Oncers are counting down the days ’til we’re finally reunited with our friends in Storybrooke and the Enchanted Forest! But in the meantime, here are four things we can look forward to this season with absolute certainty…though some details may be open to creative interpretation as the season goes on!
4. The 100th episode is coming up and it’s gonna be CRAZY MAGIC
The 100th episode was teased at San Diego Comic-Con and at D23, but not much is known about it. There’s talk of it being a musical episode, and several cast members brightened up when the idea was mentioned.
Adam Horowitz, series co-creator, alluded to it very vaguely:
We want to make it very special, and we want the 100th episode to be our spring premiere. We’re hard at work trying to not to tell you anything.
What’s a Disney movie or show without some music? We’ve had so little of it these past four seasons that it seems like it’s time for a number or two already! Ursula’s singing and Snow White’s whistling are nice little nods, but I’m looking for a full-on community sing!
3. Emma isn’t going to fight the Darkness as much as she’d like to think she is
Jennifer Morrison, who plays the main hero and Savior Emma Swan, tells fans:
Emma went through a lot in her life. She had a tough childhood. She’s had to overcome a lot of things. She’s tried to be the bigger person. Now that she’s going to face the darkness, she’s free of that… She’s going to face the darkness in herself and figure out how to overcome it.
GOOD, I say! I don’t like static characters. Not that Emma hasn’t grown a lot since we first met her (and since her days in foster care), but we’ve never really seen her let go before. Sure, she’s thrown some punches, extracted her revenge via Regina’s apple tree, and shot Cruella in the chest when the villainess kidnapped Henr, but we’ve never seen Emma’s powers go truly dark before. Emma is a good person, and she’s a hero, but that doesn’t mean she’s perfect. I want to see her push the limits and explore the side that she didn’t really know she had. I want to see who she becomes after she finally gets to know all herself.
2. Merida isn’t going to be a solo act
Horowitz made sure to entice fans with this teaser:
We’ve always wondered what would happen if Belle and Merida went on an adventure together. We hope you do, too, because it’s coming!
I would love to have heard that Merida and Mulan were going to partner up, but Merida and Belle sound just as amazing! Belle’s life is going to change so much this season. Rumple may or may not have magic, so he’s going to need to recover and readjust to no longer being the Dark One. And Belle may or may not stay with him romantically. Belle’s sense of adventure will most likely be sparked by this new, non-flouncy princess who would rather have a ball than dance at one. I’d really like to see Belle re-energized. She’s one of my favorite characters in both Disney and OUaT, and I think she deserves more credit and opportunities to shine without Rumple around.
1. Merida will not be Zelena and Robin’s daughter
I can’t even begin to express my joy over this news. Honestly, it was my least favorite fan theory ever. Horowitz gives it to us in no uncertain terms.
It’s just a fun theory, but the reality is we are sticking to the canon of the movie Brave in terms of who her parents are and where she came from, but post-movie is where our Once Upon a Time spin comes into play.
Which sea goddess do I bow before? Which Fairy do I bring gifts to? Is there a Rock Troll that needs more moss? I cannot begin to express my gratitude. Zelena is the embodiment of insecurity and selfishness. Merida is, in a word, BRAVE. And I refuse to believe that Zelena could ever be worthy of a daughter like Merida.
How have you been coping with the countdown? Send us a comment below to tell us what you think of the news!
So, I don’t wanna brag, but my BFF David and his amazing wife, Carolyn, went to D23 this weekend, and they attended the Once Upon a Time panel. I know you wish you were as lucky as me to have such cool friends, but try not to be too jealous. I’m going to share their exciting reports with you, and maybe, juuust maybe, it will get us yearning Oncers though another week of waiting and wanting for Season 5.
Jeffrey Epstein of D23 moderated the magical panel, welcoming series creators Edward Kitsis and Adam Hororwitz to the stage.
Here is a rundown of some things we learned from the Kitsis/Horowitz interview:
Henry regrets snapping his quill at the end of Season 4
We’ll see lots of Merida and Camelot early!
Iconography from Belle will be introduced, eg. the infamous enchanted wilting rose in a bell jar
There will be a big fight between Zelena and Regina
Zelena is “the Hannibal Lector if the show” and will “live up to her wicked name”
Emma is still the Savior, so being the Dark One will manifest itself differently for her that Rumple
The Dagger is kind of like a twisted magnifying glass that emphasizes the fears of the Dark One, so the Dark Swan’s experiences will be different from her predecessors’
The creator-writers were extremely coy when asked to elaborate on the promo photo of the Dark Swan standing in the foreground while Rumpelstiltskin looks on appraisingly behind her, saying “once fans watch the premiere they will definitely understand.” #vagueitup
The hundredth episode is coming up, so the Kitsis and Horowitz played an infuriating game of “yes, no, maybe” where the host threw out several names of previous characters and asked if fans would see them again on screen. Of course the gents answered “maybe” to all of them!
Mulan, Aurora, Rapunzel, Red Ridinghood, Ariel ,Baelfire, Ursula, and Cora were all thrown out and confirmed with hearty maybes.
