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'Revenge' Boss Promises a Slightly Softer Emily in Season 2

"Emily is going to be changing a lot with the introduction of her mother," Mike Kelley tells THR. "She’ll become a little more of a revenging angel, a vigilante in a lot of ways, not just focused on herself."

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Barring the looming matter of how Revenge plans to revive the seemingly dead Victoria Grayson (Madeleine Stowe) in its Sunday return, the biggest question for the sophomore season is how Emily (Emily VanCamp) will alter her plans for vengeance now that she knows her mother is still alive.

The short answer: a lot.

Revenge creator and showrunner Mike Kelley spoke with The Hollywood Reporter ahead on the season two premiere, and he said that Jennifer Jason Leigh's introduction to the series will cause a fundamental shift for the series' dark heroine.

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"Emily is going to be changing a lot with the introduction of her mother," Kelley says. "She’ll become a little more of a revenging angel, a vigilante in a lot of ways, not just focused on herself."

She will, of course, continue to take down deserving Hamptons residents on a weekly basis. "We need to do that or otherwise she becomes not as fun to watch," adds Kelley, "but you want to see her evolve and you want to see her try and connect in some way to her mother."

That mother will throw multiple wrenches in the series, and with the casting of Leigh, Kelley says the story may have more life to it than he originally thought.

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"I actually had a plan that really fit what she does so well for the character," he says of the casting. "Her representation contacted us after Emily’s mother was announced in the end of the season. Turns out she was a fan of the show. I didn’t know if any of it was really going to happen at the time, but she became a template while I was thinking about the character during the hiatus. It's one of those cases of things lining up perfectly."

As he's said before, Kelley is also restarting Revenge in a similar fashion to last year's pilot -- with a flash-forward to a "terrible event" down the line. Like the Fire and Ice Ball before it, Kelley plans on wrapping the story introduced on Sunday around episode 14, with a shift planned towards the end of the season.

"We'll get a little bit of freedom [later in the season]," he tells THR. "which I really wanted, because I know what the season finale is this year."