Fall TV Preview

Once Upon a Time Season 5 Promo Has Dark Emma, Brave Merida and More

A new promo for Season 5 of Once Upon a Time reminds you of where the fantastical ABC drama has already been… and previews where it’s going next.

Debuting tonight, the teaser takes stock of some realms and familiar characters who to date have played a role on Once, before teasing the introduction of Brave‘s Merida (played by Amy Manson) and King Arthur’s knights of the Round Table.

The promo also reminds us of Emma’s new “look,” having allowed herself to be consumed by the Darkness in the May finale, in the name of saving Regina.

Summing up the theme for Season 5A as “Love is a dangerous weapon,” series cocreator Adam Horowitz told TVLine as part of our in-depth Fall Preview Q&A, “Emma is a very motivated Dark One. There’s a real driving force behind what she’s doing and why.”

Once Upon a Time returns Sunday, Sept. 27 at 8/7c.

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15 Comments
  1. Lysh says:

    I saw this trailer like two days ago? But it’s still good. Nice first look at some of the Camelot guys in action.

  2. Val says:

    Cant wait. Intrigued and excited.
    For Emma’s journey and the darkness which she will banish – which is the whole point
    Snow and Emma scenes we need
    And the angst and challenges Hook and Emma will have, i am interested in too.

  3. aplwrites says:

    I hope they kill off some characters soon. Lets start with Mary Margret because my god is her acting straight bad (a large part of it is the writing for her character is god awful).

  4. liz says:

    **to save everyone. Just saying what JMo herself said. Am very curious to find out what is motivating DarkEmma.

    • Jackie says:

      Thank you! I’m so tired of some people making Emma’s sacrifice be only about Regina. The Apprentice said just a few minutes before that scene that the darkness would devour everything, the entire realm. It would have killed Regina, then moved on to the next person, then the next, unless it was tethered with the dagger. Regina was just its second victim (after the Apprentice) but wouldn’t have been the last.

      It really belittles Emma’s sacrifice to make it only about one person instead of recognizing the magnitude that she saved the souls and lives of the entire town. The focus is on Regina far too much as it is! How about everybody in the town recognize that they ALL would’ve been screwed if Emma hadn’t done what she did? If she hadn’t, they all would’ve been Darkness Chow.

      I’m also curious about what is motivating Emma as the Dark One. It sounds like she has a definite plan or purpose. What does she want to accomplish? I hope she has enough of herself left in there to try to destroy the darkness from the “inside,” as it were.

  5. Jones says:

    So excited. Can’t wait for BraveSwanCemelot and more.

  6. Lauren says:

    Good luck with Amy Manson’s acting.

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  8. nate says:

    Jennifer is gonna kill this!

  9. Ana says:

    I’m so excited to see where this season will take Emma and Killian. How they’ll handle the changes emotionally…this could be pretty fantastic.

  10. Temperance says:

    I’d really love to see Ruby return – even if only a bit – to help good rescue Emma.

  11. naughtyandnice says:

    i’m already bored of merida…not looking forward to that. the snow stuff was already hard to watch. i wish they would focus only on the original characters (plus Zelena who is kinda awesome!). Wanting to see Regina save Emma but I wouldn’t mind seeing them both pair up and be a bit naughty. Like Emma persuades her to put back on her Evil Queen attire and they play tricks on people or something.

  12. rose says:

    I could care less. When they trashed Rumbelle they lost thousands of fans. Hope Season 5 crashes and burns. Would serve that smart-ass Eddy right.