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Revenge Creator Mike Kelley on those Burning Questions from the amazing Season Finale!

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If you missed last night’s season finale of Revenge, you missed one kick-ass cliffhanger after the next.  The hit ABC primetime drama delivered and EW.com  talked with series creator and head writer, Mike Kelley to try to get some clarity and some answers to all the shocking twists and turns and how it all might play out in season two.   Here are some excerpts from the interview below!

Kelley on Victoria Grayson’s (Madeleine Stowe) apparent demise where we presume she blew up on a plane!  “I knew I wanted a cliffhanger on Victoria. I wasn’t sure what the details were going to be. After the Fire and Ice Ball, I started to think of the last seven episodes, I thought of those as a contained story, episodes 16 through 22. Since it was leaning toward the white-haired man and the conspiracy and all those things were coming up, what I really wanted to do was twin the first plane crash and it seems poetic in a lot of ways, for her to almost knowingly get on a plane and go to her fate, by her own design. I didn’t want her to be tricked into her own demise. I wanted her to sort of embrace her fate and the role she played in bringing herself to this terrible place. We had thought about it extensively, but we were so buy writing that I didn’t get the chance to flesh out how I wanted it to work.  People should listen to their instincts because they’re invested in characters in the show, but there are twists and turns and they love to be surprised. What everybody expects happened that night has not been fully reported.  How about that?”

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Kelley on the reveal that there was a bigger conspiracy theory going on all along and we learn that Emily’s mother is alive!  “We did definitely know that was going to play a larger role. You have to continue to expand into season 2, we need a larger palette. We don’t want to get repetitive. We need new discoveries and new sinister twists and new villains. So we definitely knew that there was going to be a larger thing at play. What’s going to be fun is that we’re going to reveal is that we’ll find out that Emily’s involvement about what’s about to happen in season 2 was not by chance. There is a lot happening here, a larger plot is at play and she’s part of it. She’ll become more mad than ever, and with the help of Nolan, she’ll really plan to do something significant to bring down a very large, very evil, very untouchable force.  What you’re going to discover about the woman who was Emily’s mother is the circumstances under which they were separated and you’re going to find that there’s some deep psychological issues with her, which I think is going to be fun for us to explore. For Emily, she’s going to start seeing some of the psychological damage that her mother has in herself. So she’s going to start doing a lot of soul-searching about who she is, what part DNA has played in her life choices and how she’s going to move forward, whether or not this person is going to be part of her life or if this is going to be someone that is going to disappoint and hurt her.”

Kelley on Amanda being back and pregnant and with Jack which destroys Emily’s heart in the finale:   “The thing about Jack is that if there’s any place that we’re more ponderous with storytelling, it’s with Jack, who really — and by design — sees the best in people. We want him to be a moral center. He doesn’t immediately go to the I’m-being-played place. Now he’s not an idiot. He knows that Amanda has been tricky, but the last thing that happened was she told him that she loved him and wanted to go before she ran off. He’s got a lot of questions, and as far as the baby is concerned, if he was sleeping with her, he has no other reason to believe that it’s not his. And, I will tell you: There is a baby. So it’s not illogical that the baby would belong to him. He’s the kind of guy that is going to do the right thing. He’s not immediately going to go to the dark place.”

Kelley on what he is thinking to make season two top the first season of Revenge: “We have a lot of questions to answer. Something that served us very well in season 1 was flashing forward to a very dramatic event and telling our audience how we got there. The audience trusts us to tell a satisfying story without dragging it out for 100 years. So I think you can expect that we’ll answer a lot of questions up front and we’ll pose a lot of new ones as to where we’re headed, and you can expect a Fire and Ice-level event that we’re headed to in the opening of season 2. That’s my plan for now. I reserve the right to change my mind. We get back into the writers’ room next week, and I want to know what everybody thinks. Everyone has had a chance to sit and think — I want to know what they think, if there’s a better idea, but the formula that we began seems to have been working for us.”

So soapers, what did you think of the season finale last night?  What do you think about Mike Kelley’s comments on the cliffhangers and the upcoming season season? Weigh-in!

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Hopefully it doesn’t get cancelled by ABC/Disney. I read an article on msn.com about how all their programs could suffer cancellation due to people using pvr’s and other viewing means to skip all the ads.

Is this the true reason AMC and OLTL are gone? I must admit, I haven’t watch “live” tv since 2004.

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I LOVE LOVE LOVE REVENGE OMG IT IS OFF THE HOOK!!!

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I think Emily’s mother has been the real evil behind the entire plot to frame her dad!

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can you say witness protection program? madeline stowe will be back

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chrissy

Oh totally she survived the crash! Nolan I LOVE also!

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Deanna Johnson

I totally have enjoyed this season of Revenge! I pray it does not get cancelled!!
The cliff hanger was just that!! I was sitting on the edge of my seat.. I am not a child but I must admit I did not see a baby coming into the picture.. Oh please keep this show on.. I love it and so does my 82 year old mother!!!

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Best show since ER!!!
I love Nolan!

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They need to cast Peter Porte the actor is perfect as a son of Grayson!!!

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Great show! The twists just kept on coming…

I hope Victoria somehow didn’t end up on that plane and that she’ll be back. LOVE her!

I hope fakeAmanda’s baby is not Jack’s. He and Emily should be together in the end.

The revelation that Emily/Amanda’s mother is alive should easily keep this show going for another season.

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Nolan is my favorite character besides Emily! I love it!

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I LOVE LOVE LOVE Revenge best night time show since ER and Sienfeld!!! Nolan is my favorite!!!

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I love revenge but I find it very hard to understand Emily when she speaks She speaks so softly and hardly opens her mouth when she talks

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