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How Revenge’s Game Changes are Making Big Waves

BY Jennifer Griffin

Published 10 years ago

Something dark and dangerous is happening to Revenge and I love it. Guilt was the episode dubbed ‘the game changer’ by several sources, not least of which Nolan’s Gabriel Mann, who described the episode as one which “expands the story in spectacular fashion,” in a recent interview.

If Guilt was the game changer then last Wednesday’s Intrigue was the episode which marked the onset of a delicious ripple effect, with several characters plunged into new and dangerous territory.  I have the feeling we’ll be feeling the repercussions of these spectacular events for several episodes to come.

Let’s take a look at those caught in the eye of the storm.



Perhaps the biggest shock from Wednesday night is the news that Lydia is not dead. Hospitalized and in a coma, Lydia could wake up at any time to spill the beans on Frank, Emily or everyone. But in some ways Lydia’s position is even more precarious than before. Frank tried to kill her once.  What’s to stop him doing it again?


Lydia's story is not over yet. Image © ABC


Emily and Nolan

Until now Emily has been the puppet master, carefully controlling the outcome of every event and ensuring the finger of blame lands squarely elsewhere every  time.  Nolan, likewise has been untouchable, protected by his intelligence, status and the sheer improbability that he could be involved in any sort of serious crime. Emily may not have meant for events to play out as they did, but Frank has managed to become the biggest threat to her plans nevertheless.  What is more, Frank has seen the video surveillance tape of Nolan entering Lydia’s apartment and has tied Nolan to Emily. Things are looking grim for the Hamptons Head-wreckers.

Nolan and Emily assess the damage. Image © ABC



Despite being tossed aside by Conrad, Frank will not be bought off and he will not be put off. There’s no stopping this guy. He’s kind of like the Terminator of the Hamptons.  (I almost forgive him for last week’s girly fight sequence.) Emily’s targets have been pretty soft so far – unfaithful spouses, dirty politicians and the like – so I really like how Frank has emerged as a force to be reckoned with.  He presents a distinct and credible threat that raises the bar. I just hope they don’t kill him off too soon!


Frank: You wouldn't like him when he's angry. Image © ABC




This was a big week for Jack.  He finally admitted his feelings to Emily.  Sort of. Actually, he walked her down the pier and mumbled a lot of fisherman talk about wind and sails and the sea until she told him to stop. I kind of squirmed in embarrassment even though I’m shipping them. Jack reminded me of the Dad from Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs who is only able to communicate with his son by using fishing metaphors.


"Not every sardine was meant to swim, son." Image © ABC


Intrigue shows there’s all to play for.

Revenge airs Wednesday’s 10/9c on ABC.

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