Okay so technically this show was 100% subtext. Xena and Gabrielle never really went out.
Except they totally did right?
The number of kisses and sexually tense moments between a warrior princess and an amazon queen was quite high, and both actresses embraced their lesbian icon existence. The campy show went through every mythological world possible and then some, including a flash-forward/descendants episode where Renee O’Conner was a cigar chomping Indiana Jones-esque character to Lucy Lawless’ sexy librarian.
And it was all, always, hilarious.
We never got the actual pay off, sadly, though there was one episode all about a news reporter having gone back in time trying to find out. I did say it was a campy show, right?
In an interview given by Lucy Lawless to Lesbian News magazine in 2003, Lawless stated that after the series finale, where Gabrielle revives Xena with a mouth-to-mouth water transfer filmed to look like a full kiss, she had come to believe that Xena and Gabrielle’s relationship was “definitely gay… there was always a ‘well, she might be or she might not be’ but when there was that drip of water passing between their lips in the very final scene, that cemented it for me. Now it wasn’t just that Xena was bisexual and kinda liked her gal pal and they kind of fooled around sometimes, it was ‘Nope, they’re married, man’.”
I’m with you, Lucy.