'Revenge' casts Justin Hartley as Victoria's long-lost son

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"Revenge" has made a big casting decision for Season 3. Justin Hartley will play Patrick, the long-lost son that Victoria Grayson ( Madeleine Stowe) gave up for adoption as a teenager. Hartley will make his first appearance in the Season 3 premiere.

According to a report from E!Online, Hartley will appear as Patrick in multiple episodes of the upcoming season. His arrival should offset the abrupt losses of former regulars Ashley Madekwe (whose absence will presumably be explained at some point) and Connor Paolo (whose character, Declan, died).

In case you don't remember the saga of Patrick, he was the son Victoria gave up when she had a shot at art school in Paris. Since she was an essentially homeless teenager at the time, Victoria couldn't exactly take the baby with her. There were hints that Patrick had already found Victoria in the past but had been paid millions to stay away. The Season 2 finale saw the sudden and shocking arrival of Patrick at the Graysons' palatial home.

The audience never saw the man's face, but his arrival was enough to make Victoria break her glass.

Hartley is a familiar face for television viewers -- at least those who watch The CW. He was a series regular in the final seasons of "Smallville," playing the role of the Green Arrow/Oliver Queen. In 2012, Hartley landed a major role in the medical drama, "Emily Owens M.D.," only to see that show canceled before the first season finished.

Although life expectancy is never certain on "Revenge," Hartley might still last a little longer on this show.
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