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Naomi / September 27th, 2015

We did hear recently this week that Hook and Henry are going to be teaming up to save Emma, so I was curious what we can expect to see with those two as they build a stepfather/stepson relationship.

Kitsis: I think they got it going last year during Operation Mongoose part 1 and 2. I think Hook, he saw that Henry was a capable young hero on the rise, and I think we’re going to see that this year. I think this is a year where we’re going to see Henry go from being a kid to being a young man. I think he’s really grown up and the stories that we’re telling about him this year reflect that.

I’m glad you mentioned that, because since its premiere, Once has been known for breaking stereotypes with its depiction of female heroines from Snow White to Mulan (PS by the way, very excited that Jamie Chung is coming back), and last week Entertainment Weekly announced that you’ll be continuing to break the mold with what is essentially the first mainstream LGBT fairy tale character. This is obviously a major change for pop culture, it’s going to allow people from teens to grandparents to see themselves reflected in this genre for the first time. Given the significance of this, I have to ask if this story is going to play out in a way that’s more than lip service.

Horowitz: I don’t know what you mean by ‘lip service’ but what I can say is that we want the story to be awesome and well-done and a surprise.

Kitsis: I would say this: we’re going to tell you a love story that happens to be not between a man and a woman. We are going to tell it no different than [how] we told Snow and Charming, Regina and Robin Hood, or Emma and Captain Hook, because love is very important on our show, and that’s what the show is about. And as far as ‘lip service,’ I’m not sure what that means, but what I can tell you is that we’re going to set it up in the first half of the season, and the story’s going to play out in the second half of the season, and we are treating it no different than any other love story. Even though, as you say, this may be the first time for this and that, for us, we’ve always respected love, and that’s how we’re dealing with it.


Naomi / September 27th, 2015

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Naomi / September 25th, 2015

Turning to Hook (Colin O’Donoghue), what’s Emma’s reaction to him trying to save her? Could he be the one thing that helps her hold onto hope?
Yeah. It’s interesting because, so far, what you’ll see is that Henry (Jared Gilmore) is Emma’s kryptonite as Dark Swan, because that love is so pure and so strong and similar to how Baelfire (Michael Raymond-James) was kryptonite to Rumple’s Darkness. There was something about that bond that makes it hard to completely lean into the Darkness, and so I would say Henry has the most powerful effect on keeping her from wanting to lean into the Darkness. And then Hook is the next most powerful force after that in the sense that she does truly love him, and she doesn’t stop loving him just because she’s now the Dark One, similar to how Rumple continued to love Belle (Emilie de Ravin) even though he was the Dark One. She does still have genuine love for him, but that’s mixed in with her new capacity for manipulation and for selfishness.

It’s always a complicated thing between Dark Swan and Hook because it’s a mixture of her true feelings with her new capacity for these darker deeds. It’s a complicated dance whenever Emma’s dealing as the Dark Swan with Hook because her feelings are true, but her decision making is based in a bad place now. That clearly affects them, and it clearly affects whether or not he can trust her decision making, and he knows that because he has been dark, and he was a villain at some point. He knows better than anyone what it’s like to struggle with that. I don’t think that there’s any concern about them loving each other. I know that he’s going to fight with all it takes to try to save her, and he’s not going to be put off by the fact that she’s dark. He knows what she did and why she did it, and he knows what they’re all up against, and I think he’s going to really lead the struggle to do all that everyone can to redeem her and bring her back from the Darkness.


Sheila / September 25th, 2015

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Naomi / September 24th, 2015

A new Dark One is coming to Once Upon a Time, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still have some truly amazing moments — like in our sneak peek above!

As you should already know, we at ETonline are just a little bit obsessed with the enchanting ABC drama, and now, as we approach the darkly twisted season five premiere, we wanted to take some time to focus on the lighter side of things.

So when we called up executive producers Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsis, we made sure to get all the exclusive positive scoop on what’s coming up for ALL of your favorite pairings — Plus, THREE new ones!

“We’re writing this show as a show where there is a light at the end of the tunnel that everyone is trying to reach,” Horowitz dished of season five. “And when someone you care about and love is facing adversity, that brings out the best in those who care about you.”

“Camelot is a place to fall in love,” Kitsis added. “And I think we’re going to see some really romantic and hopeful moments throughout the year as well.”


