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Once Upon a Time Season 5 Preview: Emma/Hook in Danger, Regina's Great Challenge, 'Hannibal' Zelena and More

As Once Upon a Time fans are well aware, the Savior ain’t saving no more.

As seen in the final seconds of the Season 4 finale, Emma — in the name of protecting Regina as well as the rest of Storybrooke — dared the Darkness, which had just been freed from Rumplestiltskin after hundreds of years, to consume her. And as it did, all that was left behind was the Dark One’s spinning dagger, now emblazoned with the name Emma Swan.

What does it mean that among the fairest of them all is now host to so frightful an entity? Who will endeavor to ride to her soul’s rescue, and in doing so what all (life? love?) will be put at risk?

With the ABC series’ Season 5 premiere (airing Sunday, Sept. 27 at 8/7c) drawing ever closer, TVLine presents nearly all of our Fall Preview Q&A with series creators Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsis.

TVLINE | You were at San Diego Comic-Con this summer, you get tweeted at all the time…. Do you feel there are any misconceptions out there about Season 5A?
ADAM HOROWITZ | I think that just by a quick look at Twitter and the Internet, there are a million misconceptions out there – and I’m kind of glad, because that means there will hopefully be a lot of surprises.

TVLINE | What would you say the theme is for 5A?
EDDY KITSIS | I think the theme is “Love is a dangerous weapon.”

TVLINE | We’ve heard a lot about Emma feeling “freed” from Savior-ing, but beyond that, what kind of a Dark One JENNIFER MORRISONis she? Is she vengeful, is she power-hungry, does she have a bone to pick…?
HOROWITZ | She’s a very motivated Dark One. There’s a real driving force behind what she’s doing and why, that we will unfurl. It’s not like a rampant, uncontrollable evil that’s been unleashed. Emma as a non-Dark One was a very smart person who did things for a reason, and I think that translates.
KITSIS | She’s clearly going to be hiding something from the audience that will be revealed as the first half of the season unfolds.

TVLINE | Will we get to see Emma do decidedly bad things? I feel like when Regina went on that “bender” with the Queens of Darkness, you were torn between having her doing bad things but “we can’t make them too bad” — so they just, like, torched a police cruiser.
KITSIS | Emma is going to do something particularly bad coming up, and to the people she loves.

TVLINE | There are publicity stills of Emma in training mode, but with old school Rumplestiltskin. Given his coma, that would suggest she not only traveled realms after being consumed by the Darkness, but through time as well.
KITSIS | She did not travel time; she did travel realms. And why Rumple’s there will be immediately explained within the first act of the premiere.

TVLINE | Obviously everyoneLANA PARRILLA, GINNIFER GOODWIN, JOSH DALLAS, JENNIFER MORRISON, COLIN O'DONOGHUE standing there on Main Street wants to help Emma. What sort of distinct, perhaps conflicting paths will they choose to that end?
KITSIS | We saw in Season 3, when they went to Neverland, that Emma was there to coach, she united them all. Now they find themselves in a place where everybody wants to save Emma, but everybody has a different opinion on how to do it, so emotions are very heightened. David and Regina and Mary Margaret are also tasked with looking after all the citizens, yet at the same time the villain right now is Mary Margaret and David’s daughter, so they have a bias, and that’s going to be used against them.

TVLINE | Jen [Morrison] and Lana [Parrilla] talked at Comic-Con about how their roles have sort of been “flipped” here. How does the role of quasi-savior fit on Regina at first?
KITSIS | Awkwardly.
HOROWITZ | It’s not necessarily that Regina is the Savior, but she has been put into a position now where she owes Emma [for saving her from the Darkness]. She’s become a more heroic character over the years but now she has her biggest challenge yet, and it’s an awkward fit for her because she’s not used to having to lead or take charge. And she’s got to work with people like Hook, who has a very strong interest in saving Emma as well. And both Hook and Regina are strong personalities.

