Destiny


TEASER

Gabrielle and Xena stand before Cirra, a skull at their feet.

GABRIELLE
So this is Cirra. It's beautiful.

XENA
To me, it's the ugliest place on Earth.

GABRIELLE
I don't think you should keep punishing yourself
for what happened.

XENA
I didn't come here to punish myself. I wanna
understand why.

GABRIELLE
Why what?

XENA
Why it happened. Why I was who I was. And how
I can ever atone.

GABRIELLE
You've changed, Xena. Like this valley. Once it
was a place full of death and violence. But now
it's full of beauty and life. The same kind of change
has happened to you.

XENA
I wish that I could see it that way. I'm going down there.

GABRIELLE
I'll wait here.

Xena mounts Argo and rides towards Cirra.

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Xena rides into Cirra.

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Several flashbacks to the destruction of Cirra.

YOUNG CALLISTO
Why?

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Present. Xena rides off.

XENA
Get up! Yah! Gabrielle?! Gabrielle?!

Xena sees Gabrielle's staff. She makes Argo hit it, and catches it as it flies up. She rides off.

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Gabrielle is tied up. The Children of the Sun dance.

SITACLES
Lord of the Moon, Mistress of the Stars, we, the
Children of the Sun ask you for an omen. Send
us a sign.

Xena is in the trees. She flips down.

SITACLES
Hail, goddess! We are your servants. Tell us
our future.

XENA
I got nothing but bad news for you.

Xena hits him and a fight begins. Xena gives her yell. She frees the prisoners with her chakram.

XENA
Gabrielle, catch!

Xena tosses Gabrielle her staff and keeps fighting.

GABRIELLE
Run! Come on, run!

Gabrielle and the others run. Xena takes out the Children of the Sun and then follows. The Children of the Sun run after them.

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Gabrielle runs.

GABRIELLE
Hurry!

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Children of the Sun run.

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Xena runs.

XENA
Gabrielle?

GABRIELLE
Wait, wait, stop! I think I hear Xena.

XENA
Hey! Glad to see ya.

Children of the Sun enter.

XENA
Now, get outta here.

GABRIELLE
Quick! Run!

Gabrielle leaves with the others, but one girl stays and watches. Xena fights the Children of the Sun.

GABRIELLE
Come on! Don't stop! Let's go!

EXTRA
Get her!

The girl walks up to Xena, speaking Gaelic. Sitacles releases a battering ram.

XENA
Get out of the way!

Xena tosses the girl out of the way, and she is hit. She flies and smacks hard into a tree. She falls and closes her eyes.

END OF TEASER



ACT ONE

Sitacles draws a dagger. Gabrielle knocks him out, but he stabs her leg. Blood is flowing from Xena's nose, mouth and ears.

GABRIELLE
Xena? Ah! Open your eyes. Wake up! Ah! Wake up!

XENA
Gabrielle, the girl.

GABRIELLE
What girl? One of the captives?

XENA
Only she can save me.

GABRIELLE
They're gone. Xena.

XENA
Mount Nestus.

GABRIELLE
Oh, I'm sorry. Mount Nestus?

XENA
Take me there.

GABRIELLE
I--I can't take you there. I--I don't know. It's too far
away. I, uh, Xena, I don't know if you can, if I-

XENA
Please.

GABRIELLE
Okay.

Gabrielle whistles and Argo rides in.

XENA
Amphipolis.

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Flashback to TEN WINTERS AGO. Xena's army raids a village.

EXTRA
Come on! Get moving!

EXTRA
Have mercy! Please!

EXTRA
Come on! Get on over to Xena!

Xena stands over a pile of loot.

XENA
People of Neopolitis, friends, you're free to go.
But spread the word. My army will punish any
village that allies itself with the enemies of Amphipolis.
And I will do anything to ensure the safety of
my homeland. Those who don't heed my warning,
will pay a terrible price.

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On the docks, Telos pushes Julius Caesar along. Xena watches.

TELOS
Get going! You hungry?

He drops the food on the deck.

TELOS
Ah, what's the matter? You not hungry?

