OUAT S&S #410: "We all have the capability to change and the future is not written by our past." ~ Robin

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In the Season 5 aftermath, Jennifer Morrison has said, Emma aka the new Dark One “is going to face the darkness in herself… instead of repressing it.”

Spoilers & Speculations

Season 6

Two themes for first half of Season 5: "Sometimes things aren't what they appear to be, and...love is a dangerous weapon." ღ

Welcome to Storybrooke, Maine, a small town that probably won’t show up on your GPS, but it’s a magical place to visit. Reality and myth merged after Emma broke Regina’s curse, which had deprived the fairy tale characters of their memories and trapped them in our modern world. When they finally regained their identities, our heroes were dismayed to discover that they weren’t transported back to Fairy Tale Land. To make matters worse, Rumplestiltskin – aka Mr. Gold – decided to escalate his power struggle with Regina by introducing magic into the town. But this is our world, and magic always has a tendency to yield unfathomable consequences.

“Once Upon a Time” returns to the ABC Television Network for its fifth season and master storytellers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz (“Lost,” “Tron: Legacy”) invite everyone to join Emma Swan, Snow White, Prince Charming, The Evil Queen, Hook and all the other resident fairytale characters as they cope with Emma’s new role as The Dark One and begin the search for Merlin. This is a journey that will take our heroes from the Enchanted Forest to Camelot and along the way bring many surprises, including encounters with a brave and headstrong Scottish princess named Merida.

As the season continues, new fairy tale characters will be revealed and old acquaintances will be revisited. Not everyone can be trusted but one thing remains true — you never give up on the people you love…

“Once Upon a Time” stars Ginnifer Goodwin as Snow White/Mary Margaret, Jennifer Morrison as Emma Swan, Lana Parrilla as the Evil Queen/Regina, Josh Dallas as Prince Charming/David, Emilie de Ravin as Belle, Colin O’Donoghue as Hook, Jared S. Gilmore as Henry Mills, Sean Maguire as Robin Hood, Rebecca Mader as Wicked Witch/Zelena and Robert Carlyle as Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold.

Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz are creators and executive producers. Steve Pearlman, David H. Goodman and Andrew Chambliss are also executive producers. The series is produced by ABC Studios.
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5.22 - "Only You" written by D.H. Goodman & A. Chambliss | Airdate: May 15, 2016



“Only You” – In the first hour of the special two-hour season finale, Regina reels from the death of Robin Hood, and everyone tries to give her room to grieve, but when the heroes discover Gold has stolen Hades’ Olympian Crystal and tethered all of Storybrooke’s magic to it, they set out to stop him. Henry decides he no longer can stand all the pain magic has caused his family, so he goes rogue, with Violet in tow, to destroy magic once and for all. Meanwhile, Zelena, Snow, David and Hook attempt to open a portal that will return Merida and the other Storybrooke guests to their homes, but things go awry, and the group winds up in a deranged new world.

“An Untold Story” – In the second hour, with the possibility of magic being destroyed and the fate of Storybrooke hanging in the balance, it’s a race for Emma and Regina to track down Henry before Gold can find him first. Regina continues to struggle with her frustrations over her former evil-self and, elsewhere, Snow, David, Hook and Zelena are imprisoned and must contend with very two very disturbed individuals that may give Gold a run for his money.

The season finale of “Once Upon a Time” airs SUNDAY, MAY 15 (7:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network.

“Once Upon a Time” stars Ginnifer Goodwin as Snow White/Mary Margaret, Jennifer Morrison as Emma Swan, Lana Parrilla as the Evil Queen/Regina, Josh Dallas as Prince Charming/David, Emilie de Ravin as Belle, Colin O’Donoghue as Hook, Jared S. Gilmore as Henry Mills, Sean Maguire as Robin Hood, Rebecca Mader as the Wicked Witch/Zelena and Robert Carlyle as Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold.

Guest stars in “Only You” include Lee Arenberg as Leroy/Grumpy, Beverley Elliott as Granny, Amy Manson as Merida, David-Paul Grove as Doc, Gabe Khouth as Sneezy, Faustino Di Bauda as Sleepy, Michael Coleman as Happy, Mig Macario as Bashful, Raphael Alejandro as Roland, Michael P. Northey as Friar Tuck, Jason Burkart as Little John, Olivia Steele Falconer as Violet, Hank Harris as the Groundsman, Arnold Pinnock as the Orderly, Sam Witwer as the Warden, Candus Churchill as Librarian and Chris Olson as Toll Operator.
Guest stars in “An Untold Story” include Beverley Elliott as Granny, Olivia Steele Falconer as Violet, Hank Harris as the Groundsman, Arnold Pinnock as the Orderly, Sam Witwer as the Warden, Tzi Ma as the Dragon, Shannon Hearn as Frontiersman and Nikolai Witschl as Server.