TVLINE | Will HookJENNIFER MORRISON, COLIN O'DONOGHUE be more active in this arc? Perhaps his most active since Neverland?
KITSIS | He is hell-bent on saving Emma, so he is going to be quite active over the first 10 episodes.
HOROWITZ | Emma facing the darkness as the new Dark One forces Hook to confront the darkness in himself that he’s spent hundreds of years coming to terms with. It gives him unique insight into Emma’s predicament and pushes their relationship to what we think are exciting but also potentially dangerous places. It’s never been easy for these two, and things are only going to get dicier. That said, Hook has proclaimed his love for Emma — and he’s not going to give up on her easily.

TVLINE | I have to wonder, was it tricky to break the Rumple story for this arc? Because you don’t want to keep one of your most entertainingOnce Upon a Time Emma Lily Reunite characters in a coma for too long, nor do you want to bring him back as a diluted version of himself…
KITSIS | It was tricky, and hopefully we found the porridge that was just right, where we kind of get to have everything.

TVLINE | And is it Belle’s charge to do what she can to save Rumple? We’ll see the more adventurous Belle?
KITIS | We’re absolutely going to get the more adventurous side of her, especially when she and Merida (Amy Manson) find themselves on and adventure.
HOROWITZ | We’ve always wondered what would happen if Belle and Merida went on an adventure together. We hope you do too, ’cause it’s coming!

TVLINE | You promoted not just Sean Maguire but also Rebecca Mader to series regular status. What’s the plan for Robin and Zelena?
KITSIS | Robin is really just picking up from last year; he is with Regina, we know Zelena is carrying his baby, and Zelena REBECCA MADERis the “wild card,” so to speak. She’s like the Hannibal Lecter. We can never really trust her and we never really quite know what her motives are, but we absolutely know we should be frightened of her. In the premiere, people will see why.

TVLINE | I see her as a fly the heroes have to keep swatting away. Like, as if they didn’t already have enough to deal with…
KITSIS | That is exactly the best way to put it.

TVLINE | Camelot is the primary other realm we’ll be in this half-season, as the search for Merlin gets underway. How might that kingdom’s residents help or hinder our heroes?
KITSIS | You have some big personalities there. You’ve got King Arthur (played by Liam Garrigan), Guinevere (Joana Metrass), there are rumors that Lancelot (Sinqua Walls) is on his way back… Camelot and the search for Merlin (Elliot Knight) is very germane to the central goal of our heroes. And while some people are going to immediately [befriend our heroes] — you’re going to see a huge bromance between Charming and King Arthur — some people might be more skeptical of them.

TVLINE | After all, I can’t imagine the people of Camelot have just been sitting there, waiting to helpOnce_King_Arthur interlopers. They probably have their own drama going on.
KITSIS | Yes, exactly. And I would say that they have a similar goal to us.

TVLINE | To be clear, Camelot’s timeline is parallel to ours?
HOROWITZ | It works just like The Enchanted Forest or Arendelle. They’re all just a few days ride away from each other.

TVLINE | Camelot could just as easily be, say, Detroit.
KITSIS | It’s exactly like going from Cleveland to Detroit.

TVLINE | You’ve said that the flashback structure will be a bit AMY MANSONdifferent this season. But will there still be some centric flashbacks?
KITSIS | We’re obviously going to get some of Merida’s story, and there’s absolutely going to be King Arthur/Guinevere/Lancelot origin stories.
HOROWITZ | And will be getting an Emma flashback in the early part of the season.

TVLINE | I have a reader asking if we’ll see more of Robin Hood’s adventurous side. And might he have a connection to Merida?
KITSIS | Robin does not have a connection to Merida, but we are going to see him interact with her. And we will see his adventure side.

TVLINE | Another reader asks: “Is the incredible resemblance between the new King Arthur and a certain one-handed pirate just happy coincidence?”
KITSIS | [Laughs] It is just a happy coincidence.

TVLINE | Do you have anything else to say about 5A?
KITSIS | Yes — please watch it. Sundays at 8. Watch it live, the way it’s meant to be. Watch it with your friends, watch it on TVLine, watch it on Twitter…. We’re very excited for people to see it, because this is a season that we really truly think is a season for the Oncers.

TVLINE | How about one last, random teaser?
KITSIS | Well, I hope there’s a full moon this year…. You never know who might come out during a full moon. Or come back, I should say! [Meaning, as has since been officially confirmed: Ruby’s returning!)

