"Xena: Warrior Princess" Is Returning with a New Spark

The reboot of the '90s fantasy series "Xena: Warrior Princess" will be triumphant for many reasons.

If the leathered heroine of Ancient Greece hasn't already changed television by challenging female stereotypes during the '90s feminist movement — NBC's new series of the cult classic is about to take it one step further.

Xena, played by Lucy Lawless, will be openly gay in the new release, confirmed by Executive Producer Javier Grillo-Marxuach.

Since the '90s, Xena and her best friend Gabrielle (Renee O'Connor), have been poster girls for the lesbian community, Women’s Right’s News reports. This may be because the show launched in a time when the LGBT movement was just starting to become part of the national conversation.

Much of the cult following derives from the storyline that fans saw beyond the screen. The nature of the duo's relationship and the abundant sexual innuendos prompted an entire subtext for the show, cementing the protagonists, in fans' eyes, as much more than just friends.

Inspired by this, Grillo-Marxuach, confirmed via Tumblr that the new series will "fully explore a relationship that could only be shown subtextually in first-run syndication."

"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," Grillo-Marxuach added.

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