Fans are excited to see Emma as the Dark One when Once Upon a Time returns in a couple of weeks, but shouldn’t forget that there’s an entirely different villain that they should keep their eyes on.
While all of Storybrooke is busy trying to save Emma from herself, Zelena will be busy plotting her escape and revenge, adding another layer of stress for the heroes that they really just don’t need right now.
Series creators Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsis recently spoke to TVLine about what’s ahead for Zelena, as well as the overall theme for the first part of the new season and which character will see a little more action when the show returns.
Kitsis on the theme of 5A
“I think the theme is ‘Love is a dangerous weapon.'”
EPs on Hook’s involvement in saving Emma
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.
Kitisis on how the citizens of Storybrooke will deal with Emma being the Dark One
“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.”
Oh, and don’t think we’ve forgotten about Zelena. The Wicked Witch of the West will certainly still be around in the upcoming season, and don’t think she’ll let her pregnancy slow her evil plotting down. Kitsis even went as far as comparing her to Hannibal Lector because “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.”
Want to read more about what Kitsis and Horowitz had to say about the new season? Head on over to TVLine for the full interview.
Once Upon a Time returns to ABC Sunday, Sept. 27 at 8/7c.
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