Xena will be openly gay in the upcoming reboot. With NBC in the producer’s chair, a reboot of cult classic Xena: Warrior Princess is about to come back to life.
The 100 attracted controversy with the death of audience’s favourite character Lexa, who was a lesbian. There have been talks about lesbian character deaths on TV.
Writer Javier Grillo-Marxuach confirmed that Xena will be explicitly gay in his reboot of the classic TV show. Grillo-Marxuach was asked if fan reaction to the death of a gay character on The 100 would have any impact on his work on the Warrior Princess.
“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 replied.
“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 sub-textually in first-run syndication in the 1990s.”
According to Grillo-Marxuach, it would be looked at as a different show, which would be developed due to different reasons. He said that Xena will contain the expression of his own world view.
Grillo-Marxuach, who is a writer and producer behind The CW’s The 100, is the writer and co-executive producer of the reboot. He had hinted that Xena is going to draw all the gay undertone of the original series.
However, there are fans who are worried about lesbian character’s death on TV. They are also concerned with the life expectancy of the Warrior Princess’ love interest, says TV Guide.
But fortunately for fans, it is clear that the death on The 100 was not on the hands of Grillo-Marxuach, rather a decision made by the room. But Xena will totally be under his control.
“There was always a ‘Well, she might be or she might not be’ but when there was that drip of water passing between their lips in the very final scene, that cemented it for me,” she said.
“Now it wasn’t just that Xena was bisexual and kinda liked her gal pal and they kind of fooled around sometimes, it was ‘Nope, they’re married, man’.”