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Revenge’s Reckoning: Top 5 Reveals That Will Dominate Season Two

By on May 25, 2012

Madeleine Stowe as Victoria Grayson. Image by Eric McCandless. © ABC

Revenge fans had some pretty big questions heading into the season finale episode on Wednesday. Would Emily actually take that final step by taking a life?  Would Nolan come through the finale alive, and would Victoria actually push ahead with her own personal revengenda against Conrad if it meant destroying the fragile balance of her family? Those questions were finally answered in ‘Reckoning’ but as some doors were closed, others were unexpectedly thrown open. Except in typical Revenge style, they threw open some windows, knocked down a wall or two and took the roof off for good measure. (There is no such thing as a comfort zone for fans of this show.)

It’s hard to highlight only five key moments from an episode filled with so many twists and surprise reveals, but we’ve done our best to narrow down the list to those moments that will resonate most strongly in season two. (And just in case you’ve been living in seclusion in a beach front property in the Hamptons over the last month and didn’t have access to a reclusive internet billionaire to hook you up with great wifi, Revenge has been officially greenlit for a second season.)


Emily’s Mother is Alive

Thank God for Nolan Ross! Just when Emily thought all of the evidence implicating Conrad and exonerating her father had literally gone up in smoke, Nolan revealed that he had unencrypted and backed up the mysterious hard drive before handing it over to Agent McGowen. Of course he did. And he probably videoed himself doing it too! But of course, our relief turned to shock when the secret video revealed a taped conversation between Victoria, Conrad and the white haired man openly discussing the fact that Amanda Clarke’s mother is alive.

Emily discovers the truth about her mother. Image © ABC Television Network.

Show creator Mike Kelley recently spoke to EW on this potentially enormous reveal saying “What you’re going to discover about the woman who was Emily’s mother is the circumstances under which they were separated and you’re going to find that there’s some deep psychological issues with her, which I think is going to be fun for us to explore. For Emily, she’s going to start seeing some of the psychological damage that her mother has in herself. So she’s going to start doing a lot of soul-searching about who she is, what part DNA has played in her life choices and how she’s going to move forward, whether or not this person is going to be part of her life or if this is going to be someone that is going to disappoint and hurt her.


The Conspiracy Gets Bigger

As much as I have admired the watertight writing and character dynamics of this show from the get go, I have always puzzled over exactly how involved Conrad was with the terrorists who blew up Flight 197. We know that he was secretly laundering money to the group, and that he orchestrated events so that David Clarke would take the fall, possibly purely because David was, at the time, having an affair with his wife.

Conrad and Victoria argue morality. The audience laughs.

However terrorists seem one step beyond Conrad’s comfort zone. He may be many things – mercenary, greedy and ruthless to the core – but the idea that he might have found himself in bed with bigger players who are calling all the shots seems a far more plausible scenario.

In the closing moments of the finale, Nolan reveals to Emily that “After the Graysons framed your father, Americon Initiative handled the coverup. This goes so far past the Graysons and so far past what they did to your father.”


Death, Death and More Death?

OK, hands up those who think Victoria and Lydia are really dead. Anyone? Anyone? Although I enjoyed the ‘what goes around comes around’ notion of those who covered up the truth about Flight 197 suffering the same fate (seriously, would you get on a plane jam packed with evidence against the Graysons?) I refuse to believe that former Hamptons besties are written off the show. Yes, I know we saw the white haired man tampering with the plane. Yes, I know we had that amazing slo-mo Florence and the Machine musical montage which implies something BIG is going down. Yes, I know there was flaming wreckage, but my fan girl heart refuses to believe. It’s a cover up! I know it! Shush don’t tell me anything else. I can’t hear you. La La La!

Victoria boards the plane. Or does she?


Daniel Goes Darkside

Wow, talk about character development! Daniel has over the course of the season become his own father and everything that Emily despises. We’ve been watching him slipping away from us over several episodes, but nothing drove home the point harder than his almost non-reaction to Emily returning her engagement ring when he challenged her over Jack. Whether he wanted it or not, Daniel is now complicit in everything he once stood against. And what better way to illustrate that than to see him pour himself and Ashley a drink in the pool house – of his father’s favorite tipple.

Daniel and Ashley toast their diabolical future.


Amanda Returns

She’s baaack! Margarita Levieva’s Amanda always makes a spectacular entrance, but this one may just have topped them all. We’ve watched all season long wondering if it was Jack or Daniel that Emily treasured in that secretive revenge-filled little heart of hers. Finally, the answer is out, and somehow we knew it all along. Deciding to come clean and admit everything, Emily turns up at the Stowaway to discover a stowaway. With a baby bump. Guys, check out Jack’s expression below. Picture speaks a thousand words.

Amanda springs a surprise on Jack and Emily.

Five doors opened, but so many questions left unanswered. Will Daniel hook up with Ashley now that Emily has gone cold? Is Charlotte dead? How long will it take Emily to find her mother? What will Nolan’s season two wardrobe look like? We can’t tell you, but we know that the playing field is going to be broader and darker than ever before, with show creator Mike Kelley promising fans a wedding and a death in the first new episode of the season.

Stay tuned!




  1. Jamie Krakover

    May 25, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    My goodness was that finale ever fantastic! By far the biggest jaw dropping moment was Amanda’s return. I really didn’t see that coming but I feel like I should have. However I’m certain there’s more to that story than meets the eye.

    And Victoria…. I so agree with everything you said. Victoria dead? ***shoves fingers in her ears*** LALALALA

  2. alexmathayes

    May 28, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    it was just an ok finale. In series such as this and others, characters get killed but, come back in after a few episodes. Whats so surprising I just dont get.

    No doubt the finale was good 6/10 and the worst part is they gave ‘Seven Devils’ soundtrack to it which BTW does not even remotely suit the show.

  3. Mads

    May 28, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    Such a great show. I couldn’t wait for all the episodes to air in the UK so watched series 1 online. Love it! Madeleine Stowe as Victoria is my fave ( she is def still alive) with Nolan a close second. Great writing, acting and character development. Impatiently waiting for season two.

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