“Only You” was written by David H. Goodman and Andrew Chambliss, and directed by Romeo Tirone.

“An Untold Story” was written by Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, and directed by Dean White.


Casting two brothers in recurring roles x Hank Harris/Sam Witwer

Mar 8 - location filming with Bex x | Merida | Hades | Arthur, JMO, Jared, and two babies x

Sean x

Mar 9 - location filming downtown Vancouver tunnel x | Robert Carlyle driving in "NYC" x x x x | set report x

Mar 14 - downtown Vancouver filming x NYC, differing locations x scene 1 - Henry and Camelot's Violet via bus to visit SoHo in NYC | x x
scene 2 - Rumple via car in NYC carrying black satchel x x

Steveston setup - Emma's bug x is back and shiny | new distressed door on site x

Mar 15 - Steveston filming x x scene 1: JMO and Lana filming x x
scene 2: portal door - Amy, Jason, Raphael, Josh, Ginny, Colin, Bex and Camelot peeps x x x x
scene 3: portal door - Bex, Colin, Josh, and Ginny x x fan set report: scene x x
scene 4: evening Colin and Jen walking outside of diner x x xx scene
Camelot cast on set x

Mar 16 - Location filming w/Josh: "favorite trees, very large, old trees. Magical, and spooky" x

Closed set x

Mar 18 - Bailee Madison back in Vancouver x (unknown if OUAT related)

Mar 18 - Jared in studio x

Mar 19 - Jared filming sans castx

Orchestra recording session post

Interviews:Finale Preview

BTS Pics/Videos/Stills: Mar 14: NYC - Henry | Gallery filming photos
Mar 15: portal door VIDEO | Katmtan filming gallery | Downtown Vancouver Filming Gallery |
VIDEO - Portal door | Official Episode Stills

5.23 - "An Untold Story" written by E. Kitsis & A. Horowitz | Airdate: May 15, 2016

"right now it's 23 (episodes)" Adam tweets

"Chinatown" - Regina and Emma search | Gold x

March 28 - downtown filming at Vancouver Art Gallery into NYC x x- Emma and Regina with Henry and Violet x | Rumple and Regina x
- Hank Harris - one of the "Asylum" brothers x
- NY Public Library - Charming, Snow, Killian, Zelena emerge from a fountain x x | Henry at Lion's head x | Violet x | Killian and Emma meet and hug x | Regina and Gold x x
SHOOT: ONCE UPON A TIME Turns Vancouver Art Gallery into New York City for Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla, Robert Carlyle, Jared Gilmore | yvrshoots

March 29 - Steveston filming:
Fan recap of spoilers (includes theories)
Lana, Jared & Sam Witwer film a scene x, VIDEO
Colin, Josh, Bex, Ginny, and Hank Harris film arriving in Gold's car x
Lana, Jen, Jared, and "Violet" film arriving in Emma's bug x
SHOOT: ONCE UPON A TIME Season 5’s Last Day in Steveston With Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla, Colin O’Donoghue, Josh Dallas, Ginnifer Goodwin, Rebecca Mader, Jared Gilmore
Henry and Violet kiss x
Emma and Hook stop after everyone goes into Granny's and they have a big kiss where he lifts her up VIDEO

April 2nd last day in studio post by Bex x

Interviews:Once Upon a Time bosses drop season 5 finale teasers

BTS Pics/Videos/Stills:3/27 - YVRShoots Gallery |
3/28: Downtown Vancouver Album with HQ pics
3/29: Steveston Album with HQ pics | scan of TVGuide description

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Adam Horowitz & Eddy Kitsis interviews

Once Upon a Time bosses: Those new guys aren't Brothers Grimm | EW.com

EXCLUSIVE: 'Once Upon a Time' Bosses Answer Your Most Burning Questions About Emma and Killian's Past and Future![/QUOTE]

[VIDEO] ‘Once Upon a Time’ Season 5 — Hades’ Secret Weapon to Battle Heroes | TVLine

Once Upon a Time bosses drop season 5 finale teasers

'Once Upon a Time': Who Will Die in Season 5's Penultimate Episode?

EXCLUSIVE! 'Once Upon a Time' Bosses Address Those Dreaded Death Rumors: 'A Grenade of Emotions' Is About to Explode!

