Who is excited for Once Upon a Time to return tomorrow night?!?!? ME!!!! So here is an article from Variety giving us a few insides as to what to expect with the new episodes.
ABC’s “Once Upon a Time” returns from its midseason break on March 1, kicking off the second half of its fourth season with an arc centered around the Queens of Darkness — Maleficent (Kristin Bauer van Straten), Cruella de Vil (Victoria Smurfit) and Ursula (Merrin Dungey) — as they join forces with Rumpelstiltskin (Robert Carlyle) in pursuit of their own, villainous happy endings.
Variety was among a number of outlets who spoke with “OUAT” exec producers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz about the show’s return, including the ominous teaser that debuted during the Oscars telecast and seemed to imply that our hero, Emma (Jennifer Morrison), might somehow be tempted towards to the dark side…
Variety also caught up with Kristin Bauer van Straten to discuss Maleficent’s return and whether the three wicked women will be able to work together. Read on for the trio’s teases about the “Once’s” Sunday premiere, titled “Darkness on the Edge of Town.”
Who Will Save the Savior?
As the Oscar teaser indicated, Emma will face a new challenge in the back half of season four — one that could lead her off the righteous path and right into the hands of the villains. “One of the big themes for the second half of the season that we want to deal with is, ‘What makes someone a hero and what makes someone a villain?’ and what the differences are and what the common ground is,” Kitsis explained. “Emma has spent a long time in the series being told she’s a savior and being told she’s a hero, and now she’s going to have to face that it’s not as black and white as that. I think going into this second half, all of our characters are going to be wrestling with this idea of good and evil, not just in terms of what they’re facing as an external threat, but internally and within themselves.”
Emma won’t be the only one grappling with questions about who she really is — many of our core characters will face a crisis of conscience in the final batch of episodes. “What we really want to explore is, if you’ve done a bad thing, can you come back from it, can you become the person you want to be, even if you didn’t start out that way? And vice versa,” Kitsis teased. “What makes a hero and what makes a villain is a point of view. That, to us, was really interesting as opposed to just black and white, ‘I’m good, you’re bad,’ and ‘I’m a villain and I’m coming here to do villain stuff.’”
Kitsis and Horowitz have a lot of options when it comes to choosing which iconic Disney characters they want to give the “Once”-over, but they admitted that Maleficent, Ursula and Cruella were their top picks for this new arc. “Maleficent was previously on the show, and we always wanted to get back to her, which is why we never fully killed her. Ursula we set up a little bit and teased in the Ariel episode, and we think she’s a lot of fun. Then, Cruella, we just liked her, really — there’s a sass to her,” Kitsis told reporters. “What we wanted was for Gold to take the lesson of the heroes who always work together and realized he needed to work together with the villains, so we just loved the idea of a team of evil. When we were saying our wishlist of who we wanted to write, it was these three.”
Horowitz agreed: “If you keep watching you’ll see there’s a connection between all of them, and between our characters that I think will, hopefully, make it more clear why those three in particular.”