I love that Aidan showed up at the end of Revenge! What’s his plan? — Rhonda
NATALIE: He and Victoria are definitely cooking up a scheme. “You will see a delicious relationship between him and Victoria in the first few episodes,” showrunner Sunil Nayar tells us. “Our goal was to define him better and he’s very much his own man with his own agenda that we’ll reveal as the season goes on. He’s the holder of many secrets, but nobody knows his ultimate secrets, so he’s the man of mystery. For Victoria, knowing what he meant to Emily and to Conrad and examining the relationships he has, Aidan provides for a mysterious asset that Victoria has to figure out how to use.”
Question: Do you know who shot Emily on Revenge? You do, don’t you? —Janet
Ausiello: I don’t! In fact, no one knows. According to Emily VanCamp, the writers “are still on the fence about” who ultimately pulls the trigger. And someone does pull the trigger. The show’s leading lady insists the show isn’t pulling a fast one in that flash-forward (i.e. it’s a dream, the shooting is staged or something else lame like that.) “From what I know, she is really going to get shot and fall off that boat,” she maintains. “Who knows what happens after that? I’ll have to wait until Episode 10 to read it.” (Email me a digital file when you’re done, K? You kinda still owe me for this. Didn’t want to have to play that card but you forced my hand, Ems.)
Question: Revenge isn’t going to take Aiden and Victoria’s partnership in a romantic direction, right? —Kelly
Ausiello: Although exec producer Sunil Nayar concedes that “there are definitely sparks” between Barry Sloane and Madeline Stowe, “That’s not exactly the road we’re taking them down.” When we pick up this Sunday, Victoria remains skeptical about Aiden’s motives. “She really wants him to prove his fidelity,” Nayar explains, “because what a great ally he would be. They’re both trying to feel each other out. It’s fun to watch two people start to dance when neither one knows who’s leading and neither one trusts their partner.” Bonus Scoop: Ana Ortiz’ one-off guest stint has officially been upgraded to a multi-episode arc. Ugly Betty alums, FTW!
REVENGE – “Mercy” – When Emily’s biggest takedown yet crashes and burns, she must rely on help from an unlikely source to investigate what went wrong. Meanwhile, to protect her own future, Victoria makes a bold move to secure her independence, on “Revenge,” SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20 (9:00-10:01 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.
Warning: The following contains spoilers from the Season 3 premiere of REVENGE.
Revenge entered Season 3 Sunday night with a new showrunner (goodbye Mike Kelley, hello Sunil Nayar!), a new agenda (goodbye The Initiative, hello Emily’s primary mission!), and a ton of burning questions (What happened to Charlotte’s baby? What’s really going on between Victoria and Patrick? Will Conrad get a second opinion?)
Below, Nayar tackles all of those queries, and also previews what’s ahead for Nolan (love!), Aiden (war!), Conrad (soul-searching!) and much more.
VLINE | The dynamic between Nolan and Emily seemed noticeably warmer in the premiere. Was it important for you to remind the audience that these two people are friends?
Absolutely. They’re the core friendship of the show. He’s the one who was tasked by her father to protect who she was, and now she’s the one who’s tasked to help him grow into who he can be. Their dynamic is one of the things we’re exploring as the season goes on — and not just them as sort of Batman and Robin. But as real friends.
TVLINE | Nolan mentioned he was putting his cyber-hacking days behind him, so what can we expect from him in terms of helping Emily?
You can expect a little bit more of a hands-on Nolan. And, of course, electronics are his addiction. So although he swears it off, we’re going to see, in an enjoyable way, if he’s able to keep swearing it off.
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“Sin” – Emily’s next target takes her into unchartered, sacred terrain, now that the former Grayson Global executive is a reformed clergyman. Victoria makes a bold move with Patrick, and Margaux presents Daniel with an intriguing proposal, on “Revenge,” SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6 (9:00-10:01 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.
“Revenge” stars Emily VanCamp as Emily Thorne, Madeleine Stowe as Victoria Grayson, Henry Czerny as Conrad Grayson, Josh Bowman as Daniel Grayson, Nick Wechsler as Jack Porter, Gabriel Mann as Nolan Ross, Christa B. Allen as Charlotte Clarke and Barry Sloane as Aiden Mathis.
Guest starring James LeGros as Father Paul Whitley, Karine Vanasse as Margaux LeMarchal, Justin Hartley as Patrick Osbourne, NY Post’s Richard Johnson as Himself and David Moses as Pastor Saunders
Our favorite duo isn’t wavering and, in fact, their friendship will be explored even further this season. “We’re bringing Emily and Nolan 100 percent back together,” Nayar says. “But by the same token, as much as they’re going to be sort of partners-in-crime, we’re going to start examining the dynamics of their relationship and friendship going forward. They challenge each other in ways we haven’t seen before.”
A (strangely) happy Victoria
Upon seeing the closeness between Victoria and Patrick, viewers might think their relationship seems a little creepy — at least we did. Nayar explains it wasn’t really meant to come off that way. “I think what maybe makes it feel a little bit creepy is that you’ve never seen Victoria this open and happy with anybody and it creates an intimacy that is almost disconcerting,” he says. “There’s a vulnerability that brings with it a greater intimacy than we’ve ever seen because she trusts him and he trusts her.”
Last season began with a disheveled Jack that had hit rock bottom, but this one depicts Jack justifiably furious. (You didn’t think the Emily revelation would lead him straight into her arms, did you?) “His goal is to understand who this girl is that has lied for him for two years,” Nayar says. “So even though there is an anger, there’s also an undercurrent of his connection to her and memories of who she used to be. He has to reconcile who Emily is going to be in his life, but he also feels the need to move on and find himself a happiness that he feels he deserves.”