Once Upon a Time bosses drop season 5 finale teasers

'Once Upon a Time' Bosses Answer Your Most Burning Questions About Emma and Killian's Past and Future! ~ ET Online, May 5

Once Upon a Time bosses reveal who those new guys aren't

EXCLUSIVE 'Once Upon Time' Sneak Peek: Killian and Liam's Brotherly Reunion Is Making Everyone 'Blush'!

Once Upon a Time sneak peek: Rumple's past comes back to haunt him | EW.com

Once Upon a Time bosses address Robin Hood rumor | EW.com

OUAT Bosses Dish on What's Next After the 100th Episode and 'Super Romantic' True Love's Kiss!

‘Once Upon A Time’ Preview: Where Is Our LGBT Couple? Plus, 100th Episode Red Carpet Videos! 3/3/16


OUAT Season 5B Underworld Preview TVLine 2/29/16

5 things we learned about 'Once Upon A Time' Seattle Refined, 2/28/16

Once Upon A Time: Kitsis & Horowitz Preview Ep 100 & Season 5B KSite TV


11 Things to Know About Once Upon a Time’s 100th Episode and Beyond

Once Upon a Time exclusive: Get your first look at Greg Germann's hot-and-heavy Hades

Winter TV Preview ~ TVLine 1/12/16

Once Upon a Time Hook Season 5B Key Art - Hollywood Reporter

Once Upon a Time: Underworld teased by Ginnifer Goodwin, Lana Parrilla | EW.com

Adam tweets Deleted Scene - http://www.fanforum.com/84293247-post282.html

Why Once Upon a Time Killed [Spoiler] And What’s Coming Next – TV Insider ~TVinsider 12/07/2015

Once Upon a Time' Bosses Spill on Underworld Adventures, True Love's Kiss, the Same-Sex Romance & Much More! ~ 12/08/15

‘Once Upon a Time’ gives ‘Birth’ to multiple Dark Ones | | ~ 11/15/2015

Once Upon a Time bosses, cast on Dark One twist | EW.com | ~ EW 11/16/2015

Is ‘Once Upon a Time’ Introducing Hades and Will Emma Save Hook? | Variety | ~ 11/15/2015

‘Once Upon a Time’ EPs know exactly how the series ends | Zap2It 11/15/15

‘Once Upon a Time’ Bosses Tease 100th Episode, Answers to the Dark Swan’s Secrets | Variety 11/15/15


cast interviews

SM: Entertainment Weekly | Hollywood Reporter | TV Line | Variety | EOnline

LP: Lana Parrilla on the Season Finale TV Guide

JMO: ‘Once Upon A Time’ Star Jennifer Morrison Previews Emma And Hook’s Journey In Episode 20

JMO: Jennifer Morrison Has Some Interesting Ideas About Where Once Upon a Time Should Go After the Underworld

JMO: Jennifer Morrison Totally Ships ‘OUAT’s Hook & Emma: They Are ‘True Love’

‘Once Upon a Time’ Season 5 Episode 16 Preview: Baby Drama for Charmings | TVLine

JMO/COD: Once Upon a Time Preview: Can Emma Save Hook? Why Is Gold Helping?

Once Upon a Time's 100th episode: On the set of Hades' Underworld | EW.com

'Once Upon A Time' 100 Episode: Stars Share Their Casting Stories | Access Hollywood

Core Cast: Once Upon a Time: Reader Qs Answered! | TVLine 3/4/16

JMo,GG,JD,LP: 'Once Upon a Time' Cast: Expect "Fun Surprises and Unexpected Encounters" in 100th Episode

LP,SM,RM: EXCLUSIVE: 'Once Upon a Time' Stars Reveal the Secret to Outlaw Queen's 'Chemistry' and Zelena's Wicked Return!

GG: Ginnifer Goodwin on Episode 100 and Snow White's history with Hercules

KSite TV from the 100th episode: Jennifer Morrison | Josh Dallas | Sean Maguire | Jared Gilmore | Rebecca Mader

JMO,JD,COD: OUAT Stars Spill the Secrets to Captain Swan and Snowing's Romance:'It's True Love' ET Onlein 2/29/16

LP: Lana Parrilla Gives "Once Upon a Time" Mid-Season Scoop

EDR: We chatted with Emilie de Ravin about her new movie, ‘OUAT,' and the possibility of stepping behind the camera

JMO/LP: Once Upon a Time stars praise Emma-Regina relationship

JMO/COD: Once Upon a Time stars on that heartbreaking twist | EW.com | EW 12/07/2015