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73 Comments
  1. Aleksandra says:

    “With the ABC series’ Season 5 finale” – premiere :)

  2. Val says:

    Thanks for the interview.
    Firstly yes there is ONLY one savior – and that is Emma Swan, she still is that inside her. Thats what she was born with.
    Thanks for the Hook question and how active he will be and also the very darkness he dwelled in concerning the whole Dark One thing… and now the woman he loves is the new Dark One and should be something intriguing and dangerous. Ironic and poetic to a man who has had the longest history with the dark one.
    I look forward to what we will see with Emma and Hook, and their relationship. Individually and together.

    Thats one way to put it – Zelena is like Hannibal Lector lol
    Look forward to Merida, and yay Ruby is back.

    • browneyegurl says:

      I just don’t know why people are focusing on Hook’s short interaction with the Dark One and think it is all poetic. He and Rumple barely interacted for hundreds of years and the only time Hook got one up on Rumple, was when he was in the land of magic and it is not like THE DARK ONE was his foe. Hook would had hunted down Rumple even if he wasn’t the dark one since he killed Milah.

      I am surprise more astute people don’t realize the true poetic story and that is Henry. Just like his father, Neal, had to struggle with Rumple turning into the Dark One, so too must Henry do the same. And since Henry shares canon True Love with Emma, that is the best and natural story to focus on, not a guy that obsession is not in his grasp anymore.

      • Britney says:

        It’s because they make everything about Hook, much like the show most certainly tries to.

        • browneyegurl says:

          It is a shame that the writers don’t understand the appeal of OUAT was because it was (Snow/Regina/Emma) focused and it is the best season.

          Now, for many Hook-stans, Emma is not even an important entity unless she is attached to Emma. It is a shame that a lead, strong female is now just a love interest of a secondary, non important character. And yes, outside of Henry, Hook is a character that people in Storybrooke won’t miss.

          Regina’s happy ending is now being plainly said that is all is about Hood which is a shame. A woman that hated being forced in a relationship is experiencing it again because “pixie dust said so.”

          I didn’t buy that one throwaway feminist line they had Regina to say when all of season 4 was spent with Regina being miserable even though she had Henry, no one was calling for her to be executed for past crimes, AND she got her job back as mayor.

          Wow, OUAT is just becoming a male’s fantasy in getting the powerful women and having them fawn over these useless men.

          • Lauren says:

            You sound a lot like that meresger person on the EW boards. Friends?

          • Elizabeth says:

            In the episode Mother Regina says this “Robin isn’t my happy ending. My happy ending is finally feeling at home in the world. Robin’s just a part of that world.”

  3. buttercupscarlett95 says:

    This is a great interview! I especially loved the info on Hook & Emma. It sounds like it’s going to be an exciting ride for them, & Hook’s focus is going to be on her the whole time. Like the article says, the Charmings & Regina have responsibilities to the town. But Hook (& probably Henry, too) will likely put saving Emma before all else. That could definitely cause tension among the heroes, but it will be interesting to watch.

  4. metalhead777 says:

    yay captain swan and hook news, the best kind. I am also super excited for emma to actually have a front and center story this season

  5. Lilah M says:

    I really hope season 5 switches the focus back to the core family – Emma, Snow, Charming, Regina and Henry. There are plenty of other characters and relationships I’m interested in, but I’m here for the core family and their connections to one another.
    .
    Outside of that, I’d like to see the show do more with Belle. She is so poorly underused, she might as well be recurring instead of a series regular and it’s been that way since season 3. I’m glad she’s getting an adventure with Merida but I doubt that’ll last for more than an episode or two.
    .
    I’m very happy we’ll be seeing Ruby again but I’m worried they’re only bringing her back to kill her off. Having Dark Emma kill someone would be a huge turning point in her villain arc and killing Ruby would have the most impact without forcing the show to lose one of their regulars.

    • Nicky Aiuto says:

      The Killing only seems to work on regulars, not the supporting characters.

      • Dean says:

        hence why they would plan on burying a supporting character instead so that their current regulars are safe, me thinks little red will be coated in red probably by dark swan’s hands.

