'Revenge' season finale not for the faint of heart
May 24th, 2012
01:12 PM ET

'Revenge' season finale not for the faint of heart

[If you haven’t watched the “Revenge” season finale yet, stop reading now … and get yourself to a TV immediately!]

Did that really just happen?

During the last 15 minutes of “Revenge’s” first season finale, you-know-what hit the fan. And I’m not talking about one of those battery-operated, kid-friendly foam fans. Think jet turbine (cough-foreshadowing-cough).

Let’s start from the beginning, shall we:

Emily swiped the evidence that could exonerate her father from Daniel’s briefcase, and said she saw a white-haired man (James Morrison) take off with it. (Convenient scapegoat, right?)

While Conrad had Grayson Manor checked for bugs and hidden cameras, like the ones Emily secretly planted awhile back, Em realized Nolan was nowhere to be found.

When she learned that her partner in crime was actually in the custody of the White-Haired Man (let’s call him James), she agreed to meet him face-to-face - as Amanda Clarke.

After voluntarily knocking herself out with chloroform (incredibly stupid, or incredibly bada**?), she woke up in chains alongside Nolan, who suggested, “If you came here to rescue me you might want a do-over.”

Emily sent James to find the evidence, pulled a lock-pick from her sleeve and freed herself and Nolan. Nolan then left to retrieve the evidence, safely tucked away in his desk drawer, and deliver it to the Feds. Emily stayed behind to avenge her father’s death.

On the verge of killing James with an ax, Emily had a flashback of her father and realized the best way to honor his memory would be to just walk away. (I didn’t give it much thought at first, but James’ quip about Em being a fighter like her mother is probably worth noting.)

Earlier that day, Ashley told Daniel she saw Emily and Jack kissing the night before. Enraged, Daniel confronted Emily about it when she got home – as if “slipping on the ice” doesn’t make for a stressful enough day. They decided to part ways, which didn't shock Victoria. Turns out she gifted the couple an empty box at their engagement party.

Later, we saw James in Conrad’s office and, surprisingly, he didn't reveal that Emily is actually Amanda Clarke. Is it possible that they’re playing for the same team now? He winked into the camera hidden in the picture frame that Em uses to spy on Conrad.

With Daniel out of the picture and the evidence on its way to Washington D.C., Emily was free to tell Jack the truth about her identity – and that she loves him. Except this is “Revenge” we’re talking about…

Amanda was back in town, and sporting a big, pregnant belly. She said it’s Jack’s baby, but I’m not buying it.

In perhaps the most touching moment of the entire finale episode, Emily sat at home, devastated that Amanda was cashing in on her happily ever after, when Nolan called. “Don’t do anything revenge-y until I get there,” he said before taking off to comfort his best friend.

But, to our horror, Amanda’s untimely return wasn’t the biggest twist of the season finale.

It seems Charlotte, who ruined her chances with Declan after pranking his new friend from school, tried to kill herself. The outcome of her attempt remain to be seen, though.

And it looks like Conrad isn’t the type to give an empty threat. He told Victoria that if she boarded the plane to D.C., it would be the last thing she does.

Surely enough, the jet carrying the Grayson matriarch, Lydia and the evidence that could exonerate Emily’s father blew up shortly after takeoff. James could be seen fiddling with the plane before it pulled away.

I have yet to come up with a plausible reason as to how Victoria survived the crash, but I refuse to believe that “Revenge” killed off Madeleine Stowe’s character.

And then, the biggest twist of all: Nolan was able to copy the drive he found in the evidence packet before handing it over to the Feds. The drive contained surveillance footage of Victoria talking about David Clarke’s wife who’s – get this – still alive.

So which twist had your heart beating the fastest? Amanda’s impending bundle of joy, Charlotte’s suicide (attempt?), the fact that Victoria might be dead, or the fact that Em’s mom is alive and well?

We know what this iReporter thinks of the finale, but as Em says, “Let it play” in the comments below.

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  1. EM

    I think that Daniel and Ashley get together and she brings the "Conrad" out in him. I think Nolan is Emily's cousin (his Aunt is either her mom or dad's sister) and I think Conrad and Ashley have a "dark past " that comes back to haunt them. Emily teams up with her Dad's killer to take down Conrad. Victoria is alive and going to the hearing, she just got off the plane and went by car.

