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Once Upon a Time “Darkness On the Edge of Town” Previews and Predictions

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Coming Tonight: Once Upon a Time 4×12

CAUTION:  spoilers, sneak peeks, and speculations

“Darkness on the Edge of Town”With Gold banished from town, the residents of Storybrooke attempt to resume their normal lives. Hook and Belle search for a way to release the fairies from the Sorcerer’s hat, while Emma, Henry and Regina continue to look for clues that could lead them to the Author. But when a terrifying darkness descends on the town, Emma and Regina are forced to confront the true nature of evil. Meanwhile, in New York, Gold and Ursula enlist Cruella De Vil to join their cause, written by Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz and directed by Jon Amiel.

Here’s the promo that aired after the last episode:

…and here’s the new plot teasing one that aired during the Academy Awards:

For the Spring Premiere, we got four sneak peeks, just in case our fiery anticipation needed fuel. In the first, Rumplestiltskin tells the Queens of Darkness what time it is.

In the second, Emma and Regina do lunch.

And in the third, from the same scene, they discuss hope.

Finally, in the fourth, an ungrateful gargoyle terrorizes Storybrooke

Producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis have repeatedly reiterated that their versions of Cruella, Maleficent, and Ursula are specific to the Once mythology and bare only passing resemblance to existing Disney counterparts. In a sense this is probably true, it’s also true that Maleficent was a major property following Frozen in Disney’s lineup and they’ve brought the character’s costume closer to both the classic character and the updated one. Last year also saw the twenty-fifth anniversary of The Little Mermaid and the marketing surrounding that continues. While there will be plenty of drift, we’re betting all three villains will bring loads of references to the popular films with them.

4x12 The Look

As for predictions, I’ll stand by some of the parallels drawn to Paradise Lost during our commentary on 4A. If the new promo is any clue, the Queens of Darkness are absolutely trying to bring forth evil from good. And, conversely, any redemption sought by Regina follows the mirrored ending of the epic, bringing good, ultimately, from attempted evil.

It seems like they’ll be drawing on that with individual actions as well. Looking at the final sneak peek, the salvific attempt to release the fairies may have inadvertently released Fantasia‘s ultimate expression of evil. We’re curious to see who’ll be tempted and who’ll be tempered.

Mostly, though, we’re just glad the show’s back this week.

And that they made the hentai joke immediately…

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