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Revenge – Victoria Grayson’s Villainy a Product of Adrienne Barbeau’s Bad Parenting
Victoria may be the evil matriarch of the Grayson clan, but every good villain has a good origin story, complete with some mentor who drove them down their dark path. Victoria will, of course, be no different. We’ll even get to meet her mentor, her own mother, in an upcoming episode of Revenge. When you have women as a series’ main villain, more often than not it turns out they learned everything they know from their mothers or some other parental figure. It’s much more powerful to show someone becoming just like the their mother or father than anyone else, since they have that much more influence in your life. But if you’re going to go down this route, you need the perfect person for the part and Revenge has just such an actress: Adrienne Barbeau.
The Maude alum will be taking up the reins of the unnamed mother of Victoria, says TVLine. Executive producer Mike Kelley described her as “somebody who knows how to use people,” which shouldn’t surprise anyone. If she’s going to be the person who taught Victoria to be who she is she’ll need to be a class A manipulator. “She taught Victoria what it takes to survive with very little, with your wit and your looks, really.” It’s a shallow life lesson, but look at how well that has worked out for Victoria, whose networth is $4.7 billion. When we meet Victoria’s mother we’ll come to understand just how she badly damaged Victoria is due to her mother’s influences. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, but that doesn’t mean it won’t suffer some bruising when it hits the ground.
As Emily is also dealing with coming to terms that she might not be so different her mother, Victoria might realize they have more in common than either of them initially thought. Might their horrible mothers bring them closer together? That certainly would be an interesting development in the drama of Revenge, but it’s something I don’t think would stick indefinitely. More likely than not, it would bring about a greater respect for one another.