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‘Xena: Warrior Princess’ Could Be Making A Comeback

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Xena: Warrior Princess could be making a comeback more than a decade after the series ended.

The series ran for six seasons from September 1995 until June 2001.

But the way the series ended doesn’t exactly lend itself to a revival (12 year spoiler alert ahead): In the final episode, Xena (Lucy Lawless) and Gabrielle (Renee O’Connor) travel to Japan after a monk brings a message from Akemi, Xena’s former student. Xena teaches Akemi her pinch of death, which she then uses to kill her father. Akemi’s father becomes Yodoshi, an eater of souls.

In order to fight Yodoshi, Xena must die. Although she can’t use her chakram, she uses the grand katana to behead Yodoshi. The 40,000 souls he captured are released, including Akemi’s. After the battle, Gabrielle recovers Xena’s body and plans to resurrect her using the sacred fountain on Mount Fujisha. Xena tells her that the souls will not find peace unless their deaths are avenged, and in order for that to happen, she must remain dead. Xena tells Gabrielle she will always be with her, and Gabrielle sets off for the land of the Pharaoh, where they need a “a girl with a chakram.”

Lawless said she knew fans weren’t expecting the series to end the way it did.

“The fans were always devastated that we cut Xena’s head off. We thought we were telling a strong storyline and it was hilarious, but it broke their hearts,” she said. But Lawless said she has an idea for how Xena can come back from the dead.

“In my dreams it would be that Renee [O'Connor, who played Gabrielle] and I, and Ted [Raimi], who played Joxer, would come back and basically stick Xena’s head back on her and go on a quest,” she said. “At the end you introduce this new Warrior Princess, hand it over and let them run with it. So we could put the family back together, give the fans what they want, reinvigorate the brand and hand it on to a new generation.”

Lawless also praised fans for their dedication to the series, even 12 years after that fateful finale.

“They will show up wherever you go, which is lovely because people are more inclined to cast you – that is how it works in our business – that is currency,” she said. “If you stick with the fans, Dave Dobbyn taught me, they will stick with you. You would be nothing without your fans.”

What do you think of a Xena: Warrior Princess revival?

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103 Responses to “‘Xena: Warrior Princess’ Could Be Making A Comeback”

  1. Tiffany Waterfield

    OMG YEs please bring it back! Heck I would kill to be an extra some day just to meet lawless! PLEASE bring Xena back I miss "Joxer the mighty" and the innocent girl turned faithful bad ass. Not to mention the woman who makes her own path with two great moral compasses in tow!

  2. Anonymous

    The choice of actors would be very important for a revival of Xena. Lucy Lawless was perfect for the role because she is such a strong looking woman who didn't sacrifice her femininity in order to be a kick-ass heroine. Xena's relationship with Gabrielle was essential to the success of the show, so that relationship would have to be renewed.

    Xena: Warrior Princess came along at a time in my life when I was looking for a strong role model. I would love to see her continue to encourage girls and women to be strong and stand up for themselves and others.

  3. Karyn Hill

    I would love to have a Xena movie with Lucy and Renee, but if all I could get is a new series launched by them temporarily reviving (pun intended) their roles, it would at least be better than nothing. It wouldn't keep me from continuing to push for a #XenaMovieNow, though!

  4. Jacqui Willis

    We have over 71,000 fans who would love to see Xena make a comeback and Lucy Lawless and Renee O'Connor reprise their roles as Xena and Gabrielle! Please make it so! #XenaMovieNow!

  5. Xena Movie Campaign

    We have over 71,000 fans who would love to see a Xena comeback! Specifically, we would love to see Lucy Lawless and Renee O'Connor reprise their roles as Xena and Gabrielle! Please like and comment if you agree, and please make it so! #XenaMovieNow!

  6. Robin Forde

    Has to be Lucy & Renee! I so badly want things to be put right & for them to be together forever. Need a movie to achieve that & so……please make the movie ASAP :)

  7. Kris Owen

    AND for them to go riding off into the sunset together!!

  8. Emilio Alaniz

    Battle On Xena !!!!!!!! I could imagine the special affects ….. this year marks the series premieres 18th anniversary

  9. Kameran Czernooki

    i would love to see this happen again come on xena xena xena xena xena!

  10. Jory Francis

    Xena is dead, her body burnt to ashes. The reason she made Gabrielle not bring her back, was so the souls of all those ppl she killed would have their victor and finally rest.
    I'd love to see them come back but how? Lucy's to seasoned to play a younger version of xena but all I have to say is, when they finally make the movie, I'm buying my tickets

  11. Cathy Cox

    Balderdash! They can easily find a reason to bring her back and who said she has to be young? There's nothing wrong with middle aged women.

  12. Lisa Stiles

    Not really interested in a reboot. To me, Xena IS Lucy Lawless and Gabrielle IS Renee' O'Connor. That is all.

