WARNING: The following contains spoilers for "Sanctum," the premiere episode of The 100 Season 6, out now.
The first character to speak up during Season 6 of The CW's The 100 isn't its main protagonist Clarke, her longtime confidant Bellamy, or any of the other returning characters in the premiere episode. No, it's Monty Green, which may seem a little odd. After all, when the episode starts, he's been dead for decades after setting a course for the alien world of Alpha for humanity to get a second chance at rebuilding itself after Earth being rendered completely uninhabitable.
As a handful of the characters emerge from 125 years of cyrosleep, Monty's final message from the Season 5 finale is replayed. The former 20-something had volunteered to monitor the Earth with his girlfriend Harper after the last bit of the planet became incapable of supporting human life following a devastating orbital missile strike while his friends entered cryosleep with the last remnants of the human race aboard a spaceship hovering over the planet.
Upon waking up, the survivors discover that Monty and Harper had left them a series of video messages detailing that the Earth was not recovering, leading them to plot a course to a faraway world capable of supporting life. After introducing their friends to their son, Jordan, whom they place into cryosleep after he reaches adulthood, an aged Monty reveals that he and his wife will die of old age long before the ship can reach the planet Alpha. He implores his friends to take advantage of this new opportunity, to learn from the mistakes and loss of their old home to build a new, hopeful future together.
Monty's last plea for peace resonate with the assembled survivors, still gravely mistrustful of each other given the betrayals and abuses made over the course of Season 5 that divided the characters more than they ever had been before. While the misgivings and old grudges remain, the characters tentatively agree to move on for Monty's sake, and explore the new planet in the hopes of rebuilding civilization on Alpha with a small expeditionary force landing on the new world's surface.
As pilot Raven Reyes and Jordan Green remain on board the main ship and monitor the planet for activity and communications, the two simultaneously reach the realization that Alpha is actually the move for a larger planet as it rises in the horizon. The two become emotional by the celestial sight, Jordan observing that his father would've loved to live enough to actually see the destination he set his friends on. Raven confesses she misses Monty as well before being interrupted by Clarke's mother Abby.
With Abby's love interest Kane fighting a deadly infection he had endured by the end of Season 5, the awakened survivors discover that Monty had developed an algae during the interstellar journey to fight the infection and save his life out of cyrosleep where it has remained dormant. The medical team successfully revive Kane and battle the infection with Monty's algae only to run out before the infection is completely eradicated forcing them to return him to cryosleep before he succumbs while the survivors scramble to develop more based on Monty's findings.
Long dead and gone by the start of Season 6, Monty's legacy permeates through the premiere episode. Whether convincing his friends to overcome their differences in his memory as they arrive at a brave, new world together or developing a cure for one of their own, the fan-favorite character looms large for The CW series after his departure. However, with deep tensions and old grudges bubbling under the surface, it remains to be seen if this will be enough to keep the tenuous peace.
The 100 returns on the CW for its sixth season on April 30 at 9 pm ET/PT. The series stars Eliza Taylor, Paige Turco, Marie Avgeropoulos, Bob Morley, Henry Ian Cusick, Lindsey Morgan, Richard Harmon and Tasya Teles.