The world of the characters in Revenge, the delicious ABC soap opera that is back for a second season on ABC, is being rocked to its core by the (albeit fake) revelation that presumed lost in a plane crash Victoria Grayson (Madeline Stowe) is very much alive and ready to face any challenge with her (supposedly) supportive family – that for some reason now includes Amanda Clark, nee the real Emily Thorne (Margarita Levieva).
Those are just two of the banner moments that have been featured in the first three episodes of the new season of Revenge; and I am sure fans are just spinning their hands around the twists and turns of the captivating series – just as they were during the show’s debut last season.
Let’s take a look at a few other big moments that have taken place since the show returned to thrill and entertain the viewers:
• Three months in the future, Jack’s boat – the aptly named Amanda – was seen underwater, as rescue divers attempted to salvage the wreckage, finding one bloated male hand wearing a wedding ring floating in the hull along Jack’s pocket watch and a framed photo of Jack (Nick Wechsler), his brother Declan (Connor Paolo) and their late father. Who could the victim be?!;
• Then there is the revelation that Ashley (Ashley Madekwe) and Daniel (Josh Bowman) are in a full-on relationship [bleh! excuse me while I spit out the bile that has risen up from having to write those word];
• The baby that Amanda is having is indeed Jack’s although Emily (Emily vanCamp) has told Amanda otherwise; and after Amanda was seen on national television alongside the Grayson family, Jack is none too happy with her since he is not the Grayson’s biggest fan;
• Fan favorite Nolan (Gabriel Mann) is seemingly homeless, as he sold his exquisite mansion because it held too many bad memories [lest anyone forget the battle with crazy man Tyler (Ashton Holmes) and the unexpected visit by the gray-haired man (James Morrison] and is crashing at Emily’s place, much to her chagrin. Oh, and we can’t wait to see what develops between Nolan and his account analyst-turned-CFO Padma Lahari (Dilshad Vadsaria);
• The arrival of Aiden Mathis (Barry Sloane), the former flame of Emily’s from her training days in Japan with Takeda; and yes, if you noticed that this character is being played by a different actor you are not losing your mind or seeing things. Legendary character actor Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa took over for Hiroyuki Sanada this season; and,
• Of course, the big reveal from last season’s finale was that Emily’s long-thought-dead mother, Kara Wallace Clarke (Jennifer Jason Leigh) isn’t dead at all, but was seemingly removed from the mental institution, where she presumably died, by – who else? – Victoria Grayson and was revealed to have had a relationship with the gray-haired man. Is your head spinning enough yet?
If all of that isn’t enough to keep you on the edge of your seats, let’s “investigate” what is coming up:
• Conrad Grayson (Henry Czerny) laid a whopper (no, not just the punches he inflicted on Victoria to make it look like she was a months-long prisoner of the gray-haired man) on his “wife” that they were going to be re-married in a grand celebration now that she was returned to them. Could he, be the victim on Jack’s boat; but then again why would he be on Jack’s boat?;
• Guiding Light alum E. J. Bonilla will play a man from Nolan’s past, who could cause a little tension between the somewhat budding relationship between Nolan and Padma;
• A new visitor to the Grayson mansion will be Salvador Grobet (who is yet to be cast), a Central American who is being described as dashing, wealthy [who else shows up in the Hamptons, right?] and loves to use his charm on any lady within a two-mile radius;
• There will be a baptism in an upcoming episode so it looks like Fauxmanda (as she has become called) will be sticking around for at least a little while (but given the events of this past Sunday’s episode it is a little questionable what condition she will be in, right?);
• Victoria’s mother will be paying a visit to the Hamptons as well in the form of legendary 70’s sex symbol Adrienne Barbeau (who starred in the classic sitcom Maude); and viewers should not be surprised that Victoria learned everything from mommie dearest; and
• According to series creator Mike Kelly, at least one couple will exchange “I do’s” before the big reveal of who is the dead body on Jack’s sunken boat [set for some time in February].
Needless to say, the viewers of Revenge have a lot to think over and a lot to anticipate for the second season of this wickedly fun soap opera.
The next new episode of ‘Revenge’ will air on Sunday, October 28 at 9/8c.