Xena and gabrielle love stories

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I felt invisible. You saw all the things that I could be. You saved me, Xena. The story of Xena is remembered as many different things. A heroic saga, a tale of redemption, a campy romp. Though studio executives refused to allow an openly queer relationship to flourish in late s all-ages programming, looking back, they got away with a lot.

In the pilot episode, Gabrielle and her fellow villagers are taken hostage by henchmen of the villainous Draco. She is, after all, a storyteller, not a warrior. Not only is her life spared, she has found a new purpose — Xena. Gabrielle is immediately smitten and attempts to follow Xena out of town when the other villagers, knowing her reputation as a ruthless killer, demand that she move on.

Xena is jaded and prefers to travel alone, but Gabrielle trails her. She is committed to proving to Xena that they need each other. Even from the very first episode, Gabrielle knows she does not belong in her hometown. She knows she does not fit in, and the heteronormative plan that has been laid out for her by the people in her life seems akin to torture. Xena is moved by this, and she finally agrees to accept Gabrielle into her life.

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For both of them, this proves to be the most important decision either of them would ever make. This is all within the very first of the one hundred thirty-four episodes of Xena: Warrior Princessand it truly set the standard for what we would see going forward.

Gabrielle would have some romantic interests outside of Xena over the course of the series, but there is no questioning that her life revolved around the Warrior Princess from the moment she met her. Xena struggles with myriad romantic attachments throughout the show, conflicted over her past loves like Marcus, and the god of war, Ares, who sees the bond between her and Gabrielle as a threat and consistently attempts to break them up.

For Gabrielle, she is briefly married, but her husband is little more than a plot device who is then almost immediately killed. She is trailed after by Joxer, but has no interest in him. In contrast, she is dedicated to Xena, and rarely questions the strength of their connection.

Looking back, what was mandated a platonic relationship by censorship comes across more like a highly successful polyamorous relationship, in which the two grant each other space and understanding while remaining fully committed to one another. This, of course, is not without its own subtext. The Amazons emphasize sisterhood and they give Gabrielle a Xena and gabrielle love stories understanding of who she is as an entity separate from Xena. In the Amazon episodes, the Gabrielle-specific subtext is as strong as it ever gets.

Xena has seen a prophecy warning her to never set foot within Rome lest she risk her own death, but when Gabrielle is captured, she feels she has no choice.

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Gabrielle spent much of the last season on a quest for peace, but when she sees Xena fall, she does not hesitate to unleash her full rage on the Roman guards. After they are both captured, they are imprisoned together and sentenced to death. Though they return to life in the next season, we see that even in death, their souls were just as intertwined as their lives had become. She and Xena are not an immediate item but rather a slow burn love story in which they both must prove their love and devotion while struggling with their own inner demons.

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Yet still, at any time throughout the series when the two become separated, Gabrielle is not well until she is reunited with her partner. Xena, for her part, grows to depend on Gabrielle in a way that is, at first, completely alien to her. Though Xena has had many loves, none of them went to the lengths that Gabrielle went to in order to be with her. Leading up to her catastrophic death in the final episodes, her commitment to Gabrielle is agonizingly apparent. Even in death, the two of them will never be separated.

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Together, these stories combined to be one of the greatest love stories in television history. Sara Century is an artist, writer, and filmmaker who is obsessed with most things. She is good at speaking in public, working for most hours of her waking life, and saying quotable things in casual conversation.

One of the best, well informed independent articles about Xena Warrior Princess I have read. Totally agree with this spot on analysis of Gabrielle. Save my name,and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Gabrielle, Xena, and their wlw legacy 25 years later.

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