Once Upon a Time: Underworld teased by Ginnifer Goodwin, Lana Parrilla | EW.com

JMO/COD: Once Upon a Time stars on that heartbreaking twist | EW.com ~ EW 12/07/2015

JMO/COD: 'Once Upon a Time' stars dissect the heartbreaking winter finale ~ Mashables 12/07/2015

Once Upon a Time: Underworld teased by Ginnifer Goodwin, Lana Parrilla | EW.com ~ EW 12/7/2015

casting & guest stars

'Once Upon a Time' Star: Hades and Zelena's Relationship Is "More Than It Seems" | Greg Germann | THR

Once Upon A Time’ Casts Duo For Mental Hospital Arc | Hank Harris & Sam Witwer

Casting two brothers for finale

Merida actress Amy Manson talks about Brave role on OUAT

"Prince Marcus" casting call

Once Upon a Time Casts Heroes Reborn Baddie as... Future Emma?

Once Upon a Time: Michael Raymond-James returns for 100th episode

Once Upon a Time Season 5B Brings Back Michael Raymond-James as Neal

Rya Kihlstedt identified as actress in Emma flashback scene, casting notice?

EXCLUSIVE: 'Once Upon a Time' Casts Another Treasure-Loving Pirate From Hook's Past: Captain Silver!

Jamie Chung Just Teased a Big Relationship Reveal on Once Upon a Time

Video Interview with Robbie Kay

‘Once Upon a Time’ Season 5 Casts Tweenage Regina, Zelena | TVLine

Joana Metrass Hints More Queen Guinevere

‘Once Upon A Time’ Casts Gaston in ‘Beauty & the Beast’ Storyline (EXCLUSIVE)

Once Upon a Time Casts 'Warrior' Dorothy, to Battle Wicked Witch in Oz

Once Upon a Time: Greg Germann to play Hades in midseason premiere | EW.com

Casting for Episode 15 the role of Captain Silver, the commanding (and sometimes bullying) boss of a merchant ship. TVLine 12/15/2015

Dorothy Gale returns (midway through Season 5B), late 20s to early 30s and will have evolved from “the iconic, pig-tailed girl from Kansas” into “a brave warrior for good.”OUAT to Bring Back Dorothy Gale as an Oz-some Warrior

Amy Manson Interview For Once Upon a Time | POPSUGAR Entertainment

Bailee Madison returns x

Jonathan Whitesell as Hercules and Kacey Rohl as Megara source | x

EK: An Enchanting Conversation with Elliott Knight ~ November 13, 2015



Emma Caulfield, The Blind Witch: EXCLUSIVE OUAT Scoop: Emma Caulfield to Return as the Blind Witch in 100th Episode!

"The Distinguished Gentleman" played by ‘Once Upon a Time’: Greg Germann Cast in Season 5 as the Devil? | TVLine 11/03/2015

Once Upon a Time exclusive: Robbie Kay returning as Peter Pan!

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general season 5 spoilers

Anything Once Upon a Time? — Tranquillity
Sunday’s episode will provide a sense of the closure, with the two-hour finale kicking off a new story for season 6. “Like every year, the two-hour finale is kind of a different piece than the rest of the season, so in a lot of ways, this weekend is the finale for the Hades arc,” executive producer Edward Kitsis says. “I can say that it will break a few hearts.” As for the actual finale, part of it will take place outside Storybrooke. “As much as they’d like peace and quiet in Storybrooke, fallout from this weekend’s episode causes a character to go rogue in New York City,” Kitsis says. “Once again, the heroes are called upon to save the day.” | EW - 5/6/2016

Once Upon a Time’s Belle said she tainted her soul because she saved Rumple. Does she regret it? Does protecting oneself or family really taint their souls? —Rebecca
I hand-delivered, as I do, your salient Q to the series co-creators, and Eddy Kitsis answered, “Belle is very distraught because she did something that she never ever really wanted to do,” accidentally damning ex-fiance Gaston to the River of Lost Souls. “In that moment, when it was life or death, she chose Rumple, which obviously says something — but whether she wants to admit it or not is another situation. She doesn’t like being put in that situation and she’s upset that she couldn’t figure a way out, because she reacted in a moment and now has to deal with that for the rest of her life.” As for whether having “tainted” her own soul a smidgen might help foster an eventual reconciliation with her Dark One husband, since Belle now stands on less-high ground, Kitsis says, “We are going to have to wait and see what happens to her.” ~ TVLine 04/26/16