    July 16, 2012 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  2. bobo

    cool ending

    June 19, 2012 at 4:49 am | Report abuse |
  3. BooBoo2012

    Totally Loved Revenge From Day One! Finally A Program That is Not A "Reality" Show! I'm Soooo Tired Of Them. Victoria Will Survive – Who Else Will Torment Conrad? (Besides These Yet Unseen Cohorts Of His) We're Certainly Not Thru With The "White-Haired Man." Ready For More Of Emily's Butt-Kickin', Eye-Spyin', Innocent Lookin', Plan 'B'-Ready, Engagement-Breakin', Jack-Lovin', Girl Power Next Season. This Show Reminds Me Of Another Favorite Of Mine, Where they Have You Comin Back For More Every Week. The Show That Went Off The Air A Couple Of Seasons Ago – Lost! Now That Was A Show! Could Go On, But I Must Get Back To Work! TaTa Fellow Revengers!

    May 29, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. PG

    Finale was great – As for "mommy dearest" – Not SO surprising – Nolan's "Aunt Carol" brought up Emily's mom on the 2nd to last show – anyone remember when Nolan sent Em to the wrong address to look for scary mean man – she told her that her "parents weren't able to look after her" and em got defensive and said she didn't remember anything about her mom. I think Em and Nolan are related in some random twist – brother and sister – half at the very least.

    As for Amanda – go away please – I hated her character and hate that she's back. There's no way Victoria is off the show – I'm betting she'll be back with a vengeance.

    Sad that i'll have to wait til september for some more of this good fun! Best show of the season for sure.

    May 26, 2012 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Michael Caliazzo-Morristown new Jersey

    Watch your comments please.

    May 26, 2012 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  6. Revengeismyguiltypleasure

    Asley killed Tyler, and has been trying to get Daniel from the start. Remember, it was her idea for em and Daniel to have this huge wedding because she knew that this would happen. Plus, has anyone noticed how Ashley follows everyone around. She always some how ends up being in the right place at the right time.

    May 25, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • jeanne

      I dont think the plane crashed....a fake report by the government because this case is huge, espionage, terrorism etc. They want everyone to think they're dead so they can smoke the bad guys out. Just my humble opinion.

      May 25, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Diana

    The best show on TV. Victoria, Emily – great and wonderful story lines. I love the cast, except (make believe Amanda)

    May 25, 2012 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  8. Penni

    This has got to be the best show on tv. The finale was comprable to the Dallas "who shot JR"
    C an't wait until next season.

    May 25, 2012 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  9. Jack (Baby Jack) Clauss

    We love the show and tape it via TIVO!

    May 25, 2012 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  10. Thomas Rubberhead Clauss (in Diapers)

    the show is on HULU.

    May 25, 2012 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  11. Daddy Rubberband Clauss (age99)

    The show has this Edge to it.

    May 25, 2012 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  12. mainegirl

    Love his show but was disappointed with the finale. Everything was o predictable, Emily having Jack taken away with a pregnant girlfriend, Charlotte trying to kill herself, Victoria being "blown up " on an airplane.
    My only suprise was that Emily's mom was alive and that was leaked to us the the white haired man told Emily "you must have gotten that from your mother"
    I will wait for the new seaon and hope the first episode is more satisfying then the finale.

    May 25, 2012 at 6:22 am | Report abuse |
  13. Denise

    LOL, your comment is not appreciated, necessary, or correctly placed. Please keep your racist rant to yourself. Vile, mean and hateful comment. I am disgusted.

    May 24, 2012 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Cindy

    Did anyone notice that Jack rubbed "Amanda's" belly when she was sleeping? Maybe it was just a show of affection for his "baby" or maybe there is no baby in there and he felt that while she was asleep?

    May 24, 2012 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • oceanluvver2

      I don't think Victoria got on the plane. I hate that Amanda is pregnant and I knew she'd be back to mess things up. Charlotte will be ok and declan will feel bad even though she is a brat. The mom twist is great and I can't wait for the fall. Hurry up summer, go away!

      May 25, 2012 at 2:50 am | Report abuse |
    • patti

      Yes I felt the same way. Don't think she is prego at all

      May 25, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  15. rox731

    I saw several season finales this year. Some I only watched because it was a series finale and even though I never really watched the show I thought I would see what every one else would be talking about. This show is my favorite next to Hawaii 5-0. This was the best finale of all I have seen this year. I agree, Victoria is not dead. I bet she knew what her hubby would do and the plane flew off without her and Lydia.

    May 24, 2012 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • BlueD

      OMG you didn't just compare this great show to H 5.0!!! 5.0 where they cater to 14 yo boys, strut, jerk their heads and bodies with every word, EMphasize EVery WOrd WIth an EXclamation MArk, especially parrot hair who tries to act over his 4' height by doing all the aforementioned actions PLUS pumping his arms with every word, where they turn up the color gain/hue 200% to burn our retinas, where they solve 90% of their cases because there just happened to be a surveillance camera trained perfectly on the perp at the right time anywhere on the island, square center of the camera view. That 5.0? What a joke.

      May 25, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Henry Hanks

    Just to chime in here, if House can survive, Victoria can survive.

    May 24, 2012 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Fran

    My favorite show!!!! Can't wait until next season. It never fails to deliver.

    May 24, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Mary

    Love the show. Get rid of Lydia and Amanda. Love Emily (a/k/a Amanda Clarke) Can't wait for season 2 hurry back!!

    May 24, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  19. happycanadian

    nice language to lol... bigotry is ignorance.

    About the finale – no way Victoria is dead. She had a hard time getting on that plane and i'm sure she got off but not the others. None of the others were essential to the show but she is. Yes a romance on the horizon for Daniel, and yes I'm sure they will find out the baby is not Jack's.. can you imagine if Victoria was Amanda's mother? Nooooo they couldn't do that could they?? I don't think that would be a good twist to the story anyway – it's incestuous enough as it is! LOL
    But at first i thought it was boring but the end sure made up for it. They did a great job!

    May 24, 2012 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Kristopher

    I LOVE Revenge, but the only "twist" that had me even the least bit surprised was that Fauxmanda is pregnant. The rest was pretty predictable (but delicious none the less!).

    May 24, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Barbara

    I don't believe Victoria was on the plane....In fact, I think the whole plane crash was staged. So glad Nolan is a computer nerd and made copies of all the evidence...Love all the characters....Emily & Madeline are just so darn good.....Wonderful show, keeps you on your toes and makes you want it to never end.....Way to goooo.....Come back soooooon....

    May 24, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aja

      Totally agree on the staged plane crash. Was my first thought...Victoria always seems to plan ahead for this type of thing and Conrad flat-out told her she'd die if she got on board. She's smart enough not to allow that to happen. Was staged.

      May 24, 2012 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Francesca

      I SOOO agree that Victoria could not have died!! How could cunning VICTORIA, whose character all season has been shrewd and even one ahead of Emily at times, be straightforward enough to jump on a plane that Conrad told her would blow up? I think the writers purposely gave us that so that, depending on her schedule, how they play things out, they have the option to bring her back at some point.

      May 31, 2012 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  22. LOM

    This episode was the best and heart was racing! LOVE Nolan, Vicky, Ems, Conrad (yes I like Conrad – Henry Czerny is perfect villain). Prefer the dumb Daniel. Think(hope) the plane crash was faked to protect witnesses. Maybe Vicky is Ems mom...maybe why she never wanted Daniel and Em together? Gabriel Mann and Emily Van Kamp are the perfect duo! Jack needs to wise up toward Amanda. What's Takeda's line in all this? Waiting for S2 is killing me!

    May 24, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • ericka

      i would've never thought it was staged to protect witnesses. i bet that is the case! good idea LOM

      May 24, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Judy

    This is the best show on TV!!!!!!! OMG!!! Can't wait for the next season.......... they couldn't have picked better actors to play these parts!

    May 24, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  24. S

    This whole episode was crazy good! My heart broke for Emily when Amanda showed up (love the actress but wow was I hoping she was gone for good) and I seriously don't know how I'm going to manage to wait for season 2!!

    May 24, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  25. emily/amanda

    no way victoria is dead. i don't think she even got on the plane. lydia is gone though. i saw that wink from james. freaked me out! and that baby is not jack's. emily will get to the bottom of that once she's recovered from the shock of seeing the fake pregnant amanda. fabulous acting from van camp and stowe. love this show! can't wait til next season!