    • Dean says:

      look at it this way killing Ruby may give Emma’s folks reason to bring her down, hard to still believe the best of your daughter when she murders your oldest pal. And since they railroaded Ruby from season 2 to give more screen time for other characters giving her a send off will seem like the most logical thing to do.

      • Firestorm says:

        I wouldn’t mind to be honest. For those reasons you said: Ruby hasn’t shown up in a while, they never explain that, at least if she is dead there would be a reason, and we would still see her in flashbacks; plus, it would make Emma a REALLY tough and serious villain.

      • Brigid says:

        How do you railroad an actress that left for another show? Plus, don’t we already have her story? She was friends with Snow and helped her and she turns into a wolf during a full moon unless she has a red cape on. I never even thought about her again.

        • browneyegurl says:

          Meghan left the show BECAUSE A&E wanted to do the Neverland arc. Just like Michael James Raymond took his leave because they axed Neal to make room for Captain Swan. Seriously, a lot of storylines, relationships, and characters were sidelined to make Hook a permanent fixture. And it is not exactly for the better.

      • Nicky Aiuto says:

        It is very doubtful that Ruby will be killed. It could be someone else like one of the Core characters.

    • browneyegurl says:

      They may kill Ruby so they can feel like they are “edgy” writers but I call bull crap on that. Ruby was an important character to several main characters.

      But unfortunately, she was shoe horned because of Hook and Neverland arc. They made Ruby disappear with no explanation (along with several secondary favorite guest stars) and now they want to bring her back on? Yeah…to kill her off is not going to make one a daring writer. Especially when OUAT is accused of offing women and POCs.

      But if you are a handsome white male character, you’re safe for life.

  6. Kate Jones says:

    I’m excited to see what this arc brings for my favorite character Emma. It almost sounds like she knows something we don’t – maybe she’ll be doing things we perceive as evil, but they are done for a good reason toward a good end.

    Anyway, interested to see how this will impact her relationships with her parents, Hook, and Henry! She believed their love could help to save her, so I hope we see that play out. It’s time for everyone to rally around Emma in her time of need!

  7. Kate Jones says:

    Thanks for this article – loved the questions. I’m really excited to see what this arc brings for my favorite character Emma. It almost sounds like she knows something we don’t – maybe she’ll be doing things we perceive as evil, but they are done for a good reason toward a good end.

    Anyway, interested to see how this will impact her relationships with her parents, Hook, and Henry! She believed their love could help to save her, so I hope we see that play out. It’s time for everyone to rally around Emma in her time of need!

  8. Rebecca says:

    Any info about the bell jar that was shown at D23Expo?

  9. Lex Roberts says:

    I’m very excited for the DarkSwan arc. My hope is that Emma goes very dark. I want there to be a body count at her feet (NOT Ruby though). I say this because I want to SEE Emma have to deal with her actions. These writers have not allowed Emma to deal with anything that’s happened to her since Season 1 so, I hope this arc is different. I really want to KNOW Emma Swan.

    I don’t care about Hook. He’s boring. I suppose every new villain needs arm candy so whatever.

    I despise Hood with the white hot heat of eleven suns. And the idea that the Queen is with him makes me ill. That she would stoop to settling for THAT is unthinkable. I could do without Zelena as well. They are both terribly uninteresting and poorly written characters.

    I can’t wait for Merida! I’m excited to see how Regina & the Charmings work together to help Emma. I love Regina & Snow in scenes together. There is magic there. And my sweet baby, Henry, he’s going to be amazing through this.

    I’d like to see them do something with Belle that isn’t the equivalent of her patting Rumple on the head. The moment she graveled at his feet, they lost me.

    I’d like the focus to be on the core of the show, Emma, Regina, Henry & the Charmings. That’s the show at it’s best.

    • browneyegurl says:

      Here here, I’m with you on almost everything you said. Robin Hood and Regina do not have anything in common. She is a very snobbish, I love her, but it’s true. She is seriously going to be with a man that’s homeless and she thiinks that he looks like he bathe in a river? Seriously.

      Robin Hood is all about saving the poor, we never seen Regina even care about them.

      The classic Robin Hood was very much against tyranny. Regina was the epitome of that. There is so much I can go on. But just on compatibility alone, it doesn’t make sense past “pixie dust said they should be together” for this coupling to happen.

      But I’m not excited for Merida. I just don’t want to be invested in a character that will be gone after 10/11 episodes and never be talked about again. She may be fun for a little bit, but I find the show formulaic at this point.

      The core of the show (Emma, Regina, Henry, Charmings) is what most the show much better.

  10. Rad says:

    I miss when this show was different and really about its female leads rather than an ode to white men.

  11. snafu says:

    Well, this does it. Cancelling OUAT from my dvr. Not watching live either =/ Sounds boring, and ugh bromance? No thank you. Call me back when this show gets back on its lane or when it proves to be a modern twist on fairytales.

    • It's Delovely says:

      Sad to say that I’m not too enthusiastic, either. It still sounds like an awful lot of time will be spent on guest characters…again. You’d think they would have learned their lesson after “Frozen” took over the first part of last season. If they’re going into the backstories of all the Camelot characters, plus Merida, how much time will be left for the regular characters?

      I don’t care about Hook, either, and am still “meh” on Dark Swan. l’m also wary that Rumple is going to be sidelined for much of the arc (their answer to Matt’s question about him didn’t exactly instil me with confidence). Instead of watching live, I’ll watch from my DVR if it sounds like there’s anything worth watching.

  12. Amelia says:

    I always get so excited when a new season starts then lose interest and quit watching after a few episodes. S1 was so great but the following seasons always seem to lose focus the further into the season it goes.

    You know what made S1 great to me and so many others? The focus on the female leads. That’s what the show was about, but it’s kind of lost its way over time.

    The cast now is so huge and the storylines are so scattered. The lack of Lana Parrilla in 4A was probably the worst mistake the creators could have made, all the while forcing all these Frozen characters down our throats.

    I hope at some point they regain the magic from S1 and focus more on the core characters that have been there from the Pilot episode. That’s what made the show so success in its initial season.

    • Dean says:

      agreed they for lack of a better term lost the magic when it became ‘how many disney characters can we cram into a season’

    • Firestorm says:

      But… Emma is the main villain, Regina is the main hero. If this doesn’t make the lead protagonists relevant, I don’t know what does. And if you’re hoping to see no new characters added, stop watching any shows.

      • Len08 says:

        Emma is STILL a hero. A hero who sacrificed and going through this journey and will overcome it. Emma is STILL the show’s protagonist and always has been since season 1.

        • Zelda says:

          Once Upon A Time has several protagonists.

        • Kayla Laiho says:

          So thrilled about all that’s coming in season 5. It’s sad to read so many derogatory remarks about OUAT simply over characters such as Hook etc… He’s a brilliant character who’s needed to save Emma. The fact he’s doing so well not to be evil is what Emma will need as her parents fight over how to save their daughter. Perhaps Emma will at times appear more evil as she is as a means to an end. All we know about her past is foster homes, the ice queen “mom” she ran from and her past with Lily. Older years her apt. In New York but otherwise not much. She can have a lot going on. Instead of saying “im done watching OUAT” with a b.s. excuse….. why don’t a few of you admit you are bigots who don’t want to see an LGBT relationship and/or romance with King Arthur and Charming. Until you see it played out how do you know you’re going to detest it? I for one am thrilled for the cast and writers for going on their 5th year. Good thi bg Henry broke the pen…. be pretty impossible not to want to change this history since he’s the new storyteller.
          It’s interesting to see the ways they’re all linked together from the past. Interestly enough Hook has the longest history with the dark one… who’s now his love. Can’t wait until Sunday!

  13. gloria 098 says:

    “so he (hook) is going to be quite active over the first 10 episodes.” OMG YES FINALLY!… wait for the FIRST 10 EPISODES so does that means that’s it after that? idk but still EXCITED!!

  14. Len08 says:

    Emma is my fav. So as always interested in her journey and story.
    I want to see more scenes with her parents esp Snow… that relationship needs more time on it.
    For me Emma is the savior (and I really do not need anyone else) the point of Emma and being the protagonist is these powers and all are unique to her.
    Excited and nervous about Emma and Hook’s relationship – they have got a bigger challenge and angst coming their way. I am here to see Hook trying to do everything in his being to save Emma and fight for her.

