Fi­nal episode! Emily vs Vic­to­ria: fight to the death

Emily and Vic­to­ria face off for their fi­nal bat­tle as Re­venge ends its four-sea­son run for­ever.

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For their fi­nal show­down in Re­venge (2011-2015) on Satur­day 2 Jan­uary, Vic­to­ria Grayson’s (Madeleine Stowe) dressed in white and Emily Thorne (Emily VanCamp) is in black. With all this nail-bit­ing tension, we’re ru­in­ing our man­i­cure here, be­cause as the say­ing goes, “Be­fore you em­bark on a jour­ney of re­venge, dig two graves.” Is Re­venge about to end its four sea­sons of all- out war with its bit­ter­est ri­vals as corpses? Or will one femme fa­tale fi­nally win the Bat­tle Of The Hamp­tons? As Vic­to­ria pre­pares to at­tend her own fu­neral and Emily plots to break into and then out of prison, let’s look at the fi­nal knock­out teams…

Re­venge agenda: Emily (her real name is Amanda Clarke) was sent into the bru­tal foster care sys­tem af­ter her dad David Clarke (James Tup­per) was jailed be­cause his lover Vic­to­ria and her hus­band Con­rad Grayson (Henry Czerny) framed him for fi­nanc­ing ter­ror­ism. Emily orig­i­nally be­lieved that he was mur­dered dur­ing a prison riot.

Tri­umph: we’ll never forget the clock­work per­fec­tion of her first strike, when Amanda tar­geted David’s exsec­re­tary Ly­dia (Am­ber Valetta) who’d lied on the stand to help frame David. Emily, dis­guised as a wait­ress, tam­pered with Con­rad’s soup dur­ing his tryst with Ly­dia, send­ing him to the hos­pi­tal. She later “in­no­cently” men­tioned meet­ing Ly­dia and Con­rad to­gether at the South Fork Inn in front of Vic­to­ria at her art auc­tion, making Vic­to­ria re­alise that Con­rad was hav­ing some “af­ter­noon de­light” with her ex-best friend Ly­dia. (episode 1, Au­gust 2012 in SA).

Fi­nale al­lies: com­puter ge­nius Nolan Ross (Gabriel Mann), ador­ing child­hood love Jack (Nick Wech­sler) and sup­pos­edly dead dad David.

Emily VanCamp on the fi­nale: “The idea that Vic­to­ria will fol­low her for the rest of her life is an in­ter­est­ing one. You do not want to see Amanda get off with­out any kind of pain or suf­fer­ing. Emily will never truly be happy. She’s driven to be this per­son by this woman, which in turn cre­ated so much hate in this young girl. To have her gone is bit­ter­sweet in a weird way.”

Am­bigu­ous Nolan Ross re­mark: “I’m just a hacker who pro­vided the soft­ware that ran Emily Thorne. Now that Emily is gone, I’m ob­so­lete.”

VIC­TO­RIA

Re­venge agenda: teenaged Vic­to­ria’s mother Mar­ion (Adri­enne Bar­beau) kicked her out of the house af­ter her birth fa­ther raped her. A string of fur­ther rapes, preg­nan­cies and be­tray­als fol­lowed un­til Vic­to­ria be­came ruth­lessly ma­nip­u­la­tive. Choos­ing be­tween the “love of her life” David and her rich hubby Con­rad was no con­test – Vic­to­ria chose se­cu­rity at any cost, in­clud­ing (she thought) de­stroy­ing any chance of David’s daugh­ter Amanda ex­pos­ing the cover-up.

Tri­umph: set up an ac­tor to se­duce her mom so that she could hu­mil­i­ate her by ex­pos­ing Mar­ion’s past at Thanks­giv­ing din­ner, prompt­ing him to “dump” her. The fact that Con­rad helped set up the scheme re­vealed a deep loy­alty in their mar­riage (sea­son 2 episode 8 in 2013).

Fi­nale al­lies: Emily-hater Mar­gaux (Karine Vanasse), fel­low asy­lum in­mate Louise El­lis (Elena Sa­tine) and her mom Mar­ion’s corpse. One of th­ese will turn on her in the fi­nale.

Madeleine Stowe on the fi­nale: “She made the de­ci­sion to be­tray David be­cause her son was be­ing threat­ened and that isn’t some­thing a lot of peo­ple pay at­ten­tion to. I understand why she would view Amanda as the enemy all the way to her grave. She’s de­ter­mined to go to the grave and take Amanda with her.”

Am­bigu­ous Nolan Ross re­mark: “Ding dong, the b***h is dead. Vic­to­ria Grayson has ac­tu­ally taken her last breath.”

SABC3 has no plans yet to air sea­son 2

in 2016.

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