Xena, Warrior Princess, is coming out of the closet.
Javier Grillo-Marxuach, the showrunner guiding the reboot of “Xena,”has indicated he intends to make the main character openly lesbian. He wrote a blog post addressing the controversial fate of a lesbian character on the CW drama “The 100,” on which he served as writer and co-executive producer:
“I am a very different person with a very different world view than my employer on The 100 – and my work on The 100 was to use my skills to bring that vision to life. 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.”
That relationship was between Xena and her sidekick, Gabrielle. Fans believed the two had romantic feelings for each other, but it was never really expressed in the syndicated series. Even Lucy Lawless thought her character was gay.
“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,” she 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.'”
The “Xena” reboot is expected to air sometime later this year.
by Kelly Woo