He laughs.

CAESAR
I generally don't eat food touched by a pig.

Telos hits Caesar.

CAESAR
You have a woman's touch.

Telos hits Julius Caesar who falls to his knees.

TELOS
So, you not afraid of a beating, huh? You afraid
to die?

CAESAR
A brave man dies only once. A man like you,
dies a thousand times.

Telos draws his sword. Xena walks over.

TELOS
All right, brave man, you're one time is now!

Xena grabs Telos' arm.

XENA
Telos, look at him. The robes, the bearing, the
poise. Why, we have a Roman nobleman, a
valuable commodity.

TELOS
What are you talking about?

CAESAR
Ransom. She's talking about ransom, pig.

XENA
That's right, we can get twenty thousand dinars
for him.

CAESAR
Twenty thousand isn't enough.

XENA
Oh, really?

CAESAR
They'll never believe you have me, if that's all
you're asking. I'm worth five times that.

XENA
Very well.

She pulls Caesar to his feet.

XENA
But if you're wrong, it's your neck. Vicerius, send
out a ransom demand to the nearest Roman
settlement. Tell them to send a hundred thousands
dinars if they ever want to see - what's your name?

CAESAR
Caesar, Julius Caesar.

XENA
Caesar, Julius Caesar, again.

Vicerius leaves.

XENA
You really weren't afraid to die, were you?

CAESAR
I knew someone would stop him.

XENA
And, how could you know that?

CAESAR
I know what I'm fated to do with my life.

XENA
And what's that?

CAESAR
Rule the world.

Xena gestures with her head.

EXTRA
Let's go, Roman.

Caesar is taken away.

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Gabrielle wakes up Xena. Xena is on a litter.

GABRIELLE
Xena, can you hear me? Xena. Xena, can you hear
me? Mount Nestus. Is it north of the Strymon River?

XENA
North. Strymon.

GABRIELLE
(to Argo) I think that's a yes.

Xena mumbles.

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Xena holds her sword on a basket.

XENA
Do you hear me? Don't make a move.

VICERIUS
What is it?

XENA
We have a stowaway.

Xena flips off the skin on the basket and M'Lila leaps out. Xena tries to kick her, but M'Lila uses pressure points on Xena's legs which crashes Xena to the ground. She fights the others and hits Telos' neck during the battle.

EXTRA
Come down!

Xena throws a dagger which brings the mass down on M'Lila. She is captured.

EXTRA
We got her.

EXTRA
Hold onto her.

EXTRA
Don't let her get away.

Xena flips off M'Lila's hood.

EXTRA
A woman.

Xena uses her sword as a cane.

XENA
What did you do to my leg? Fix it. My leg, fix it!

M'Lila does.

XENA
Bring over Telos. She can fix whatever she did
to him.

M'Lila speaks Gaelic.

XENA
What's she saying?

CAESAR
She said it's too late for him.

EXTRA
He's dead!

VICERIUS
She's killed him!

Vicerius draws his sword.

XENA
Wait. (to Caesar) You speak her language. Tell
her I'll spare her life if she'll teach me how she
did that.

Caesar speaks Gaelic. M'Lila nods.

XENA
Take her down below.

She's taken away.

EXTRA
Let's go.

CAESAR
Be careful. Runaway slaves are very dangerous people.

XENA
How do you know she's a runaway?

CAESAR
She speaks Gaelic, but she's clearly from the
land of the Pharaoh. Probably abducted as a
child by raiders from Western Gaul.

XENA
Western Gaul, huh? Why do you say that?

CAESAR
Gaul is divided into three parts. Each area speaks
its own different dialect. One day I'll conquer all
three provinces.

XENA
How can you be so sure of yourself.

CAESAR
I told you. I'm-

XENA
Oh, that's right. You're fated to rule the world. Do
you really believe that?

CAESAR
Of course. Each event in our life is part of a great
plan. There are no accidents. Only destiny.

XENA
And who shapes this destiny? The gods?

CAESAR
Perhaps. Or it's the blood in our veins, our souls,
our desires, our will. They're all in it together,
weaving a tapestry we call destiny.

