Death becomes her
Nothing is off limits in the Revenge season finale, Madeleine Stowe gleefully tells COLIN VICKERY
Madeleine Stowe delights in Revenge’s stunning season ender
MADELEINE Stowe is smiling delight. Revenge is on track and hurtling towards a season three finale featuring two shock twists including a major death.
Stowe’s character, rich matriarch Victoria Grayson, endured a year from hell of her fears and doubts come to fruition. the season-ender, nothing is off limits with Emily Thorne (Emily VanCamp) and Victoria set on destroying each other.
We’re really hitting our stride now,” Stowe says.
This finale is the culmination of all three years. Victoria does the worst possible things you could imagine her doing.” One of the reasons Revenge back on track after a shaky second season is that it returned to the 10pm time in the US, which gave new show-runner Sunil Nayer more scope to explore darker, more salacious storylines.
Nayer spent the first part of the season getting Emily’s storyline sorted. The second half has seen Victoria back at full throttle.
Victoria believes Emily is responsible for the death of her fiancé, Pascal (Olivier Martinez). It was actually her ex-husband Conrad (Henry Czerny), but she doesn’t know this and will stop at nothing to avenge his death.
But with Conrad awaiting trial, Emily will only be happy if she can take down Victoria as well.
Victoria has come closer to learning Emily’s true identity. In last Monday’s episode, she tested baby Carl’s DNA with Charlotte’s (Christa B Allen) to see if Amanda was really who she claimed to be. The results cemented Victoria’s suspicions about Emily and why she’s out for revenge.
“Sunil’s directive was to really just come back and make it more character-oriented,” Stowe says. “What was interesting about Victoria in season one was that she would do really radical things like have herself beaten up.
“She had a really strong drive – and we have recaptured that.
“In the back half of this season, Victoria has been in on everything.
“She’s always been onto Emily but now it has been a real putting your finger to the flame kind of thing.
“You have two women on this parallel course.”
The role of Victoria has given Stowe some of her juiciest acting opportunities. She dropped out of movies in 2003 to settle on a Texas ranch with husband Brian Benben and daughter May, after a string of major movie credits including Stakeout, The Last of the Mohicans, Blink and We Were Soldiers.
Revenge lured her back to acting – a decision that has seen Stowe receive some of the best notices of her career, including a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress – Television Series Drama.
By the season three finale, Victoria is so bereft over the loss of Pascal that she has started to descend into madness. Emily’s desire for revenge has seen her mentally disintegrate.
“If you just trust your characters and come back to your characters, the audience will follow,” Stowe says.
“We all see components of ourselves in these people.”
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