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Beloved ’90s TV series Xena: Warrior Princess is getting a reboot, and by the sound of things it’s going to be brought up-to-date in more ways than one.

When the original show was on air, there was a little, shall we say tension, between Xena and best pal Gabrielle, played by Lucy Lawless and Renee O’Connor respectively. The pair quickly became icons for the lesbian community, despite the fact that the idea they were lovers always remained a subtext—albeit a pretty tantalizing one that inspired a lot of fan art and fan fiction.

That’s all set to change with the new version of the show, however. NBC has ordered a pilot from writer Javier Grillo-Marxuach, executive producer of the CW’s cult hit The 100, and he plans to be a little more forthcoming about the chemistry between Xena and Gabrielle.

“There is no reason to bring back Xena,” he explained during a Q&A session on Tumblr, “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.

“It will also express my view of the world—which is only further informed by what is happening right now—and is not too difficult to know what that is if you do some digging.”

The new series is at pilot stage at the moment, but we expect this news might just tip it over the edge.

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By Kat Sommers
Kat is a freelance writer for Anglophenia.