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“That’s why people like us fight. Because it gives us something to live for when everything else has been taken away.”
The writers are really trying to spice things up and with good reason. The storytelling has gotten a little bland and quite soap-operish. You would think for a family with so many secrets, Ashley wouldn’t just be able to overhear information by standing in front of Grayson’s door. You would also think they wouldn’t just talk about all these crucial things out in the open. You would also think Emily would be more careful about hiding her secret weapons of mass destruction. 


The last 10 minutes of this weeks episode, were noteworthy. We were finally given a little peak into the very beginning of season two and the sinking ship. Amanda used Emily’s computer and all of Emily’s evidence to manipulate Conrad into giving Jack back all the ownership of the bar, which meant that he had to call off the deal he made with Nate about revamping the bar. Well, Nate isn’t the type of guy to take no for an answer and his only solution was to get rid of the Porters. Its not entirely clear what happens in the end when he cuts through the cord of a sinking ship that Amanda and Jack had sailed away on for a romantic honeymoon, leaving the baby with Declan and Charlotte, but my guess is that if those two don’t survive, we might just see young Dec and his gf raising a little baby. It was even a little foreshadowed in the beginning of the episode when Jack called Dec out on him and Charlotte having this whole parenting thing down. While the wedding was cute to watch, it was actually heart breaking to see a girl let the love of her life go because of this mission to clear her fathers name. While Emily has been holding it together for so long in the show, it was nice to see that she was actually sad about the way things were turning out. I honestly cannot wait until Jack finds out that Emily is the real Amanda, if he survives that is. 


Than theres the mystery of Helen Crowley. Its no secret, no one likes the manipulative woman. But its also not rocket science to think that SHE is the initiative. There must be more people working with her and for her, which becomes a complication for a couple of characters in the show. Aiden has his own beef with the initiative who has been messing with his head convincing him that his sister has been alive and that she was only killed 3 days ago because he didn’t shoot Victoria Grayson like they asked him too. Too soon the truth came out that his sister has been dead for six years. This sent Aiden on a bit of a downward spiral, pushing Emily away, but ultimately, he returned to be a better man and probably to come up with some kind of plan to punish the initiative. Well, now with Crowley dead, his revenge plot might never come to surface, but that also means a lot of unanswered questions. 

Crowley was also a problem for Padma and Nolan. Nolan had developed real feelings for Padma only to find out that she was working for the initiative to try to get the files for Carion. Although Emily told Nolan not to give off the impression that he knows anything, Nolan’s pretty bright and realized that there has to be a reason that Padma has been using him. Turns out that the initiative also has Padma’s father captive and to free him she must do everything that she is told, which in this case is to get close to Nolan and get the Carion program. But why does the initiative want the program? Their always one step ahead of everyone. 

Finally, Crowley was a major problem to Victoria as Victoria was going against the initiative and finally letting Daniel in on the secret of the company. When she exposed the files of the flight to Daniel, I felt like there was finally a moment where everyone was just laying things out flat, no bull, no lies. But of course, the initiative has everything at Grayson Global wired, which Victoria should have kind of known since she’s been dealing with these folks for quite some time. When Crowley came to the Grayson manor to tell Victoria to give bak the evidence or she will kill Daniel, Victoria did what ever sane person would do; she shot her. You all know you found yourself screaming, “Just shoot her” at the screen. Well, while that may have been the quick and easy answer, it poses a lot of complications now. First off, it started the demise of the relationship between Daniel and Emily. 

Emily is pretty out of the loop lately of whats going on with the Grayson’s. While she has been dealing with the disappearance of Aiden and the unfortunate turnout that has gotten her cellmate and identity impersonator marrying the love of her life, Jack, she has lost her only connection to getting revenge on the family that killed her father. Maybe Takeda was right when he tried to teach her to keep her emotions out of it. While she’s been dealing with personal things, she’s lost Daniel and the Grayson’s have become closer as a family. Secondly, it poses a huge problem for the Grayson’s because now the rest of the initiative is going to come looking for them and who knows if Crowley wasn’t just a puppet that was listening to a bigger leader. And what does all of this mean for Padma and Aiden? Are they just free from the initiatives plans? Whose going to take place of the big bad wolf? 


While everyone forms unions on this show, its difficult to call any of them perfect or even logical. The union formed between the Grayson’s and the initiative were all based on manipulation. The unions formd between Conrad, Victoria and Daniel are based on a lies and secrets that if surfaced would shake the world. The union between Amanda and Jack is based on a lie, or a scheme if you will, to protect them both. The union between Emily and Aiden is based on revenge and the union between Emily and Daniel is based on a the desire to have an in with the family that killed her father. All unions are based on lies and personal needs. Nothing is sacred and nothing is real. 

Memorable Quotes

  • Emily: In it’s purest form a union becomes sort of our essence.
  • Daniel: Say what you want about Emily, at least she had the courage to tell me the truth. Thats more than I could say about you.
  • Victoria: And fully clothed, how refreshing.
  • Daniel: Learning to forgive and forget is practically a survival technique in my family.
  • Jack: He’s got more money than god.
  • Emily: Is that what you think?  That I don’t feel. That I don’t miss my father every day? 
  • Nolan: Let’s just say put int he wrong hands Carion would have millions of innocent people wishing I hadn’t taken intro to Computers in 4th grade.
  • Amanda: If you’ve taught me one things its that everyone deserves love, hope and security. 
  • Victoria: You monster.
    • Helen: Takes on to know one huh?
  • Aiden: I won’t let myself becomes a casualty of these people. My sister deserves better. So do you.
  • Emily: In the moment we were born were drawn to form a union with others. To connect, to love, to bloom. 

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Revenge- Two Graves (4×23)

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And just like that, we close the chapter of Revenge. We say goodbye to Victoria Grayson, David Clarke, Emily Thorne and most importantly Amanda Clarke. Can I say I’m totally content with the ending? Yes and no.

Amanda said, when you embark on the path or revenge, always dig two graves. One for Victoria- may she rest in peace. The other, for Amanda and all the parts of herself she lost along the way. That was metaphorical. The second grave, was for her father, David Clarke, who got a piece of her back that was gone before the revenge. In the end, she gained time to get to know him, but lost him to the cancer. You always lose something while gaining something else.

But let’s reverse a little shall we. We picked up this final episode with Amanda admitting that she was guilty of killing Victoria after finding out Ben had been murdered. She knew the only way to end this once and for all was to get transferred to a maximum security prison and break out with Nolan and Jack’s help.

When Victoria found out Amanda was out of jail, she began taking precautions. But, eventually, her heart got in the way of things. Margaux had set everything up; she got Victoria a passport and a private jet out of town. But, Victoria decided to attend her own funeral where she heard Louise speak fondly of her. She decided she didn’t want her to mourn her death, so she asked Margaux to bring Louise to her. She was obviously really shocked, but agreed to keep Victoria’s secret.

Victoria admitted to putting her mothers body in the explosion, hence the dental records that came back linking the body to Victoria. Before she sacrificed her mothers corpse, she went to visit her in the hospital. I didn’t really get the point of this whole scene and only really figured that Victoria had the same relationship with Emily as her mother had with her. Plus, she’d also failed as a mother with all of her children, but her weakness was that heart of hers, which ultimately got her killed.

When Amanda learned that Victoria used her mother, things were really set in motion. Nolan figured out that Margaux was helping Victoria by hiring hit-woman White Gold. When they realized White Gold was coming for Emily, it was too late. Thankfully, David made the call to 911 and they saved Jack, who did quite the job defending himself from the assailant.

This led Amanda to make the ultimate choice- she was ready to kill Victoria. But how? How would she find out where she was hiding. Louise! After finding out Victoria had played her, she realized that Nolan had been right the whole time; Victoria was a manipulative bitch who didn’t care about anyone but herself. She physically brought Amanda to Victoria’s hiding place and I couldn’t have been more proud. At this point, Victoria knew she was going to die– you could see it in Amanda’s eyes. She was done playing- she knew the only way to end this once and for all was to end Victoria. As she was about to pull the trigger, David shot Victoria. As she lay dying, she used her last breath to pick up a gun and shoot Amanda.

Okay, at this point, I was like holy crap, Amanda cannot die. We’ve come so far. Done so much. Four-years worth of revenging…. They can’t both die at the same time right? Right! Amanda was saved, spent a lot of time with David in his last few months before the cancer took him, reconnected with Charlotte and married Jack.

Sort of perfect ending if you think about it. She got her revenge, she got to know her dad, she got rid of the bitch and she got the boy. Sure, she lost a lot of people along the way and part of herself, but I feel like it was worth it. She knew what she was getting herself into when she started this whole thing. And that’s what’s most important.

