Queer people everywhere gave a triumphant "YES!" when the announcement was made that that Xena and Gabrielle will be in a relationship in the new reboot. No more subtext! No more wondering (hoping!) that their connection was more than a close friendship! All queers happily sighed, knowing their 90s Xena longings had come true. Here are a few things to know about the reboot.
1: The writer for the 100, who killed our Lexa, will be the writer for the new show
Javier Grillo-Marxuach is writing for the reboot. He wrote for the 100. You know, the show that killed the lesbian Lexa. Please don't bury our gays anymore, sir. I will say, though, there's hope that he will deliver, because he also wrote for Charmed.
2: Xena and Gabrielle are going to be so together
No matter what, Grillo-Marxuach said they're going to be together. He sees the value of queer representation on television, and is willing to let that relationship evolve.
"Xena will be a very different show made for very different reasons. 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. it will also express my view of the world — which is only further informed by what is happening right now — and is not too difficult to know what that is if you do some digging." Tumblr Q&A
3: NBC is going to air it
The only remotely queer representation we see right now on NBC, is Saturday Night Live's Kate McKinnon. We all love her, true story. But NBC is behind on Queer Rep. CW has the 100 (despite the bury the gay Lexa death), and Supergirl — she has a queer sister. So awesome. Netflix has so many shows that are delightfully queer: Orange is the New Black, Lost Girl, and Sense8, just to name a few.
4: Lucy Lawless is not going to play Xena
After Ellen.com said that Lucy Lawless was not asked to be part of the new reboot. She's not one to beg for a role. And anyway, she seems to keep herself busy. She was most recently in the show: Ash vs. Evil Dead. She was also on the list of the "Ally of the Year Shortlist" at Australian LGBTI Awards. She's our heroine on and off television. Deity bless her.
5: It's still unknown when the reboot will actually be produced
But it is going to happen! This is all that matters, be patient. All of our wildest Xena dreams are going to come true.
Until then, we can hang out with 90s Xena and Gabrielle on Netflix, nostalgically enjoying all of the subtext of their lesbian love, and sighing in the knowledge that we were right.