There's no denying that Revenge lost its way for a bit of season two. But there's also no denying that Revenge found its footing over the last two episodes -- not only was Amanda killed along with a very annoying subplot about Jack's father's past, but her death renewed Emily's focus, while Victoria reminded us all why she's a woman to be feared.
And to hear the cast tell it, the final string of episodes will take fans much deeper into this decadent Hampton's hole. ETonline caught up with Emily VanCamp, Gabriel Mann, Joshua Bowman, Nick Wechsler, Christa B.Allen and Barry Sloane on The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences red carpet, prior to their cast Q&A, to find out what lies ahead on their roadmap for Revenge!
Woe is The Widower
When the action resumes with Retribution and Jack wakes up from his coma, someone takes on the unenviable task of telling him Amanda died. "Because of what he heard on the boat about Amanda stealing a computer from Conrad, Jack falls under the impression that Conrad had her killed," Wechsler says. "So he starts going after him and I'm excited for the fans to see this different version of Jack."
Wechsler is equally excited to see one of his character's most lamented attributes jettisoned. "Jack is no longer instantly trusting of everyone. The way I always defended his naivety was by saying that he was so good that he didn't expect bad from anyone else, so he walked into some sh*t that normal people wouldn't. But not anymore. The world broke his heart, and now it's going to have to pay."
Jack and Emily aren't the only ones rocked by Amanda's death -- Charlotte also takes the news very hard. "Amanda's death has become the driving force for Charlotte in the rest of the season," Allen tells me. "Anything she goes through is fueled by the fact she lost the one person she considers family.
Unfortunately, as we all remember, Charlotte doesn't always handle stress well. "Anyone who experiences a tragedy tries to cope, but if you can't cope, you lose it, and that's the direction Charlotte is heading in ... once again. Basically losing her mind."
24 Karat Boy
While Miss Grayson is losing her mind, Mr. Grayson's brain is swelling to unhealthy proportions. "The Initiative storyline starts to wrap up, which I think is a good thing," Bowman concedes. "It gets us back to the roots of why we're all there, and more importantly, why Emily is there. Daniel is doing very well professionally and starts to get a bit egotistical. He turns into this driven, successful young man who is really pushing for power like never before. There's a flash towards the dark side for him, and it's quite a drastic change."
The Dark of Winter is Coming
If there was one word dropped most frequently by the actors, it was the word "dark." But while most of them said it, Sloane said it best. "In the last nine episodes, we move into winter where everything gets nice and dark. More so than ever before," he told me.
"That sets us up perfectly for Emily's refreshed drive for revenge. She's made mistakes, things have convoluted her plan. But now that she's lost Amanda, Emily is laser focused in taking down The Grayson Family. I think it's important for the show to have a clear villain. It's going to be fun to have the king and the queen back on the hill with the villagers trying to take them down."
From The Scorned's Mouth
The thing VanCamp is most energized for fans to see are the episodes that take Revenge back to what made season one such an addictive smash. "The [writers are] really trying to refocus the show so it's about the emotional aspects of the characters we love versus introducing all these new people," she told reporters on the red carpet. "I think we got lost a little bit in that. Now we have this great opportunity to refocus as we start to dig a little deeper into everyone’s past. It's more about emotional twists and turns versus explosive ones and we're going to find out a lot of things about all the characters."
Next To Nolan
If the rest of the cast didn't get you properly siked for what's to come, just listen to Gabriel Mann. "The back half of the season is turbo-charged," he tells me. "The thing with Mike [Kelley, creator] is that he spends the first half of the season setting the table and the last half of the season breaking the plates."
"There are more deaths coming, more flashbacks, more origin stories, a return to the classic Nolan and Ems, The Red Sharpie comes back out, we learn about secret siblings and, specifically for Nolan, I play some qualities and sides of him that I didn't even know existed in him. I flex some serious, dramatic muscles. And there are a very poignant number of losses that are going to test his fragile sanity."
Revenge returns March 10 at 9 p.m. on ABC.