The Xena TV series reboot has been in the works for awhile now, but one big question about the updated show had yet to be answered: will Xena be gay or nah? Finally, we have a definitive Yes: the legendary warrior goddess will continue to be queer in 2016 -- and there will be no subtlety about it!
“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 [sic] in first-run syndication in the 1990s,” Javier Grillo-Marxuach, the show's executive producer, wrote in a Tumblr response. “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.”
The relationship between Xena (originally played by Lucy Lawless) and her battle partner Gabrielle (originally played by Renee O’Connor) was most likely meant to be gay from the start, but the mid 90's were a different time, and the show's writers and producers most likely had to resort to obfuscation to avoid censorship and backlash.
That doesn't mean that fans didn't pick up on what was obviously meant to be, evidenced by fan collections of the duo's embraces:
Even Lucy Lawless herself has gone on to discuss her views on the character's sexuality. In a 2003 interview with Lesbian News, Lawless describes Xena as “definitely” gay: “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,” says Lawless. “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.’”
Alright guys, dream casting ideas? Gina Torres as Xena and Dascha Polanco as Gabrielle? What about ... Laverne Cox as Xena, Rosie Perez as Gabrielle? What's Sarah Michelle Gellar up to these days? Or hey, why not just have Lucy Lawless herself come back? Girl looks GOOD.
Anyway, here's some gifs of the original series to hold you over until more info on the reboot emerges: