After just one week back on the air, ABC’s Revenge is preparing to hit fans with a few tragic departures, some romantic kerfuffles and a return to ruthlessness for one individual.
Here, Revenge creator Mike Kelley details all of that and more — including what to expect on the rocky road to a midseason spectacle that finds The Amanda six feet under and why Emily and Aiden’s future will soon be called into question.
TRAGIC TAKEDOWN | Revenge‘s now-signature midseason climax is slated to take place in Episode 14 (the season’s 11th installment airs this Sunday), and Kelley assures us it will not disappoint. Leading up to the big event — which finds the Porters’ beloved boat sinking with one or more Hamptonites on board — “there are more weddings and more deaths,” he shares. And then, “There is a shake-up in the Hamptons and Emily’s world [will] be pretty rocked — as are the people who watch the show.” When asked how Season 2’s game-changer compares to last year’s “killer” Fire & Ice Ball, Kelley promises, “The emotional resonance of this particular tragedy is going to be a lot more powerful. This is as powerful emotionally as last year was shock-wise.”
‘AIDILY’: IT’S COMPLICATED | Emily and Aiden may have “broken up” last week, but their love story is far from over. “I am enjoying them as a couple and I’m enjoying learning more about him and what they share,” Kelley relays. “As we move through the next few episodes, especially Episode 13, we’re exploring how the presence of Aiden — the mere existence of him — gives Emily the sense that she’s not entirely alone.” That said, their road to romance will not be without its bumps. “There’s gong to be a huge loyalty challenge between them,” he reveals, “because Aiden’s very complicated; he’s got his own drama and agenda…. Just as their passion and commitment to each other is growing stronger, they’ll find themselves at odds mission-wise.”
FRENEMY REDUX | Once a bit kooky, Amanda Clarke has, of late, become Revenge‘s voice of reason. Has the murderous imposter hung up her crazytown banana pants for good? Not quite, says Kelley. “The thing about Amanda is that she’s a survivor,” he shares. “She’s going to have a challenge coming up…. In order to save what she has going on with Jack, there’s going to be a choice she has to make that will involve a betrayal of Emily.” Said double-cross “is quite deep,” he adds, “and will set [these former friends] on a darker path as foils once again.” But don’t let Margarita Levieva‘s non-series regular status fool you: Kelley assures that Amanda is “a character that we love who has endless opportunity to give us story.”