Xena the Warrior Princess to Be Openly Gay in NBC Reboot
15 years after its cancellation, Xena: Warrior Princess is coming back to TV. And this time, the implicit love story between warlord Xena and Amazon warrior Gabrielle will be made explicit!
The news that Xena will be openly gay in NBC’s reboot comes directly from Javier Grillo-Marxuach, whom the network has tasked with writing the script.
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The Puerto Rico-born writer is currently a co-executive producer on The 100, and in responding to fan backlash about a certain queer character’s death on that show, he assured Tumblr followers he wouldn’t do disservice to the same-sex romance on Xena:
“I am a very different person with a very different worldview than my employer on The 100 … Xena will be a very different show made for very different reasons.
“There is no reason to bring back Xena if it is not there for the purpose of fully exploring a relationship that could only be shown subtextually in first-run syndication in the 1990s.
“It will also express my view of the world — which is only further informed by what is happening right now.”
The original syndicated show only implied Xena and Gabrielle were lovers, though star Lucy Lawless says she realized the truth in the series finale, when Gabrielle revived Xena by passing water into her mouth. (Long story.)
“There was always a, ‘Well, she might be or she might not be,’ but when there was that drip of water passing between their lips in the very final scene, that cemented it for me,” the Aussie actress told Lesbian News in 2003.
“Now it wasn’t just that Xena was bisexual and kinda liked her gal pal and they kind of fooled around sometimes, it was ‘Nope, they’re married, man.’”