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The Xena reboot plans to ‘fully explore’ explicit lesbian relationship, says writer

The Xena reboot plans to ‘fully explore’ explicit lesbian relationship, says writer

Xena and Gabrielle were to be together in new series

Back in the 90s, the love between warrior princess Xena and her charge Gabrielle was all too obvious but was buried underneath glances, innuendo, subtext.

But now, with a reboot coming, the writer of the new series Javier Grillo-Maruach has promised to ‘fully explore’ a lesbian relationship.

Grillo-Marxuach was one of the architects behind the CW’s The 100. Fans reacted angrily after a gay female character, Lexa, was killed off mere moments after she finally had sex with girlfriend Clarke. This was considered by many to be offensive to fans of the couple, and another example of the tired ‘dead lesbian syndrome’ trope.

And so, he was asked about whether the reaction will affect his writing of the Xena reboot.

‘I am a very different person with a very different world view than my employer on the 100 – and my work on the 100 was to use my skills to bring that vision to life,’ he said.

‘Xena will be a very different show made for very different reasons. There is no reason to bring back Xena if it is not there for the purpose of fully exploring a relationship that could only be shown subtextually in first-run syndication in the 1990s. It will also express my view of the world – which is only further informed by what is happening right now – and is not too difficult to know what that is if you do some digging.’