    May 24, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Judy

      I don't think any of them got on the plane........ it was a decoy. You know they are too smart to think it would go without a hitch.... therefore, the decoy. So exciting!!!!

      May 24, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Rae

    I think Victoria got off the plane & wasn't on it..........they only showed her getting on, they didn't show it immediately taking off. Maybe she had 2nd thoughts?

    May 24, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  27. cornealious

    Really????? This is 2012 haven't we gotten past the use of such childish and hurtful language in the public square. If you want to utter nonsense like that in the comfort of your home or at your local Klan rally then go ahead. Revenge fans however don't want to be subjected to your idiotic ramblings.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  28. m

    all i can say is, WOW. the finale was amazing!! especially the last 15 mins; all the twists were mind blowing. i felt so sad for jack and emily though :c hopefully amanda isn't carrying his child or rather, get a random miscarriage in s2, and then disappear for good. by the way, did anyone else notice the 'moment' between daniel and ashley?

    & is it just me, or is charlotte too annoying? part of me wishes she doesn't wake up from the pill overdose. but then again she's one of main character of the show, so they obviously won't kill her off.... so soon. my guess is, when declan hears about her 'suicide attempt', he'd rush to her, all concerned and worried blah blah blah, she will then apologize, get better and they both will get back together. well.... if that happens, then it'd be pretty predictable, eh? :p *sorry, i tend to get waay into the show sometimes

    more over, it's quite obvious victoria won't die in the explosion as she's one of the main character as well. lydia probably.i just wish that conrad would man the hell up and take responsibility for his actions. vile man he is. oh, i'm not so surprised about emily's mom because, do you realise how any conversations or flashbacks of her have been neglected throughout the season? so i had a feeling she'd resurface soon.

    i hope the hiatus won't be long :c coz i'm already excited for season 2!!! revenge is no doubt one of the best shows, ever, with its good plot, suspense (and a lovable nolan) keeps us wanting more each week 😀 <3

    May 24, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tiara

      Just wont 2 say I knw what u talking about everytihing u said is like talking out my mouth. I so hate what happen i was hoping more people died lik idk Ashely she such idk sucker. Vic cant die bc if they do that it be like walking dead killing the main cop bff that slept w his wife. I so happy 4 next season just surprise they change the date to sunday really why change the day. Team Em-Mandy wow

      May 24, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Now WHAT?!

    I am so sad its over!! And i really dont want to wait until next season. 🙁 Absolutely loved this show. I want to know how her Mom has been alive and hasnt contacted her.... hmmmm.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Yaya0115

    Best show ever... Never have I've been so hooked on one show!!! Anxiously waiting for September...

    May 24, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Laura

    Don't forget a possible romance between Ashley and Daniel! This finale gave me goosebumps!

    May 24, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  32. joanie

    Really great and suspenseful. The writing is good when you can't predict what is happening next.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Sharper

    My bet is that Victoria had a change of heart about tesitfiying because of what Conrad said on how it will affect the "children". I bet she got off the plane at the last minute and the plane's manifest wasn't changed to reflect her absence.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
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  35. Jay

    This was my favorite show this past season. The charactors are cast just right. You can't predict their next move. I'll be
    watching next season. Good writing and acting. Never boring. Thanks guys. Some of these shows insult my intellegence.

    May 24, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  36. s

    i cant decide which part of the episode was the best..it was all so good leaving you on the edge of your seat..I am all for team Daniel still so hopefully that's how it plays out in season 2

    May 24, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Alex

    Please do not kill Madeleine Stowe's character it's the best one in this show!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 24, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • kp

      YES!!!! Ms Stowe may have done some good work in her early career but Victoria is an absolute top character. She is chilling, scary and when she smiles you can see why weak men crumble and strong men want to make passionate love. OMG she is by far the best on the show. LOVE IT!!!

      May 24, 2012 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  38. T

    when was it aired? i missed it and cannot find it on ondemad.

    May 24, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  39. laya

    loved it sooo much. can't wait for next season!

    May 24, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mir

      I love this show i was on the edge of my seat last night. cant wait till next season.

      May 24, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |

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