‘Revenge’ Post-Mortem: Nolan Ross Puts A Ring On It

Elena Satine, Gabriel Mann, RevengeMeet Mr. and Mrs. Nolan Ross (Elena Satine & Gabriel Mann) (ABC)

[Spoiler Alert: The following discusses plot points in last night’s episode of Revenge.]

Nolan Ross is married…to a woman!

Yes, you heard – and saw – right and if you watched last night’s Revenge episode you know that Nolan Ross (Gabriel Mann), who we’ve seen play on both sides of the sexuality fence in the past four seasons of the soap, tied the knot with Southern wacko Louise Elliot (Elena Satine).

While they seem like an unlikely pair, since the show began pairing them up, it’s been one of the more entertaining aspects of the show. So what happens next? Showrunner/Exec Producer Sunil Nayar told TheBacklot, “Viewers can expect everything from fireworks to thunderstorms as two huge personalities make a formidable union while also learning what marriage actually means to them.”

But what does actor Gabriel Mann think of the plot development? Will this be a marriage in every sense of the word (which is code for are they going to have sex?)? We had the chance to talk to Mann as well as his co-star/BFF Emily VanCamp last week at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour and they filled us in on their thoughts and what we’ll be seeing soon.

First up, Mann talked about Nolan’s plunge into matrimony and whether this is a marriage for show or one that Nolan will have to step up to consummate.

TheBackLot: So this is a big development for Nolan!

Gabriel Mann: The headline is Nolan’s Getting Married, Nolan Got Hitched, Nolan Put A Ring On It…I want a spinoff show called I Love Louise, that’s all I can say. It’s been a joy but as you would imagine with these characters, it’s immensely complicated because he’s got this allegiance to Emily and he’s operating on so many different levels at the same time. Who the hell can keep track? I mean, I think he can barely keep track honestly, but yeah, the ramifications of putting a ring on it kind of go tidal waving out for a little bit.

Gabriel MannI’m guessing Emily will have a reaction to this since I could see her being a little territorial about her BFF.

GM: She could probably have something to say about it. I think everybody’s going to have something to say about it…my God, s**t happens. I love [Nolan’s] take on life. Sometimes I’m curious if he felt the same way before he ever met Emily if he was that same guy. I think Nolan is always going to have a soft spot for misfits and for outsiders. It’s just who he is, and I think as a result he tends to be drawn towards people like that in the extreme. Unfortunately it’s going to be murderers and sociopaths and so forth, but damage… I think the relationship surprises Nolan. I think it surprises both of them.

We’ve talked before about what a lonely guy Nolan is…

GM: I think what’s really interesting is exploring this very kind of new-age modern way of couples being together. I mean, there were some things that got pitched to me toward the end of the [third] season, sort of involving characters from the past season and maybe a very, very new way of looking at relationships in a family or whatever that I hope to God come through because I think something like that on network television would be groundbreaking.

Moving forward, is this a marriage just for image sake or will it be consummated? Can we talk about that?

GM: No, we can’t talk about that, but I think it’s been pretty clear that Nolan is willing to go to any lengths for the people that he cares about, so what’s the difference between getting married or burning someone’s house down? To him, it’s all sort of equal merit. But the idea of playing with that kind of idea of domesticity with these characters is just kind of genius and we riff on it and we’re having a lot of fun.

What do you think he gets out of Louise? They were so much fun when they were first thrown together.

GM: Well, look, how can you ever keep track of Emily anymore? I mean, is it Aiden? Is it Daniel? Well, it’s clearly not Daniel or Aiden anymore. Is it Jack? Is it Ben? Who is it? I feel like she has got her hands so full with family…and Nolan is very easily blurred and for some reason having sort of bought this club, he seems to sort of be the hub that everybody passes through at this point and he’s got something to say about everyone and everything.

Outside of Louise and Emily, who do we see him mixing it up with the most?

GM: I would say that Margaux is more and more and more going to become the very tiptop foil for this season. So, I would like to say there’s going to be a lot of French/American relations coming. She’s not playing and she’s not taking any prisoners. It’s been great because Karine [Vanasse] can really take the shackles off and just let it burn. And I think her role on this show has really crystallized. As a result it’s been really fun getting to see her play those colors and get to bring all of that. And looking forward, we’ve been so lucky and we have amazing people. We have Tommy Flanagan right now and we’ve got Gina Torres coming.

We’re just revving up. I mean, this second half of the season, if you’re a Revenge fan, if you’ve liked the show, if you’ve watched the show, these are the episodes to watch. We are going to pay everything off and we are going to leave no stone unturned. So, if you’re a Revenge fan, it’s time to watch.

Gabriel Mann, Emily VanCamp

How will Emily respond to Nolan’s marriage? Or does have bigger fish to fry? (ABC)

Emily VanCamp also weighed in on Emily’s reaction to the marriage and how she should watch out for Margaux!

Safe to say Emily’s going to have a reaction to the marriage? She’s always expected Nolan to be there for her and maybe he won’t be as available.

Emily VanCamp: It’s actually I think less than what we would imagine. I think ultimately she really does want what’s best for Nolan. I think because of Louise’s crazy history and past that she’s more concerned for Nolan, like ‘are you really getting into the bed with the right person?’ And she worries about him. So, in that respect she’s a little skeptical, but I don’t think she has any opposition to him actually going through with it if that’s what he wants and that’s what works for them.

What or who is Emily’s biggest obstacle in these next episodes? You might think Victoria but…

EV: What’s interesting because I think we really have like over-explored the Victoria/Emily thing and especially with Victoria knowing who she is at this point, it creates a different dynamic where Emily could…I always say she could just, you know, snap her neck at any given moment. It creates a challenge because she is so physically kind of advanced compared to Victoria that it makes you feel sort of stuck in the scene. So, I think what’s very interesting now is Margaux comes into the picture and Victoria is sort of in Margaux’s ear feeding, well, what would revenge be without a whole bunch of lies?

Well, Margaux is pissed!

EV: And Margaux’s pissed and I think Emily is sort of busy with other things at the moment, so she’s maybe missing Margaux’s anger at her. I mean, anger is even putting it lightly. She really wants to destroy Emily, so that’s going to be a really cool dynamic to explore. And Karine Vanasse, who plays Margaux, is just extraordinary and so talented. And when you get to have a scene partner like that who you can laugh with at the end of the day, but just spar with during the scenes, it makes it really fun and I appreciate that so much about her. We’re lucky to have her.

Revenge airs Sundays at 10pm on ABC.

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Actors Elena Satine, Nick Wechsler, Karine Vanasse, Emily VanCamp and
Gabriel Mann of “Revenge” arrive at Disney ABC Television Group’s TCA Winter Press Tour
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