Cliff hanger


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HE’S been beaten up, kid­napped, dou­ble-crossed, had his house fire­bombed and for­tune threat­ened, and his lover is dead.

Life is, ac­tor Gabriel Mann ad­mits, kind of tough for Nolan Ross, his char­ac­ter in hit US drama Re­venge.

‘‘If I were Nolan, in real life, I’d prob­a­bly hit the gym and take some self-de­fence classes, but that’s just me,’’ Mann says with a laugh.

‘‘I’d also prob­a­bly use some of his money to get him a re­ally good shrink.’’

And things don’t get any eas­ier for Ross in the cliffhanger end to Re­venge sea­son two, which airs on Aus­tralian screens to­mor­row night.

It’s a fi­nale which de­liv­ers a few an­swers, poses some new ques­tions and, for shock value, sees a shock con­fes­sion and dis­penses with an orig­i­nal cast mem­ber. It also of­fers hope for a third sea­son in which Re­venge re­turns to its roots af­ter be­ing panned in some cir­cles for los­ing its way this year.

For a time, the ac­tion spread far be­yond the rich and spoiled Hamp­tons, cloud­ing cen­tral char­ac­ter Emily Thorne’s (Emily VanCamp) quest for re­venge on the rich and spoiled Grayson fam­ily for her fa­ther’s death.

Mid-sea­son, the sto­ry­lines swung back to The Hamp­tons, and the sea­son-en­der fur­thers the re­demp­tion by lay­ing to rest a few of the sto­ry­lines con­cern­ing a shady or­gan­i­sa­tion called The Ini­tia­tive.

One thing that has re­mained con­stant is the tight al­liance be­tween Mann’s Ross and VanCamp’s Thorne – al­though Mann ad­mits some­times he can’t un­der­stand why.

Asked why Ross – a rich, techy nerd with a dis­taste for phys­i­cal hurt – con­tin­ues to put him­self in harm’s way for Thorne in­stead of opt­ing to go away some­where safer to en­joy his mil­lions, Mann says it’s more than loy­alty.

‘‘It’s a danger­ous al­liance, but in Nolan’s world that first sum­mer was prob­a­bly the most ex­cit­ing he ever had, so once he touched the flame he wanted to go back,’’ Mann says.

‘‘Emily is such a huge in­flu­ence on his life, so I guess if she needs some­thing or asks him for some­thing he’s prob­a­bly go­ing to com­ply to the best of his abil­ity.’’

In sea­son two, he cer­tainly has, and Mann has en­joyed un­cov­er­ing the new facets of his char­ac­ter.

‘‘That’s the beauty of this show,’’ he said.

MAK­ING PLANS: Emily VanCamp and Gabriel Mann.

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