Xena Warrior Princess To Be ‘OPENLY GAY’ In Series Reboot

Published on March 15, 2016

Writer Javier Grillo-Marxuach has confirmed that XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS will return to our screens as an openly gay character for the first time.

Lucy Lawless

The cult ’90s fantasy series was a hit with fans in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community, leading to the character Xena becoming a popular feminist and lesbian icon.

In the show, Xena embarked on close relationship with character Gabrielle, leading fans to speculate if they were lovers and view them as a role model couple.

In a Tumblr post, the writer said: “Xena will be a very different show made for very different reasons.”

He said there was no point in doing the the series unless it would “be true” to Xena’s relationship toward Gabrielle.

“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 sub-textually in first-run syndication in the 1990s,” he added.

The news comes as LGBT fans of the science fiction series The 100 were left dismayed when they killed off lesbian character Lexa earlier this month (03Mar16) mid way through season three. Many were angry about how the surprise exit was handled, including the use of clumsy cliches about lesbian characters, with one critic writing: “What would happen if every straight, white, male character got inexplicably and deplorably killed off in every show you watched just to further the plot?”

This is something Javier, who worked on The 100, hopes to address in the reboot of Xena by making the character openly gay.

“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,” he noted, adding the new Xena: “will 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.”

Lucy Lawless

The rebooted series will be aired on NBC, but it’s not yet been confirmed whether original Xena Lucy Lawless will reprise her role, the star ambiguously tweeted: “The hell, you say! #Xena” to a fan in response to the news the character would be openly gay for the first time (13Mar16).

Announcing the news last year (Aug16) NBC’s chairman, Bob Greenblatt said: “We’d love to have Lucy be a part of it — if we felt that her presence didn’t overshadow the direction we take with it.”