The end is near for Revenge. Last night’s episode, “Grief,” was the final entry before next week’s season finale. The hour focused on unveiling Emily’s new enemy as she creeps closer to vanquishing her old adversaries. This was an episode no fan should have missed.

Check out our full review below…

The Players:

  • Director: Randy Zisk
  • Writers: Mark Fish and Joe Fazzio
  • Cast: Madeleine Stowe, Emily VanCamp, Gabriel Mann, Henry Czerny, Ashley Madekwe, Nick Wechsler, Josh Bowman, Christa B. Allen, Connor Paolo, James Tupper, Emily Alyn Lind, Nicholas Stargel, Amber Valletta, Roger Bart, Michael Reilly Burke, Marcus Giamatti, James Morrison, Ed Corbin, Rachel DiPillo, Tess Harper, Thomas Daniel

Episode Title: “Grief”

The loss of a loved one pushes Jack and Emily closer than ever since her arrival at the Hamptons. Meanwhile, the unexpected return of one of Victoria’s foes creates an opportunity for an alliance. With her new partner, she could wreak even more havoc on Conrad’s already twisted life. Elsewhere, Charlotte decides to make a move on Declan.

The Good:

  • The White-Haired Men: The key to a show like Revenge is ensuring longevity. Viewers know it will take time to dissimulate the Graysons. But trying stretch that across five seasons can get boring. Therefore, the writers must introduce new villains that will not only preserve the show’s initial concept, but create other avenues for vengeance. The White-Haired Man, and more importantly his partners at “The Initiative” are a looming threat that could push the show onward.
  • Aunt Carol to the Rescue: It’s doubtful that anyone familiar with Emily’s thirst for justice would try to stand in her way. To physically block her from making a dangerous mistake is something no other character would have done. Emily has had a confidant and co conspirator in Nolan—as well as a couple of mentors and lackeys—but she’s yet to have a voice of reason. An individual who could exercise some manner of control over her could go a long way. And Aunt Carol fits the bill.
  • The Real Daniel: When a central character does a complete 180 the change ripples throughout the show. He might have claimed to be nothing like his family, but Daniel was born to be a malevolent Grayson. His further descent into the world of deception makes it easier for Emily to destroy him along with the others. His new conniving nature has not only made him a formidable opponent, but also an interesting character.
  • The Return of the Sneak: Trying to figure out where Ashley was going to fit in the storyline was becoming exhausting. Bouncing from Emily’s friend, to Tyler’s partner, to Victoria’s henchman, and then to legitimate PR rep made her place in the show a little unclear. At her root, Ashley is nothing more than an opportunistic eavesdropper. She uses the information she hears to further her own position. Having her return to that foundation was the best decision the writers could have made.

The Quotable:

  • “You may be a lot of things: black belt in karate, impeccable dresser, and a certified sociopath. But you’re not a killer.”

Overall:

This penultimate episode was every bit as thrilling as it should have been. New opponents for Emily mean more excitement for the audience. As the season draws to a close, each character has slipped into a critical stage of whatever drama they’re struggling with. Like you, we just can’t wait until next week.

Rating: 9/10

Revenge airs Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. on ABC.

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