Madeleine Stowe, Emily VanCamp
Another one down, one more to go.
On last week's Revenge, Emily Thorne (Emily VanCamp) finally got the thing she's wanted most: Conrad Grayson (Henry Czerny) behind bars for (inadvertently) admitting to being responsible for the bomb on Flight 197. But Emily isn't satisfied yet. As she told Conrad, much to his approval, Victoria Grayson (Madeleine Stowe) will be taken down next. But will Victoria figure out the truth about Emily before she can enact her revengenda?
As Season 3 comes to a close, we spoke with showrunner Sunil Nayar about Emily and Victoria's face-off, dark and deceptive Daniel and, of course, a major character's death.
When we spoke before the season premiere, you said you were slowing things down. Did you accomplish what you set out to do?
Sunil Nayar: I think we really accomplished what we set out to do to the extent that as much as we slowed down, these last [batch] of episodes are a runaway train. We managed to take the all the things that happened in Season 2 and refocus them back on our characters and the end of the season will be really satisfying.
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Victoria is thisclose to finding out Emily's identity. How does the show proceed if she knows the truth?
Nayar: That's exactly what we want the audience thinking about. Victoria is getting close and Emily is really close to Victoria, so there's an element of cat-and-mouse that makes the show so exciting. So exactly what you asked is the point we're racing towards at the end of the season. A lot of the stories we told, especially in the second half, have been getting to this point where we reenergize Emily's focus on clearing Emily's father's name and taking the Graysons down. We really refocus on the fact that the Graysons are just bad people, wonderfully bad people, and we wanted to get back to the core of the show so that when we culminate at the end of the story, we not only pay off the second half of the season, but three seasons of the show for the audience.
Daniel (Josh Bowman) continues to become more and more manipulative and mean. Will he get any darker?
Nayar: Daniel is becoming so deliciously diabolical and what Josh is doing with the part is such a joy to watch. I think he goes darker, but he also shares a core value with his mother that he has a real love for family. We'll also see his love for Charlotte (Christa B. Allen) deepen. Daniel, unlike so many other people, is a creation of the world around him and ultimately of Emily. What's fascinating is that when they see the power he has, they only have themselves to blame. He can't feel guilty that he is where he is because everybody is to blame for the person he's become and he's enjoying all the benefits that come from his mistakes.
Speaking of Charlotte, what's the deal with Javier (Henri Esteve)?
Nayar: He's definitely [on the show] for Charlotte's sake, but he's also there to help us actualize who Charlotte's fidelities lie towards. We've only begun to explore his backstory; he's got a rich history. He and Charlotte are great together, but we want to do much more with him.
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What about Jack (Nick Wechsler) and Emily?
Nayar: One of the things really important to us was to reconnect Emily and Jack, and also start building the triangles. The first half of the season was Jack and Emily being apart and the second half was Jack realizing what that ultimatum did to his friend and we're really enjoying them get closer again.
Have we seen the last of Stevie Grayson (Gail O'Grady) or Patrick (Justin Hartley)?
Nayar: Until they've died, I can't say it's the last we've seen of them. Honestly it's one of those things where they're magnificent and as we talk Season 4, they're two people we're keeping in mind, but [with the] last three episodes, we just wanted to let the stories be told and have them in the wings waiting to come back, but refocus the show on the main people at hand.
Emily said that she was sobbing over a character's death in finale.
Nayar: I was standing next to her when she was sobbing over that passing and I promise it will be surprising and impactful and alter the journey of all the characters on the show. All of our characters end at points that are wonderful cliff-hangers, but the last two scenes specifically are scenes that will —and I know people say this every year, but I've never felt more comfortable in saying — absolutely blow our audience's minds both with the fact that these scenes are happening and what the implication of these scenes are.
Any teases for next season?
Nayar: Honestly, I can say it's going to be a totally different show next season. The first word that pops into my head is a reincarnation of the show. We do so many things that our audience never thought we would and things our audience wouldn't deem imaginable. And at the end of the day, we'll have a spectacular season finale, but also leave the audience wondering properly and wonderfully where we're going and those are things we can't wait to figure out.
The Revenge finale airs on Sunday at 10/9c on ABC.
Catch up on Season 3 with full episodes here.