While there has not been a whole lot necessarily said as of late about the proposed revival for “Xena: Warrior Princess” that could be coming to NBC in the near future, we did get some interesting commentary today in the light of an enormous shocker that happened on TV recently: The death of a major character on “The 100.” (Warning: There are spoilers for that show ahead.)
Recently, Alycia Debnam-Carey’s character of Lexa was killed off in shocking fashion, and as a result of that creator Jason Rothenberg has come under heavy fire for continuing a trend of same-sex relationships ending because of one of the partners being killed off. Given some of the content that was underneath the surface at times on “Xena,” it’s only fair that the questions were asked of revival writer Javier Grillo-Marxuach as to whether or not something similar could happen here. After all, he worked on “The 100,” and certainly understands the passion that is behind having strong LGBTQ couples on TV.
In a post on Tumblr, Javier had the following to say in response to these inquiries:
“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.”
While of course Javier is not going to spoil a show that is not officially even coming on the air just yet, we interpret this as him saying that this particular story will play out in a very different way than Clarke and Lexa’s. Our suggestion is to just lock in the characters you want for the relationship right away into series-regular deals, that way you don’t have the sort of dilemma that we saw when Debnam-Carey departed for “Fear the Walking Dead.”
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