Xena: Warrior Princess to be openly gay in reboot

'Relationship could only be shown subtextually in first-run syndication in the 1990s'

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Xena’s homosexuality was heavily implied in Warrior Princess but, despite it being the 1990s, writers still didn’t feel they could make it overt.

That’s all set to change in the upcoming reboot however, according to executive producer Javier Grillo-Marxuach.

“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 [sic] in first-run syndication in the 1990s,” he wrote in a Tumblr response

“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.”

That “subtext” was always pretty obvious to fans, and back in 2003 Xena actor Lucy Lawless described her character as “definitely” gay.

“There was always a ‘Well, she might be or she might not be’ but when there was that drip of water passing between their lips in the very final scene, that cemented it for me,” she said during an interview with Lesbian News. 

“Now it wasn’t just that Xena was bisexual and kinda liked her gal pal and they kind of fooled around sometimes, it was ‘Nope, they’re married, man.’”