Set­tling the score

It was pure unadul­ter­ated soap – but au­di­ences sure loved see­ing spoiled rich peo­ple get taken down. DEB­BIE SCHIPP looks back on four sea­sons of Re­venge

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EMILY Thorne’s ( Emily VanCamp) quest for vengeance is over.

Re­venge, can­celled in US af­ter four sea­sons, draws the cur­tain on death and vengeance in the Hamp­tons on Aus­tralian screens to­mor­row night.

Some say it’s a mercy killing – Emily’s vengeance path took quite a hit when it turned out the dead man she was do­ing it in the name of – her fa­ther – was ac­tu­ally alive.

And re­ally, how many bul­lets and jail sen­tences could one woman with a deadly vendetta dodge in a life­time?

When Re­venge launched, au­di­ences rel­ished in its ir­re­sistibly soapy – and of­ten barely be­liev­able way – of tak­ing down the rich and priv­i­leged. Here are five char­ac­ters we loved, loved to hate, or left us mys­ti­fied by their gulli­bil­ity.


PLAYED with cun­ning bor­deringon- psy­cho­pathic aplomb by Emily VanCamp ( right), the woman born Amanda Clarke trans­formed into a killer with a new iden­tity when she found out her dead fa­ther was falsely ac­cused of ter­ror­ism, and that Vic­to­ria Grayson was re­spon­si­ble. Emily Thorne sur­faced in the Hamp­tons as a wealthy so­cialite, and started cross­ing peo­ple off her re­venge list – red ‘ x’s and all, with a spe­cial place marked in hell for Vic­to­ria. She ei­ther ru­ined their lives, or killed them. Along the way she sur­vived be­ing shot twice, buried alive, and found out the whole vengeance thing was mis­guided be­cause her dad was still alive. And her mum, for that mat­ter. Still, she ploughed on. And did it all while chan­nelling ninja skills, wear­ing killer frocks, and sleep­ing with the hottest blokes on the show. Bravo.


PURE evil, Vic­to­ria threw any­one un­der the bus – os­ten­si­bly to pro­tect her fam­ily – but we all knew the Hamp­tons so­ci­ety queen wanted most to pro­tect her­self. Madeleine Stowe ( right) – the mistress of the with­er­ing, icy stare and veiled in­sult – was de­li­cious in the role. Emily’s neme­sis faked her own death – twice, locked her own daugh­ter up in re­hab, and calmly re­cruited con­trac­tors to kill, or pulled the trig­ger her­self. Emily locked her up in a men­tal health fa­cil­ity for six months, and she still walked out un­scathed. The writ­ing was on the wall in sea­son one when she hissed at ‘ friend’ Ly­dia: “Un­der­stand some­thing, Ly­dia: Ev­ery time I smile at you across the room or we run into each other at a lun­cheon or I welcome you into my home? Let that smile be a re­minder of just how much I de­spise you. And ev­ery time I hug you? The warmth you feel is my ha­tred burn­ing through.”


WE loved his many mad hair­styles, out- there fash­ion, un­wa­ver­ing loy­alty to Emily, gen­eral smarts and evil side. But the thing we loved most about Gabriel Mann’s Nolan ( above) was that he got the lion’s share of the one- lin­ers, de­liv­ered with sar­donic sar­casm and wit. Some of the gems from the side­kick who of­ten stole the show in­clude: “Sac­ri­fi­cial lamb, re­port­ing for slaugh­ter”; “But then again I’m just a self- made bil­lion­aire with a 170 IQ, so what would I know, right?” and “Don’t do any­thing re­venge- y til I get there”. So loved by view­ers that they’re hop­ing he gets a spinoff show.


LET’S face it, Vic­to­ria got all the nasty genes. Her son was a sop. Josh Bow­man’s char­ac­ter ( right) couldn’t even do evil con­vinc­ingly. De­spite be­ing screwed over by Emily mul­ti­ple times, he fell in love with her and still kept com­ing back for more. The pup­pet oc­ca­sion­ally man­aged to turn string- puller but couldn’t chan­nel re­venge as well as the al­pha­women in his life. When he took a bullet for Emily to save her life, fans mourned, but Bow­man con­fessed he was sur­prised Daniel had lasted that long.

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