Now is the time that the higher-ups behind the show “Revenge” have to start thinking a little bit about the end of the road, and what they want their show’s final legacy to be. While there is no confirmation that this is the final season, the ratings are lower than they have ever been. Also, the series will meet its syndication threshold later this season. What we’re trying to say here is that if ABC wanted to end the show this spring, they could. Personally, we’d like to see them wait until at least a shortened season 5, but it is still unknown as to what their plans will be.
Should Emily Thorne make it through this entire experience alive? That seems to be the question raised by an Entertainment Weekly article, and it is an interesting question given that Emily is responsible for death, suffering, and much more. Similar sort of antihero characters (spoiler alert for other shows) like Walter White and Jax Teller each met their fate as a result of their actions; meanwhile, “Dexter” tried to get by with a “fate worse than death” ending by killing Deb and shipping Dexter Morgan off to be a lumberjack.
For the record, showrunner Sunil Nayar tells the website that it is still being decided whether or not Emily will survive in the end:
“Whether she lives or die, honestly we don’t know yet … That is such a moving thesis for the show, because there is such loss that comes with this journey. What’s interesting to me about how she would finish this journey is what sense of victory does she take and who does she get to walk away with, if she walks away at all?”
Emily may actually be the closest person to Dexter Morgan on the air; while she is not a serial killer, she operates with the same sort of code pertaining to the greater good. She takes down who she believes to be bad people, and lives under the “eye for an eye” mentality. This can be a good thing, but it can also be incredibly destructive.
Given the tone of the show, and the way in which Emily is portrayed as a mostly-heroic figure, we don’t feel like she necessarily has to die for this entire show to be worthwhile. With that being said, it is also hard to see her walking away from this without any form of punishment.
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