. 

1. "We Are Grounders – Part II"

"We Are Grounders – Part II"
The cold open for The 100 Season 1 Episode 13 stood out because it built on the worry that came with going to war for the first time. It also leaned on its strongest well-developed relationship between Bellamy and Clarke, letting their conversation give us more hope for the future.

2. "Praimfaya"

"Praimfaya"
The tension was at an all-time high during The 100 Season 4 Episode 13, with the end of the world threatening any trust that we had in everything turning out okay. There is also something ironic about the way that Bellamy and Clarke's growing romantic feelings in the finale were presented alongside their attempt to find hope for the end of the world.

3. "The Warriors Will"

"The Warriors Will"
The best part about the intro to The 100 Season 5 Episode 10 was the way that everyone fixated on the worms. There were discussions happening about how this would play a role at the end of the season, only for them to never be addressed again. It is kind of funny, right?

4. "Demons"

"Demons"
This may be biased but setting up The 100 Season 3 Episode 12 as the beginning of a horror movie was absolutely genius. It had a really wonderful balance of spooky and intriguing without coming off as too much.

5. "Coup de Grace"

"Coup de Grace"
Knowing that Bellamy was in danger meant approaching The 100 Season 2 Episode 11 with a lot of hesitation. And while it was really difficult having to watch that torture sequence that Bellamy went through, the way that it was filmed and Bob Morley's acting throughout it deserves its own slide.

6. "The 48"

"The 48"
The 100 Season 2 Episode 1 starting with Clarke freaking out everyone in that dining hall while she destroys everything in her path to get to her people was amazing. It jumped right back into the swing of things and it was so entertaining as a Clarke Griffin fan.

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The 100 Quotes

Lexa: My fight is over.
Clarke: No, I won't accept that.
Lexa: You were right, Clarke. Life is about more than just surviving.
Clarke: In peace may you leave the shore. In love may you find the next. Safe passage on your travels until our final journey on the ground... May we meet again.

Jaha: No pain, no hate, no envy.
Murphy: No thanks.
Jaha: John...
Murphy: No. Pain, hate, envy. Those are the ABCs of me. You get rid of them and there's nothing left, so why don't you get that thing out of my face?