Revenge Season 4 Winter Finale Spoilers: Original Character Dies in Blaze of Glory, Why You Should Have Seen It Coming

Emily VanCamp
In the winter finale of Revenge, Emily VanCamp tries to save Daniel Grayson, but he dies in her arms. ABC

WARNING: Major Revenge spoilers ahead! If you haven’t seen the show’s winter finale, stop reading now. 

Another Hamptonite got a red Sharpie X to the head in the winter finale of Revenge’s fourth season on Sunday, Dec. 7. Though Emily Thorne (Emily VanCamp) had tried to keep trained assassin Agent Kate Taylor (Courtney Ford) away from innocent civilians, she couldn’t have anticipated that her former lover-turned-enemy-turned-pseudo-friend Daniel Grayson (Josh Bowman) would be walking past her house at exactly the wrong moment. 

Dad-to-be Danny took several bullets to the chest and eventually died in Emily’s arms. His death will surely incur the wrath of Victoria Grayson (Madeleine Stowe) when the show picks back up after its hiatus, but for now, let’s look back at the preppy’s trajectory, which clearly indicated he was a goner from the start of the season. 

The fourth season saw Big D down on his luck, practically penniless (though he can still afford simulated golf games at the club), and looking to make a new start. He does so with magazine mogul Margaux LeMarchal (Karine Vanasse), but, true to form, manages to muck it up by sleeping around with a formerly institutionalized socialite (as ya do).

Daniel Grayson died on the winter finale of Revenge's fourth season on Sunday, Dec. 7. ABC

Seeing the error of his ways, he works hard to get Margaux back, but she is pregnant and hesitant to expose her future child to a father like her own or like Conrad Grayson. Meanwhile, understanding the full truth about Emily Thorne and her mission, Daniel has some flirtatious run-ins with the Sharpie-wielding, hoodie-wearing martial arts master, sparking the interest of OG Revenge fans who remember the couple’s season 1 chemistry. 

In the winter finale, Danny learns he is going to be a father and takes a trip down memory lane, complete with several delightful Conrad flashbacks. Remembering the man he once wanted to be, he sits on the beach reading his heartfelt letter to his father (is anyone else having undergrad, poetry-loving Daniel flashbacks?). Margaux calls him and tells him to come home to her to raise their child together, and as he rushes off the beach, he passes his old home where Emily now lives and sees her crumpled on the ground with the assassin about to attack her. Despite her attempts to get him to run, he lunges in to save her life and takes in some lead instead. 

The tormented scene that follows proves these two had the most chemistry of any couple from the start (they are dating in real life, after all). But if the slightly sappy buildup to Daniel’s exit wasn’t obvious enough, Bowman’s telling interview with TV Guide last November proved he’s been waiting to leave for a while now. 

Emily Thorne (Emily VanCamp) greets Jack Porter (Nick Wechsler) and his date Agent Kate Taylor (Courtney Ford) before luring Kate away from the crowd for a showdown on the winter finale of Revenge. ABC

"I'm trying to pitch a Daniel death by the end of the season," the British star, 26, told TV Guide. "I love working on the show, but I'm just being honest. My character has flip-flopped the most, and it's been so hard for me to play."

Twitter erupted following last night’s death, and the show’s star and Bowman’s longtime girlfriend VanCamp, 28, quickly took to comforting the masses. Find out more shocking details from the finale.

“Can't say much yet other than I feel your pain twitter land! Thanks for watching on the East side.. West Coast is up next #Revenge,” she tweeted, before later adding, “#JoshBowman owning that scene like a champ! Phenomenal work throughout the entire episode.” 

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