XENA
Well, I can tell you one thing about your destiny.
You're fated to have dinner in my cabin tonight.

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Boat.

EXTRA
Grab his legs! Throw him overboard!

Telos is thrown overboard. They cheer and laugh.

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Xena enters the room where M'Lila is. M'Lila is trying to break free. Xena tosses her keys and then tosses her armour and sword aside.

XENA
Show me that thing you do. No. No, not on my
leg. Show me on my neck. Yeah, come on.

M'Lila hits Xena's neck. Xena falls to the ground.

XENA
That was too fast. Now, take it off and do it again.
Slower. Take it off. Come on!

Blood is flowing from Xena's nose, but M'Lila makes no move to help her.

END OF ACT ONE



ACT TWO

M'Lila takes off The Pinch.

XENA
You got some sense of humour. Now, teach me
how you did that. No, not on me. Teach me on yourself.

M'Lila shows Xena where to hit.

XENA
Here? There, oh.

Xena hits her and M'Lila falls. M'Lila speaks Gaelic. Xena takes M'Lila's necklace. Blood flows from M'Lila's nose. Finally Xena releases her.

XENA
You see, I can play, too. Come on.

They leave.

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Xena sits in her room, waving M'Lila's necklace back and forth.

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Caesar is tied to the mast.

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Caesar enters Xena's cabin. She is wearing a red dress.

CAESAR
Where did you steal that dress?

XENA
Stagira.

CAESAR
Maybe someday, you can go back for the rest of it.

XENA
Are you complaining?

CAESAR
No, not at all. It's lovely. Why Stagira?

XENA
It's the ancient enemy of my home village, Amphipolis.

CAESAR
Amphipolis. So all your raiding and looting is
about protecting your homeland?

XENA
That's right. It was once brutally attacked by a
warlord. But I've made sure that'll never happen
again. And what about you?

CAESAR
What about me?

XENA
What drives you?

CAESAR
The desire to be great.

XENA
You mean powerful.

CAESAR
No. Greatness isn't just about possessing power.
If it was, any thug with an army would be entitled
to that label. Greatness is about achieving what
seems impossible to other men.

XENA
Why don't you and I work together?

CAESAR
What do you mean?

XENA
This life I'm living is beginning to bore me. I'd love
to join forces with you.

CAESAR
So, you wanna help me conquer the world.

XENA
Why not? We'd make an unstoppable team.

CAESAR
Indeed. I bet you know a lot about conquest.

XENA
Yes, I love it. Pursuing the enemy, breaking down
his defenses, cutting off his only path of retreat,
and then closing for the kill.

CAESAR
Some enemies are harder that others.

XENA
Oh, I count on it.

Xena kisses him.

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The sun rises.

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Xena picks up the dinars and drops them back into the chest.

CAESAR
What's the matter? Not all there?

XENA
No, I was just wondering if we'll ever see one
another again.

CAESAR
A moment won't pass when I'm not thinking
about you.

They kiss.

CAESAR
Now go. I'll find you, I promise.

Julius Caesar touches his fist to his chest and then straightens out his arm. Xena returns the move.

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M'Lila sings as the ship moves through the water. Shots of Xena, dolphins and fish are shown.

VICERIUS
Ship ahoy!

Xena joins M'Lila as she finishes her song. M'Lila speaks Gaelic, and says it's Caesar.

XENA
Bring her around! We're going to join them!

M'Lila grabs Xena's arm and shakes her head.

XENA
It's all right. He's my friend. (to men) Hurry up!

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Caesar steps onto Xena's ship. They walk up to each other, and suddenly Caesar grabs Xena and holds a dagger at her throat.

CAESAR
Now!

Men leap up from Julius Caesar's boat and shoot arrows. They board the ship.

XENA
What do you think you're doing?!

CAESAR
This is my destiny. You're a part of it. And I'm
a part of yours.

END OF ACT TWO



ACT THREE

Xena and her men are chained by the neck and dropped to their knees.

BRUTUS
The ship is secured, Caesar.

