Spoilers ahead! Continue at your own risk! This post contains spoilers from last night’s Season 6 premiere of Once Upon A Time.
After last night’s whirlwind of a season premiere (check out our review here), a lot of viewers were left in shock and disbelief that our beloved Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison) could be doomed.
We learned early on during Sunday’s premiere that Emma is facing some demons – both literally and figuratively. She started to have visions of a grim future – where she is seen fighting a hooded figure who runs her through in a sword battle, ultimately leading to her supposed death.
As Hyde (Sam Witwer) said, every Savior has a villain that brings them down. He spotted her hand tremor, an unfortunate side effect of being the Savior that every Savior before Emma has experienced. The Oracle explained that while her journey to her ultimate destination may change, the destination will remain the same. So, no Savior can have a happy ending. But is that really the case? Or is Emma her worst enemy?
When posed with the question of whether or not Emma Swan is really doomed executive producer Edward Kitsis commented:
That is a question we are posing. That’s what we’re going to explore this season. (This show) remains a show about hope
And what about who is under the hood? Who is Emma’s villain? Now the question is: Who’s under the hood? Hyde said it could be someone from The Land of Untold Stories. But, according to Kitsis, money should be on someone we have met before.
Emma is going to wonder who that is. We’re definitely going to be exploring that. It could be someone we’ve met before. I definitely would say it is somebody we’ve met before. Who’s in the hood is going to be a mystery. To tell you now would be like, ‘Here’s who shot J.R.’
Emma will have to face herself and stop pushing the people she loves away. It is her M.O., unfortunately. We examine her psyche and how her defense mechanisms and sense of duty play into her current predicament: her life is hanging in the balance.
Six years ago, when we met her, the very first thing she did to Henry is she said, ‘I don’t believe any of this.’ She even denied having a kid. We’ve seen her grow and fight and [go on] all these travels. We thought, what would happen if you really did all this? Is it fair to return the happy endings to everyone else and be told yours doesn’t come? Would you still keep doing your job? Are you doing it out of the sake of duty or because you believe in it? What kind of role model are you? We really wanted to get into Emma’s head this year, in a character way, and really explore what it means to have this responsibility.
As we saw last night, Emma, at least for now, is keeping her visions and tremor to herself. She wants to shelter the ones she loves, especially Hook (Colin O’Donoghue) from what is really going on with her. It may come from a good place, but lying to your true love is never a good thing. EP Adam Horowitz elaborates, “It’s a lie that’s coming from what’s a good place in her mind, but he’s probably not going to feel that way when he finds out.”
Emma will need to learn that her walls must come down; especially if her journey with Hook is to continue.
When Emma has a problem, she reverts back to season 1 — wall goes up, ‘I’ll figure it out myself, I don’t need to tell anyone.’ That’s the journey for her and Hook, which is now that she said last year, ‘I love you,’ well if you’re letting that wall down and letting all the good things in, all the bad things are going to come in. It’s that push-pull that’s going to be driving them.
The push and pull will ultimately be what eats Emma up inside. She is going to either need to come clean eventually or she doubles down and things will just get worse as she continues to hide it. According to Kitsis, “Emma will absolutely double down.’
Suffice it to say, keeping the truth from Hook and her family will start to weigh heavily on Emma. “It affects her in the way that that anytime you keep a lie from the people you love, it starts to eat at you,” Kitsis says. “What happens usually is one of two things: You have to come clean or you have to continually double down and it only make it worse. Emma will absolutely double down.”
More to come, Oncers! What did you think of the premiere? What do you think will happen to our beloved Emma Swan?
Once Upon a Time airs Sundays at 7/8C on ABC.