In an interview, Revenge's showrunner Sunil Nayyar talked about whether or not Emily would survive the show's conclusion. "Regardless of how the story ends, there has to be something bittersweet to it, because of all the losses that have come along the way and because of everything that’s happened. Her appearance in the Hamptons at the beginning of the show has caused a ripple effect that has led to victories and losses that are so epic that I think it will be hard – however it is we choose to end her story – for her to just walk away feeling perfect about everything."
Pointing to Confucius's proverb “Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves,” he added "Whether she lives or die, honestly we don’t know yet. That is such a moving thesis for the show, because there is such loss that comes with this journey. What’s interesting to me about how she would finish this journey is what sense of victory does she take and who does she get to walk away with, if she walks away at all?"