CAESAR
Good. (to Xena) Where's that friend of yours, the
Gaelic slave girl?

XENA
I had to kill her, because she betrayed me.

CAESAR
Really? Well I don't blame you. Still, she would
have fetched a good price with the gladiator dealers.

XENA
Is that what you have planned for me? We were
going to conquer the world together. What happened
to those plans for us?

CAESAR
Us? There was never any us, Xena. Only Rome.
And I am Rome. Still, don't think that what we had
was meaningless. I'll always remember it and you'll
have a special place of honor among my conquered.

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Caesar and Brutus walk along the beach.

BRUTUS
She was an easier prey than I expected.

CAESAR
Divide and conquer, my friend. You divide a woman's
emotion from her sensibilities and you have her.

Xena is tied to a cross, wearing a brown cloth and she has a black eye. She is pulled up on the cross. All of her men are on crosses as well.

CAESAR
I could've sold you and all your friends into slavery,
Xena, but that's what any common warlord would
do. But with this, and especially with you, I defy
myself to all those who would dare oppose me.
All those who would dare prey on Rome.

Xena spits on him.

CAESAR
Goodbye, Xena. (to Roman #1) Break her legs.

Roman #1 breaks Xena's legs with a sledgehammer and she screams.

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Gabrielle collapses.

GABRIELLE
Sleep.

Argo pulls Xena so Gabrielle can see her. Gabrielle wakes up and moves to Xena's side.

GABRIELLE
You're getting worse.

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Thunder and lighting crack.

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Xena is asleep on the cross. M'Lila walks around the crosses.

ROMAN #1
Who goes there?! I asked you a question!

Roman #1 attacks, but M'Lila makes short work of them. M'Lila throws two daggers which free Xena's arms. M'Lila catches her. She whistles and a horse comes.

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Caesar's tent.

BRUTUS
The Senate will never approve the funds for a
northern invasion. You move too fast, Caesar.
Time is on your side. Take advantage of it.

CAESAR
I shall. And my time is now. The plunder I have
taken from these pirates makes it so. I can finance
my invasion without the approval of the Senate.
And with victory, the army will pledge allegiance
and Rome will be mine. No, Brutus, from this
moment on, I am no longer subordinate to old
men in white robes. I'm their rival.

The guards come in.

CAESAR
What is this?

ROMAN #1
Caesar, the barbarian woman, the one name
Xena, escaped.

CAESAR
Your life is forfeit, that you already know. But you
can redeem yourself. Take my centurion guard
and find her. I want her lifeless body brought
back to me by the end of the night. Go.

They leave.

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Nicklio makes a medicine. M'Lila knocks on a door and Nicklio opens it.

NICKLIO
What is this?!

M'LILA
Nicklio!

She speaks Gaelic.

XENA
Are you a healer?

NICKLIO
You could say that. I'm the healer.

He pulls Xena inside.

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Gabrielle knocks on the door.

GABRIELLE
Please, please help me.

Nicklio opens the door.

GABRIELLE
Please help me. My friend, she needs help.

Nicklio moves to Xena's side.

NICKLIO
Xena? What happened to her? Her organs are
swelling from internal bleeding.

Xena holds Nicklio's hand.

XENA
Nicklio, don't, please. Let me go.

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Xena screams as Nicklio resets her bones.

NICKLIO
I've just reset your bones. You're lucky M'Lila
brought you here.

XENA
Yeah, lucky. M'Lila, huh? Ask her why she
saved me?

Nicklio and M'Lila speak Gaelic.

NICKLIO
She says it's not your time to die.

XENA
Well, if not now, then when?

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Nicklio looks at Xena.

NICKLIO
(to Gabrielle) Let me see your wound.

GABRIELLE
Will you help my friend?

NICKLIO
Xena can wait. You, I can do something about.

GABRIELLE
What do you mean?

END OF ACT THREE



ACT FOUR

Xena lies on the bed.

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Xena lies on the bed in the past. M'Lila holds her touches her head and Xena wakes up. Nicklio is using needles on Xena's legs.

