"Revenge," one of ABC's hottest primetime soap operas that stars Madeleine Stowe and Emily VanCamp, came full circle on Wednesday's episode. And there was blood.
Warning: Spoilers ahead!
The show debuted in September 2011. Wednesday's episode, titled "Chaos," revisited a key scene from the pilot, which showed a mysterious man shot to death on the beach in the Hamptons area of New York, outside the posh homes of key characters Victoria Grayson, a scheming socialite in played by Stowe, and her future daughter-in-law Emily Thorne.
Thorne, played by VanCamp, is a vigilante who changed her name from Amanda Clarke and took on a false identity in a bid to get revenge on those who framed her father, who was sent to prison for a terrorism crime he did not commit. As part of her plan, she seduced and became engaged to Grayson's son, Daniel, played by Joshua Bowman.
Many viewers had speculated after the pilot that it was his body that was found on the beach, in the midst of his mother's "Fire & Ice" engagement party for him and Thorne. On Wednesday's episode, it was revealed that the person who was shot was actually Tyler Barrol, an old college friend of Daniel Grayson.
Barrol had throughout the debut season plotted against the Grayson family in what appeared to be his own scheme for revenge. At one point, he hijacked a dinner by holding the characters at gunpoint.
On Wednesday's episode, he kidnaps the real Emily Thorne, who is played by Margarita Levieva. She switched identities with VanCamp's character and is known as Amanda Clarke. Barrol then faces off against the younger Grayson on the beach and reveals some unsettling facts about Thorne.
The next thing you know, bang, someone is shot. Thorne's friend Jack Porter, played by Nick Wechsler, finds Clarke, his girlfriend, on the beach with the body. Victoria Grayson rushes to her son, but discovers it was Barrol who was shot dead. But Daniel Grayson emerges and he's all bloody.
Stowe told TV Guide that she knew all along that on-screen son was not the person gunned down in the pilot, while the magazine quoted creator Mike Kelley as saying he "made sure Josh [Bowman] believed he was going to die all along. He didn't learn the truth [about his character] until the table read of that episode."
The show is set to return on February 29 with an episode titled "Scandal." The rest of the season will now depict what is essentially a murder mystery. Police will interrogate the characters to find out who fired the fatal shots that killed Barrol. The prime suspect is Daniel Grayson.
But VamCamp told TV Guide: "It could be anybody. There are enough evil characters here capable of anything. It's so much fun to watch how things really happened that night as all the secrets start to unravel. You'll get to see a lot more of what happened on the beach. And Emily's revenge master Takeda really comes in to clean up for her."
Sotoshi Takeda is a Japanese CEO and former mentor to Thorne. He is played by Hiroyuki Sanada.
Meanwhile, the Grayson family, will form a united front. Stowe's character had been in the middle of divorce proceedings. It is unclear how the murder investigation will affect it.
Executive producer Martin Bowen told Entertainment Weekly that the 18th episode is "crazy."
"As we progress, the emotional relationships between these characters gets more and more complicated," he said. A Grayson now is potentially going to be fingered for murder. Victoria will stop at nothing to make sure that he doesn't go down."