Finally, after talking (or should I say singing?) to each other, Xena and Gabrielle acknowledge their actions and feelings, and find the way to forgive. They return to the place where all this started. And they decide to start anew - together, side by side.

This episode is full of subtext. It shows the girls' characters as much as it shows their feelings for each other.
I'll just put the most beautiful scenes.

Gabrielle: "What's my life worth then?"

Xena: "First things first."

G: "The first thing is the greater good-- you taught me that. You taught me that there are things in life worth dying for... things that hold a higher meaning than our own existence."

X: "Not your existence."

G: "Why? 'Cause I'm your friend?"

X: "Yes!"

G: "Well then, honor my memory."


G: "Xena."

X: "Yes?"

G (she's very ill and dreaming. She repeats the same words she said to Xena at the beginning, in the first episode.): "You've got to take me with you... teach me everything you know. You can't leave me here in Poteidaia. I wanna go with you. I've studied the stars... spoken with philosophers... and I have the gift of prophecy. I can be very valuable to you. Take me
with you. I want so much to be like you."

X (crying): "And I want to be like you."


Gabrielle is having a nightmare. When she wakes up, Xena is beside her. Gabrielle looks at her and strokes her hair.


G: A long time ago, I accepted the consequences of our life together... that it might one day come to this. It has. I'm not afraid."

X: "You always said that I was the brave one. Look at you now!.. If this is to be our destiny, let's see it out together. Even in death, Gabrielle... I will never leave you."


X: "Always looking out for me, huh?"

G: "Always. Xena? About China... I hope you know I never meant to hurt you. I only did what I thought was right."

X: "Gabrielle, that's all in the past. All I want is to be with you right now. You're my best friend... my family. I love you, Gabrielle."

G: "I love you, Xena."