  13. Lisa Stiles

    Not really interested in a reboot. To me, Xena IS Lucy Lawless and Gabrielle IS Renee' O'Connor. That is all.

  14. Vanessa Bristlin

    This would be amazingly awesome! I didn't understand much of the series since I was so young when it aired, but when I re-watched it, I fell in love with it! WE WANT A XENA MOVIE NOW! #XenaMovieNow

  15. Jenna Tucker

    Perhaps in a new series, Lucy could cameo as Athena. Renee could cameo as Artemis. I want better and more goddesses!

  16. Jenna Tucker

    I hope they do a movie while the actors are still young enough and interested. Is there anyone alive who DOESN't want that?

    Also, I hope the tv series gets redone once the rights are freed up. A new version and new actors could honor the old show while doing new things. Xena had so much love in it, a really stunning amount, in terms of people trying to do the right thing and treat each other well, and it depicted remarkable character growth, supported by the relationships. It asked so many interested questions about good and evil, violence and the potential for change. One episode of Xena had more soul than an entire series of the stuff set in imaginative worlds that we have now. I hope there are many incarnations of the show in my lifetime, and if there is a bad one, I"ll just ignore it and wait for the next.

  17. Amanda Jones

    XENA XENA XENA XENA XENA<3. we should all come together and think of another way to get our word out that we want a movie with LL AND ROC. If veronica mars fans can get a movie so can we!

  18. Brandee Martin

    As heart breaking as it would be to see someone else take Lucy's place I could understand the reasoning behind it, however that doesn't explain how Gabrielle would be replaced or anyone else for that matter if its simply a matter of age for the hand down.

  19. Andy Lawrence

    It can only be Lucy & Renee to be convincing, I really hope this film can happen in true Xena style!

  20. Stefanie Šarayová

    yeahh Xena movie! please we want our heroes back! XENA MOVIE NOW! starring by Lucy Lawless and Renee O'Connor.

  21. Sheila Jordan

    totally agree, we need xena back. Its great news that everyone campaining is now being listened too. Lets hope that the rumors spread and more people joing our cause. And lets hope universal studios will then do something about. Fingers crossed :)

  22. Maria Bebeselea

    We need the MAGIC BACK! Xena Movie NOW with Lucy and Renee!

  23. Linda Anderson

    I woud most definitely go for this but only with Lucy and Renee. I would never accept anyone else as the Warrior Princess.

  24. Mariette van Jaarsveld

    I would love a Xena movie, but only if Lucy and Renee were in it, because it would never work with other actresses. There's just no way that I would watch it without them! There is just one Warrior Princess and her Bard!

  25. Gary Mcmurray

    That's what we need a Xena Movie with Lucy and Renee.

  26. Linda O Connell

    This would be the ultimate dream and it has to happen. A Xena Movie or series with Renee as Gabrielle and Lucy as Xena.

  27. Ashley Medick

    Lucy & Renee.. a Xena comeback.. this MUST happen <3

  28. Aneta Wieliczko

    I WANT XENA BAAAAAAACK!!!! But ONLY with LUCY and RENE. There's no other pair like these two to bring us back to the "time of ancient gods, warlords and kings"…

  29. Lisa Stiles

    Yeah, I'm generally not too fond of reboots. I can understand when they rebooted one of my 3 all time favorite shows, "Get Smart". I mean, they waited 40+ years to do it and Don Adams, who portrayed the original Maxwell Smart had since passed away, but when they reboot series with new people while the original actors are still alive and young enough to portray their characters (i.e. DD & GA for XF, as well as LL & ROC for Xena), then I think it's just a stupid waste of time, especially when the original actors have shown interest in returning to their iconic roles.

  30. Erika Tran

    YES YES YES YES YES YES YES. Need I say more? YES! I wouldn't have it any other way – Lucy as Xena and ROC as Gabby. They could do a whole "flashback" sequence and then forward "ten years later". And then it would all make sense. And it will all be wonderful. And Xenites around the world won't have to cry ourselves to sleep every night.

  31. Erika Tran

    YES YES YES YES YES YES YES. Need I say more? YES! I wouldn't have it any other way – Lucy as Xena and ROC as Gabby. They could do a whole "flashback" sequence and then forward "ten years later". And then it would all make sense. And it will all be wonderful. And Xenites around the world won't have to cry ourselves to sleep every night.

  32. Elana Hawkensen

    We have waited MUCH too long for a Xena Movie to happen, and we want one Now! PLEASE make one!!! With Lucy and Renee and Ted!

  33. Judith Celentano

    Bring our beloved Xena back. Yeah !!! Ready to buy the tickets to the movie.

  34. Marina Tucakovic

    To think other actors could play the roles of Xena and Gabrielle is to miss what Lawless and O'Connor brought to the screen – together. Oh yes, lets have a XENA WARRIOR PRINCESS movie. Fans around the world are ready.