REVENGE: A JAW-DROPPING REVENGE SEASON FINALE PROMISES TO BE ANYTHING BUT SWEET
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.