The war between Victoria Grayson and Emily Thorne—errr, Amanda Clarke—has finally come to an end. Maybe. Probably. We think.
During Sunday’s episode of Revenge, Victoria (Madeleine Stowe) planned to finally take down Emily (Emily VanCamp) by turning over the evidence of her quest for vengeance to authorities. Naturally, Emily got the upper hand and stole the evidence—but Victoria took things one step further by, well, killing herself to frame Emily. Unless Victoria has the super-speed required to run out of the gas-filled Grayson Mansion before flicking that lighter, then it’s ding-dong the witch is dead. Or is she? EW caught up with Stowe to get the scoop:
Since Revenge returned for the second half of its season, the show has felt like it’s putting all the pieces in place for the endgame—and tonight’s episode amplified that feeling. (But of course whether it actually is ending is still a big question mark.) “Burn” returned to a question that the show has been toying around with all season: Will Emily—and Nolan, to an extent—ever really be done with the revenge? If there’s one thing television and movies have taught us, it’s that every time you think yo’reu out, you’re pulled right back in.
At the end of Revenge’s last episode, Emily admitted to the world that she was really Amanda Clarke. It was a moment four seasons in the making (and something that hints we’re approaching the end of the Dumas-inspired soap). Now, after our collective sigh of relief that the secret is finally out, it’s time for us and Team Revenge to deal with the consequences. Let’s just say, if Emily thought coming out would make her life slightly less complicated and solve problems, she had another thing coming.
Each week, EW gathers the best Sound Bites from television, film, and pop culture. This week’s Sound Bites feature some great moments in television, including Emily finally revealing her true identity to the public in Revenge, Rick Grimes laying down the law in The Walking Dead, Angelina Jolie daring us to be different at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards, and Sam explaining to Dean why that one attractive nun didn’t put the moves on him in Supernatural. It’s okay, Dean—there’s always Castiel.
“Emily Thorn was not built for good,” Nolan says to Emily midway through tonight’s episode when she presents him with, what some might call, a stupid idea. “She was built to clear her dad’s name, which she did brilliantly.” It’s an interesting idea, and this season has definitely been playing around with this idea. Is Emily Thorne good for anything but dishing out much-needed revenge? Well, tonight’s episode answered that question.
If you want to know what to expect going into a given episode of Revenge, just read the episode title. It will tell you everything you need to know—and tonight’s episode was no exception. “Loss” dealt with, you guessed it, loss. We spent most of the episode watching parents deal with losing time with their children and preventing this from happening to another character. All of this, however, is topped by an event that puts one of our characters through one of the most tragic losses anyone could ever experience.
What a coincidence that tonight’s episode falls on the Ides of March since a theme of betrayal runs so thick through it. From Lyman manipulating his sister to Natalie revealing her true (batshit crazy) colors to David, everyone had to watch their back. “Retaliation” is, at times, an interesting episode in that we finally start to see that Margaux, who is growing more desperate by the day, may actually pose a threat to Emily Thorne.
After a month-long break, Revenge is back. Tonight’s episode finds our two favorite women, Victoria and Emily, taking a break from attacking each other to deal with other wars. Victoria finally learns why Natalie Waters (Gina Torres) has come to the Hamptons, while Emily handles Margaux’s latest attack on her life. It’s all very Revenge, but in a way that’s missing the it factor that made Revenge so addictive and engrossing in its first season.
Wow, was Nolan and Louise’s wedding reception the first party in Revenge history, even with the occurrence of a classic takedown, to reach its conclusion without having been ruined? I might be wrong, but I’m pretty sure it is. Compared to the recent string of episodes, tonight’s outing was relatively low-key and focused on most of our characters trying to figure out what to do with their lives now that Malcolm Black is done.
The promos for “Abduction” promised us a lot of verbal jousting from Emily and Victoria. Sadly, it didn’t deliver on that part because we didn’t spend nearly as much time with them in captivity as we should’ve. There’s nothing better than watching those two go back and forth. But nonetheless, tonight’s episode brought this Malcolm Black chapter to a close and set up what will hopefully be the driving arc for the rest of the season as Emily earns herself a new rival.
The Clarkes vs. Malcolm Black
- 'RuPaul's Drag Race': Our exclusive audience with the queen of second chances
- 'Bachelorette' first promo: This crazytown ain't big enough for the both of them
- 'Originals' boss breaks down latest shockers, previews a devastating finale
- 'Ant-Man' gets a tiny billboard campaign
- Django Django unveil trippy, magenta-hued video for 'Beginning to Fade'
- 'Agents of SHIELD' spinoff to star Adrianne Palicki, Nick Blood
- AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd pleads guilty
- ACM Awards 2015 red carpet style: We grade the looks
- ACM Awards 2015 red carpet arrivals: What they wore
- Blake Lively in 'Age of Adaline': Style when you're forever 29
- 'Star Wars' fans take Anaheim: Celebration photos
- 'Orphan Black': So, you wanna date a clone?
- Katy Perry, Tim & Faith, Blake Lively and More!