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Xena Reboot Will Be as Gay as You Always Wanted it to Be 

Xena Reboot Will Be as Gay as You Always Wanted it to Be

Xena Reboot Will Be as Gay as You Always Wanted it to Be

Great news, Xena fans! Though hey, after reading this, we're all going to want to be Xena fans soon. Yes, we were all concerned when we learned NBC was ordering a pilot that would reboot the sacred Xena: Warrior Princess series. We even heard from plenty of you personally when we dared to suggest someone else take on Lucy Lawless' iconic role. And we totally understand - if it ain't broke, don't reboot it! However, now that we've heard the reason behind the rebooting, we can't help but be completely in love. According to the pilot's writer, Javier Grillo-Marxuach, this revival exists to mainly serve one purpose: pure, gay love.

"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." Javier said in during a Tumblr Q&A, "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." Javier is, of course, most likely referring to the relationship between Xena and Gabrielle (Renee O'Connor) that brought the term "sexual tension" to a whole new, fan fiction-tastic level. Seriously, just check out some of the fan-made Youtube videos. You can't make this stuff up, but you can cut it together and set it to a dramatic love song.

It's also important to point out this question was linked to a discussion about The 100 (on which Javier is an executive producer) and its handling of a lesbian character which was widely critized not only by us, but by many fans. Javier seems to among those who were disappointed, stating, "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."

If this is all true, it could mean that all of our dreams are coming to life - not only for present Xena fans, but for fans of TV shows that seem to keep disservicing their LGBT viewers pretty brutally. We're going to trust that Javier's world view is one we can count on and that this Xena reboot will be not only be worth watching, but might even change the face of representation on TV in an extraordinarily positive way.

But, of course, because there's just nothing quite like your first love, enjoy this throwback pic of Lucy and Renee O'Connor from Lucy's Instagram.

Here's to fond 90s memories and a beautiful future!

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