Is Xena Finally Coming Out Of The Closet In Reboot?

While I was growing up, all my guy friends wanted to be Hercules, but I thought that Xena: Warrior Princess was a lot cooler than the half god. I remember memorizing the lines to the opening theme. She changed the world showing that a female hero could take charge and kick ass on television.

As she traveled the world with her sidekick Gabrielle fighting gods, demons, and monsters, I felt like her relationship with Gabrielle was a lot different that what I was being raised and taught to believe. The nature of their relationship was never fully expressed in the 90s, but 20 years later, we may be able to finally see an openly queer Xena.

Even Lucy Lawless, the actress who played Xena all those years ago agreed that Xena and Gabrielle’s relationship should be recognized. In an interview back in 2003, she talked openly about it.

“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.'”

During the time that it aired, there weren’t any prominent gay characters on TV. She was there to help start the conversation. Even Ray Bradford, the director of entertainment media at GLAAD said, “When Xena: Warrior Princess began airing in 1995, gay rights laws were beginning to advance across several states.”

During a Tumblr Q&A, the executive producer Javier Grillo-Marxauch confirmed what every LGBT fan of the series wanted to know, she was going to be openly gay in the reboot.

The series will be picking up where they left off according to creator Grillo-Marxuach.

“I think we are going to have some very lengthy discussions about how to bring those elements into the present day without missing the boat on what makes Xena exactly what she is; and how to have our cake and eat it too. There are a few things that are sacrosanct: the Chakram and the quarterstaff, of course, Gabrielle’s ambition to become a bard, and—most importantly—that Xena and Gabrielle be soul mates. Like I said, I’m not a monster.”

Xena & Gabrielle

When Lucy Lawless was asked if she was going to reprise her role as the warrior princess, she commented saying, “I actually couldn’t do it. I’m 47, but there’s someone great out there. People still want that core friendship, and I think whenever they reboot it, they have to get two women who really like and respect each other…to carry that mantle. In whatever world you set it in, I think the friendship is what they’re underestimating.”

To the next Xena out there…don’t fuck it up!

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