And the Hamptons loses another regular!
Ashley Madekwe, who plays Emily’s (Emily VanCamp) scheming BFF and Grayson family PR spokesperson Ashley Davenport, will not be returning for Revenge‘s third season, sources confirm to E! News.
Madekwe is just the ABC sudser’s latest exit: Connor Paolo‘s character Declan was killed off in the season two finale and creator Mike Kelley will not be returning in season three, with Sunil Nayar taking over showrunner duties.
Deadline, who first reported the news of Madekwe’s exit, says the actress’ option was not picked up due to “storyline reasons.”
ABC had no comment on Madekwe’s exit.
After an uneven sophomore season that saw a decline in ratings, Kelley announced in April that he would be departing Revenge, calling it a ” difficult mutual decision” between him and ABC. “Helming this series has been the ride of a lifetime,” Kelley said.
Revenge‘s Emily Thorne will soon find herself engaged to one of her many suitors. Will Aiden, the red Sharpie-wielding gal’s undercover lover, get down on bended knee? Maybe her former fling Daniel will pop the question? Or perhaps Jack, her childhood soulmate, will finally make a grab for his girl? Ponder no more: We’re spoiling the identity of Em’s soon-to-be fiancé in 3, 2…
As of the addictive drama’s May 5 installment (ABC, 9/8c), Emily will once again be betrothed to… her sexy ex-y Daniel Grayson!
The engagement news was first revealed in the upcoming episode’s official description, which states: “Emily plots her next move in her new role as Daniel’s fiancee, while Aiden struggles with the re-engagement.”
In an interview with TVLine just prior to the question-popping news leak, Revenge creator Mike Kelley prepped us for the major romantic shakeup awaiting fans. “The love rectangle — or Jack and Daniel and Aiden vying for Emily’s affections — will come to a head at the end of this season,” he teased. “Emily will be put in a position where she needs to make a profound choice.”
Could said choice be the one in which she recommits herself to an increasingly dark Daniel? We can’t be sure, though Kelley did playfully note — when asked who Emily really, truly cares about at this point — that the Grayson son has “given her little reason to have true affection for him because he’s been such a bastard in so many ways.
“As far as her future with Daniel is concerned,” he added, “for the time being at least, it’s firmly cemented in her revenge plan.”
So, there you might have it folks: This engagement shocker is all part of Emily’s revengenda.
By the time the credits roll on Revenge‘s two-hour Season 2 closer on May 12, the Hamptons population will be down by one.
We’re not talking a plane-explosion fake-out or Tyler-Daniel-on-the-beach switcheroo. Series creator Mike Kelley tells TVLine exclusively that “one of our core cast members will not survive the finale.”
Even better, he adds, “Our audience will not have to wait to find out the identity of the person that didn’t survive. We will let them know within the two hours.”
So who’s headed to that big benefit gala in the sky?
And if you need a hint, we’ll leave you with this cryptic Kelley comment: “It’ll be a surprise who it is – and it’s certainly a surprise to Emily.”