PRE-FINALE: With Emma ever “emotional” about the situation she put loved ones in, the May 1 episode flashes back to “a time in her life we haven’t visited since the pilot,” meaning her days as a bail bondsperson, says co-creator Eddy Kitsis. Alas, despite having stormed the Underworld with a very specific plan to save Hook, “what Emma is going to have to face to get him back is very different than what she thought,” says co-creator Adam Horowitz. Elsewhere as the Underworld arc comes to a close: Rumple explores both leverage and a loophole to nix Hades’ contract; Regina and Robin “team up to take someone down” on May 8; Henry’s power as the Author “plays a huge part” in the proceedings; we meet Hades’ brother Zeus; and a current coupling “maybe” won’t last the season.

SEASON FINALE (MAY 15): In addition to tying up loose ends (including “What happened to the Camelot people?”), the two-hour season ender (airing at 7/6c) introduces Sam Witwer (Smallville) and Hank Harris (Popular) in a storyline that tees up “something new for Season 6,” including “ominous threats that are different from ones we’ve experience before,” Horowitz says. | TVLINE - 4/25/16

Any news on how Once Upon a Time‘s Emma feels about Regina actively choosing to stay in the Underworld to help her find Hook? —Amanda
All told, save for Rumple’s bailing on Operation Firebird, you’re going to see among Emma, Regina et al a greater unity than during their Neverland adventure. “We’re a closer unit now,” says Jennifer Morrison. “We’ve been through a lot more at this point, and in coming across these people in the Underworld, we’ve returned to the situation of being heroes that can help. So whereas in Storybrooke we were helping return happy endings, we’re now helping people overcome their unfinished business, so there are callbacks to what we saw in Seasons 1 and 2.”

What is the story with Once Upon a Time’s Hades and Hook? –Emily
“Theyyyyy… are very much aware of each other,” Colin O’Donoghue allowed, when I asked about Hook’s dynamic with the Underworld overlord. “And that’s about all I can say! But they definitely are aware of each other.” TVLine ~3/10/2016

Question: Do you have any Once Upon a Time spoilers? —Jackie
Ausiello: I have not just “any” spoilers, but a bit of a sneak peek at Season 6! For the final two episodes of the about-to-premiere Season 5B, the ABC series is looking to cast the recurring roles of two brothers — one who is physically imposing, brutish, morally corrupt and willing to destroy his family in the pursuit of power, and the other who is weaker and desperate to escape his older bro’s sinister shadow. Should Once get picked up for the fall, these two newcomers would spill over into next season, as well. Cain and Abel? An anthropomorphized Scar and Mufasa? TVLine ~ 3/2/16

Anything Once Upon a Time related? — Kirsty
The mission to save Hook from the Underworld will quickly be expanded once Emma and the gang reunite with both friend and foe alike. “The second half is going to be very similar to the first season in that we’re going to see Storybrooke as a place of people with unfinished business,” executive producer Edward Kitsis says. “We have to wonder if we can’t help them find their happy endings even in the afterlife.” EW Spoiler Room ~ Feb 26, 2016

'Once Upon a Time' Fashion Spotlight: 4 Secrets You Need to Know About Emma Swan's Magical Wardrobe!

Did you get an answer from Once Upon a Time‘s Sean Maguire about the rumor that he’s leaving? —MRiku
As promised in Ask Ausiello, I did ask Maguire about this at the 100th-episode party, and he was (alas) expectedly spoiler-free on his status — though he did acknowledge that dangerous times are ahead for Robin and the other heroes. “We’re going to the Underworld, so I don’t expect much good stuff is going to happen! But as to where it’s going to lead [for Robin], I can’t say,” he hedged. “There are obstacles everywhere — a lot of bad people from the past are coming back and they are not too happy with our heroes. If Once Upon a Time was the Star Wars franchise, this would be Empire Strikes Back. It’s going to get dark, it’s going to be scary, and there will be surprises.”
Is Operation Light Swan still on when Once Upon a Time returns? –Allison
No, it appears Operation Light Swan has served its purpose, to be replaced by a new mission Henry dubs “Operation Firebird.” TVLine ~ Feb 23, 2016

Is there anything you can tease about the Underworld on Once Upon a Time? — Tanya
“It’s a place that, once they get there, they’re going to discover that possibly some of these people can be saved and brought out of there, because maybe they’re misplaced in this world,” Dallas says. “We’re going to meet some people down there that maybe you don’t expect or you haven’t seen in quite a while — maybe a family member of David’s we might see down there. There is definitely a particular person down there for David that he’s going to come across, and Mary Margaret will come across that person too.” Sppiler Room ~ 02/05/16