Fans were also treated to a viewing of an a bonus feature on the DVD set to release August 18. There will be a blooper reel which includes lots of line flubs, missed marks, crazy faces, giggle fits, and prop malfunctions!
After this hilarious break, Ginnifer Goodwin who plays Snow White/Mary Margaret and Lana Parrilla who portrays Regina/the Evil Queen joined the stage. After that there was no end to the revelations!
Parrilla says that Regina and Snow’s connection moment was when Mary Margaret told Regina about the secret they were keeping from Emma; Regina and Mary Margaret realized that was what the relationship between them should have always been (Not gonna lie, fellow Oncers, I teared up over that one for real)
One of Parrilla’s favorite scenes from the series is when Regina takes Mary Margaret’s heart out to show Snow it has blackness in it
Parrilla’s favorite line is “I shall destroy your happiness… if it’s the last thing I do!” from the wedding in the pilot; it was the only line she spoke in the auditions, and it sold Kitsis and Horowitz on her as the Evil Queen
Snow got to get dark in the finale, and Goodwin really liked being Evil Snow because it was the polar opposite of the real Snow White
Goodwin admits she has a “laughing problem” that takes up a lot of filming time on set
Emma will teach Mary Margaret about what it means to be be shades of dark, and Goodwin says Emma will make the perfect teacher
Snow will feel like a failure as a mother because the very thing she and Charming had been trying to prevent before Emma was even born has finally happened
In the Season 4 finale, Emma saves Regina by taking on the Darkness; Regina is going to feel responsible and kind of annoyed about it because now “she has to save Emma” back; Regina hates owing people, but recognizes that no one else has ever sacrificed themselves for her in her whole life
Everyone wants to save Emma, but everyone will have different opinions and motivations regarding how. Hook obviously has his reasons! And his motives seem the most practical!
Camelot will be visited and the majority of the core characters will be there, along with “some friends of Snow” who don’t get to go on adventures, which fans take to mean the Dwarves
Camelot is timeline concurrent with The Land Without Magic and the Enchanted Forest, with a past, present, and future all its own
Merida is the first Pixar character to be brought in, and her introduction will be as impressive and memorable as Snow and Charming’s meeting, or Regina’s crashing the Charming’s wedding
Kitsis and Horowitz assure us that Merida will definitely interact with a lot of characters
Then Jeffery opened the floor to questions for the panel and a guy cosplaying Jango Fett asked Goodwin who her favorite character on OUaT is. She replied Rumpelstiltskin, which made Jango a little sad SINCE IT WAS JOSH DALLAS IN COSTUME. Dallas had not been billed as appearing on the panel, so his addition to the stage was extremely exciting for fans!
After Dallas’ addition, we learned:
Green screen mishaps abound on set!
On the set of the Jolly Roger in Season 3, the cast was hauling rope and helping with sails but had zero idea what they were actually supposed to do
Sometimes in physical fight scenes, the cast feels like they are awkward and unconvincing, but when they watch the finished scenes, they are pleasantly surprised that they made it look so intense
Charming and Arthur are going to have “a full on bromance” in Camelot
Charming went from a shepherd, to a prince, to a husband, to a father, and he has a huge heart, but he wonders if he can still be the prince his people needs, and if he can still have the adventures and quests of his glory days
Goodwin says the set is very fertile! Many OUaT cast members have become parents either through new births or children by marriage. When asked if that’s changed their relationships with their on-screen families, Goodwin said that she perceives love differently and more deeply. Parrilla is a real step-mother now of two boys who “feel like her own,” and she had to learn quickly to balance life and work since getting married. When she works with Jared S. Gilmore, who plays her adopted son Henry, she sometimes thinks of her youngest, Matthew.
Goodwin is a charter D23 member and says this event “isn’t like work, it’s like coming home.”
Jeffery then asked if the castmembers are Disney fans and rapid-fired a series of questions at the panel, wanting to know their favorite Disney things:
Dallas’s favorite Disney movie is Toy Story
Parrilla’s favorite Disney song is The Little Mermaid’s ‘Poor Unfortunate Souls,’ whose title she sang menacingly
Goodwin’s favorite Disney song is ‘Baby Mine’ from Dumbo
Epstein then asked them what their favorite Disney merchandise is. It was a good time to mention that both Snow White and the Evil Queen both have collector’s dolls being released this week. Goodwin and Parrilla were available for signing the limited edition dolls available for purchase at the Expo.
Dallas’ favorite Disney merch is a black Mickey Mouse t-shirt that he wears often
Parrilla’s favorite Disney item is a vintage Evil Queen figurine that her sister gave her
Goodwin surprised and delighted many by proclaiming “Haunted Mansion!”
Lastly, The cast and creators hinted that Season 5’s overarching themes will be:
“Things aren’t always what they appear to be”
“Love is a very dangerous weapon”
And then they revealed the one thing all Oncers were waiting for — A sneak peak at the first few minutes of the opening scene of Season 5, Episode 1! Enjoy it here, then tell us what you think about it in the comments below!