Many have suspected that Xena and Gabrielle on ‘Xena: The Warrior Princess‘ were a lot closer than best friends and now those suspicions, or fantasies in the case of some who were teenagers in that time period, might just see some truth to it. Writer and executive producer of the new ‘Xena’ Javier Grillo-Marxuach was asked about a certain event that happened on ‘The 100’. Only, his response directly referenced these two warrior women and where he plans to take the upcoming series:
“I am a very different person with a very different world view than my employer on The 100 – and my work on The 100 was to use my skills to bring that vision to life. 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 subtextually 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.”
While he doesn’t specifically say that the pair will explore a lesbian relationship, it does seem to be the direction that he plans to take the show. Honestly with the “I Love You”s, series finale life-saving kiss, and the way that Lucy Lawless and Renee O’Connor reacted to one another on film, there really didn’t seem a doubt. In fact, while it was never stated on the show or behind the scenes, Lawless felt that the two were “definitely gay”:
“There was always a ‘Well, she might be or she might not be’ but when there was that drip of water passing between their lips in the very final scene, that cemented it for me. Now it wasn’t just that Xena was bisexual and kinda liked her gal pal and they kind of fooled around sometimes, it was ‘Nope, they’re married, man.”
Clearly it is still far too early in pre-production to make too much of a guess at the direction or tone of the series but at least the idea that love is in the air is one you can probably bet on. Hopefully they don’t make it a slow burn romance that takes forever to get off the ground as almost all scripted television does these days.
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