Revenge is dropping its flash-forward gimmick in Season 4 and adopting “a whole new attitude” — beginning with Victoria — showrunner Sunil Nayar tells TVLine. “You’re going to find her in a very new state of mind…. There’s almost a calm about her.” That said, she’s still focused on taking down Emily, who’s “trying to move past what’s happened to her,” including Aiden’s death and the supposed completion of her original revenge mission. “Dead” David’s return will certainly rock her world, though the show will “roll him out pretty slowly” so the audience can savor everyone’s “different, wonderful” reactions. His dynamic with Emily, specifically, is “not what you’re going to be expecting.” Meanwhile, the dead girl left in Daniel’s bed at the end of Season 3 “will lead to a significant change” in the Hamptons’ golden boy. (The fate of his father, by the way, will be confirmed “in the first couple minutes” of the season premiere.) As for Nolan? We’ve got two words: Boat. Party.
BONUS SPOILER | Prepare yourselves for Jack 2.0. “The audience will be knocked out by what he has done between seasons,” Nayar says.
RETURN DATE | Sunday, Sept. 28 at 10/9c (ABC)
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You may be asking yourself why Jack suddenly becomes friends with a cop (Client List’s Brian Hallisay) after finding himself on the wrong side of the law last season. That’s easy: Jack is actually putting on a badge. However, despite his new position, Charlotte has been unable to forgive him for his part in her kidnapping, which will put them at odds at the annual Memorial Day party. (Oh yes, the party is still happening, it’s just being hosted by someone else while Victoria is in the loony bin.)
Continuing with our wonderful interview with Ted, here’s part 2 of the Q&A!
North asks: could you walk us through the writing process for one of your past episodes? How much lee-way do you have in choosing which characters should interact or in what they should say to each other?
Ted: Since this is a highly serialized show, we all work very closely with each other, especially with the writer in front of you and behind you in the order. When I wrote for “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” we never had to worry about that. Every episode was basically an island unto itself. That show was meant to be watched out of order. But “Revenge” is the antithesis of that. So teamwork is key.
That said, Sunil wants the writer to take ownership of the episode. So, we all come to the whiteboard with ideas, pitches and suggestions to make our episode come alive. Sometimes you make pitches for using people like Mason or Lydia, and that is always dependent on their availability.
Other times you make pitches for a takedown. My last one in season 3 was a takedown that I wanted to do very badly (episode 319). It was a twist on the traditional takedowns. Emily got her win. But it had the unexpected repercussion of revealing her actions to Victoria. So, that was fun to write.
Once the story gets broken, you have the fun task of casting the guest stars. For me, that’s one of the most exciting parts of being on a show as big and successful as “Revenge.” The types of guest stars our casting director Lisa Soltau pulls in are simply awesome. In the takedown episode I mentioned above, Lisa got us Tim Dekay from “White Collar.” I’m a huge fan of his and was not disappointed when he arrived to the set. He’s awesome and just knocked it out of the park.
But it’s like that all the time on “Revenge.” JR Bourne from “Teen Wolf.” Michael Trucco from “Battlestar Galactica.” Justin Hartley from “Smallville.” Joaquim de Almeida from “Clear and Present danger.” James le Gros from “Living in Oblivion.” These are all people I dreamed of working with and actually got to. That’s one of the best things about the job.
For more of the Q&A, click on Continue Reading. Spoiler Warning for the end of Season 3.
Without Ted and the writers team, we wouldn’t have any of these amazing stories we see on screen every season. Ted is incredibly active socially and agreed to do a fan Q&A with us, and he brought some friends.
Fans submitted questions via our Tumblr, Twitter and Facebook pages and again after sorting through the questions and submitting our favorites, here are his wonderful answers. We’re splitting the interview into 2 parts, so check back on Friday for Part 2. Part 1 of Karine’s interview will be posted on Sunday.
Kieran asks: Where did the idea to start the Revenge OGN come from and what was the process in getting it made? How involved were the shows creative team with the writing and story ideas or was it mostly you and Erica?
