Despite being killed off toward the end of Season 5, Sean Maguire’s Robin Hood will resurface on ABC’s Once Upon a Time.
Want to know how? You Sherwood! Alas, the show bosses are mum on the nature of the improbable, multi-episode encore.
“[We] are excited for the audience to see what we have planned, which … we hope is unexpected and surprising,” cocreators Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsis said in a statement to EW.com.
At a recent premiere screening, Kitsis said, “Dead is dead” when asked about Robin Hood’s possible resurrection, adding: “A lot of this year is about Regina dealing with loss and moving on, because I think Regina has the most unfair luck of anybody.”
Robin Hood “was someone she did love and who she did lose,” Horowitz added, “and we hope that we deal with that grief and its aftermath in a real way.”
Meaning, Once will not “pull a Hook” and retrieve Robin from the Underworld, especially since the Season 6 opener suggested his soul is not in limbo but had blissfully moved on. “‘I don’t see that happening.’ That would be the respectful answer,” Kitsis said when pressed.