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Who Shot Emily Thorne: Our Predictions For Sunday’s Winter Finale

By on December 12, 2013
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The question of who shot Emily Thorne is one which has colored just about every episode of Revenge this season.

We’ve watched with a mixture of horror and fascination (largely reserved for Nolan’s wardrobe choices until now) as each step in Emily’s master plan for revenge brings her one step closer to her own downfall – on the deck of that yacht in that exquisite wedding gown –  this coming Sunday.

Fans and critics alike have been scrutinizing minute details and throwaway remarks from the characters each week for hints. Some of us are sure we’ve pinpointed the perpetrator, while others remain unsure. This week ABC sent advance copies of the winter finale “Exodus” to a small handful of online magazines. Full disclaimer: Yes, we do receive advance copies of Revenge and other shows for review purposes on occasion. No, we did not receive a copy of this particular episode. We can’t definitively tell you who shot Emily Thorne. However, that doesn’t stop us from making some very educated guesses.

First up, a quick rehash. The promo trailer for season three (cast your mind back eleven weeks, or just refresh your memory via the you tube video below) clearly shows Emily standing on the deck of her Honeymoon yacht, dressed in her wedding finery, and having a conversation with someone off camera. Providing this moment is not an amalgamation of clipped together scenes (which can sometimes be the case with promo trailers) we can assume that whomever Emily is talking to is the same person who decides not to allow her to finish her apology, but to shoot her instead.

Rather than trying to figure out who would want to murder Emily we might do better to consider which character Emily might feel she owes a heartfelt apology. Because this is where we get to the real juice of the matter.

Join us then, as we examine the only real contenders in this ten week would-be murder mystery.

Excluding some obvious red herrings (Daniel’s ex, Sarah, Conrad or even Victoria, the woman Emily is attempting to frame for that very act) we’re confident the shooter will turn out to be:


Emily VanCamp as Emily Thorne/Amanda Clarke. Image © ABC

Emily VanCamp as Emily Thorne/Amanda Clarke. Image © ABC

This is the concern of many dedicated Revengers. What if everything we’ve seen to date is simply leading up to Emily’s faked death, faux bullets, and a plunge into the water, where she will put those breath-holding exercises to use, frame Victoria for her murder and elope with the Hampton’s Mr. Bond?

We’re certain this won’t be the case. This show prides itself on the number of twists it can stuff into a single episode. There’s just no way a ten week build up will culminate in Emily’s plans going off without a hitch. These gunshots, in our estimation, are very real.

And the fallout will keep the show in everyone’s mind and all over social media until its post-holiday’s return.




Amber Valletta as Lydia Davis. Image © ABC

Amber Valletta as Lydia Davis. Image © ABC

Isn’t it strange that Lydia returned to the Hamptons just as Emily is about to tie the knot with Daniel?

Is her arrival mere coincidence, or will her determination to ‘out’ Emily place her on the Honeymoon yacht on that fateful night?

When Lydia last butted heads with the Revegenda, she was thrown from a top floor window and almost killed. If Lydia placed all the right pieces together in just the right way (and we have no doubt this could happen without too much shuffling of the pieces already on the board) might she want to exact terrible revenge on the woman who ruined her life? We think not. Lydia is not close enough to Victoria or to Emily to end up attending the wedding, let alone to be considered as an honoured guest on the ‘family Honeymoon’ cruise.

Also, we don’t think premeditated murder is Lydia’s style.



Justin Hartley as Patrick Harper. Image © ABC

Justin Hartley as Patrick Harper. Image © ABC

Let’s face it, Victoria’s son Patrick is the obvious choice.

This studly artist has already demonstrated his ability to commit wanton acts of violence against those who threaten (or just speak meanly to) his mother.

We believe Patrick would TOTALLY do Emily in if he caught a whiff of her plans to implicate his mother in her faked murder … but we don’t think he’s the shooter.

Patrick has been missing from the show in recent episodes, and unless he makes a spectacular return, coupled with huge leaps of intuition that would place him on her boat with a gun, it’s just got to be someone else.

Also, consider this. Imagine Patrick standing off camera holding a gun. That heartfelt “I’m sorry,” seems a little out of place when uttered to this particular character, doesn’t it?

We need to consider someone closer to Emily. A lot closer.



Barry Solane as Aiden Mathis. Image © ABC

Barry Solane as Aiden Mathis. Image © ABC

Now we’re really getting to the meat of the matter.

What’s that, you cry? Aiden? The one person who knows more about Emily than even Nolan Ross? How could Aiden hurt Emily? He loves her, doesn’t he? He’d do anything for her. wouldn’t he?

“Love will always triumph over darkness. A love that I would lay down my life for,” he proclaimed last week before he promptly put a ring on it.

But what if Emily doesn’t really love Aiden back? What if Aiden, like Daniel and almost everyone else in the Hamptons (with the exception of Nolan Ross), is a instrument to be used to play the final note of the Revengenda? We’ve been told that Jack Porter is the endgame for Emily by the show’s EPs. Aiden doesn’t fit into this plan. (Sorry shippers!) So what’s Aiden’s endgame?

We know he’s a killer. We know he has the resources to slip onto that yacht undetected, if he wants to, and we know that he can be prompted to furious jealousy when provoked. Would an admission from Emily that there is to be no happily ever after be enough to prompt Aiden to pull a trigger? Especially if that realization came with a heartfelt “I’m sorry” from the love of his life?

Yes. We think so. Aiden Mathis, you are our number one suspect … so far.




Nick Wechsler as Jack Porter. Image © ABC

For the record, we would never have pinned Jack as the shooter. He’s happily involved with Margaux, and his business with Emily seems finished. At the start of the season Jack demanded that Emily finish her Hamptons business by summer’s end. Emily has struggled and succeeded in complying with this demand. What does Jack have to gain by suddenly appearing on the yacht to gun her down in the final hour?

However, as some are aware, another online magazine recently ran a piece after viewing the episode and presented readers with a list of (suspect) suspects. We even had Kara Clarke in there! Significantly, our number one suspect Aiden did not make the list. Given that the shooter is obviously someone close to Emily (as we explored above) does negating Aiden implicate Jack? We’re avid fans of the show here at ScreenSpy and although a contender, the notion that the shooter is Jack doesn’t sit easily with us.



The only way we can see Nolan shooting Emily is as part of an elaborate ruse in the Fake Out discussed above – as in shooting her with blanks. We don’t buy it.

Revenge airs Sunday December 15 (9:00-10:01 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

The show stars Emily VanCamp as Emily Thorne, Madeleine Stowe as Victoria Grayson, Henry Czerny as Conrad Grayson, Josh Bowman as Daniel Grayson, Nick Wechsler as Jack Porter, Gabriel Mann as Nolan Ross, Christa B. Allen as Charlotte Clarke and Barry Sloane as Aiden Mathis.


  1. Amy

    December 12, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    Dear Jen. I extremely disappointed in the article due to couple of reasons. First of all, you got basic facts wrong and in terms of shipping, you are very bias towards Jemily. You got the shooting suspect wrong. Before you write you need to read official spoilers out there. We have been given the official suspect list – jack, Charlotte, Nolan and Danny. aiden is not even a suspect. Secondly, you can’t tell a group of shippers sorry anf that we should forget about the endgame. Don’t place your theories on us. Let the viewer decide. Jemily is Mk’s brainchild. I have only heard that Emily “have two great loves” from SN. Nothing is set in stone!!!

    • Jennifer Griffin

      December 12, 2013 at 9:53 pm

      Dear Amy, thanks for writing. I’ve been reporting on Revenge since before it aired its pilot episode.
      We get our materials straight from ABC. Maybe you should do a little fact checking of your own before commenting?
      I am not a shipper. I have an uncanny ability to enjoy a show without shipping anyone. Maybe I’m lazy, but I don’t care who’s doing who, so long as they’re enjoying it.
      I don’t care who you ship. My opinion is as valid as yours. I’ve placed my theories on a site I own and run. Don’t come onto my site and complain that I have ‘placed my theories on you” That’s absurd.
      I don’t know who “we” is. Is this the Royal We, or some other we?
      Reports from other online magazines are as valid as other reports from online magazines.
      We all get pretty much the same promotional materials from ABC, but what we choose to do with them is entirely up to us.
      Also, in a speculation piece it’s impossible to get it wrong. That’s why it’s a speculation piece. Did you even read it?
      Have a cup of tea and a mince pie and try to cheer yourself up.

  2. JemilyLover

    December 12, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    Far from being pro Jemily, this article takes a poo on everything Emily and Jack have strived to build up over the past 3 seasons. Why isn’t Jack listed as a suspect? It’s all Naiden this and Naiden that. Clearly ur biased in this direction completely. Also, why have n=u not see n the official theories out there on the web as I have? mos t sites are basing their articles on what has been shared already. This is obviously something Screen Spy should do too and not making up your own content.

    • Jennifer Griffin

      December 12, 2013 at 10:06 pm

      Um …. okay. Less of the original content and more ripping stuff off from other magazines. Got it! Have you worked in the entertainment industry before? You’re clearly a pro. Thanks for that really great suggestion.

      Ps you do realize that all of these shipper names sound like something you spread on bread, don’t you. Or maybe I just want a sandwich.
      Rock on my crazy friend!

  3. Emma

    December 13, 2013 at 1:55 am

    The shooter must be Jack. Or possibly Daniel, but I believe it’s Jack. Emily has planned for this for weeks. She’s got everything set. The only thing left is to find someone to pull that trigger on her. The gun must be fired for Victoria to get arrested. Emily’s blood must be on the yacht. Someone she trusts must do the deed. Nolan, Jack or Aiden. Nolan is too weak to shoot Ems. Aiden is a too likely accomplice and the first one the Graysons would suspect. So that leaves sea-loving Jack who knows how to navigate.

  4. Martina McGallen

    December 13, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Emma are you suggesting that Jack is complicit in the shooting? In other words, that Emily asks him to shoot her as part of the plan? Or are you suggesting that Emily goads Jack into shooting her? Both are interesting theories. I’m not so sure about the second one though. I don’t think Emily wants to cause Jack any more hurt than she already has. Would she really provoke him into committing this terrible act?
    My best bet is Charlotte. I think she’s the real dark horse of the bunch. What if Charlotte found out about Emily and blamed her for Declan’s death?