NICKLIO
You have amazing recuperative powers. How
are you feeling?

XENA
Fine. Much stronger. Those needles are fascinating.

NICKLIO
Hmm.

XENA
M'Lila, up on that cross, I wasn't sure that I wanted
to live. You--you had no reason to save me, but
you did. Thank you. I know you can't understand.

M'Lila speaks Gaelic.

NICKLIO
She wants to know if you feel anger towards Caesar.

Roman soldiers enter.

ROMAN #1
There she is! Get her!

Nicklio is knocked out. Xena swings her legs off the bed. M'Lila hits the man who hit Nicklio. A soldier attacks Xena, who holds her own. An arrow is shot at Xena, but M'Lila leaps and takes the arrow in her back.

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Xena's head moves about. Gabrielle and Nicklio stand around her.

NICKLIO
Something's happening.

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M'Lila dies in Xena's arms. Xena faces the soldiers. She starts to kick butt.

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Nicklio feels Xena's pulse on her neck. Gabrielle holds Xena's hand.

NICKLIO
Her pulse is failing.

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Xena continues to kick butt. She kills one soldier and then puts The Pinch on the last one.

XENA
You'll be dead in thirty seconds. But know this,
you won't be the last.

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Nicklio's.

NICKLIO
She's gone.

GABRIELLE
She can't be gone.

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The soldier is dying.

XENA
Tell Hades to prepare himself. A new Xena is
born tonight, with a new purpose in life.

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Gabrielle sobs.

GABRIELLE
No.

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Xena holds the soldier.

XENA
Death.

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Gabrielle grabs Xena's face and straightens her hair.

GABRIELLE
No!

NICKLIO
Let her pass over.

GABRIELLE
Please, please wake up. Wake up!

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Xena breaks the soldier's neck with a wicked grin.

GABRIELLE (voice-over)
Wake up!

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Gabrielle holds Xena.

GABRIELLE
Oh please wake up. Oh, do something! Do something!

Xena's spirit flies out of her body.

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Xena flips in on her cross in a place filled with fire. M'Lila appears. Images of Xena's adventures float around in bubbles.

XENA
M'Lila.

M'LILA
Hello, Xena.

XENA
You should have left me to die back there on
that beach.

M'LILA
You have a destiny, Xena. But you have to choose it.

XENA
I did choose it! I chose evil!

M'LILA
Now that you know evil, were evil, you can fight
evil. When the living think of the dead, the dead
can hear their thoughts. Listen.

GABRIELLE (voice-over)
Xena, I know you can hear me, wherever you are.

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Clips from "Death in Chains," "The Greater Good," "Return of Callisto," "The Greater Good," "Return of Callisto," "Callisto," "The Giant Killer," Xena riding Argo, Xena on Argo, "The Prodigal," "Is There a Doctor in the House?," "The Greater Good," and "Return of Callisto."

GABRIELLE (voice-over)
I know you always told me to be strong. I can't
be, not now. You can't leave me. I know it's not
your time. I can feel it in my heart. I just feel this
emptiness that I've never known before, and it
scares me. Xena, above all, just remember your
destiny. Remember it and fight. Just, fight to come
back. This world needs you. I need you.

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M'Lila floats behind Xena's cross.

XENA
I have to go back.

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Gabrielle lays her head on Xena's body.

END OF ACT FOUR

STARRING
Lucy Lawless as Xena
Renee O'Connor as Gabrielle

GUEST CAST
Ebonie Smith as M'Lila
Karl Urban as Caesar
Nathaniel Lees as Nicklio
Grant Triplow as Brutus
Mark Perry as Vicerius
Grant Boucher as Telos
Slade Leef as Sitacles
Dan Ryan as Roman #1
Rebecca McKinnon as Slave Girl
Rebecca Kopacka as Young Callisto

Teleplay by: R.J. Stewart and Steven L. Sears
Story by as Robert Tapert
Directed by as Robert Tapert

Disclaimer: Julius Caesar was not harmed during the production of this motion picture. However, the Producers deny responsibility for any unfortunate acts of betrayal occurring soon thereafter.