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Now that the Land of Untold Stories has been unleashed on Storybrooke, everyone’s pasts will be coming back to haunt them on Once Upon a Time — and that’s especially prevalent for Hook (Colin O’Donoghue) as he grapples with trying to be a hero this season.
During Sunday’s episode, Hook will take a step a step in a heroic direction by protecting Belle (Emilie de Ravin) from Rumple (Robert Carlyle), even if he has his own motives for doing so. Little does Hook know, however, that there’s an even greater threat roaming Storybrooke who may be responsible for Emma’s (Jennifer Morrison) demise. How will Hook feel when he finds out about the prophecy? EW turned to O’Donoghue to find out:
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Let’s start off with Sunday’s episode. Belle will be turning to Hook for help in hiding from Rumple. What can you tease?
COLIN O’DONOGHUE: She obviously wants to shield Rumple from being in her life or her unborn child’s life, and who better to hide something than a pirate, you know what I mean? He helps her escape and hide, but I can’t tell you where yet.
Does Hook still desire to kill Rumple?
That’s a very complicated and complex relationship. We haven’t really explored it so far this season, but I think deep down that will always be there. It’s been a part of Hook for hundreds of years, so I think it’s whether or not he decides to act on it or how he would go about doing that. In a way, even trying to hide Belle — even though he’s doing it for the right reasons, he’s doing it to help her — there’s a slight little one-upmanship going on there with Rumple and trying to get one over on him. But this season, Rumple, or Mr. Gold, he’s particularly dark. He’s as dark as probably any Dark One can get. So I guess maybe it will always be in the background.
Hook already suspects that Emma is hiding something from him — will that only intensify in the coming episode?
Yeah, she hasn’t told him the truth about her hand, and she hasn’t said anything about the vision that she had. Hook knows her so well that he can tell something is not right. The one thing that they’ve always had in their relationship is honesty — at times, they’ve even been brutally honest with each other. In hiding things from each other, they can tell when something is not right, so it will definitely play a big part in the coming episodes.
How do you think that’s going to start to affect their relationship, especially when he does find out about the prophecy?
Obviously I’d imagine that he wouldn’t be too happy that she’s been keeping something from him, something that is such a big thing. He probably just hasn’t been able to know her and be able to help her in whatever way she needs. I think he would probably find that as some sort of betrayal. I mean he loves her, so he’ll be annoyed I would think, but he’d probably forgive her.
What lengths do you think he will go to, as well as her family, to try and prevent her death?
He’d sacrifice himself for her if he had to. When he has to help her or if she ever needs anything from him, I mean, you saw even with getting her to kill him to go to the Underworld, he saved everybody, he’s willing to die for her. So he’d go to the ends of the Earth.
We are going to learn much more about Hook’s past this season. What can you tease in that regard?
We see a little bit, I think it’s episode 6 or something and there’s quite a bit we see in Hook’s past. We might learn a little bit more about his family, his father’s side of the family that Hook didn’t know about. We learn a little bit more about that and see some of the characters that he’s encountered in his past. We get to see a bit more of Hook’s past and I was delighted to get to do that.
How is he struggling this year with trying to be a hero?
I think he’s accepted it, that that’s who he is at the minute. He’s not really struggling that much at the minute with the idea of being that, because he’s enjoying being a part of Emma’s life and trying to make a life with her. Now that he’s found love again, he’s happy to go back to being an honorable person. Obviously, there’s so many things that he’s done in his past that are bound to bubble up and affect his relationship with others in Storybrooke. At the minute, he’s enjoying being a part of Emma’s life.
There’s a lot of people coming in from the Land of Untold Stories. What connections will Hook have to these people?
Yeah, you definitely see that in this upcoming hour, not in this episode, but the one that I was just talking about with Hook’s backstory. We’ll meet a couple of characters there who Hook had encountered in his past and they managed to find a way to the Land of Untold Stories. They come back and haunt him a little bit and, in some ways, affect his relationships with some of the people that he’s very, very close with. He has to find a way to deal with that and put his past in the past.
What kind of dynamic does he have with Captain Nemo?
He definitely knows Captain Nemo and he has spent time with him. I think he has a healthy respect, if you want to call it that, for Nemo and we’ll get to see a little bit of their relationship and how they’ve interacted with each other.
How does Hook feel about the Evil Queen being alive? What threat does she pose to him in particular?
The problem with the Evil Queen is she’s the real threat to everybody this season, because she doesn’t have any of the restrictions that Regina would have had, even though she was evil. The Evil Queen is now pure evil. Hook doesn’t particularly like her, because she wants to basically kill everybody, so he will try to stop that and try to find a way to get rid of the Evil Queen.