    I still think Rumple is going to be villain, that is what he is and always will be. I still think he will want his powers back and go after Emma, when hasn’t he.
    I don’t care much for Regina, she has her happy ending whilst others again suffer.

  15. Len08 says:

    I see comments on core characters lol. Which to me are all connected to Emma and since ppl love to always say from pilot just like to remind all. Hook was always wanted since Season 1 but they didn’t get the rights in time so I do see as a core character much like Charmings, Emma, Henry and Regina.
    Talk about ppl nitpicking lol.

    • browneyegurl says:

      Ahhhh, it is not nitpicking, it is understanding the whole narrative of the story. The whole premise of OUAT is based on the Evil Queen casting a curse in revenge of Snow White and Emma being the one to break it. Sorry to hurt your Hook-stan heart, but Hook is NOT an essential character to the story.

      You guys are only elevated Emma as being the MOST important character because you want to make Hook more relevant and it is not transparent. Hook is only “important” because they attached the stalker to Emma.

      Outside of Emma, Henry, the Charmings, and no one else would give a crap about the character. And it is a great thing that Hook was never on season 1. The great thing about the opening season that all the focus was on strong women, not focusing on who Emma would kiss next.

      So, if you want to hold on so strongly that Hook is such an essential character, be me guess. But I guarantee, there is no one on OUAT in a magical crisis going, “where is Hook?”

  16. Amy says:

    I’m curious if they’ll address the time that Belle’s True Loves Kiss almost broke Rumple’s curse in ‘Skin Deep’ especially given that Emma and Henry have already shared a True Love Kiss that worked.

    Thanks for the interview! I’m excited for Emma’s arc this season and Camelot (and Merida).

    • Anima says:

      My guess on that would be that Rumplestiltskin was taken off guard the first time, and that the paranoia and insecurity he displayed in reaction to it, never truly went away and prevented Rumple’s love from being true enough to achieve true loves kiss since.

  17. Sarah says:

    I hope it’s not to premature to hope so, but is it possible that our dear Emma to be pregnant? That would be absolutely fantastic! I think that’s something that we would all love to watch.

    • Between the Wicked Witch, the Snow Queen and the Queens of darkness all happening with little significant time between, along with Emma’s uptight and guarded nature, I doubt she would have been fooling around without protection.

  18. Jackie says:

    Glad to FINALLY see some info about Hook, even thought they didn’t really tell us much. However, with these writers’ propensity for promising things that don’t happen, I’ll believe Hook being active when I see it. I can’t believe they haven’t been promoting him at all with the Dark Swan arc — after all, she is his girlfriend and he spent hundreds of years trying to kill the Dark One. That should be one of the main emotional through-lines in the arc!

    I am SO tired of all the guest characters! Merida on top of all the Camelot folks is just TOO much, when some of the regulars whose names don’t begin with “R” can barely get a storyline. I wish they would stop cramming in new characters we know we’ll never see again after their arc ends, and concentrate on the regulars instead. No wonder the show’s ratings are falling, when the characters that fans are invested in keep getting pushed aside for new ones.

    Ugh, that whole Zelena baby storyline is just so off-putting.

    • Britney says:

      Hook is a guest character everyone else has been tired of since season two.

      Remember that.

      • Brigid says:

        Everyone? I’m not tired of him, I like his character. I’m pretty sure you aren’t a guest character any more when a show starting it’s 5th season has employed you since season 2:) I enjoy a show who takes on new characters and incorporates them into their stories. I don’t wanna watch a show that focuses on just Rumple, Emma, Henry, Regina and the dull Charmings back story every year. If I have to sit through 22 or 23 episodes a season watching Belle whine and cry every hour than you have to sit through your disdain for Hook. Remember that!!!

    • browneyegurl says:

      Believe it or not, Emma is an independent of Hook. Why does her value has to be reduced to being permanently attached to Hook? She is more than arm candy of a one-handed pirate.

      You do realize that Emma on the show is more than a girlfriend of 3 months, right?

  19. jen says:

    I would really like to see August as a regular character!

