Nearly three decades after the original soap finished its run, Dynasty returns to the small screen courtesy of Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage and Sallie Patrick. At its core, the show revolves around wealth, power and deception. Much like the 1980s series, the drama kicks off with the tension between Fallon Carrington (Elizabeth Gillies), the daughter of billionaire Blake Carrington (Grant Show), and Cristal Flores (Nathalie Kelley), Blake's fiancee and Fallon's eventual stepmom. But if you think you've already got the reboot all figured out, think again. Here are five things you need to know about the new Dynasty.
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It's Fallon vs. Cristal
In the original Dynasty, the feud between Blake's ex-wife Alexis and new bride Krystle took center stage. In the CW series, however, the main rivalry is between Cristal and Blake's daughter Fallon. The pilot alone will set the stage for a nasty encounter between the two but also keep a look out on Alexis, who will probably bring out her claws when she is introduced later in the season.
Fallon Carrington Is Not Blair Waldorf
Considering the new Dynasty comes from the same people behind Gossip Girl, many are already comparing Fallon Carrington to Blair Waldorf. Both characters are fierce and ambitious but actress Elizabeth Gillies doesn't intend to become Leighton Meester's Queen B.
"There are parallels within the characters," Gillies admitted to Teen Vogue.
"Don't try to compare me to [Leighton Meester], because I might not live up to everyone's expectations of being as good as Blair Waldorf. She's a legend."
"Fallon acts like a 50-year-old woman most of the time, where Blair, I think, was mature for her age, but very much her age," she added. "That's one thing I think will separate us. Thank god, because they're big shoes to fill."
Steven Is out of the Closet
Unlike the old Dynasty, Steven Carrington's sexuality is no big deal. But the environmental crusader, who is out and proud, will still clash with his father Blake when it comes to other issues.
"The relationship between Blake and Steven is not about sexuality," said Schwartz. "I think when you come into the show, Steven is confident. He is not toying with his sexuality; Blake accepts him. There is no rancor over that issue. What they sort of battle over is things like fracking, and environmental causes."
There's Comedy Too
Amid all the bickering, manipulation and power struggles on Dynasty, there's plenty of room for laughs. "We have a really funny cast, so we wanted to be able to write toward that," Schwartz said.
Dynasty Aims to Be Relevant
Though primarily a show about family drama, Dynasty
also sheds light on subjects that are relevant today through stories that deal with women's equality, LGBTQ relationships, race, politics, immigration and environmental issues, among others. "My biggest hope and desire for the show is, we're not trying to tell people what to think or how to think, there's no political agenda or anything like that," Nathalie Kelley, who plays Cristal, told Bustle
. "What I really hope we are is a mirror reflecting back to society what people are already seeing in their lives."
"With the name [Dynasty], we're bringing in an audience to then bring subject matters to the table that we need to talk about and discuss like immigration and geopolitics," said Rafael de la Fuente, who plays Sammy Joe Flores, Cristal's nephew and Steven's love interest. "We talk about Venezuela which is my home country and what's going on there. And social issues and interracial dating and gay dating, all these very current subject matters. It's bold and I like it."
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