We've been shipping these ladies since the mid-'90s and now adoring fans of Xena: Warrior Princess appear to be finally getting what they've hankered after for all this time.
Well, kind of.
In the '90s the sexual relationship between Xena and her bard companion Gabrielle was strongly alluded to yet never explicitly confirmed — and now, more than 20 years after the series first aired, the couple are finally coming out of their TV closet.
Javier Grillo-Marxuach, the writer hired to script the pilot of NBC's contemporary reboot, claims the update will be a "very different show," primarily — it would seem — in terms of exploring character sexuality.
Addressing fans on his Tumblr, he wrote:
There is no reason to bring back Xena if it is not there for the purpose of fully exploring a relationship that could only be shown subtextually in first-run syndication in the 1990s.
The statement was in response to LGBTQ frustration over a major queer character, Lexa, being killed off in his current project The 100. Grillo-Marxuach explains:
I am a very different person with a very different world view than my employer on the 100 - and my work on the 100 was to use my skills to bring that vision to life.
Yet for diehard fans of the show, the news of Xena and Gabriella's relationship finally being addressed isn't as cathartic as one might have hoped.
Earlier this month Grillo-Marxuach was interviewed by Gizmodo and he shattered hearts with this one simple sentence:
"Lucy Lawless and Renee O’Connor are not going to be Xena and Gabrielle."
Sad times! However, we remain hopeful that the new Xena and Gabrielle will do Lawless and O'Connor justice.
And while we wait to see who they do cast, there's little harm gazing over their tender moments a few (hundred) more times: