From 1995 to 2001 many lesbians tuned in to “Xena: Warrior Princess” (and Casey and Lacey). Most lesbians viewers were tantalized by the very close relationship between Xena (Lucy Lawless) and “her friend” Gabrielle, played by Renee O’Connor.
Times have changed and now the series is coming back in reboot style where Xena and Gabrielle will definitely be lovers. The producer, Grillo-Marxuach, said, ” this time around there will be no beating around the bush about their relationship.” He also added, “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,
Speaking with Lesbian News in 2003, Lawless says it should be obvious Xena and Gabrielle were in a romantic relationship.
“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,” Lawless told Lesbian News. “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.’”
NBC has ordered a Xena pilot for writer Javier Grillo-Marxuach (The 100), and during a
“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. it will also express my view of the world — which is only further informed by what is happening right now — and is not too difficult to know what that is if you do some digging.”
Grillo-Marxauch’s reference to ‘different worldviews’ relates to a recent viewer backlash about the death of a lesbian character on The 100, which saw many fans ask why one of the few LGBT characters on mainstream television had to be killed off.
While Xena herself, New Zealand actress Lucy Lawless, has been vocal about her interest in reviving the show in recent years, there’s no word yet if the star — now 47 — will reprise her role. However her husband Rob Tapert, co-creator of the original series, is involved in the reboot.