Death be­comes her

Noth­ing is off lim­its in the Re­venge sea­son fi­nale, Madeleine Stowe glee­fully tells COLIN VICK­ERY

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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.”

RE­VENGE

MON­DAY, 9.15PM, SEVEN

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