Xena: Warrior Princess

Season 2 Episode 20

The Price

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Apr 28, 1997 on



  • Trivia

    • Goof: when Xena is in the boat, escaping from the Horde, the boat obviously doesn't move because the background is stationary!

  • Quotes

    • Garel: How can we kill them, if we can't see them?
      Gabrielle: (hearing injured Horde warriors chant Kaltaka) Who's Kaltaka?
      Garel: Probably their God of War. Even when they die, they call for him. Kaltaka, Kaltaka! Drives you crazy!

    • Xena: Don't you ever question my methods or authority in front of my troops. I told you I'd do whatever it takes, and if that means killing him later, I'll do it!
      Gabriell: Your troops? I don't understand.
      Xena: We didn't ask for this; if they want a fight to the death, they're gonna get it! What part of that didn't you understand?!
      Gabrielle: You! Who are you Xena? What happened to the Xena I know?
      Xena: That Xena can't help us now. If losing her is the price for saving us all, I'll pay it. It's just a part of me I didn't think I'd need anymore.

    • Gabrielle: Well fought, friend fish. Know that I don't do this for pleasure, only to live.
      Xena: Don't talk to your breakfast!

    • Athenian warrior: Tell us what to do, Xena!
      Xena: Do? We're going to KILL 'EM ALL!!!

    • Xena: They'll be back. Maybe not this year, but someday.
      Gabrielle: Can anyone stop them?
      Xena: Yeah. But it won't be warriors, it'll be someone like you. I just hope that, wherever the Horde is from, they have a Gabrielle.

    • Xena: You can't reason with dead men.

    • Xena: No food and water for the seriously wounded, only the men who can fight.
      Gabrielle: You expect me to decide who lives and...
      Xena: I want men outside, Gabrielle. You figure it out.

    • Xena: I let my fear and hatred blind me to everything.
      Gabrielle: Sometimes the past can do that. If I had been through...
      Xena: No. You understand hatred, but you've never given in to it. You don't know how much I love that.

  • Notes

    • Charles Mesure and Tamati Rice both play Athenian soldiers in this episode, and will later be teamed up as the Archangels Michael and Raphael in a number of fifth and sixth season episodes.

    • Sam Williams, who played the Hordemaster, was Kevin Sorbo's main stunt double.

    • Steven L Sears wrote Xena as searching for a live prisoner in the nude, covered in mud, blood and sand, as camoflage, but also to show in a visceral way Xena's full committment at that point to the concept of Total War.

    • According to Steven L. Sears, the Horde killed their leader not because he lost to Xena but because he meant to attack her while her back was turned, thus displaying their code of honor.

    • As originally written, the Horde warriors who come to reclaim their dead are unarmed, emphasizing that they exhibit a code of arms and peaceful intent at that moment that Xena should be able to see but can't.

    • When writing "The Price", Steven L. Sears had Xena walking away from the Horde prisoner with him still under the pinch. Gabrielle tries to undo it herself but fails.

      To show sympathy for the Horde, "kaltaka" was only served upon request during the production of this motion picture.

  • Allusions