There’s trouble in paradise on Once Upon a Time for Captain Hook (Colin O’Donoghue) and Emma (Jennifer Morrison) now that Emma is keeping a major secret from her love.
In last Sunday’s season premiere, Emma began getting visions of her own death and found out at the end of the episode they are visions of the future and there’s nothing she can do to stop her death from coming. That sounds like something you should tell your boyfriend who you just went to the underworld to save, right? Apparently, that’s not how this is going to go down.
TVGuide.com caught up with O’Donoghue to talk about how Hook feels about the secret, this juncture in the “Captain Swan” relationship and what else is in store for Storybrooke’s swashbuckling hero.
Emma is keeping this huge secret from Hook. Does he believe her when she says everything is fine or is he suspicious at all?
Colin O’Donoghue: Oh he doesn’t believe her. He definitely knows that something is not right. We saw in the premiere episode that she’s quite short with him and says to go and she’s never like that with Hook. They’re honest with each other. I think he knows something is up and he’ll try and figure out a way to get that out of her and find out what that is.
How long is it going to take him to confront her about it?
O’Donoghue: [Laughs] Not too long! We see that he’ll approach it and see what’s going on with her. I think if he does find out the truth that she’s hiding something … he’ll be mad with her but he loves her so he’ll do whatever he can to help her, you know?
Well, is he going to confront her directly about it or is he going to come up with a long-term game plan to softly approach her about it? Or will he figure it out on his own?
O’Donoghue: He’s able to confront her about it. He’s never been shy about confronting [her] and saying “I know you’re holding something from me and you need to tell me what it is.” I think he has no problem doing that.
And how well is that going to go?
O’Donoghue: [Laughs] Well, I guess you’ll have to watch to find out! But look, they love each other and they don’t really want to have any secrets. They’ve said that in the past. Emma has said whatever Hook has done in his past life she’s willing to let that go because of who he is now, and he knows that she knows all of these terrible secrets about him so they really don’t keep things from each other anymore. That’s why it’s so strange why he would not tell him the truth on this.
Would you say he feels betrayed or do you think there’s a part that understands or thinks “there has to be a good reason why she’s keeping this from me?”
O’Donoghue: I think it depends. … If he found out he might feel a bit betrayed, but that’s if he finds out.
Assuming that he finds out eventually, how would he react to the truth?
O’Donoghue: I think he would be disappointed that she didn’t feel confident enough in him to trust him with the knowledge of her visions or whatever.
And they’ve gone back and forth a lot over the years. Do you think he also sees this is as a step backwards, like a regression almost? Last year she said “I love you” to him.
O’Donoghue: He knows that she loves him and that they have a good relationship, but I think … maybe not a step back. I just think he would be disappointed she wouldn’t trust him enough to tell him and figure out a way to combat it together as opposed to her dealing with all that on her own.
If you were their couples counselor what would you recommend they do to get over their communication issues?
O’Donoghue: I don’t think I can say that [laughs]. I would say that they need to be more honest and open with each other and trust that the other person has their back.
On Sunday’s episode Hook is going to help Belle hide from Mr. Gold. How is that going to work out? This is the second time Hook has come between Gold and and the woman he loves.
O’Donoghue: In this situation Hook helps Belle because she wants help. She doesn’t want to have Gold in her life anymore and at the moment she doesn’t want Gold in their son’s life. … Hook is helping her because that’s the right thing to do in that moment. The fact that it’s getting one up on Rumple doesn’t hurt as well. But he’s happy to help her and wants to do whatever he can sort of make amends for how he treated her in the past. So we get to see a little bit of that. And also, she wants to be hidden and who better to hide anything than a pirate?
So he doesn’t have any ulterior motives, like he actually wants to help Belle?
O’Donoghue: He wants to help her, yeah. Hook now is trying to be the best person that he can be and be the hero that everybody agrees that he can be. That’s why he’s helping her.
Captain Nemo is showing up later this season, and we know he has some sort of history with Hook. What can you tease about that?
O’Donoghue: I can’t tease a huge amount other than exactly what you just said. But he does show up, and you see he has a past [with Hook]. I’m pretty certain when it was announced that Captain Nemo was going to be [in this season] that everybody would assume he had some sort of past with Hook. It’s fascinating. And Faran Tahir, who played Nemo, is just phenomenal. So it was great to get to play with him, but it’s a really interesting story and it’s a really good take on Nemo and the whole Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea world. And yeah, it was very, very exciting to do that.
Can you describe Hook’s reaction to seeing him at least?
O’Donoghue: Surprised, I guess? [chuckles] That’s about all you’re going to get!
Once Upon a Time airs Sundays at 8/7c on ABC.
Alright, Oncers — listen carefully! Remember in the past when we’ve advised you to keep an inhaler by your side before you read one of our Captain Swan-themed articles? This is one of those breath-taking times.