I was wondering if you could share any information about Once Upon a Time’s Belle and the challenges she might be facing in Season 5B? –Todd
In addition to the flashback featuring (a new) Gaston and leading right up to the events of Season 1’s “Skin Deep,” “We have plans to keep Belle busy,” co-creator Adam Horowitz assures. “Although she didn’t get on the boat [to the Underworld] with our heroes, she’s important to the story and becomes very involved.” As for her rekindled romance with Rumple, “We left them in a place where that relationship was evolving” — though unbeknownst to Belle (played by a pregnant Emilie de Ravin), her husband has gone darker than ever. “We’re not abandoning any of those story threads,” says the EP, “and we’re hoping to pick up on them in an unexpected way.” TV Line ~ 02/01/16

Blind Item: TV show to reveal a female character to be pregnant Not OUAT link to reveal

Blind Item: Which Drama Is Plotting an Actor's Improbable, Surprise Return?

Question: I love Once Upon a Time and I’d love any scoop about Milah’s return. —Audrey
Ausiello: Being the dearly departed ex of both Rumple and Hook, Milah “has a big connection to two of our main characters,”co-creator Eddy Kitsis reminds. As for how she folds into the heroes’ trip to the Underworld, “We don’t want to spoil anything, but… wouldn’t it be weird if she met Emma? She and Emma might be an awkward meeting.” Just as fun is the prospect of long-dead Milah getting the 411 on the fantastically twisted family tree that branched off of her. Hints co-creator Adam Horowitz, “I love the idea of Milah learning just how she is connected to all our characters!” TVLine 1/22/16

On Once Upon a Time, is there going to be any mention of Neal possibly being in the Underworld? –Shannon
Though Season 5B will quickly lay out the rules for who is and isn’t lingering in the Underworld, “I would think that it would be very disappointing for Emma to go down there and not have somebody talk about Neal,” says co-creator Eddy Kitsis. ~ TVLine 1/19/2016

Do you have any scoop on the Regina and Hook adventure we were promised on Once Upon a Time? —
It’s coming sooner than you think … like this week! “She puts him up to a test,” says Lana Parrilla, who teases that there’s a surprising connection between them and events that took place ahead of season 2 that we were previously unaware of. Make of that what you will! | Spoiler Room -~ EW 11/27/2015

Regina’s been pretty quiet on this season of Once Upon a Time; any scoop on what’s in store for her? –Rachel
Between now and the end of the mid-season finale (airing Dec. 6), expect to lay witness to a new piece of Regina’s of past — and in turn learn that she shares a secret with another major character, one that will reverberate into the present. Also: As if the birth of Zelena’s child hasn’t already drummed up drama, you can be sure the wee one will cause some fireworks between the wicked one and her sis! | TvLine 11/22/2015

I need any spoiler about Dark Killian/Hook from Once Upon a Time! — TrueLove
In short, he’s not going to be struggling with the Darkness like Emma was. “As soon as the Darkness is within him again, he goes straight back to his vengeful pirate-y self, pre-Emma Hook, basically,” Jennifer Morrison says. “He’s operating from the Darkness, instead of the goodness that he’s fought for for so many hundreds of years. In the immediacy of it, he’s very resentful, but he’s operating out of that Darkness that’s within him.” | Spoiler Room ~ EW 11/20/2015

Merida, Mulan and Red Riding Hood Storm Camelot on Once Upon a Time | tvinsider - 11/02/2015

Did Emma have to crush a heart to cast this new curse on Once Upon a Time? — Kat
“Yes,” EP Edward Kitsis says. “Can’t make a dark curse without crushing the heart of the thing you love most.” Which begs the question whether someone in Storybrooke pulled a Snowing and split their heart. “There’s other stuff going on than what appears on the surface right now,” EP Adam Horowitz says. Adds Kitsis: “The question you’re asking is whose heart is it and is someone going to die? We’re not going to answer that, but we will say the information you need to guess has not appeared yet … or has it.” | EW Spoiler Room 10/30/2015

Any clues as to whether Once Upon a Time viewers are literally going to “hell” aka the Underworld, and if so, as a whole cast? Or is it possible it comes to Storybrooke? –Karen
Details — on any confirmed trip to Hell or otherwise – are scarce thus far, but this much I can share: For an early Season 5B episode, the ABC series is guest-casting the roles of a “dashing, strapping young man” who is “single-minded in his pursuit of his destiny: to be the greatest hero who ever lived” and a “plucky, 18-year-old female adventurer with a sly sense of humor and a tough, no-nonsense spirit.” TVLine 10/29/15

