Eli James is the foster brother of Amanda Clarke on ABC's Revenge. Amanda later changed her name to Emily Thorne and returned to the Hamptons to enact vengeance, but prior to her identity swap she burned down the home of her foster family. In Season 1, Emily tells Daniel Grayson that she burned down the house because the family was abusing her.
Eli returns to the Hamptons in Season 2 after Charlotte Grayson reaches out and invites him to Fauxmanda’s funeral, thinking he’s her foster brother. He comes back to the Hamptons and proceeds to recognize his real foster sibling, Emily Thorne.
We’re not sure if he’ll be a friend or a foe to Emily, but he’s certainly a reminder of her struggles with identity.