Louise finally redeemed herself. Margaux also took the high road, helping Nolan bring down White Gold and turning herself in in honor of Daniel. She wanted to be proud of the person she was and helping Victoria destroyed her soul. It’s funny if you think about it. Victoria thought she had all these minions who seemed faithful but weren’t because eventually, they realized they were fighting for the wrong thing. Amanda was painted as this evil person, but she did everything out of love. Victoria, she did it for self-preservation and she wasn’t afraid to throw anyone under the bus.

As Amanda and Jack jetted off into the sunset, after having a beautiful wedding with Carl as the ring bearer, she had a terrifying dream. At least, I hope it’s a dream. In it, the doctor thanks Charlotte for agreeing to use her mothers heart for a heart transplant to save Amanda. It seems rather ridiculous that they would include this though and maybe, Amanda’s heart really does belong to Victoria now. Maybe in a funny way, she ended up having to save her. And this was Charlotte’s way of getting back at her mother. Or, it’s just a reminder that she’ll never shake Victoria. Either way, we’ll never know and I guess its left up to interpretation.

As for Nolan, I feel like that was also left open for a possible spinoff show. He was so worried about what he would do after revenge since he got so good at it and Amanda made sure to send a guy his way that a. could be a potential love interest and b. needs help getting revenge for his mother. Oh, how things never change.

Were you satisfied with the series finale? Are you happy Amanda and Jack ended up together? Do you wish David Clarke made it through? Are you glad Victoria is finally 5 feet under? You know she never stood a chance against Amanda. I say, I’ll be content with the finale because Amanda, well, she pretty much got everything she wanted and more. I raise my glass to you Ms. Clarke!

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Revenge- Plea (4×22)

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Alright Revengers, are you ready for the end? Next week is the series finale of Revenge and I am completely devastated. While I agree, the show needs to end, I don’t think all of my questions can be answered in one episode. I don’t think the closure I need from this weeks episode can come in 45 minutes! With that being said, lets tackle the biggest moments of this weeks episode…

  •  Louise got smart for one second and figured out that Victoria might be faking her own death. Who knew Louise could consider Victoria as anything but an “angel.” That didn’t last long however because she told Margaux that she found a hoodie similar to the one Ems wore when she allegedly attacked Victoria and the French liar once again fooled Louise into believing bull. Ugh get it together Lou-Lou!
  • After all this time, you’d think I wouldn’t be surprised by Emily’s bold decisions, but I still am. Why did she think switching her ankle monitor was a good idea? I don’t care how good Nolan is at his job, you know she’s going to get caught. You know Ben won’t let up and he’ll come to check on her. She was asking for trouble. If she involved Nolan and Jack in this for years, she could at least accept their help. Although I guess it’s a good thing they didn’t go cause they would end up dead.
  • Charlotte Greyson returned and it was tragic and totally useless. Rehab has done wonders for her yeah. She turned over a new leaf and is “helping” people, but did we really need to see her just to know that she didn’t care if her mom “died” again. She might be the smartest person in the Hamptons knowing her mom is capable of faking her own death just to get ahead.
  • Jack willingly helping Emily, believing her and bringing down Margaux was sweet to see. Thank god he finally came to his senses. And Margaux was key in Emily finding out how Victoria got away with such an elaborate plan. Also, how the hell does Emily know how to get keys in jail and stuff? Her life skills are on a pro level, for real.
  • David only has 6 months to live… give or take since the cancer has spread to his brain. This pissed me off. Emily did all of this just to lose her father to cancer? And without even getting a decent amount of time with him? I call BS!
  • Emily finally told Jack she had feelings for him and it wasn’t all that it should have been. When they kissed the nigh Sammy died, it still felt real. Then Emily fell in love with Aiden and now seeing her “want” Jack seems delusional and totally passionless. Boo.
  • Can you honestly believe Margaux stooped down so low? She was even the one who attacked Victoria just to frame Emily. And she’s using her magazine to expose that truth. It’s so sad since she was actually a pretty legit character before hitching her wagon to Victoria’s.
  • So the bitch isn’t really dead. She’s totally alive. Victoria is alive. We knew that, we speculated, but it was still really shocking seeing her casually walk out of the shower only to come face to face with Ben.
  • Who was in disbelief because this whole time he thought Emily was crazy but she was actually telling the truth. She was the one he should have trusted. Unfortunately, when he finally realized all of that he was stabbed by Courtney Love’s character and died. Oh Ben. He never even saw it coming which makes him a crap cop. But it was still sad. Let’s just say Emily won’t be happy to hear about this and there’s one more person just gone that could have corroborated Emily’s story! So, how will she get out? How will she prove her innocence?

