Revenge Round Table: "Reckoning"

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Revenge exploded into the summer last Wednesday with a finale that left three characters on the verge of death.

And while questions and spoilers regarding Revenge Season 2 are already floating about, let's stop for a moment and relive "Reckoning." Join Round Table panelists Matt Richenthal, Christine Orlando, Chandel Charles and Leigh Raines below as they do just that...


What was your favorite scene from the finale?
Matt: I can tell you my LEAST favorite scene: Emily uttering the cliche that if she doesn't make it, tell Jack that she loves him. BARF! My favorite was probably the slow-motion walk of Victoria into that airplane, as we all wondered whether she had a plan or would actually perish once it took off.

Christine: I loved Emily and Nolan sharing a toast to her father. It was a touching and sweet bonding moment amidst the rest of the chaotic back stabbing that is Revenge.

Chandel: Probably the scene where Emily decided not to kill White-Haired Man (WHM). We got to see Emily consider crossing a bridge that she couldn't turn back from, and I think it was important that she chose to honor her father by letting him live.

Leigh: It's a few scenes actually: the entire ending montage set to the Florence and the Machine song, for starters. I particularly loved the part when Nolan went over to comfort Emily. They have really become best friends.

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Should Emily have let WHM live?
Matt: Yes, I'm behind the idea that she has to remain pure in some way. Once she goes goes over to that dark side, she can't ever go back. But she could have at least maimed the guy. Let's see him try to wreak future havoc, or open his mail, without any thumbs!

Christine: Having him alive is a definite risk now that he knows her secret and, as a trained assassin, he could pop back up at any time. But if Emily had actually committed murder it would have made it more difficult to root for her so in the end I'm glad she didn't.

Chandel: Yes, to honor her father and to prevent a murder investigation that would lead straight to her!

Leigh: By letting him live she let a piece of her father's compassion live and made herself more human. Of course, she also unknowingly let a crazy assassin continue his work for a company even hire up than Grayson Global.

Victoria Grayson: Dead or alive?
Matt: Alive. Which would typically annoy me - such an obvious tease on a season finale - but the aforementioned slow walk and the clear threat Conrad leveled against her doesn't even make this a cliffhanger to me, so I'll let it slide. The mystery is what Victoria will do with her faked death.

Christine: Okay, now I'm having flashbacks to a Bon Jovi concert I went to as a teenager. But back to Victoria. She has to be alive, right? What fun would the Hamptons be without Victoria? I can't wait to see Daniel's reaction to her supposed death.

Chandel: Definitely alive. She's not stupid enough to not have realized that Conrad was clearly threatening her before she got on that plan. What she did about the threat, if anything? Sunday nights in September will tell.

Leigh: How could they kill off Madeleine Stowe? I won't believe it until I see a body - and even then she'd probably come back and haunt people from the afterlife.

What is the deal with Emily's mother?
Matt: The better question: Who should portray her? I think she's actually part of the Initiative and Emily's inner demons will also quadruple in size once she learns her real mother is more evil than her near-mother-in-law.

Christine: Witness protection? Secret super spy? Mental institution? Who knows. But I want to know what kept this mother away from her child after she was bounced into foster care and then juvenile hall. There must be one heck of a story behind that.

Chandel: I don't know, but I am definitely looking forward to finding out!

Leigh: Any number of option,s but it has to be juicy to have kept her away from her daughter all of these years. Here's hoping for some awesome casting!

How do you feel about Fauxmanda's return and is Jack really the father of that baby?
Matt: It's a bit of a contrived set up to keep Emily and Jack apart, but since I want them apart, I won't complain. It clearly isn't Jack's kid, so the only question is how Takeda figures into the pregnancy, which creator Mike Kelley has confirmed is legitimate.

Christine: I figured she'd be back... but pregnant?!? I didn't see that coming. Thinking about Fauxmanda as a mommy is kind of scary. It's probably a 50/50 shot of that baby being Jack's and that's even scarier.

Chandel: I was pretty shocked. I knew she was going to come back, but did not expect the baby bombshell. That really kicked the surprise up a notch. I'm not buying that Jack is the father, though.

Leigh: Wasn't Takeda supposed to be "taking care" of Fauxmanda? Last we saw him he told Emily that she couldn't save both her lovers and had to choose. It looks like he somehow manipulated and made that choice for her. Also, I'm gonna Jerry Springer this situation and say that Jack is not the father.

