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!
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.”
Wicked Womb: Here’s your brand new pairing name, Oncers! We wanted a way to refer to the (very strong!) relationship between Zelena and her unborn child without involving outside dynamics, and our new name definitely has the Adam and Eddy seal of approval. “I really like it!” Kitsis exclaimed. “I think we’re going to get an insight into what this baby means to her and how she feels about the entire situation. And I’ll be totally honest with you, Leanne, she’s going to scare the s**t out of you at some point! She’s the wicked witch you can’t get around it.”
Horowitz furthered, “Right, she’s wicked and that part of her is still there and Wicked Womb is a great way to look at it because this is not a love triangle. It’s not Regina, Robin and Zelena, the wicked witch. It’s this half-sister of Regina, who has caused incredible chaos and pain, is now going to be causing more — but it’s all based on a very strong, emotional connection and that is the love for her unborn child.” And speaking of Robin and Regina…
Outlaw Queen: Now that we’ve (very happily) established that there is no Wicked Outlaw Queen love triangle going on, it’s time to find out what’s next for her majesty and her man. “I think their journey looks strong,” Kitsis said. “I think that this baby may be a setback last year, in the sense that it threw everyone for a loop, but I think they’ve come together, their remaining strong. You’re going to see Regina in a leadership position this year and Robin is really supporting that.”
Kitsis continued, “And we’re going to get a really romantic moment between the two of them in episode two. There is a Camelot ball or as we call it: Prom. No. You know what, I guess it’s fall so it would be a Homecoming dance!” I guess we already know who will be crowned Queen! So just how romantic is this episode going to be? “It’s hugely romantic,” Horowitz teased. “I think episode two has romance blowing through its veins.” Jaw, meet floor.
Our Mystery LGBT Pairing: By now you know that the powers-that-be at OUAT are finally going to officially explore a same-sex relationship, so of course we had to get the details! “We aren’t going to say who the characters are,” Kitsis teased, “We can say that we are going to set it up in the first half, but we are really going to be doing it in the second half. We like to plant the seed and let it grow, so people have to know it’ll be in the second half of the season.”
“We feel that it is important to show many different kind of love stories — whether they’re between a man and a woman, a woman and a woman, or just family love stories with a mother and a daughter, or friendship,” Kitsis said. “So we feel that it is time that we explored a relationship in that community, and we’re very excited about it because we’re treating it no different than any other love story that we do because that’s just the way of the world.” Horowitz added, “Love is love and that is how we intend to handle it.”
Season five of Once Upon a Time premieres Sunday at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC!