Xena and Gabrielle
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The popular '90s TV series Xena: Warrior Princess is getting a modern upgrade — in more ways than one. The show’s executive producer has confirmed that Lucy Lawless's character of Xena will be openly gay in the series reboot, NME reported.

“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 in first-run syndication in the 1990s," producer Javier Grillo-Marxuach, said, according to the article. 

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Since the show became a hit in the mid-'90s, fans speculated about the relationship between Xena and her female friend, Gabrielle, assuming they were more than just two kick-ass female heroines.

“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," Lawless, who played the character of Xena, said to Lesbian News back in 2003. "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.’"

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Despite some criticism from a few Internet haters, most Xena fans are really excited that now even Xena can be her authentic self.

Here are just some of the supportive reactions.


Can't hardly wait

The excitement is real.


No more questions

This fan appreciates the realness.


Pure pride

We hope to see Xena and Gabrielle's relationship.


Saw it coming

A lot of fans didn't think this relationship was a secret.


Reliving memories

Even Perez Hilton can't wait.


Instant approval

Simply, yes.



The general consensus.


What do you think of Xena coming out?

  • 0% I totally saw this coming. So glad they will be exploring the relationship between Xena and Gabrielle.
  • 0% Not a fan. I don't think this storyline is going to add anything to show.
  • 0% Who is Xena?