• Broody temptress: Xena's big secret to be addressed in new Netflix series. (AP)Source: AP
The screenwriter for the new Xena reboot has dropped a bombshell before the series is expected to premiere later this year.
By
Georgina Cooke

15 Mar 2016 - 12:38 PM  UPDATED 15 Mar 2016 - 12:38 PM

Yes, it's true: two decades on from when Xena: Warrior Princess first aired on television, a screenwriter for the show's reboot has confirmed that the eponymous star is indeed gay, ending more than 20 years of speculation.

Responding to a fan's query on Tumblr about the death of a queer character in his latest project The 100, and how that might influence his future work, Puerto Rican screenwriter Javier Grillo-Marxuach gave a less-than-cryptic nod to one of the most iconic couples of the '90s that wasn't.

"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," he said.

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

While it never explicitly evolved in the original series, Xena and sidekick Gabrielle's 'close' relationship ended up becoming the subject of many gay fan spin-offs and appropriations.

Throughout the show's lifespan, the pair shared warm embraces, tender gazes, pecks ... even baths.

In 2003, two years after the show ended, Lucy Lawless, who played the role of Xena, declared that her character was "definitely" gay in US magazine Lesbian News, however this is the first time it will be acknowledged in the script.

Although Lawless has expressed a keen interest in coming back on board for the new show, chairman of NBC (the station behind the relaunch) Bob Greenblatt said last year he didn't know "how she could be part of it if she wasn't playing Xena" and that he is uncertain if that is a direction they want to take the show.

In any case, it's certain that fans are likely to see a lot more of the following, regardless of who is cast as our favourite Mesopotamian ass-kicker.