Xena and Gabrielle will finally be official, you guys! As Xena fans know, NBC has ordered a pilot from screenwriter Javier Grillo-Marxuach. Grillo-Marxuach, who helped write the lesbian romance on CW’s The 100, said that there would be no point to rebooting the show if it wasn’t true to Xena and Gabrielle’s relationship.
“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’s heartbreaking that we won’t have Lucy Lawless and Renee O’Connor back to reprise Xena and Gabrielle. Especially since Lucy Lawless has been so vocal in insisting that Xena was a lesbian ever since the show ended.
In an interview with Lesbian News in 2003, Xena actress Lucy Lawless said her character was “definitely gay” after she and Gabrielle shared several passionate on-screen kisses.
“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,” Lawless said.
Hopefully Lawless and O’Connor will still be involved in the project tangentially. Either way, this remake is exciting news. Xena has held such significance to queer women all over the world for decades and now she’s finally coming out of the closet.