How have Emily (Emily VanCamp) and Jack (Nick Wechsler) not gotten together yet on Revenge?!
You'd think on a show as crazy as Revenge that a relationship teased at the very beginning of the series would have been paid off by now, but nope! Much to our frustration, the ABC soap has yet to fully explore their relationship.
Sure, there's been a makeout here and a longing look there, but a full-fledged Jack and Emily relationship? Zilch. Nada. Zip.
So when we spoke with Wechsler himself before the Revenge season four premiere, we had to ask: is a Jack/Emily romance ever going to happen?
And Wechsler pretty much made our day with his answer.
"Here's the thing, Jack [and his new police partner] Ben [Brian Hallisay] get along just fine. It's not until Ben starts to show a little interest in Emily that there starts to be some tension," Wechsler says.
OMG! Jack gets jealous! "Oh yeah, he does," Wechsler says with a laugh. "Last season he was furious with her but he never didn't care about her. He was furious with her and was trying to move on and in my mind, that was him trying to get past Emily even though there was a part of him that was like, ‘Oh, shut up. You're never going to be past this girl.' We always had a lot of obstacles before and now they're both widowed in a way and currently the only obstacle is her mourning and being heartbroken over the loss of Aiden [Barry Sloane], and Jack just giving her space. Other than that, he has his eye on her. We'll see how it plays out. I don't know when, where or how but I think they'll have...a moment."
We hope it's much more than just a moment, but hey, we'll take what we can get! "I'm excited to see what happens with Jack and Emily because I want to see them reconnect and get drawn back together," Wechsler says. "I think we're going to see some of that, a little bit, this season. There's a lot of crazy shit coming up."
While Wechsler shares our hope that Jack and Emily will finally get together, he doesn't share our desire to see them live happily ever after.
"I don't want it to be, ‘And then they end up together and everything's great!' I think it needs to be more complicated than that," Wechsler says. "Maybe if she tries, and he's like, ‘I gave up on you a long time ago,' or something like that because she chose her revenge over Jack for so long, or if they do and then Jack is hurt or killed because of her past coming back to haunt her. There needs to be some consequence for her choosing this path for so long. That makes the most sense to me and would be the coolest way to play it out but who knows. I wouldn't be surprised if ABC was just like, ‘No. They're getting together and they're going to be happy when it happens.'"
Hey ABC, we're totally okay with that! In fact, we'd love to see that!
But before Jack and Emily can ride off into the sunset, they have some things to work out. You know, that small little issue of Emily's father David (James Tupper) coming back from the dead. No big deal.
"It's complicated because he knew David when he was a kid," Wechsler says of David's return. "There's a part of him that still thinks, ‘That's the father of the girl I've wanted my whole life.' He's mind-blown. But also he knows what a huge deal this is for Emily that he's still alive so it's mostly watching her expression, wanting to see how this affects her, how she's doing now that he's back."
He continues, "But also he's back for weird circumstances and we all want to know where he's been and why he's back now. There's a hesitation with trusting him at all too. He seems fragile and f--ked up. We just don't know the whole story and we don't if he's good or bad, and what are the implications of either scenario? And Jack is put into this situation where he's not able to tell certain truths when he and David finally start talking. There are certain things I can't tell him, and I'm put in that shitty position again."
And since Jack is so fed up with constantly being put between a rock and hard place when it comes to telling the truth, which culminated in him being arrested for Charlotte's (Christa B. Allen) kidnapping, Wechsler explains that's why Jack is picking up a badge.
"I'm on the other side of the cuffs now," Wechsler says. "It's kind of nuts. He becomes a police officer because he's tired of all the injustice and all the horrible shit he and his loved ones have had to endure. He's always been powerless to do anything about it so when we pick up, he wasn't charged with the crime that Charlotte was accusing him of. There's a bit of a time jump and he becomes a cop."
But even though he wasn't charged with the crime, Charlotte still knows he was involved with her kidnapping.
"He's tried to explain and she doesn't believe him," Wechsler says. "Their relationship remains damaged. And the problem is, he can't tell her the whole truth because it outs Emily and Nolan [Gabriel Mann]. He's sucking it up and letting Charlotte believe that he kidnapped her. He's tried to explain, but she still believes that it was him so she's after him a bit. She is trying to make things really hard on him and he can't fight back too much, because other than saying, ‘It wasn't me!' he can't produce the evidence and he can't be like, ‘Guys! Tell her!' because then Emily and Nolan out themselves. So he has to just let her think that even though it kills him."
He continues, "It's really tough on him, and he's been in that position a lot with Emily, just keeping secrets for her, lying for her, and for him it's even more of an issue now that he's a cop. He has to tell Emily, ‘Don't make me do or say anything that would make me a bad cop. Don't make me lie.'"
Based on Emily and Jack's track record, that's not going to go so well. And we can't wait to see it all go down!
Revenge returns tonight at 10 p.m. on ABC.