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Revenge Review: Loose Ends

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For a while now, Revenge has been a guilty pleasure watch for me.

I've loved it even while rolling my eyes at the implausibility of it all. In the spirit of total honesty, when the previous episode aired, I was ready for the break which just ended. 

That break did this viewer - and this season - good.

It gave Revenge space to breathe a little bit so it could sink in that Emily's revengenda is about to come to fruition. Maybe. As long as Emily, Aiden, and Nolan can continue to control the uncontrollable.

Lydia's return was one focal point of Revenge Season 3 Episode 9, which was, for all intents and purposes, a pretty packed hour. 

Victoria and Lydia Reunited

So many pieces of Emily's plan have come together to get her to this point, and yet there are still wild card elements which make it seem like this final takedown will not happen. Lydia and Victoria are two such elements. 

Lydia has it out for Emily, but Emily isn't the reason she returned to the Hamptons. She's just as jealous of Victoria as she's always been and after seeing all the good things which have happened to Victoria, relatively speaking, since their faked deaths, Lydia wanted a piece of that pie. She blamed Conrad for her new and less glamorous life and returned to work with Margaux in order to ruin her former flame. 

But Conrad still has the ability to drive her wild, apparently, and Lydia ate it up. 

After reuniting with Conrad, she found an original copy of the photograph which nearly cost Lydia her life, and on the eve of Emily's wedding, no less.

A wedding which Victoria has tried and failed to stop and one which she is now no longer planning to attend. 

Charlotte's urging that they both stop meddling caused Victoria to take the extreme stance that she just won't attend the wedding if she can't support the marriage. That, of course, would throw Emily's plan into a downward spiral, but the previews have already revealed that Victoria does attend the wedding, so that wasn't much of a cliffhanger or shocker, really.

Victoria's plans to ruin Emily have all failed. Every single time she's tried to come between Emily and Daniel, she's only served to push Daniel further away from herself and closer to Emily. It's sort of amazing how manipulative and calculating Victoria can be in all other aspects of her life and yet that's one thing she's never been able to figure out. 

That's exactly what happened tonight. 

Daniel was on the fence about his feelings for Sara, with Emily's pregnancy news only serving to make him more unsure of himself. Victoria's insistence that Emily was lying about the pregnancy didn't matter to Daniel at all because it came across as just another of his mother's schemes to break them up which just solidified his decision to break things off with Sara. 

(Sidenote: Why do rich people in movies and television throw ridiculously expensive jewels into the ocean? Looking at you, Titanic. And Daniel Grayson.)

While watching the scene with Daniel and Sara, all I could think was "Don't worry, guys! Emily's going to fake die soon and Daniel will be heartbroken and Sara can comfort him! Happy-ish ending!" But then I realized that Emily's plan probably won't go as, well, planned, because this is a television show and there are at least 13 more episodes to go in the season. 

So that means that Aiden and Emily probably won't live happily ever after either, which sort of bums me out after tonight. His proposal was sweet and romantic and it made me believe in the two of them as endgame, but now I'm afraid it will never be because it seemed a little too good to be true.

I was just starting to like Margaux and Jack, too. He seems happy. Finally. She seems not Ashley. Finally. 

And next week things will all fall to pieces. We'll finally figure out who actually pulls the trigger and brace ourselves for the aftermath.

What did you think of Revenge Season 3 Episode 9? Are you happy with Lydia's return? What did you think of Aiden's proposal?

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The fact that at least half of every comment on this show has to do with being team Jack or team Aiden, should really tell the writers they need to be writing a better show. I might be the only one but that is the only thing I can focus on in half the episodes anymore. Season 1 I was much more focused on her actual Revengenda . I miss her take down of the week. Now we have spent half a season focusing on her final take down which we already know isn't going to go as planned because there is still half a season and we can assume this is not the last season. I really wanna still love this show and I will probably keep watching it till the end but I just can't imagine how it is going to keep going on. The premise of the show wasn't meant for more than 2 or 3 seasons. I feel like at this point it is almost a guarantee that David Clark is alive, just seems like where the show is heading ultimately in my opinion.

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@ kandi1212

This "TEAM" thing that so many are using for every little thing is really annoying me. They use it as cobos of names on Dancing with the Stars. They even use it on a soap such as Young & restless. For instance..for Sharon & Adam...They call it ( the fans ) Team Shadam! Who started this crap???? There is no such thing on Revenge as Team whatever. people have picked up this "team" thing elsewhere and apply it everywhere! Grrrrrrrr! You yourself have made such a combo: Revengenda! Revenge is still very good. Ems could not take down the whole world...so the writers are going to go a bit out of the box....otherwise they would have nowhere to go.

