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.”
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