Lucy Lawless as Xena
Renée O'Connor as Gabrielle
Bruce Hopkings as Termin
Nathaniel Lees as Manus
Patrick Smith as Dolas
"All right, the rules of survival: #1. If you can run, run. #2. If you can't run, surrender, then run. #3. If you're outnumbered, let them fight each other while you run. #4..."
"No, four is where you talk your way out of it, and I know you can do that."
-- Xena and Gabrielle
"The first time you pick up a sword, you become a target. And the moment you kill...everything changes. Everything."
"I'll keep this[breast dagger] for the time being."
"Ha! It's not like your breasts aren't dangerous enough!"
-- Xena and Gabrielle
"You're lucky the tree was unarmed. You could've been hurt."
"You're trying to slow me down. You're using the past of a Xena long dead. I'm not her anymore!"
Xena doesn't use her chakram in this episode.
This is the first episode to handle the dramatic choice between fighting and non-violence with Gabrielle rather than Xena. This will continue to be a central theme in the development of Gabrielle's character in seasons to come.
This is the first episode to introduce the concept of blood innocence. This will play a pivotal role in a later story arc.
This was the fifth episode of the series to be written, but the third to be filmed. "Death in Chains" was the third episode to be written after "Sins of the Past" and "Chariots of War."
The Eleusinian Mysteries by Baermer - 58 pages
Xena is summoned to look into several murders at the festival of Demeter, but it's Gabrielle who is asked to undergo an initiation that may cost the bard her life.
The story continues in the Peloponnesian War Series.
The Peloponnesian War Series
Book I: Precursors - 90 pages
Takes place a year after "The Eleusian Mysteries". Gabrielle and Xena return to Eleusis and become caught up in Greek politics.
Book II: Poteidaia Under Siege - 91 pages
The Athenian army places Gabrielle's hometown under siege as the two friends help the townsfolk through the difficult months.
Book III: The Mytilene Debate - 87 pages
Several Amazons join the companions as they begin their mission to the island of Lesbos to find a missing Ephiny.
Book IV: The Battle of Amphipolis - 140 pages
Xena and the Amazons are off to rescue Gabrielle, who's been abducted by Athena.