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Revenge Review: I Love You, Too

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If there's been any criticism of Revenge season 2, it's that there hasn't been a whole lot of revenge-ing going on. Emily, Aiden and Nolan have all been sort of working toward Emily's plan, but not really, while the Jack and Amanda sub-plot ran in the background. Until tonight, that is. 

Tonight Emily suffered a loss that has given her renewed determination to take down the Graysons. Amanda is dead, taking her last breath in Emily's arms.

"Sacrifice" marked the return of the Revenge we know and love and was easily the best episode of the season.

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So many of this season's episodes have felt slow, not moving Emily's revengenda along at all, but tonight was different. I hardly know how to wrap my head around everything that just happened. 

Victoria Grayson, scheming as always, had the grand idea to buy them some time with Helen's murder, so she pretended to BE Helen and rode away with Helen's driver. The next morning, she and Daniel staged a conversation for the Initiative in which they pretended to have a falling out. This worked to throw the Initiative off of the Grayson's trail for Helen's disappearance. Daniel is quite the Grayson, playing his part in their faux argument marvelously. 

Meanwhile, once again using Charlotte, Victoria planted Helen's cell phone and scarf in Jack and Amanda's apartment so they could set Amanda up for Helen's murder when the Initiative came to call. And call they did, with the introduction of Trask, one of Helen's associates. What Conrad conveniently failed to mention in all of this, however, is that he is actually in the process of taking Amanda out himself with Nate's help.

Amanda barely stood a chance. But the girl is a fighter. Or was.

I was actually on the edge of my seat with all of the Jack and Amanda and Nate scenes tonight, knowing that someone would die and that, while Nate would definitely kick it, either Jack or Amanda likely would as well.

When Amanda started telling Nate that the reason she was in the Hamptons was to dig up dirt on the Graysons, I had a moment of wanting to push her overboard for being dumb again. Like last week with the laptop. The laptop she brought on board with her instead of putting it back in Emily's house where it never should have left in the first place. But then I thought Jack bought her story about her reason for being there and my heart actually broke.

I didn't realize until then how much I liked them together and was happy they were happy.

By pushing him off in the life boat after he was shot when she knew there wouldn't be time to get on the boat herself, Amanda sacrificed herself to save Jack, which proved how much she loved him and their family.

She knew that by staying behind there was a chance she would die, but she also knew that if she didn't let Jack go, he would definitely die. She chose to try to save his life.

Thankfully, Emily and Nolan were also trying to save Jack and Amanda and were able to intercept Jack. Unfortunately, Nolan was too late in returning to help Emily to also save Amanda.

Amanda's death revealed a great deal about Emily and the way she holds people at arms length. For a long time, probably most of Revenge Season 1 and at least part of this season, it seemed as if Amanda was nothing more than a nuisance to Emily. Amanda's presence in the Hamptons greatly interfered with Emily's plans. 

Emily's tearful "I love you, too" following the flashback to the two of them on the day Emily was released from juvie was a four-word recognition on Emily's behalf of the many sacrifices Amanda has made for Emily over the years: her identity, keeping Emily's secrets when it would be to her advantage to spill them and her chance at a normal life, to name a few.

The weight of those sacrifices settled into Emily as she let go of Amanda's body and waited for Nolan's return, sparking within her a renewal of her vow to avenge herself against the Graysons. I, for one, can't wait to see what Emily has in store for the monsters who, even without knowing her true identity, keep taking from her those she holds most dear.

What did you think of "Sacrifice?" Were you shocked by Amanda's death? Are you as excited as I am for Emily to get back to the business of exacting her revenge on the Graysons? We'll talk in the comments, and don't forget to check out the Revenge quotes page for more Revenge-y goodness.

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I always suspected at some point that Amanda would die. They would want to leave room for the "would they/won't they" with Jack and Emily, but it broke my heart to see FauxAmanda die. I am so sad. The episode was great and filled with action. Victoria is as wicked as usual, but I can't write anything more. All I can see is Emily breaking down and letting Amanda's body float out to sea. Jack is going to be devastated, as am I. And I know it's a show, people, but I just can't help it. RIP Amanda. :(

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This was, without a doubt, the finest hour of Revenge that I've ever watched. I was at the edge of my seat during pretty much all of the scenes on the water. Right from the beginning, I tried to prepare myself for Amanda's inevitable death. I couldn't. I was damn near tears when she died in Emily's arms. I'm now more eager than ever to see Emily take down the Graysons. And now that they've harmed Jack, both physically and emotionally, I'm pretty sure that Nolan will be more determined than ever to help David Clarke's daughter with her revengenda.

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Finally a good episode! I thought it would end up cancelled in less the writers came up with something more interesting than the crap they have been putting out so far this season!
Just when We w0ere starting to 'get' Amanda they kill her off! Are these even the same writers as last year!? Charlotte is going to lose it when she finds out 'her sister' is dead! Revenge might run in the family next season! It would certainly spice things up for Charlotte's character! I'm sure Jack isn't going to let it go down without a fight! So maybe we will see another side of him to shake things up!
I like it best when Conrad and Victoria are freaking over something, it brings out the best in them. When Emily and Nolan have real Revenge to work on! Daniel wasn't so weird! And Declan and Charlotte were regular teens! And Ashley had a personality...
I hate the initiative storyline, I think it's sort of ruined the Revenge of Emily and turned it into something else entirely! Please get to the point writers! We want to tune in and see the show 'WE' put on the most watched list!

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There has always been a question about Emily's lack of emotion. She has been on a mission, seeking revenge and has been "all about the business." However, the scene with Fauxmanda dying, showed us that Emily can be very emotional, has feelings and wow, felt such a loyalty to Fauxmanda. I like Emily's resolve, her ability to stay on task and keep emotion from clouding judgement but it was nice to see her have such feeling for Fauxmanda. I'm going to miss tough girl Fauxmanda. Loved her street wise demeanor. Now, I'm on pins and needles until the next episode. Revenge is the only program that I watch the commercials because I want to drag it out and not get to the end so quickly. Revenge is by far my favorite program!

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When emily and amanda was gettiing in the boat I was like yes amanda is going to live but then she went back for the necklace and I yelled at the t.v. I didn't want her to die, and I can't stand victoria I hope the whole grayson family be taken down by emily minus charlotte this whole episode was crazy and I can't wait for the next one I really want to see emily get revenge now.

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sorry they killed her off but now maybe they can get back to business-

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@Seriefreak--it looked like a heavy duty "toughbook" style laptop. So now I want to know who was on the diving expedition at the beginning of the episode and what they're trying to find. I wouldn't be surprised if someone went back after the laptop.

Saad702

Good episode. Loved the Emily Amanda parts. Cried when Amanda died but in all honesty this does mean one thing less to care about. Amanda was a wild card, she is out of the equation now. The revengenda is in full swing.

Zenda

I am definitely shocked with Amanda's death. I am really sad for Jack and Carl though.We all knew someone was going to die but i had thought that It would be Jack but it turned out to be Amanda.I am really sad. RIP Amanda

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So you think the laptop is saved?
But even if it isn't, I assume Emily has a backup. (I can't trust on that a 100%, because her freaking password was 'infinity')

Revenge Season 2 Episode 14 Quotes

Conrad: Congratulations, Victoria. With one bullet you've slaughtered us all.
Victoria: The bitch had it coming.

Sacrifice by its strictest definition takes something precious for the appeasement of a higher power, an abiding devotion to a cause that cannot be satisfied with a simple promise. Because an oath, no matter how solemn, asks nothing in return while true sacrifice demands unspeakable loss.

Emily