Who’s afraid of the big, bad Swan? Once Upon a Time returns tonight for Season 5! Get a sneak peek of the premiere episode and TV special Dark Swan Rises: A Once Upon a Time Fan Celebration, starting at 7:00pm ET|PT on ABC.
We’ve already gotten some glimpses of what’s to come (2015 San Diego Comic-Con, Disney’s D23 Expo), so we know that Emma is now the Dark One and will really struggle with that darkness. We also know that Killian, Henry, Regina, and the other Heroes will stop at nothing to free Emma from this curse. At the same time, the search for the Sorcerer Merlin is on, and we’ll be traveling to Camelot!
Thanks to ABC, we have the official synopsis for the Season 5 premiere episode (written by Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, directed by Ron Underwood):
EMMA SWAN MADE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE BY BECOMING THE NEW DARK ONE, LEAVING THE RESIDENTS OF STORYBROOKE WITHOUT THEIR SAVIOR, NOW THE HEROES MUST BAND TOGETHER TO FIND A WAY TO SAVE EMMA—Immediately after becoming the Dark One, Emma disappears and the heroes must band together to save her, but first they have to find her, which will require the help of an unlikely ally. Meanwhile, in the Enchanted Forest, Emma struggles to resist her dark urges as she searches for Merlin in the hope that he can stop her transformation. Along the way to Camelot, she gets help from the plucky and brave warrior princess Merida, as well as King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. (via ABC)
In addition to our phenomenal regular cast, “The Dark One” has several guest stars, including Amy Manson as Merida, Sinqua Walls as Lancelot, Liam Garrigan as King Arthur, Timothy Webber as the Apprentice, and Mckenna Grace as Young Emma.
Dark Emma is really going to need all the help she can get…thankfully, new friends will be joining our quest:
— Once Upon A Time (@OnceABC) September 26, 2015
Check out THREE sneak peeks from the upcoming show!
In the first clip, Emma meets Merida in the Enchanted Forrest, but, unfortunately, not on the best terms.
In the second video, back in Storybrooke, the Heroes turn to the Apprentice for answers about Emma’s whereabouts. The Apprentice presents them with a tool that can help.
And in the last sneak peek (via Yahoo! TV), Killian and Henry try to come up with a plan to free Emma:
— Once Upon A Time (@OnceABC) September 24, 2015
Merida knows *all* about shifty witches and terrible curses…and I guess she has a point. At least Emma isn’t a bear (LOL!); however, I wonder why Merida needs the wisp…what’s going on in her kingdom?
Also, I’m so sorry that the Apprentice has died! But how interesting that they’re going to need a villain to wield the wand…someone wicked…like a Wicked Witch AKA Zelena! Of course, Killian will do whatever it takes to get to Emma, and it looks like Henry is in the same boat. After all, he isn’t a kid anymore, right?
EEEEP! I’m so excited for this season! Jennifer Morrison has been bringing it as the Dark Swan and I can’t wait to see how Emma’s character evolves. I’m also really eager about drowning in CaptainSwan feels, especially given the possibility that Killian would go dark to be with Emma (OMG!). Finally, I’m super curious about Merlin the Sorcerer and whether he’ll actually be able to help us. So many questions and so much to look forward to!
What are you most excited about?
Our adventures will begin at 7:00pm ET|PT on ABC with Dark Swan Rises: A Once Upon a Time Fan Celebration:
…the unique special will explore what will happen next as Emma Swan becomes the Dark One and will highlight the characters fans love, including the incredible stories that have created an extraordinarily passionate fan base. Cast members will answer fan-submitted questions and discuss favorite moments as voted on by fans, giving viewers an authentic perspective as they dish on various characters, relationships and backstories. The special also features interviews with executive producers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz with exclusive insights about the season fans won’t want to miss. (via ABC)
Then Season 5 premieres right at 8:00pm ET|PT *EXCITE* I’ll be live tweeting all the fun, so make sure to tune into “The Dark Swan” and join in!