Richard Harmon as John Murphy on The 100. He may fly under the radar sometimes, but one should never underestimate John Murphy, played brilliantly by the charismatic Richard Harmon. Please note some spoilers are ahead. Murphy has always been a survivor, but he doesn’t always make the most popular decisions. We have witnessed a huge character transformation; however, as the selfish and conniving character has truly become an anti-hero that you desperately want to root for.
Even though Bellamy maintains the moral compass for the group, Murphy is always one step ahead and proves to be smart and strategic with his plans. You never know what you are going to get with Murphy, as he can easily switch sides, but that’s what makes me love his character. He’s essentially a con man, but he is so smooth and convincing and he knows how to adapt in every situation, making him one of the most compelling characters on the series for me.
In season 6, Murphy saw something when he died for a few moments, which has clearly made him uneasy. We still don’t know exactly what he saw, but it has kicked his survival instinct into high gear. Murphy is never afraid to say what everyone else is thinking and he doesn’t care who he pisses off. Josephine Lightbourne may think that she has everything under control with her own manipulation, but she should watch out. Even though she has been around for a very long time, she is no match for John Murphy, who “takes big swings” and plays an impressive game for sure!
What’s next for Murphy? I’m not sure, but it will be interesting to see which side he ends up on. Murphy seems intrigued by the idea of immortality, but he has gone through so much with Bellamy and the others and I have a hard time believing that he will turn his back on them completely. Murphy is always a wild card, but he is so entertaining to watch and Richard Harmon’s portrayal of him is incredible. It’s not always easy playing the bad guy, but he does so with flair and I have been a fan of his since the very first season. I can’t wait to see what he does next!
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