  20. Rita says:

    I just hope this does not make Emma and Hook break up

  21. Britney says:

    One of the most absurd aspects of this show’s PR is the notion any of these couples are ever in jeopardy. Rumple and Belle will back together soon enough just like Regina and Derp. Presumably Emma and Hook need to have their meaningless love triangle now, which will be as interesting and compelling as Regina and Derp’s and Rumple and Belle’s.

  22. Maro says:

    Somewhat interested in Camelot and Merida, not so much in this ‘Dark Swan’ thing. I’m one of those who loved the first season and feels like the show has mostly been getting worse ever since. Especially the writing for Emma, which feels like they’re catering towards teenagers and ‘Twilight’ fans now. Very strange.

  23. Sylvia says:

    So another season of will they or won’t they for Emma and hook – getting repetitive and boring, I don’t want them to be perfect or never facing anything but if every season is about potentially what could break them up and making that journey to almost it breaking the up, why bother on the first place. I’m okay with angst and drama but constantly is getting too predictable and makes me want to move one. I’m interested in the Dark Swan for 1/2 a season only. I’m nit interested in another Disney character down our throats like someone else posted. I want the core characters together with their respectve partners and having drama in the challenges they are taking, not a constant battle to be together.

    • browneyegurl says:

      Sorry, A&E said that conversations are boring. So that is why you will see another weird magical crisis thrown into the mix for Emma and Hook, and not have them have actual deep conversations. Character development is not OUAT’s forte at this point.

      • Sylvia says:

        You are so right on that point, look at the absolute disaster of Robin/Regina/Zelena/Marion. There was definitely no character development there!

        • [“You are so right on that point, look at the absolute disaster of Robin/Regina/Zelena/Marion. There was definitely no character development there!”]

          I cannot believe that I just read this comment. I just cannot believe it.

  24. Carolyn says:

    Really looking forward to this season, but, sorry, will NOT be watching it live. Too many commercials. DVRing (is that even a word?) is the only way to go any more, until “they” find a way to mess that up with ads as well. On Demand is getting almost as annoying as watching live, so I’ve come to rely on my DVR to watch every one of my shows.

  25. Kody says:

    Can you PLEASE ask Adam and Eddie to explain why Rumple had to die to kill Pan? That question has been burning my brain since season 3A.

    • browneyegurl says:

      Lol. Plot reasons. Remember, the writers make characters do things to make the plot move. OUAT is not a character driven show.

  26. Kody says:

    Can you PLEASE ask Adam and Eddie to explain why Rumple had to die to kill Pan? That question has been burning my brain since season 3!!

  27. [“. Emma as a non-Dark One was a very smart person who did things for a reason, and I think that translates.”]

    Considering the number of dumb things Emma has done in the past (including her “Savior” bit in the Season 3 finale), I find this statement rather hard to accept.

  28. I watch this show because I love all the fairytales I grew up reading, and find it exhilarating as to how well the writers have put the characters in place, but I must admit that without Hook and Emma, I would probably soon lose interest. Well, Hook anyway. He is absolutely gorgeous and his sweet, bad boy disposition is … yes, a turn on for sure. I loved the dialog on episode three between him and Emma while on the ship. She told him all she needed was his trust, with his response being that he liked her wall, and like being the one to break it down. What I didn’t like, and just really ticked me off, was the fact that this was the most emotional seen between the two of them as of yet, and the camera would not even show his face, nor could we see her grab his arm. Why would you think that all we want to see is head shots? Body language says a lot and I really wanted to see Hooks expression on his face as he spoke to Emma during that seen.

    I also love Hooks strength. No doubt he loves her dearly and on several occasions she could have won him over had he let his gard down. However, he has been around villains long enough to know not to fall into ones trap, most of all one he is determined to bring back to the light. After all, he has watched Bell battle her love for the dark one for more than a century. I am sure he has no plans of choosing such a life for himself or the woman he loves. I wonder how their relationship will fair once this is over. I would love to see them together permanently as a family. I would also like to see him get a more modern hand. That huge hook has become old.

  29. Colin says:

    Is pan still Evil? In the 5th season of Once upon a time Soul of the Departed