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.
On the subject of relationships, Season 5 of Once Upon A Time might be giving us the show’s first exploration of a same-sex romance. Following discussion about Mulan’s return — and considering that when we last saw her, there was a tease of something between her and Aurora — Edward Kitsis confirmed that the LGBT angle will not be ignored on the series.
“I would say that we know that that community have been big supporters of this show, and we would love to be able to tell a love story that reflects that,” Kitsis said. Horowitz had his own things to add, as well. “We want the show to reflect the world as it is now,” he said. “Whether that’s going to be with any particular character, we’re not going to say, but it is something we want to do this year, and it’s something that we think is important to do on this show, because this is the world we live in.”