We just got off the phone with Once Upon a Time star Colin O’Donoghue and asked him everything your Hook-loving hearts have wanted to know about season six. What’s up with Killian’s past? Where is Hook currently living? Is he so excited that his BFF, Sean Maguire, is going to be returning as Robin Hood?
We’ve got all of those answers (plus many more!) jam-packed into the article below and we’re challenging you to see how many times you can re-read his responses before this Sunday’s all-new episode.
Oh! And did we mention we asked O’Donoghue to plan Emma and Killian’s ultimate proposal? Enjoy…
ET: What was your reaction when you found out that Emma would, once again, be hiding her secrets from Killian?
Colin O’Donoghue: Yeah, it was a bit mean of her not to tell him what’s going on, but I think for Hook, he’ll do whatever he can to help Emma and he believes that they have a relationship where they can be honest and open with each other. I think that he knows that something is not right, and that she’s hiding something and, at this point, there’s something that she won’t share.
How long are we going to have to wait until Killian really finds out what’s going on?
I think that he’ll approach the subject with her pretty much straight away. I mean, he’s not shy with approaching her and tackling things, so I think that he’ll say something pretty soon.
We have seen Killian go to hell and back — literally! — in season five. What’s next for him in season six?
He’s trying to be the best person that he can be, and be the hero that everyone believes that he can be. He also wants to be the best man for Emma, so whatever he can to do to prove to her that he’s worthy of her love, that’s where he is at the start of this season. You’ll see him in this next episode where he helps Belle and he’s doing it simply because he wants to just help. He wants to try and make amends for some of his past actions, with Belle and just in general. He knows that he has done wrong by people and he wants to make amends for all that.
We got a little bit deeper into Killian’s past last season and learned even more about his brother, Liam. Will we be diving even deeper into what makes Killian tick this year?
Yeah, we’ll definitely see a little bit more of Hook’s past. I can’t really talk about it just at the minute, but we’ll see some of the relationships that he had in his past, and sort of a little bit more about his whole family life. I mean, Hook is hundreds of years old, so there’s a lot of stuff to get through, but it’s always fun to play old Hook and sort of explore what he was like hundreds of years ago. We’ll definitely see more of his past.
We’ve always seen a really fun and interesting dynamic between old Hook and the original Evil Queen. With The Evil Queen coming back into the picture, are we going to see any fun scenes between her and Hook?
Yeah, you’ll definitely see some scenes with Hook and The Evil Queen. I mean, Hook definitely is a different person now then he was back then. I don’t even know what kind of a relationship he and The Evil Queen had back then! [Laughs] But he’s a different man now, and I think he definitely wants to try and figure out a way of stopping The Evil Queen from achieving whatever she’s trying to achieve. She’s now The Evil Queen without any of Regina in her — that part that would’ve maybe questioned things in the past. Now she’s just pure evil. She’s the Mr. Hyde of that relationship.
One of your best friends, Sean Maguire — who we’ve missed desperately as Robin Hood — is coming back to the show for a bit. What was your reaction when you found out that Robin isn’t completely gone for good?
Wait. Who said best friends? I never said that. Did he say that? [Laughs] No, I’m very excited. It’s great to have him back up. I literally know nothing abut the context of the story, or how that’s going to work, but it’ll l just be great to have Sean back for a little while. He’s just a great guy, but don’t tell him I said that. It’ll be fun, we’ll have fun times.
Are we going to be seeing where Killian will be living this year? He’s kind of been all over the place — he was on the Jolly Roger, he was in Granny’s, etc. Has he officially moved in with Emma yet?
He hasn’t officially moved in at this point where we are, but he picked out the house, so he really should be there. I’m not even sure in the next episode on Sunday exactly where he lives. I don’t know if he’s on the Jolly Roger, or if he’s at Granny’s, or where he is. I think he’s just kind of floating around at the minute. Hopefully, soon he will find a place to live. Hopefully.
Hopefully with Emma because, you’re right, I totally forgot that he picked out her house!
Yeah, he’s got good taste!
Alright, Colin, when I caught up with you [at Comic Con] I asked if season six is going to be the year that either Killian or Emma pop the question to the other. How would you plan their perfect proposal?
[Laughs] I wouldn’t have a clue! Maybe some rum on the Jolly Roger? A candlelit dinner with grilled cheese and French fries, and a nice vintage rum, and I guess that would probably be it.
Do you think it would be Emma or Hook doing the proposing?
I don’t know if he would be the one to pop the question or not. That’s a pretty big step. I think that they’re navigating having a relationship in a town where they’ve got so many evil people trying to kill everybody! [Laughs] I don’t know if they have time, really, to think about popping the question.
Once Upon a Time airs Sundays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.