Ted: The idea came from ABC and Marvel. I was just lucky to be asked to join a train that was already leaving the station. Showrunner Sunil Nayar is the conductor. He asked me if I wanted to be involved, mainly because we’ve now known each other for a couple of years now and he’s well aware of my love for all things comic book-y. I’m grateful he asked me to help out.
Marvel asked me to come up with a story area for the comic and to find a way to tie it into the continuity of the show. As a long time fan of comics, I knew origin stories would probably serve us best in the long run. I worked very hard with Wilson Pollock (one of our talented writer’s assistants) and Jesse lasky (our script supervisor) to zero in on a story that would fit into our established backstory.
Once we landed on the thematic questions we wanted to answer in the story, I worked on defining the new characters and setting. Having lived in Geneva Switzerland as a boy, I thought it would be a fun backdrop for the story. It’s kind of like a European Hamptons filled with rich and powerful people who can mirror the Grayson’s.
Marvel brought in Erica to take the outline I’d created and turn that into a script. She’s extremely experienced in the medium and was instrumental in poking logic holes in the story and making it stronger and better than I could have ever hoped for. She and I would constantly go back and forth with the script tweaks until marvel finally said “stop tinkering! It’s done!”
Priscilla (@paulettegoddess) asks: Coming into Season Four, are there any ideas or stories you guys did in the past that you feel didn’t work out as well as you had hoped, or something you would have changed?
Ted: I suppose we had high hopes for some love triangle stuff with Nolan in season 2 that unfortunately got overshadowed along the way due to the initiative storyline. It’s hard to deal with traditional soap-y romance stuff when you’re also dealing with evil secret organizations that are plotting the death and destruction of thousands of innocent people.
I was also sad that we killed Nate Ryan. Michael Trucco is an excellent actor. Plus, he’s a fantastic person that brings a great, easy going vibe to the set. I loved the idea of him becoming Conrad’s new “frank” tough guy. I thought there was a lot of potential there.
But once the decision was made for him to kill Fauxmanda, it was pretty clear that he was going to die on that boat, too. That episode ended up being a very powerful and emotionally satisfying conclusion that people really responded to.
For more of the Q&A, click on Continue Reading. Spoiler Warning for the end of Season 3.
When to Watch: Sunday, Sept. 28 at 9 p.m.
What to Expect: Daddy’s back…and pretty unstable! With James Tupper now a series regular, fans can expect to see a lot of David Clarke in season four, with Emily and Victoria in “fun race” to control him. “He may not be the most emotionally and psychologically stable and if Victoria is the first person to get to David, she might be in control of that guy, which sort of presents her power running through the season,” EPAaron Harberts told us.
If you still haven’t watched the Season 3 finale, you really should, but just in case you haven’t we’ve hidden the content of this post. Click on continue reading in order to see the scoop!
Victoria Grayson will wrangle herself a surprising new ally when Revenge kicks off its fourth season next month.
Nestor Serrano (Graceland) has been tapped to recur as Edward Alvarez, a “commanding and perceptive police chief” who’s (surprisingly) in Victoria’s corner, TVLine has learned exclusively.
“We’re just starting to explore his character right now,” executive producer Sunil Nayar tells us. “He’s a friend of Victoria’s on the force who really has her back at a time when she needs someone to have her back. We’re not sure exactly where we’re headed with the character, but we like the idea of her having an ally in a position of an authority.”
In addition to Graceland, Serrano’s TV credits also include recurring roles on Blue Bloods, Dexter and 90210.
And now our other piece of exciting news! I’ve been doing a lot of work with Ted Sullivan lately to help promote the Revenge Graphic Novel and the show, and he has wonderfully agreed to do a FAN Q&A for EmilyThorne.org and he may even bring some friends with him!
The friends Ted may be bringing with him are… Nick Wechsler and Karine Vanasse!
It’s all going on via email, I’m hoping to have at least 10-15 for each person and the group as a whole and my staff and I will choose from all of the ones we get. We’ve already taken questions via Instagram, Twitter, and our Tumblr page and now we’ll also take questions via the comments section of this post.
So if you have a question, please leave a comment or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, using the subject header: Fan Q&A. The deadline to submit questions is Wednesday, August 20 at 10 PM MT.