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@ Michaelene Stacherski Gon

Unfortunately the "TEAM" thing is a reality on any show when they create a love triangle, or in this case a love square (at the least). The writers write love triangles to get people on "teams" to make them more passionate about the show, otherwise in the case of this show, Aiden wouldn't have been written in. No this show shouldn't be about Teams but it has been lately as you can see through a lot of the posts on this message board. Yes I will admit I support one man for Emily over another but that is because the actual revenge part of the show isn't what is highlighted as much anymore. I actually did not create that combo of Revengenda it has been used on here before and it is honestly catchy. Yes I agree Revenge is still good but I don't think it is as good as it used to be. But like I said in my comment I think that is because this show would have functioned better on a set time line of 2-3 seasons. With the premise of the show they didn't need to make a show that would last years and years. Other shows where the story line is constantly changing from season to season, for instance on ABC Scandal in particular, they can remain strong throughout but shows like this which are very specific (the story line hasn't changed at all over 2 1/2 seasons) should let their story line play out and not drag it out. This show could end great ending it this season. It has more than enough episodes to tie up all the loose ends, even giving it 1 more season wouldn't be pushing it too bad, but trying to get anymore life out of the story after that will be too much and they will suck the life out of a great show. Obviously the show could do something to completely change my mind and I would be more than happy if it did but at this point I just don't want them to ruin the show.

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I want Emily to end up with her long lost love that is the best ending you can jip the viewer and have her end up with Aiden but yuck that's not what would made people want to watch this show. The writer continually get the ending wrong and make so people hate the show because they stop caring about the viewer and that makes the most sense Duh?!

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I agree I think the season is dragging things along. I don't like how Lydia Is back because I felt like her character served its purpose so long ago. If they are going to bring back a character it should be faux Amanda's foster brother he was always team Emily.

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Aiden's proposal to Emily was amazing, but I have the strong feeling that they won't be endgame because they will make Emily end up with that "borefest" named Jack. Seriously, that guy reminds me of Dan Humphrey from Gossip Girl, always there judging the others' actions as if he was the only sinless human being in the world. Every time I see his face I want to slap it, I can't help it. I don't mind if he stays with Margaux, since she isn't a very strong character either. She isn't very plain and boring, but I'm not very fond of her.
Emily needs a guy who is both strong and caring, not just soft (yes, he can get passionate, but only when he's being judgmental, so I guess it doesn't really count). Aiden truly understands her, even though I admit that he can get very "hotheaded" and this can lead to veeery bad decisions, he knows what Emily went through and support her. I know that many other people before me may have already said this many times and that I was pretty much nasty on Jack, but I really needed to say that.

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Thx Jossy! hadn't found out re: season4...YAY!!!! There are many creative ways to go with all the intetesting characters!
Give up some good story lines writers!

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IF we see things from a creative point of view, is impossible to make a show out of one goal,revenge, it'd be too boring after a while,is very to likely to be renew for a season 4 so i think the writers are putting a game changer here as midseason, is interesting, we have lidya probably digging emily's past, we have sara and daniel forgetting emily while she is betrayd by who knows reagrupings and making a new agenda in some hospital with aiden,we have this new girl from 90210 ,i still have no clue what to expect after the hiatus but this season is been great so i think all the revenge team knws what 're they doing for the sake of the show and the story,btw there a new ep on january ,is the resolution of the cliffhanger before a big break.

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I think Emily still loves Jack but thinks Aiden is her only choice because of her revenge plan, I'm not buying her really loving him the way he loves her.

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@ Jess

I think Emily truly loves Aiden. She couldn't be least bothered she is leaving jack. I want Aiden & Emily for endgame. Can't stand jack. He thinks he knows best for Emily,

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@ Amy

Huh?
AIDEN MUST DIE!
He is a pure loose cannon who won't stop getting in the way.Jack must be endgame.

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@ Jess

and she knows that margaux is with him an probably is best for both

Michaelene-stacherski-gon

Love me some Aiden and Ems!!!! Yes...he has that "accent" which many of you translate into snob. Not so. He and Emily are a great pair. Oh thank heaven....13 more episodes after next week!!! I thought it was going to end the entire series....needless to say...I love this show. We need more GOOD television such as this. No more Twisted minds and violence. Yes, Revenge does this to a degree....but not like Criminal minds all the NCIS 's etc. Nashville needs to stay on too!!!! All with good character development and storylines.

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I really don't know what to think. I agree that the writers are dragging this and have been doing so for too long now ! Lydia coming back ? Seriously ? Why ? As if Victoria and Sarah weren't enough ! I love me some Aiden/Emily time but there will be no happy ending for these two. Charlotte...the girl is a bit useless. Margaux's choice to stop digging into the Graysons was a very good choice. I hope Jack and her last.
Now, with 13 episodes left, I really don't understand why this wedding is happening mid-season. Why can't Emily take down the Graysons already !

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good show but i hope they stop with the aiden/emily romance because its boring