All fans of ABC’s fairytale television series, ‘Once Upon a Time,’ have had the vision of the Dark One’s dagger falling to the ground engrained in their minds since the season finale last May, wondering what happened to Emma Swan. Things did not look good as the Savior disappeared from the streets of Storybrooke, leaving her whereabouts unknown for the loved ones left watching her be engulfed by darkness and unknown for the viewers that were glued to their television screens. Luckily, at Disney’s D23 Expo, which began August 14th and closes August 16th, the first two minutes of season five’s premiere were shown to attendees and consequently released online. So, Oncers, you can take a small breath because a tiny dosage of OUAT has been given to you to tide you over until the show’s season premiere in September (which absolutely still feels like a terribly long wait).
But from the clip, a few details about where the characters of Storybrooke are at the beginning of season five can be determined. To start, the new season picks up right where season four left off, but things are already not going well for the heroes. For some reason, Hook cannot summon Emma to him, which, according to Regina, suggests Emma is not presently in Storybrooke (which would explain why she was in Rumplestiltskin’s cell in the Enchanted Forest in the clip shown at San Diego Comic-Con in July). Consequently, the Dark One’s powers do not function like they did when Rumplestiltskin boasted the title since Emma is no longer in the same realm as her family, a feat Rumplestiltskin could not accomplish himself.
Relations among the main cast of characters do not appear to be peachy either. Tensions already seem to be flaring as each character tries to reason why Emma made the decision she did and what the best measures to be taken are in order to save Emma from the darkness. But if the past four seasons of OUAT have taught viewers anything, it’s that Prince Charming, Snow White, the Evil Queen, Robin Hood, Hook, and Henry will stop at nothing to save Emma and restore her light to her.
And the fate of the former Dark One himself is also in question now that he has been separated from the darkness. What will a light Rumplestiltskin be like and what does this change mean for his and Belle’s relationship?
Let’s not forget season five also brings about the introduction of beloved Disney character Merida. Although she is not featured in the aforementioned clip, her presence promises new stories, relationships, and obstacles to be discovered.
‘Once Upon a Time’ premieres September 27th, so plenty of time is left to watch your favorite episodes again (or even the whole series) until then.