The death of Amanda Clarke-- well, the presumed Amanda Clarke (Margarita Levieva)-- on ABC's Revenge may have been tragic, but it's not going to be in vain.
While it was absolutely heartbreaking to lose her just as she seemed to be getting her life together and the audience seemed to be embracing her, the emotional moment will catapult those who loved her into action. And for once, that includes Jack (Nick Wechsler), too.
"He’s f**king heartbroken. It causes him to go do some dark, adult stuff that he’s never considered before—certainly that we’ve never seen him do before. He’s setting out to set this right," Wechsler said when LA TV Insider Examiner caught up with him at the TV Academy in Los Angeles earlier this week.
"He’s going dark, and he’s being more active in his own life. One of the things about him is that he's always been kind of passive-- kind of a passive person in his own life. But not anymore. He’s starting to set out and seek information and make some bad things happen."
When Jack wakes up in the Hamptons hospital, he learns that his new bride didn't make it off their boat alive. He is left a single dad, looking for some kind of retribution for having his family pulled apart and realizing that he may not be able to trust everyone he once thought he could. In true Jack form, though, he will try to keep some of his new activities from his little brother Declan (Connor Paolo), even though Declan wants to be involved as much as possible. Jack thinks he's protecting his brother, but he also thinks this personal fight is really his and his alone.
His grief over Amanda is certainly all-consuming, and it keeps him even further from Emily (Emily VanCamp) for the time being. But Wechsler feels like that is what is best for the story at the moment. Though there is a contingent of fans that just want Jack and Emily to get together, Wechsler feels they would be disappointed if that happened too soon or inorganically.
"It’s like dessert. You can’t have it; you’ve got to finish your meal first. It’s not good for you. Yeah, I want dessert every meal, too, but you’ve got to have it doled out," Wechsler said as a comparison for the Jack/Emily possible romance.
"So if they ever give that to the audience, it’s going to be aways away or they’ll give it and take it away. Right now, he had a wife and he just lost her, so it’s not going to happen any time soon, but there will always be hope."
Revenge airs on ABC on Sunday nights at 9 p.m.
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