The Inspiration Behind Victoria Grayson’s Chilling Dialogue on Revenge
We shudder whenever Revenge’s Victoria (Madeleine Stowe) steps on screen — mostly out of fear that she’ll look into our eyes and say, “Every time I hug you, that warmth you feel is my hatred burning through.” Those words that Mrs. Grayson murmured to her arch nemesis, Lydia (Amber Valletta), were penned by Revenge’s screenwriter, Nikki Toscano.
“Even in the outline stage, everyone in the writers’ room knew this was going to be a big moment in the episode,” Toscano tells Entertainment Weekly, “but I still wasn’t exactly sure what those words were going be. That is, until our co-[executive producer] Mark Perry pitched that ‘Victoria should say something like she ‘hates Lydia with the white hot intensity of a thousand suns.’ And it just sparked the level of evisceration that we were aiming for. The H-bomb, as it were. I couldn’t get away from thinking about incorporating that heat…”
Mission accomplished, Nikki! Victoria’s hatred overheats our DVRs every time we re-watch an episode of Revenge.