Last night on an episode entitled “Sacrifice”, the hit ABC primtime sudser, Revenge pulled out all the stops to bring us all the way back to the shows first episode of this season, and tie up the mystery of who died in Jack’s sunken boat, “The Amanda”! And while the bloody hand turned out to be minor character Nate Turco played by Michael Trucco, it was the other casualty that made this heartbreaking in the series winter finale!
As fans are now aware, Jack (Nick Wechsler) was shot trying to save Amanda (Margarita Levieva) from the evil Nate, but Amanda sent him into his own raft to spare his life. Meanwhile, Emily (Emily VanCamp) raced toward “The Amanda” to save faux-Amanda, but then Amanda doubled back to grab Emily’s necklace, only to see Nate flick his lighter and ignite the propane! “The Amanda” explodes as Emily and Amanda jump into the ocean. Emily comes up for air, clinging to the half-sunken inflatable boat and called out for Amanda panicked!
What transpired next was one of the most poignant scenes, beautifully acted by Emily VanCamp and Margarita Levieva, who we came to like as faux-Amanda over her story arc. When Emily said to Amanda, “Oh my God, I’m so sorry,” it was breathtaking as Emily realized what her revenge had done, cost a treasured life. Before Amanda died, she told Emily to take care of Jack and her baby! Hankies!
TV Guide had an interview today with the exiting Levieva, who had this to say about her run noting she knew from the beginning that she would be “killed-off”: “I was only scheduled to do 14 episodes and I knew I’d be out after that. So I kind of figured. Originally I was only supposed to do 7 of the 14, so I thought it could have been happening earlier. I remember watching the first episode with executive producer, Mike Kelley and halfway through he told me I was going to have a pretty dramatic, heroic death on the Amanda.”
Levieva also revealed who of her co-stars took her exit the hardest relating, “Definitely Emily VanCamp because of our emotional sisterly bond. There’s a flashback scene in this death episode that really shows the care we had for each other. And a lot of my stuff was with Nick Wechsler who I always pulled over to the craft service table in between takes. The whole crew was sorry to say goodbye too. And Mike gave me the tie iron prop Amanda used as her first murder weapon last season. What a great gift. It blew me away. I live alone so now I have this for defense in place of a baseball bat.”
The talented actress also stated that Amanda’s death will propel story for Emily: “In a way Amanda’s death is a gift to Emily. It’s necessary for Emily to continue getting revenge. She has new reason to go on with her mission after getting a little bit away from it in Season 2 with the Initiative and her relationship with Aiden. So I’ll feel I made a worthy sacrifice if Emily is now inspired to fight harder.”
So soapers, were you sad to see Amanda “killed-off”? What did you think of the final scenes between Emily VanCamp and Margarita Levieva? Weigh-in!