There are only three episodes yet to air of “Revenge,” with the next episode, season 4, episode 21 titled “Aftermath” airing Sunday, April 26 at 10 p.m. on ABC. All signs are pointing in the direction of season 4 being the final season for the ABC show with recent promos for “Revenge,” even inviting fans of the series to be there for the final episodes declaring that the war between Emily Thorne and Victoria Grayson will end. The latest nail in the coffin was dealt on the latest episode titled “Burn.” One character did indeed “Burn.” Emily’s archenemy, Victoria Grayson.
That’s right, the queen is dead, having committed suicide during the final moments of the last episode. Sitting in her beloved, French iconic chair in the former Grayson mansion, Emily’s current home, Victoria opened a gas valve, and ignited a lighter. The mansion exploded, going up in flames with Victoria inside.
“The queen is gone, but the war isn’t over,” proclaimed the ABC narrator during the promo for “Aftermath.” Fans may wonder if Victoria is truly dead, however, having been fooled before into believing the character perished in a plane crash at the end of season one, but no one has to wonder anymore since her demise has been confirmed by Madeline Stowe, the actress who plays Victoria.
“People have different theories about it all, but one thing you need to remember is that Victoria has displayed that she’s suicidal,” Madeleine Stowe told TVLine. “There’s always been a bit of a death wish in her. She has a history of that, so this shouldn’t be a complete surprise.” She added, “Boarding that plane in Season 1 was essentially an act of suicide, because she knew there was a chance it would be blown up.”
Stowe commented on the final episode of the season saying, “A lot of fans will find closure.” She was hesitant to reveal too much about the kind of closure, but added, “The only thing I can tell you is that Amanda can never shake Victoria. These two are going to be put together for good.”
Even though Victoria has made a lot of mistakes, Stowe is able to see the good in the character she played. “I happen to love Victoria,” Stowe said. “She made the decision to betray David because her son was being threatened, and that’s not something a lot of people pay attention to. She’s the villainess, and people are so emotionally invested in Amanda Clarke, so they can’t step back and see the other side. I get her, and I understand why she would view Amanda as the enemy all the way to her grave. She’s determined to go to the grave and take Amanda with her.”
Stowe confirmed she would not be coming back to “Revenge” even if the show is renewed for another season, but although Victoria may be dead, her character won’t be absent from the ABC show quite yet.
“I am not coming back to “Revenge,” Stowe told The Hollywood Reporter. “This season is the end of her story line. I think in the next few episodes you’ll see some flashbacks that reveal why she did what she did, how it went down and the real motivation behind it. It goes beyond exacting revenge on Emily/Amanda.”
Stowe said, “This is something we all worked toward. At the end of last season, I sat down with the (creative team) — I felt this character’s story was done last season [when Emily successfully plotted to have Victoria committed] — and they wanted her to continue, and they had the right to exercise that choice.” She added, “But she had a very finite story, and it needed to come to its conclusion. We went back and forth, and this is the direction we all thought was the best way to go.”
Considering Victoria’s suicidal tendencies, Stowe elaborated about her character’s final moments. “Victoria was fully aware of the decision she made to end her life,” Stowe said. “She was in command of what she was doing. Make no mistake about it; this woman was completely ready to go. She has been at various points in the show (such as) when she (was ready to give) her life for Emily with Malcolm Black. There is a death wish she’s always had, and I think in the finale you might understand why she had it. It goes way, way, way back. Way before Amanda.”