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6 Things to Know About ONCE UPON A TIME’S Season 5 Premiere

BY Jennifer Griffin

Published 7 years ago

6 Things to Know About ONCE UPON A TIME'S Season 5 Premiere

When we last saw Emma Swan, she had just committed the largest act of sacrifice Once Upon a Time fans have probably seen on the show to date.

Saving Regina (along with Hook and her parents) from dark forces that threatened to overwhelm them, Emma chose to become the next Dark One in order to protect those she loved.

But what happens next? Where has Emma gone? How will Hook and Regina locate her? What lengths will the Charmings go to save their daughter’s soul, and why do all the promo pictures for the premiere feature Rumpel in what appears to be a mentor role?

We’ve seen the premiere episode a little earlier than most, thanks to our friends at ABC, and have prepped 6 teasers to help you get ready for what’s coming up on the big premiere on Sept. 27.

As usual, we’re avoiding larger spoilers and plot reveals and other major surprises that would otherwise ruin your enjoyment of the episode. However, it’s important to take caution below anyway, as one man’s teaser is another man’s spoiler …

Here then are 5 things to know about Once Upon a Time’s fifth season premiere.


If you’ve been scanning the recently released images from the premiere then you may be wondering if that’s Rumpel schooling Emma in the Dark arts. The answer is yes … and no.

Rumpel is a manifestation of the Dark One’s power, a guide if you will, and present only until Emma learns to fully embrace her powers. In other words, this is a way to work the excellent Robert Carlyle into the premiere.

Also, if you thought you’d see Emma full-on evil at the start of the episode, guess again. The premiere will see her struggle to control newfound dark impulses against some very steep odds.

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