‘Once Upon a Time’ EPs on Dark Swan’s Journey and Stressed Out Charmings

Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, the creative minds behind Once Upon a Time, are excited for fans to take Emma’s journey through darkness with her when the show returns.

The Dark Swan arc that the show will explore in its fifth season is no secret, but there are plenty of questions surrounding Emma’s journey back to the good side, including how her parents, Snow White and Prince Charming, will face the situation.

Kitsis and Horowitz gave Entertainment Weekly a more in-depth look at what to expect from the Dark One storyline.

Edward Kitsis on where Emma stands when the show returns:

“Part of what we saw with Rumpelstiltskin [Robert Carlyle] was his struggle, and we watched the Darkness consume him. We’re going to see the same with Emma. We’re going to see her struggle against this very dark thing inside her, and we’re going to see what happens. And perhaps, if we saw that video at Comic-Con, the question that we would be posing for our audience is what happened to lead her there?”

Kitsis and Horowitz on Emma’s journey as Dark Swan:

HOROWITZ: I would say that Dark Swan is an extension of Emma and an exploration of who she is. Just like when Rumpelstiltskin became the Dark One, it became an extension of all the character traits, flaws, and strengths he had.
KITSIS: He was a coward, and the knife gave him the freedom to be powerful.
HOROWITZ: Emma becoming Dark Swan has been a great opportunity for us to explore who she is at her deepest levels and to see those traits exploded in a way. That’s what the Darkness does to you. It takes who you are and twists it, and that’s what we’re going to see with Emma.

Edward Kitsis on how the Charmings will handle Emma’s darkness:

“Oh, boy, is it. For the very first time since season 1, we’re going to really see them disagreeing about the best way to save their daughter. And it is absolutely like any parents with a child: when you don’t know how to save the child, it causes a lot of stress at home.”

See what else the minds behind OUaT had to say about Dark Swan over at EW.

Once Upon a Time returns to ABC Sunday, September 27 at 8pm ET/PT.

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