Once Upon a Time returns with two episodes this Sunday in which fans will finally get an answer to one of the big questions of the season: How did Dark Swan become Dark Swan?
In the beginning of the season, fans and Storybrookians alike were shocked to see the Savior become the Dark One with no explanation, but the part of the story that’s been left out all season, the most important part, will be told during this weekend’s extended episodes.
In addition to finding out why Emma went dark, we’ll also get the return of Ruby/Red (Meghan Ory) and Mulan(Jamie Chung) and in present day Storybrooke, Hook and Emma will be “tested like they never have been tested before,” the show’s co-creator and executive producer Eddy Kitsis told The Hollywood Reporter.
Kitsis, along with co-creator Adam Horowitz, talked to THR about why now was the right time to bring back Ruby, when fans can expect that LGBT love story to come into play and more.
Kitsis on Ruby’s return
“We’ve been wanting to bring Ruby back forever … but we felt like we couldn’t just have Ruby show up at Granny’s like she’s been there the whole time. This will explain where she’s been and what Mulan has been up to. The two of them are going to be enlisted to help Merida with a problem at home. She has to pay back a debt her father has to the witch from Brave, and she needs the help of Mulan and Ruby to figure it out.”
On the upcoming LGBT love story
Horowitz-“The storyline that we’re planning to tell, everyone has been super supportive of. What we’re endeavoring to do is to not make a big deal of it because that’s how we see this world — it’s not a big deal. It should just be a love story that is as exciting, emotional and heartfelt as any other love story.”
Kitsis– “For us, we wanted to tell it no differently than we would with Robin and Regina or Snow and Charming. We just wanted to tell a love story. For us, it’s a love story like any other and it’s something we’re excited about. Everyone’s been supportive, and we’re going to tell it in the second half of the season.”
Kitsis on what Sunday’s episode will reveal
“Going into this episode, Emma has all that she needs to get rid of the darkness. And then we see her in Storybrooke, six weeks later, and she is completely Dark One-d out. So the question we’re asking you this weekend is, “What happened?” and we’re going to answer that on Sunday night. We’re going to answer why she either rejected or could not get the darkness out of her.”
The two-hour episode of Once Upon a Time airs this Sunday, Nov. 15 at 8 p.m. on ABC.
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