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Xena Will Be Openly Gay in the Series' Reboot

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Malcolm Venable

Just weeks after facing controversy from fans of The 100after audience favorite Lexa's death sparked discussion about lesbian character deaths on TV, writer Javier Grillo-Marxuach confirmed that Xena will be openly gay in his reboot ofXena: Warrior Princess.

In a recent Tumblr post, he wrote, "Xena will be a very different show made for very different reasons. there is no reason to bring back Xena if it is not there for the purpose of fully exploring a relationship that could only be shown sub-textually in first-run syndication in the 1990s. it will also express my view of the world - which is only further informed by what is happening right now - and is not too difficult to know what that is if you do some digging."

The Xena: Warrior Princess reboot is definitely happening.

While some may be worried about what this means for the life-expectancy of Xena's love interest in the new show, it's worth keeping in mind that, for the moment, it doesn't appear Grillo-Marxuach has any intention of "fridging" another TV romance. Although part of what happened on The 100 was out of his control, since Lexa's death was a room decision, anything that happens on Xena will ultimately be his.

What are your thoughts about the new Xena's status?