How kindness made The 100's Conageddon 4 the ultimate fan convention

The 100 convention Conageddon returned for its fourth installment during the St. Patrick's Day weekend in no other than Boston. See what happened and how simple acts of kindness made the event even more memorable.
The 100 -- "The Last War" -- Image Number: HU716b_0238r.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Luisa d'Oliveira as Emori and Tasya Teles as Echo -- Photo: Diyah Pera/The CW -- 2020 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.
The 100 -- "The Last War" -- Image Number: HU716b_0238r.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Luisa d'Oliveira as Emori and Tasya Teles as Echo -- Photo: Diyah Pera/The CW -- 2020 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved. /

The 2024 edition of Conageddon was the main attraction of the St. Patrick's Day weekend in Boston, Massachusetts. From March 15th to the 17th (and if you're like me, you arrived two days early), fans delighted in panels, meet-and-greets, photo ops, autos, and parties that exceeded expectations. It was a weekend filled with unforgettable memories and reconnections that peaked with kindness.

There were fourteen guests from the sci-fi show, making this year's event the largest one ever. While it seemed overwhelming at first, a solid fluidity quickly took place. Soon enough, fans settled into routines that worked well for their con needs while enjoying the social gathering.

Creating a warm and intimate atmosphere is Conageddon's trademark, as cast and attendees deserve one-on-one time. It's what sets this The 100 convention apart from the others because the cast meticulously plans every moment so everyone can have the time of their lives. Needless to say, Bob Morley, Eliza Taylor, Zach McGowan, and the rest of the epic cast gave it their all to deliver the moment for the fans, who came for the experience but left with so much more.

For one fan, getting to meet Thomas McDonell (Finn Collins) was one of her favorite highlights from Conageddon. She reflected on how in the ten years The 100 has been on-air, it has made her dreams come true.

Another favorite fan highlight is when Lola Flanery (Madi Griffin) DJ'ed both the VIP and Saturday night parties. The vivacious eighteen-year-old has literally grown in front of our eyes during her tenure on the dystopian series. Who would have thought that young Madi would be the Heda everyone needed?

How Marie Avgeropoulos scored the role of Octavia Blake

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Marie Avgeropoulos was quite the firecracker all weekend and shared some unique perspectives regarding her role as Octavia Blake. For context, I've always believed that one of the central focuses was Octavia and her brother, Bellamy (Bob Morley), in the series, as their storylines are nearly synchronized. For Octavia's metamorphic journey, Bellamy remained a thread, for she held him in her heart, even in her darkest periods.

But only Marie could bring the light in Octavia, and that's a fact. Throughout her (first) Conageddon weekend, she spilled the secret on how she obtained the coveted role of Octavia.

According to Marie (in all her panels), she won the role by standing out amongst the many Octavia hopefuls by doing her infamous "We're back, b****s!" line in her audition as she had in the pilot. Marie's boldness and raw talent obviously impressed the casting directors, and they awarded her one of the most developed characters in TV history.

"I have the craziest story of how I got the role [of Octavia]," Marie shares at her and Bob's dual panel. "There were a thousand Octavias, and this is what I did in the audition," she continued, standing up on the chair and screaming out Octavia's line.

And, the rest is history.

Mentionable Conageddon 4 moments

Of course, no Conageddon event is complete without some honorable mentions. Again, the con would cease to exist without the blood, sweat, tears, and love from the cast, volunteers, and organizers. The fans brought out even more magic by being their kind, authentic selves throughout the weekend, and per moderator Jo Garfein's words, "represented the best of the fandom."

  • Bob said he would've loved to do more flashback scenes with Tasya Teles, who played Echo. As Bellamy and she were romantically linked and connected through their trauma at Mt. Weather, it would've given their relationship more substance. However, as one who saw the relationship developing since season two and through subtle undertones (and shipped it), I was satisfied with what Bob and Tasya delivered onscreen.
  • Staying afloat with the shipping stream, it's common knowledge at this point that Bellamy and Clarke were "supposed to get together" in 6x11, but producers decided not to move forward with it onscreen. The scene was filmed, and if Warner Brothers decided to release a 10th anniversary DVD edition, then I hope this scene is included as a deleted scene.
  • In "Etherea" in season seven, Bob said Bellamy finally found peace when reuniting with his mother. He also indicated that Steve Doucette (Jonathan Scarfe), the guy he was with, had a thing going on while on the mountain. In other words, Bob's headcanon was that Steve was his "boyfriend."
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The 100 -- "Etherea" -- Image Number: HU710B_0191r.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Bob Morley as Bellamy and Jonathan Scarfe as Conductor -- Photo: Sergei Bachlakov/The CW -- 2020 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved. /
  • Bob and Zach McGowan have reunited to film the western Dearborn (formerly Death on the Dearborn). The movie tells the tale of a murder-suicide case in the late 1800s. Hopefully, it'll be released sooner than expected.
  • Jo Garfein has done such an incredible job moderating ALL of the panels. She brought such a light to them and making everyone feel at ease and comfortable.
  • The 100 was Eliza Taylor's first American show and one that changed her life. She also mentioned that she auditioned for HBO's Game of Thrones. But I think she got the better deal with The 100.
  • Bob and Marie truly have a special "sibling" bond that was heartwarming to see in real life, but heartbreaking onscreen.
  • Marie also said that Octavia would've learned immensely as a warrior from Lexa (Alycia Debnam-Carey) had she had the chance. Now that I'm envisioning it, we could've had an Octavia/Indra/Lexa dynamic that would've already add gigantic waves to the show.
  • Chelsey Reist, Christopher Larkin, and Shannon Kook reunited for a much-needed Green family reunion. It's the sweetest thing.
  • The volunteer staff is one to be awarded, as they looked out after everyone. Not the easiet feat, especially during a busy weekend.
  • I loved how friendship bracelets were exchanged throughout the weekend as if Taylor Swift was physically there. Although these types of bracelets existed in the 1980s, they made Conageddon more fun and personable.
  • Zach crowd-surfed after he mentioned Conageddon 5 at the Saturday night GA party. Nearly everyone's exhaustion was wiped out following his news.

Will there be a Conageddon 5?

It has been said that Conageddon 4 would be the last one, which you could probably guess broke many hearts. But, there'll be a fifth one due to the popularity, the fans' demands, the cast's passionate deliverance, and just the whole kind atmosphere surrounding the convention.

You can safely ensure that the OG's -Bob, Eliza, Zach, and Tasya are among the guests, and we're more than welcome to see what others will pop in for the fun weekend. After all, Conageddon is all about acceptance, kindness, and family; once you become a part of this con, it remains with you.

Per the website, Conageddon 5 will happen in Boston. When is the big question, but we'll keep you updated with all of the news!

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