It was a
stunning cliff-hanger that Xena fans would not soon forget: a crippled warrior
princess and her sidekick Gabrielle crucified and left for dead by the forces
of Julius Caesar. How would our two heroines escape what appeared to be certain
death? That answer would have to wait until the much-anticipated Fifth Season
of Xena: Warrior Princess.
Although the aforementioned cliff-hanger
may have taken viewers by surprise, the shows producers knew from the
very beginning how they planned to end season four.
Two years ago, explains
executive producer RJ Stewart, who wrote that episode, Ides of March,
we were sitting in a bar in New York, and Rob Tapert said to me, I
want to end the fourth season with crucifying Xena and Gabrielle, so we
knew for a long time that thats where we were headed.
"Because we knew what the
season-ender was going to be, we thought wed might as well make it a
theme for the whole season, because you dont always know whats
going to happen at the end of the season. Sometimes its a last-minute
idea, or something that evolves, but since this season was geared around it, we
decided to make it a strength.
The crucifixion scene was actually shown
a number of times throughout the season starting with the fourth-season opener,
Adventures in the Sin Trade, but viewers simply didnt believe it
could happen. According to co-executive producer Steve Sears, We showed
it to everybody, and basically said, Heres how its going to
end, and everybody said, oh no, theyre trying to trick us!
Ill bet I can come up with whats really going to happen! but
no, thats exactly what happened.
What we were saying was,
heres a possible ending to the season, it depends on what choices our
characters make, but we were then saying, if they stay true to who they really
are, theyll die. If they choose not to be true to who they are, they
might have lived, but they chose to be true to who they were.
| Have you seen our XENA coverage in these recent issues of
|Five-page Lucy Lawless interview on Season Three, plus four page
Alexandra Tydings (Aphrodite) interview
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|Six-page effects exclusive on Xena and
Hercules with Kevin Kutchaver
Special # 28 (100 issues celebration)
|Illustrated Episode guide to Season One (2 parts, 4 pages each)
TV Zone # 98
TV Zone # 100
(both 1998 issues)
|Five-page intro feature for new viewers
TV Zone # 93 (1997 issue)
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