Sheila / September 24th, 2015

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Naomi / September 22nd, 2015

When we last left off with our favorite fairy tale characters, Rumple fell into a coma after being freed from the darkness, Zelena sat pregnant in a cell, and Emma saved Regina and the rest of the town from the darkness only to disappear and leave the Dark One’s dagger behind, freshly etched with “Emma Swan.”

Once Upon A Time’s fifth season premiere, aptly titled, “Dark Swan”, picks up right where the finale left off with Emma’s loved ones trying to figure out how to get her back. Meanwhile, the Dark Swan rises in the Enchanted Forest with a devil on her shoulder in the form of Rumple. He wants to teach her all about the Dark One’s powers so she can embrace her inner villain, but Emma’s much more interested in finding Merlin so she can get rid of the darkness once and for all.

Since the beginning of the series, the show has focused on the battle between good and evil and we’ve seen several characters explore both sides of the spectrum. As much as Emma wants to be good and protect the people she loves, the power of the Dark One coursing through her is hard to resist. We get to see her struggles and through Rumple, as well as brief, compelling flashbacks, we learn intriguing details of what it means to be the Dark One and why the connection to Camelot is so strong.

As Emma’s doing her thing, Team Hero once again finds itself needing a member of Team Villain in order to succeed. In this case, that villain is everyone’s favorite (or least favorite) Wicked Witch. Like her one-time mentor, Zelena’s assistance comes with a steep price. We can’t go into much more detail than that, but we can say that the premiere left us excited about watching this storyline unfold. The show is back to focusing on its core cast and turning the leading lady into a potential villain seems to have breathed fresh life into the series that lost its footing last season.

Onto the good stuff: Here are a 10 teasers plus some bonus dialogue to tide fans over until the show returns in five short days:

1. The Dark Swan isn’t the only new version of Emma we meet in the episode. A young Emma gets a surprising warning.

2. Look for some familiar faces to enlist in the latest big adventure and someone surprising steps up to be the sheriff in Emma’s absence.

3. For those who may have doubted how Robin feels about Regina, a scene in the Charming loft puts those questions to rest.

4. When one plan fails, a determined Hook recruits Henry for a rogue mission behind Regina’s back.

5. Snow is in full Mama Bear mode when it comes to saving her daughter and she plays (aggressive) mediator to those who don’t see eye to eye.

6. Rumple’s in a coma, but there’s still a lovely Beauty and the Beast moment for Belle.

7. It’s hard to say which character introduction is the best: Merida or Arthur. One leads to a moment that left us gasping.

8. Regina faces a tough choice with a lot of personal consequences. Watch her take a page from someone else’s book when it’s time to act.

9. During a tense moment, Hook’s faith in Emma continues to shine. But will he be too late to curb her dark impulses?

10. The final scene of the episode: WOW. (Prepare to ask Zelena for her time travel spell to get to episode 5×02.)

Some of our favorite lines:

“Do you like knitting?”

“I guess that’s my cue.”

“You can’t be surprised your family’s troubled.”

“Did you ever hear the phrase slow and steady wins the race?”


Naomi / September 18th, 2015

As Once Upon A Time enters its fifth season on September 27, the show picks up where everything left off with Season 4 — Emma (Jennifer Morrison) is the newest Dark One, and it will take some people close to her to get her back.

We spoke with creators Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis today following a screening of the premiere to get some intel as to what we can expect.

“Her relationships with everybody are going to be tested,” Kitsis told us about Emma’s situation. “We love the idea of watching Hook fight for her, as well as Regina and her family.”

The notion that two of the characters closest to Emma fought their own dark sides is not lost on the producers. “We also love the notion that two of the people that she has expectedly and not-expectedly grown closer to over the years, Regina and Hook, have both battled darkness themselves, and the fact that she is facing darkness and they’ve faced it, and how their experiences can inform what she’s going through and either help or hinder her is something that we want to explore in this half of the season and beyond,” Adam Horowitz reflected.


Who Is Colin?

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Colin O’Donoghue is an Irish actor/musician. He was born in Drogheda, County Louth, Ireland on January 26th, 1981. He is best known for his role as Captain Hook in Once Upon a Time and his role as Michael Kovak in the Rite.

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'Once Upon a Time' tells the story of a new world, one in which fairy tales and modern-day life collide.

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After the loss of her family, a young woman struggles to survive in a world long-since destroyed by disease; but when a lonely traveler offers her a place in his community, she must decide if the promise of a better life is worth the risk of trusting him.
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