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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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Miranda Wicker is a Staff Writer for TV Fanatic. Follow her on Twitter.

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Very good episode. Very sorry that Amanda died. Very sorry that Emily could not say "I love you too" to Amanda as she died in her arms. She waited till Amanda was gone. Emily is a user, and when this story ends she deserves to be alone, or in one of the two graves the proverb says to dig before you embark on journey of revenge.

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Hope it wasn't in the flat the new "Helen" tossed....

Miranda-wicker

I'm almost positive that when Jack and Amanda opened the bench to get the life boat out, Amanda also pulled out the laptop. I'll have to watch again to be sure, but I'm almost positive it was there.

Danielle50

I was also in tears on Emily/Amanda goodbye. I loved Amanda and I am glad that Emily is getting back to her season 1 roots for taking away another person she loved. Now every Grayson is in trouble and Emily is not going to feel pity for any of them but I think that Charlotte will find out what happen and leave her mother. I have the feeling that Emily do not want them to go to jail anymore.

Drea-xoxo

i cried my eyes out!!! i know i have been very vocal in my marmite relationship with fauxmanda but omg she deserved to live, all she wanted was her family sigh n now carl has to live her life. i was so happy when ems/mandy went back for her, thats when the tears began and i knew she wouldn't survive. this has made me be loyal to the show again because they all are on the revenge path and i feel a takeda flashback is in store or at least an appearance. don't want her mum back unless she's going to be useful which i doubt.....nolan so cute with jack. aiden realising ems/mandy is for him im happy at that and that the grayson chapter closed forever....glad though that fauxmandy is dead can't imagine what the boreinitative would have done....

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Amanda did not bring Emily's laptop on board. It was Declan's.

Fortyseven

Now's a good time to stop watching.

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RIP Amanda I miss her chats with Conrad.

Tanner1511

Sad to see Amanda go but wishing it was Jack...

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Oscars are next week and the other two weeks are because 22 episodes in 36 weeks dictates 3 months of total breaks. Either the kind we get, two big breaks, or the other usual formats. Any format involves questions or complaints.

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
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