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Revenge- Truth (2×21)

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“There are two parts to revenge. One is failure. And the other will set you free at your journey’s end.”

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The 2 hour season finale of Revenge was probably the most intense thing to ever hit television. Unfortunately, not everyone survived and everyone’s lives changed in an extraordinary way. From watching this finale I realized that the initiative is actually a metaphor for “the illuminati” that runs the world. The episode wanted to shine light on the fact, that when bad things happen they aren’t acts of God but things personally played out and created by the government and people in high power to rule others with fear. In order to mobilize to economy and make certain officials look powerful, one must play God. That is what Conrad Grayson has been up to this whole season.

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We start the episode during the blackout. Declan and Regina are stuck together in the ATM, when he figures out that Regina is actually in love with Charlotte. Regina decides to backstab Declan, give herself a bruised eye and plant her money on him to make it look like he beat her and stole the money. Obviously, Charlotte believes her new best friend Regina. When the lights go back on, he goes to the election place to find Charlotte but is escorted out. When he tries to sneak back in, he finds out that Charlotte is in fact pregnant with his child. Daniel kept Charlotte’s promise, but Victoria found the pregnancy tests in the garbage.

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Meanwhile, Aiden has to leave town as soon as possible so that the initiative and Daniel don’t plant any evidence on him for wiping out the account. It was all a plan of the initiatiatives, a trap that Aiden sort of fell into. When they hacked into the Amanda Clarke Foundation, they enabled Carion, which was reported as a cyber terrorist attack. Emily figures out that Aiden killed Takeda and that relationship is pretty much over. We know that Aiden only killed him out of self defense and to protect Emily because Takeda had his own revenge for the downing of the flight, but Emily is left in disbelief.

Jack is still trying to find the computer to bring down the Grayson’s for Amanda’s death. He was stupid enough to tell all that information to Victoria who passes it along to Conrad. He than uses Ashley’s phone to text Jack to get to Grayson Global cause she has the computer. Once in there, the bomb is suppose to go off and kill Jack. You know thats how the Grayson’s take care of things, when someone becomes a threat, just kill them off. When the bomb goes off, Conrad jumps into action, looking like New York’s number one hero. Meanwhile, Emily runs into the building to save Jack. Thankfully Jack wasn’t in the building because he got Nolan’s message just in time. Unfortunately, Declan was in the building.

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I’m not sure why Declan was at Grayson Global, but all we know is that was the wrong place to be at. Maybe Victoria set him up? She did threaten him when she found out he impregnated Charlotte. When visitors are finally allowed inside, Charlotte apoligizes to Declan and they talk about how exciting it is that they will be parents. Later we find out that Declan is actually having heart failure and is running out of time. If he doesn’t get a heart transplant fast, things aren’t looking to good. When Jack comes to see his brother, he runs into Nolan whose sobbing. Declan’s heart ruptured and he passed. This sets Jack off the edge and his plan to kill Conrad Grayson is set in motion. Those people took everything away from him; his wife, the mother of his child, and now his brother. The guy has nothing left to live for, so revenge is even stronger for him than it is for Emily at this point.

Aiden is taken into custody as a suspect for the bombing at Grayson Global, but is suddenly released. The cops than arrest Nolan for terrorism and for setting off Carion, which blacked out all of New York city. How they got to Nolan I’m not sure, and this is a storyline that will develop in future episodes I’m sure. The tragic part of this isn’t that he was in jail, but when he told the truth about the initiative, Carion and Padma, they played him a video of Padma confessing to falling in love with Nolan, but calling him David Clarke’s shadow and saying that Nolan is the Americon Initiative. Does this mean that Padma was actually working for the initiative or was she just forced to record that video and the initiative + the Falcon had this plan set in motion the whole time? I mean we know that Padma is dead because Aiden saw her with his own eyes.

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Once Aiden is free he goes to attack Daniel, threatening him by saying that he needs to leave Emily tonight. This part I’m still a little unclear about, because when Daniel goes to his fathers election after his altercation with Aiden, he is covering gun shot wounds. Daniel saw the gun at Emily’s house, but did he shoot himself?? Did he shoot Aiden? What is that all about?

The most tragic part of this whole episode was how Conrad used everything that happened for the good of his election. Mentioning Declan’s death on national T.V, while poor Charlotte was sleeping and Victoria didn’t have it in her that the only boy she ever loved was just killed because her father was a monster. Just like Jack, Charlotte has lost her sister and now her boyfriend. I’m surprised she isn’t on a mission to destroy her own family after everything they’ve put her through.

Emily is clearly the savior of all. When she realizes that Jack is going to kill Conrad during his victory speech, she’s obviously got to stop this mess. The great thing about the finale, we saw it coming. We knew that she was going to tell Jack who she really was. The guilt that has been building up inside of her has finally come to the top, as it should. Everything that has happened was because of her and her need for revenge. Jack wouldn’t have met Amanda without Emily, he wouldn’t have a kid, he wouldn’t be involved with the Grayson’s, so many people wouldn’t have died if Emily didn’t involve him in all of this. So in order to keep him from shooting, she fessed up. Obviously, during the whole episode, the writers wanted to make it clear that Emily was in love with Jack. Jack was the only guy she ever stopped her revenge plot for. So when she came to save him from making a huge mistake, in a way, Jack already knew exactly who she was. He knew all along. When those words “I’m Amanda Clarke” came out of her mouth, I just wanted more.

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How will this affect their relationship? Will Jack be glad or will he be completely mad at her? By setting the truth free, she’s going to have a lot of explaining to do, but Jack could become their accomplice, kind of like Aiden has been. The truth will set you free and I guess the truth was the only way to stop Jack from doing the crazy things he wanted to do. This revelation sets up so many opportunities for next season. The love triangle that Emily is involved in will have to come to light. After all of this, will she still stay with Daniel? Of course she wants to take Victoria’s children away from her, but how long can she keep up the charade? What will happen with her and Aiden? How will Emily free Nolan? How will Charlotte react when she finds out that Declan is dead? Will Emily come clean about who she is to everyone? Will Jack keep her secret? Oh, I just cannot wait till next fall. Well done Revenge writers, well done.

 

 


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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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