If revenge is a dish best served cold, then ABC’s Revenge took a trip through the Arctic Circle as Emily VanCamp’s Emily Thorne schemed and plotted her vengeance against Madeline Stowe’s Victoria Grayson, the woman who ruined her life. And now that due justice has been mostly served, it looks like the hit drama will officially be coming to an end after the Season 4 finale.
Here’s how executive producer Sunil Nayar put it to EW.
We can officially tell our fans that this will be the end of the story. We’ve been talking to the network and we all just wanted to make sure that we felt very confident. Now that everybody has seen the finale—which is fabulous—everybody understands that as much as we all adore the show, it has hit exactly the mark it needed to end.
While this news is no doubt disheartening for many fans, it's hard to argue that this series has run its course and absolutely told the story it set out to tell, with several soapy deviations along the way. Revenge has remained a solid ratings draw for ABC over the past four years, maintaining an average of between 8 and 9 million total viewers for each season, though Season 4 has seen a downturn in audiences tuning in to the live episodes.
Created by Mike Kelley, Revenge kicked off in 2011 as a duplicitous cat and prim mouse game, with Emily Thorne seeking retribution for her tarnished childhood as Amanda Clarke, during which her father was framed for treason and killed in prison. (Or was he?) Emily focused her sights on her father's framer, Victoria, and made it her life's work to turn Victoria's life into a living hell. As the story continued, Emily had to shift her plan around to accommodate for changes, but never stopped ruining lives in the meantime. A couple of weeks ago, the show gave audiences one of its biggest shocks ever, which makes this cancellation all the more sensible.
But let's not act like there still aren't two more action-packed episodes left. Check out a preview for the penultimate episode, "Plea," below.
Will Emily/Amanda finally be able to walk away from this story as a happy free woman, or will her future turn as dark as her past? Find out when Revenge airs its newly-dubbed series finale, “Two Graves,” on Sunday, May 10, at 10 p.m. ET on ABC. Be sure and wear your best black outfit, and check out other shows that have been cancelled and renewed here.
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