Producers Tease Some Particularly Bad Things In Once Upon A Time Season 5

450x600At the end of Once Upon A Time season four Emma Swan became a Black Swan, possessed by the Darkness. And the shows executive producers, Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, are promising that the new Ms Swan is properly bad, and she’s going to prove it early on: “Emma is going to do something particularly bad coming up, and to the people she loves.”

Talking to TVLine, Kitsis and Horowitz reveal that the theme of the season will be, “Love is a dangerous weapon,” and that the fact that the big bad is Mary Margaret and David’s daughter is a weakness that will be turned against them.

“She’s a very motivated Dark One,” says Horowitz. “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 adds: “She’s clearly going to be hiding something from the audience that will be revealed as the first half of the season unfolds.”

The pair also promise that fan favourite character Hook will be getting more action after a relatively low-key season four. “He is hell-bent on saving Emma, so he is going to be quite active over the first ten episodes,” says Kitsis.

“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,” Horowitz expands. “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.”

Belle and Merida are going to be a team in the new season. “We’ve always wondered what would happen if Belle and Merida went on an adventure together.” says Horowitz. “We hope you do too, ’cause it’s coming!”

And the big new location is Camelot. “Camelot and the search for Merlin (Elliot Knight) is very germane to the central goal of our heroes,” says Kitsis. “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.”


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