It was months ago. Season four had ended. We’d moved forward. We added another member to our family. There was a period of rest. And then this.
Coming This Fall: Once Upon a Time Season 5!
Lets start with the changes in the cast. Michael Socha (Will Scarlet) is now a guest star rather than part of the main cast. However, Sean Maguire (Robin Hood) and Rebecca Mader (Zelena) have been promoted to series regulars.
Sinqua Walls will be returning as Lancelot. And new cast members include: Liam Garrigan (24: Live Another Day) as King Arthur; Joana Metrass (Sinais de Vida) as Guinevere; Andrew Jenkins (Wayward Pines) as Percival; and Eliot Knight (How To Get Away With Murder) as Merlin.
I’m still hoping they borrow, just a little, from The Sword in the Stone since it’s Disney’s adaptation of the Camelot mythology. So to the right there you see their animated counterparts. Yes, Guinevere appears only as a squirrel.
Percival doesn’t have a Disney version, so the addition of the character may indicate that Grail mythology will feature as part of the story line.
The cast revealed that Camelot is in the Enchanted Forest. But, series co-creator Adam Horowitz said:
“Camelot exists in a parallel timeline. It’s existed. How we portray it and show you, it’s existed long ago, short ago and maybe in the future. It may have co-existed with [when Hook was in the Royal Navy].”
Emma’s friends and family will be questing for Camelot in order to locate Merlin, the only wizard with the potential power to free Emma from the Dark One.
While the particulars weren’t available until last week, we knew that was the gist of at least part of the season. What we didn’t know was that there was another character waiting to be introduced. Amy Manson (Atlantis) has been cast as Merida from Brave and there’s a short clip of her showing off her skills.
But that’s not all. Comic Con brought us a first look at the Dark Swan. Emma appears to be imprisoned in the same cell that held Rumplestiltskin way back in season one. But could this be Camelot in some other timeline?
And finally there’s an official Comic Con Trailer recasting the events of Emma’s journey leading up to her sacrifice at the end of season four as a journey toward darkness.
I’m afraid I couldn’t help myself, so here’s a special edition of “Always… no, no… never… forget to check your references.”
The poster is a reference to Black Swan, which sounds slightly cooler than Dark Swan. But they may have had some trademark confusion there. And, in a writerly sense, Dark Swan/wan/one has some pun appeal.
Bonus points for the reverberations with Black Swan (1942): “An ex-pirate contends with rowdy buccaneers and a love-hate relationship with an aristocratic woman who’s tougher than she seems.”
The Merida bit, of course, is collaged straight from the film:
…which is itself a bit of a play on these two scenes from Robin Hood