Question: Any new Once Upon a Time scoop? —Patti
Ausiello: The show is casting a mysterious, dangerous and vindictive God-like figure known obscurely as “Distinguished Gentleman” or “DG.” Given that series co-creator Eddy Kitsis summed up Season 5B as “hell,” which quickly sparked speculation that the ABC series next will brave the Underworld, one must wonder if they’re thusly casting a very dapper Devil. TVLine 10/22/15

10 Things You Didn't Know about Merlin from 'Once Upon a Time'

Do you have details on the Once Upon a Time episode featuring Merida, Mulan and Ruby? — Natasha
Much will be revealed during the outing, which takes place during the two-parter slated to air during November sweeps. “We’re going to get to see more of Merida’s backstory in it,” EP Edward Kitsis says. “It’s an epic adventure.” As for how Mulan and Ruby factor into that, Horowitz teases coyly, “You will have fun and adventure,” he says. “We do address where Ruby has been all this time, and that’s part of the story.” | EW Spoiler Rm- 10/16/2015

Now that Once Upon A Time is delving into Camelot and King Arthur, will we be meeting Morgan Le Fay? —Joe
Ausiello: Matt Mitovich made a point to ask your question at Once’s New York Comic-Con panel on Friday, and sadly the answer was a firm no. “There is only so much we can fit in,” said co-creator Adam Horowitz. “We’re telling our spin on the Camelot story, but it’s really about our core Once Upon a Time characters.”

Will we be seeing Lily back on Once Upon a Time this season?
Like Eion Bailey’s August, who also was in the mix as Season 4 came to a close, Lily (played by Agnes Bruckner) is theoretically “hanging out there somewhere [in Storybrooke],” series co-creator Adam Horowitz tells me. “We have a plan to pick up her story, though it’s not going to be right away. It may be the second half [of Season 5].”
Will Once Upon a Time‘s 100th episode be the conclusion of the [Dark Swan] arc, or will it be more of a retrospective clip episode?
The ABC series’ milestone hour in fact will kick off Season 5B, in the spring. | TVLine 10/15/2015

Will Once Upon a Time explore any storylines for Belle outside of Rumple this season? — Kelley
If you’re wondering whether we’ll see any flashbacks to Belle in her pre-Rumple days, “That might happen,” executive producer Edward Kitsis says. “I would say that the second half of the season is looking a lot like some of our past will come back to haunt us.”
EW Spoiler Room 9/11/2015

Is there any hope that we will see Once Upon a Time‘s Robin Hood in a new adventure? When I heard Merida was coming (played by Amy Manson), I immediately thought that she would somehow end up related to him. –
“We are going to see his adventure side,” series cocreator Eddy Kitsis answered when Matt Mitovich delivered your Q. As for the other ace archer entering the series’ mix, “Robin does not have a connection to Merida,” Kitsis said, “but he will intereact with her.” | TVLine - 8/24/2015

JMO:"They do establish with all of the Dark Ones in the past, which they kind of go back through in the beginning of the season this year, that everyone takes the Darkness for a good reason. Rumpel takes it because he wants to be braver for his son. Emma takes it because she's saving the whole town from being destroyed by the Darkness. Before that, they mention some of the earlier Dark Ones, and their good reasons for choosing the Darkness. I think there's something really interesting about this idea that people make bad decisions for good reasons sometimes, and how far down you can end up in the rabbit hole for having made a bad decision but for a good reason. That happens in life, so there's an incredible life lesson that they're telling with these stories. It's so easy to justify something when you don't know the domino effect of how far that can take you in life." | PopSugar 7/26/2015

How much will we see Maleficent and Lily on the new season of Once Upon a Time? — Jaimie
Because the focus is on Emma becoming the Dark One — did you see the awesome shots of the Dark Swan? — the hunt for Lily’s father will take a backseat for at least the first five episodes. “We intend to tell that story at some point this season,” EP Edward Kitsis says. “We set it up for a reason. That is one we are definitely intending to do.” Spoiler Room ~ July 3, 2015