What do you think will happen when season 2 begins?
Matt: SPOILER ALERT... there's going to be a wedding on the premiere. That much we know. Who's wedding? I say Jack and Fauxmanda's.

Christine: I hope we don't have to wait too long before we find out Victoria wasn't on that plane. Then, it will be the hunt for Emily's mom. And who do you think will get a puppy? Jack or Emily?

Chandel: We'll start setting up the plot for all of 2012-2013, which will likely include Emily's search for her father and the fallout from the plane explosion.

Leigh: We will pick up where we left off: Charlotte in the ICU. Search and rescue dealing with the plane crash. Conrad out of his mind. (I don't think Conrad planned the bomb, I think he just realized WHM tipped him off). Daniel and Ashley will be having skanky revenge sex. Emily and Nolan will be looking for her mother and gathering intel on Americon. They will also continue to be the best duo ever.

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Forgot to mention. It depends on the time jump we get to the flashforward, but im wondering if Daniel and Ashley will be the ones getting married. It could be a publicity stunt to try and get the Grayson family name back on track after some major hiccups.


Chandel my view of the incident was that Conrad wasnt threatening her he was warning her. He told her that people higher up ordered the death of David Clarke and that they were dangerous people. I think he is scared for his children as well as himself and trying to warn Victoria was for the benefit if their kids.


I hate fauxmanda!! The only thing i could say for the first 5 minutes after it finished was "these people are crazy "


what I like about this show is that I don't actually ship any couples...I'm just shipping for Amanda's revenge! This show is amazing and so intriguing. I'm gonna keep on watching it next fall!


Please. Victoria is not dead. The writers just think we are all stupid. Conrad didn't threaten Victoria, he warned her. There is a difference. Victoria is just so deluded and selfish. She deserved to get blown up. If Conrad or Daniel dies, I am gonna stop watching the show. It's been testing my patience for awhile now. Good montage though.


I would really like to see the real amanda clark with jack. She has had so much grief in her life.I think the pregnant snake is pregnant by someone else.and she needs to push over for emily to be with jack.


Hmm, I somehow think the wedding this fall is going to be Emily and Nolan's. Think about it, we know from the creators that it's going to be Emily's wedding. There's no way she can marry Jack because of that pairing is kind of the intended "end-game", and the writers would never let them happen in season two. She probably won't be married to Daniel because he would think she's just going back to him because her first choice of Jack is tangled up with the pregnant-Amanda debacle. What other guy does Emily know? I think this marriage will just be a part of another one of Emily's plots, and Nolan will "marry" her in order to help her in her quest for revenge.


1. Christine's answer.
2. Yes for her psyche and for info although I'd have been fine if she had killed him.
3. Alive of course.
4. Something big.
5. Contrived but good to hold off on that because it sucks.


1. My fav scene was when Nolan said "I am not worthy", he's such a nerd.
2. Yes, definitely, killing him wouldn't have served much of a purpose in the grand scheme of things.
3. Victoria is alive; I think Lydia is dead, and Conrad is going to die next season.
4. Emily's mother is part of the Initiative, but was ordered back to her country because she fell in love with Emily's father and lost focus on the mission. The Initiative did a double-whammie, not only faked her death, but also told Emily's mother they were dead, which is why she didn't look for Emily.
5. It was too early to bring Fauxmanda back, but, I do think it's Jack's baby.
6. The second season will start about a month after it left off, Fauxmanda already gave birth to Jack Jr. and is about to marry Jack. I think Victoria isn't going to resurface until the third episode, giving Emily time to focus on finding her mother, who was actually the one that saved Victoria at the very last minute.


The wedding will most likely be Emily and Jack or Emily and Daniel. I do not think he would marry Ashley. If it's a simple wedding, we can assume Jack and Amanda. If it's huge, it's a Graysson event. Before the finale I was thinking Lydia and Conrad, but she probably died in the crash. One question though, why the hell is Ashley still alive?

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Revenge Season 1 Episode 22 Quotes

Thanks to a lethal combination of your vitriol and your incompetence, the evidence you stole from me is now in the hands of our most powerful adversary.


In every life there comes a day of reckoning.