We can also expect a more take-charge Jack. “Last season it was all outside forces taking over what his life was and it ended up with him suffering loss after loss,” Nayar says. “So he has a new attitude this year, which is, ‘I’m the master of my domain and I’m going to control my destiny.’”
Daniel and Emily back together again
But is their love for real? Or are they playing each other? “We understand Emily is with Daniel as a means to an end … There’s going to be a constant question of: “What really is their connection to each other?’” Nayar says. “What’s great about Daniel this year is that he also begins to take control of his own destiny. We saw him last season be pulled by the forces of what Conrad wanted, what Emily wanted, what the company wanted. Daniel is very much going to make himself his own man, and, in doing so, Emily is surprised by it and doesn’t expect it. There are moments coming up where you definitely get a sense that there’s a fire [between them].”
A softer side of Conrad
It seems impossible, but the Grayson patriarch may actually back down a bit. “You’ll see Conrad go on a little journey of self-examination this season,” Nayar says. “We’re going to see a little more introspection in him and a little more of his vulnerability just as we’re seeing Victoria’s vulnerability when it comes to her children. We wanted to get a sense of the Graysons as a family again.”
The red Sharpie returns
Finally, the show’s signature prop is back with regularity, although Nayar warns it won’t be there every week. “In the first 10 episodes, we have more than one takedown, but we also examine what those takedowns mean for Emily, for the people being taken down and for the people now in the know,” Nayar says. “There are three people who know what Emily is doing. So, when someone gets taken down, Aidan knows why, Nolan knows why and Jack knows why. Because they’re three such distinct people, their attitudes about how they feel are all going to start informing Emily about how she’s going about her mission and what the repercussions of it are.”
On Jack and Emily’s reunion:
The new season picks up six months after the events of last season. And during the time we missed, Jack went on a long trip far away from Montauk and all the ghosts that lurk there. But when we return, so does Jack and “we do get to see the moment where they first see each other after he’s learned who she truly is,” VanCamp promises. “It’s a really intense, awful moment between them because he has so much anger — and rightfully so,” she says. “And I think you know in her wildest dreams she’d love for him to understand and is trying to make him understand but you can’t make someone as pure as Jack understand this kind of anger and sadness that she has inside of her that’s fueling this whole plan.” The confrontation, she says, sets the stage for their dynamic the rest of the season. “It’s going to be a really intense ride for those two and kind of a sad one, really.”
Nolan (Gabriel Mann) is out of prison as the season picks up and this character, too, receives a bit of a reset, with help of course from Emily. “You know they have so much love for each other, those two. They’re siblings in many ways,” VanCamp says. “He’s always going to go back to her, she’s always going to go back to him. It’s just a partnership. They’re teammates. And I just love the dynamic between them. It’s a really solid dynamic and it’ll be maybe a little lighter this season.” How light exactly? “Emily Thorne cracks a joke one time,” VanCamp reports excitedly. “Can you believe it? But it’s not really played like a joke because she would never really play it like a joke. But you know, funny little quirky moments that are really interesting to see.”
On Ashley’s departure:
As reported in late May, Ashley will not be part of this season. But you will see her in the first episode — and not in a body bag! “Ashley gets an epic send-off worthy of both the character and the actress,” says Nayar, who is marking his first year as showrunner. “And I think it’s wonderful.” He explains that not killing off the character, played by Ashley Madekwe, was part of the show’s goal to “avoid the body count this year.” “Last year, that was part of the dramatic thrust of the season, but we feel like there’s so many great people among [the cast] that to kill them, there’s an element of finality to it that we don’t want to embrace because we want all of these wonderful characters to come back,” he says.
Conrad’s health problems?
As shown in the trailer for the new season, Conrad is not doing well health-wise. Nayar teases, “I think you’re going to see, he’s been governor for six months, and he’s a fabulous governor. But he’s kind of been working under the pressures of the job and the pressures of coming home. And I think in that really wonderful way that the Hamptons affects a human being, you’ll see the toll his homecoming takes on him, absolutely, in the season premiere.” But be warned: There’s a twist on this arc.
On Charlotte’s pregnancy:
“You’re going to find out how the pregnancy plays out and you’re going to see, really, what it does to Charlotte’s character,” Nayar teases. And it happens quickly. “Having gotten pregnant, having lost the father of her baby, the journey we’ve taken her on in the last months are going to kind of transform her from the young girl we’ve known into the woman you’re going to get to know,” he says.
On who shoots Emily:
The cast may not have known at the beginning of the season who shot Emily, but have things changed? We spoke to VanCamp Friday on EW Radio, Sirius XM 105, and got an update.
Ready those red Sharpies: Emily Thorne and the rest of your Revenge faves are back in all of their vengeance-seeking glory this Sunday (9/8c)!
TVLine hit the set of the addictive ABC drama to get the goods on what’s in store for the Hamptons elite in Season 3. What Emily VanCamp, Gabriel Mann, Nick Wechsler and Josh Bowman had to say might surprise you…. and not in an unsavory, the-Initiative-really-never-existed sorta way.
For starters, Ems is back in full revengenda mode, with the Graysons still her main target. Her plotting, however, will eventually hit a snag when, VanCamp shares, “Some of our main players really [begin] questioning her” actions — her typically out-of-the-loop fiance Daniel included.