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Answers about 'Revenge' season 4

James Tupper
James Tupper
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Revenge ended this season with a well kept secret, a real shocker. David Clarke(James Tupper) is ALIVE! Yes, Emily's (Emily Van Camp) father did not die and her troubles are only just starting. Emily has been avenging her fathers death for years(3 seasons) and now she will see her plans changed after all this time. How she will react is another question.

What led to the decision to bring David to the Hamptons? Executive producers Aaron Harberts and Gretchen Berg explained why.

"It's hard to introduce new characters who don't have a past history with Emily, but will make her invest as much in their character," Harberts said. "As we looked back, David seemed like someone who would shake an unshakable character to the core. She's certainly not predictable, but she's a machine and we know how she's going to react in certain situations, but we don't know how she's going to take it when she finally sees her father. What if he says, 'I'm disappointed in you.' And what happens when he crosses into Victoria's story and says, 'She did some things to you. You don't really know why, but there might've been a reason.' [David] is a new barrier to entry [and] he can fill in a lot of the gaps Emily wasn't privy to."

Great minds think alike as Berg explains" "We were thinking about David [returning], but out of the blue [James] actually texted me like, 'Don't you think it's time for David Clarke to come back?'" Harberts said."There are so many moving parts because he could've been [committed] to a series. We were on pins and needles because you start trying to convince the network of the story, but if he wasn't available it could've changed everything. When we pitched the last episode, that's when we went and made our deal with James to make sure he'd be around."

Looking ahead to how David's return will completely alter the series moving forward, Harberts and Berg said Jack (Nick Wechsler) will be a huge part in helping Emily navigate what's next. "This year Emily has the opportunity to come out with David Clarke and the question becomes is Emily going to do it or not?" Harberts said. "As we get to know more about Emily/Amanda, she also has to start confronting all of these things she's left undone and how she is going to clean up messes with the people who have taken such good care of her. As we launch into Season 4, Jack becomes the center of that journey." Added Berg, "Emily is going to start from a wounded place next year and she also has to confront not only who she is as Amanda, but what that means for people around her."

Will fan favorite Nick Wechsler character Jack work with Emily? "I think we all know in our heart of hearts what the very last frame [of the show] is," Berg said. "Until then there's a lot to try and cover." Said Harberts, "There are the shows where you get those two characters together and it's considered a series ender because people aren't as invested. Other shows set up romantic triangles where they've all been together and you're bobbing back and forth. Honestly, I don't think we know which way is right to go with Revenge. Our gut says to keep building [their relationship] and earning it. How do we deepen and reconnect these characters next season so the audience believes it could happen? I don't think they can possibly start to find the path towards coming together until she embraces who she used to be and that's going to be a huge step."

Revenge will be back this fall on Sundays on ABC at 10 p.m.

Read the whole article by Robyn Ross at TVGUIDE.