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Ginnifer Goodwin as Snow White/Mary Margaret
Jennifer Morrison as Emma Swan
Lana Parrilla as Evil Queen/Regina
Josh Dallas as Prince Charming/David
Emilie de Ravin as Belle
Colin O'Donoghue as Captain Hook
Jared Gilmore as Henry Mills
Sean Maguire as Robin Hood
Rebecca Mader as Zelena
Robert Carlyle as Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold

general magazines and press coverage

Renewed for Season 6

Season 4 DVD release date and summary

2014-15 Full TV Season Ratings: Rankings For All Shows | Deadline

ABC's Once Upon a Time Renewed for Season 5

ABC Schedules Premiere, Return Dates for Once

ABC Fall Finale Dates Revealed


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crewAdam Horowitz, executive producer and writer | twitter
Andrew Chambliss, writer | twitter
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Jane Espenson, writer | twitter
David H. Goodman, writer
Brigitte Hales, writer | twitter
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Robert Hull, writer
Paul Karp, writer | twitter | sdcc
Scott Nimerfro, writer | twitter
Daniel T. Thomsen, writer
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Season 5 Promotional Materials

Evil isn't born, it's made
The Dark Swan Shall Rise
I will not lose my daughter, my hope ... to darkness. ~Snow White
Dark Swan poster
Hook Underworld poster

Dark Swan and Camelot characters promotion: Merida, Excalibur, King Arthur, Sir Lancelot, Merlin

Character posters: Snow and Charming | Emma | Hook | The Evil Queen | Rumple and Belle | Henry

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"Tell your timbers to stop shivering, pirate." ~ Regina
Arthur, please, you can't see a way out, but there is one. You can start over. We've all started over." ~ David
"'Look at the half-man with his half-sword solving riddles from a tree.' I bet you laughed." ~ Arthur
Come hell or high water, we are going to put our nonsense aside, and find my daughter.
Everyone who sips from this well enjoys the taste too much.
We've been on the sidelines too long, sister, missed too many adventures. Now it's embarrassing.
"Camelot is a place of love" - Eddy Kitsis
"Exactly what I need, the tear of someone who faced their inner darkness and turned away." ~ Rumplestiltskin
"I thought you said you could outrun a storm. This isn't a storm. It's bloody damnation!"

“No one’s ever done anything like this to me before. No one’s ever been willing to die for me. - Snow White”
Emma: "There's nothing wrong with being cautious." Mary Margaret: "It may keep out pain, but it also may keep out love."
“Never underestimate the power of a guilty conscience.” — Rumplestiltskin to Snow White and Prince Charming

I see it, but I don't believe it... Actually, the fact that you can see it tells me that you do believe.
The cardinal rule of The Authors is don't write your own happy ending. As you can see I broke that rule
"What magic are you going to hide behind today?" ~ Hook
"No need to yell, Snow. I will always find you."
Hook: "How do you know how to sail a ship?" Henry: "I had a great teacher. You."
"Love is a part of all happiness and you have to be open to that."
"That's what villains do, they make themselves happy at the expense of others, but it just makes them more unhappy." ~ Snow White
It is tempting is it not, the power of the quill?" ~ The Apprentice
"Not eve an Author can bring back the dead, no matter how much he may wish it." ~ The Apprentice
"The truth is what you must write. I hope you can resist the temptation of the quill." ~ The Apprentice
"It would seem at this time, we have found the right person for the job." ~ The Apprentice
"At least in the end, I got one last taste. We were happy in there, we were in love." ~ Mr. Gold
"I was already in love. Everthing we had in the book, you could have had here." ~ Belle
"Go far away, when the man is gone only the Dark One remains, and that is more dangerous than you can imagine." ~ Mr. Gold
"You figured out how to take the darkness out of me once. You need to do it again, as heroes." ~ Emma
"I love you." ~ Emma Swan

Long before your stories began, [Merlin] battled the darkness. He was able to keep it from consuming realms. He tethered it to a human soul that could be controlled by the dagger…. - The Apprentice, 4.22
"The Sorcerer is the only one with the power to destroy the darkness once and for all, before it destroys everything."
"You must stop the darkness." ~ The Apprentice

, Once Upon A Time: Journey to Neverland
“This is about family…and that’s what saves you in the end.” x

"Our show is for believers. We wanted to make this show about hope and not be cynical—which is tough in today’s world when usually anything that is cool is cynical. We wanted people once a week to feel the way I felt when I watched Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and the boy got the golden ticket. For me that personally was important. I like that feeling and it’s important. Henry embodies that."
- Eddie Kitsis from Neil Landau’s 'The TV Showrunner’s Roadmap’

"Once Upon A Time is, at its core, a story about hope. For us, that’s what a fairy tale is. It’s that ability to think your life will get better."
"Adam and I just wanted to write about something hopeful that for one hour a week allows one to put everything aside and have that feeling that your dreams just may come true." - Edward Kitsis


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