Do you think Emily will die next week? The episode is called Two Graves which links back to the very first quote of the show… When starting Revenge, always dig two graves. Is one for Victoria and one for her? For her dad? For her old identity- Emily Thorne? I’d be super pissed if Emily, Nolan or Jack died… I’d literally take my red sharpie out and start avenging them. But, the promo doesn’t look too promising for either Victoria, Jack or Ems. What do you think? Use this week to mental prepare yourselves!

2. Victoria is alive. I mean, we speculated it would happen, but seeing her casually walk out of the bathroom still stunned us.

 

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Revenge- Aftermath (4×21)

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Ding dong, is the bitch really dead? Maybe, maybe not, but one thing is for sure…. she’s turned the tables on the revenge game and it’s not looking pretty for Emily.

After Grayson manor exploded, no one seemed to think much of it. Amanda thought that it was pretty good timing considering she was closing the chapter on Emily. Louise and Margaux seemed to think it was karma. No one thought it was Victoria’s evil plan to make Emily pay for everything she’s done. That is until they found a body and positively ID’d it as Victoria’s.

Then people thought it was simply a suicide, considering Vicki left a suicide letter for Margaux. Nolan was like ‘omg I can’t believe she’s gone’ and Amanda figured a world without Victoria was pretty sweet. That is until Louise began thinking with her southern little head and saw Victoria’s staged break in. That’s when Emily became suspect number one. After all, Victoria, her sworn enemy, died in her house. Coincidence? I think not.

When she came in for questioning, she didn’t have an alibi like the rest of the suspects. Well, she did but it was a dead guy and Ben wasn’t falling for it. He needed proof and Emily willingly gave up her car to be fingerprinted so that they could see, she did actually talk to Mason Treadwell that day. And that’s how she fell into the trap. Who would have thought Victoria and Mason were actually working together? They finally pulled out the big red sharpie themselves…  and all of this was staged to frame Amanda for Victoria’s death. When he met up with Em’s in her car, he wasn’t sick… he was dropping Victoria’s hair and spraying her blood on the floor. How cruel.

When he finally called her to tell her what’s up– after she cleared his name of course– he also sent her a little goodbye message from Victoria, which conveniently deleted off her server just as the cops, with Ben in tow, came to arrest her for murder. Emily genuinely got played and she didn’t see this one coming. Gah! In fact, neither did I.

The big question is, is Victoria really dead? I can’t seem to believe she’d actually blow herself up just for the sake of revenge. But, the actress that plays her, Madeline Stowe, said Victoria is definitely not returning if the season gets renewed. So maybe she did really pull the trigger one last time. The second question, is this really the end of Revenge? I was really leaning towards heck yes. But after this weeks episode, I just don’t see how they can wrap all of this up in two episodes and actually be fair to the audience. I’m thinking, Revenge needs to be renewed for at least another half season!

Other Important Moments

  • Margaux is trying to expose Emily but honestly, a woman from her grave can do it better. Can we just get rid of this character once and for all? And can she take Louise too?
  • Jack returned from LA because clearly it looked totally suspicious that he was leaving the minute Emily’s house, with Victoria in it, blew up. He iced Em’s out completely until Ben told him that Emily went chasing his plane to stop him from leaving. He won. Emily loved him. He came to tell her that night but unfortunately witnessed her getting arrested for murder. Now, it’s really all up to Jack, David and Nolan. Will they believe their girl and get her out?
  • Em’s also finally found out her dad had cancer. There’s nothing this girl can’t overcome and this will just be another obstacle for them. Plus, being framed for murder might be worse at this point.
  • Charlotte Grayson returns next week. What team will she be on? Team Emily? Team Mom? Or Team WTF is going on? I pick the last one.
  • Poor Nolan. He was finally falling for someone and then boom, the dude breaks up with him cause his adoption just went through and he needs to be a single dad. Touching but I also think he’s up to no good, so maybe not as touching as I thought.

What are your thoughts? Will Emily free herself from this “revenge” plot of Victoria’s? Is Revenge done for good? Will she finally walk off into the sunset with her dad, Jack and baby Karl? How mad would you be if Emily ended up getting screwed over in the end!?

 

 

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