will take a closer look at Hook’s past — not to mention Belle’s belly — during Season 5, the show’s producers announced Friday during a New York Comic-Con panel moderated by TVLine’s Matt Mitovich.
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Hook’s father will be introduced prior to the ABC drama’s long winter break — in an episode focusing on Colin O’Donoghue’s alter ego and Lana Parilla’s Evil Queen — the series’ co-creators told the audience.
“We’re going to see an adventure with Hook and the Evil Queen,” EP Adam Horowitz previewed.
Hook’s father, who has yet to be cast, will be seen in flashbacks examining the character’s childhood. “We’ll see Hook as a little boy,” affirmed EP Eddy Kitsis.
Speaking of young’uns, Kitsis and Horowitz also weighed in on the prospect of Emilie de Ravin’s real-life pregnancy factoring into her character’s Season 5 storyline. No decision will be made on that front until the latter half of the season, they said.
“One way or the other, something’s gonna get done,” Kitsis teased. Added Horowitz: “We’re very, very happy for Emilie, and the only thing we can say is that Eddy and I promise
The show bosses also confirmed the slightly different scheduling for this split season.
“We’re going to be airing 10 nights, with a two-hour night on Nov. 15,” said Horowitz. “And part of that episode is going to be a Merida adventure with Mulan and Ruby (played by returning players Jamie Chung and Meghan Ory).”
Horowitz reminded that the series 100th episode will kick off Season 5B in March. Asked for one word to characterize the springtime arc, Kitsis flatly quipped, “Hell!”
There’s been no spoilers of a Rumbelle baby, you’re just assuming that because Emilie is pregnant. You’re baiting with that title.
There’s a question mark. Easy assumption to make, if they decide to write in her pregnancy.
I fear that A/E are going to transfer Zelena’s baby to Belle :(
Oh I’d love that, tbh.. That baby plot is so sick so Id rather Belle has it instead of Zelena. (just an OQer’s wishful thinking..)
But it’s also going to be a lot more sicker to have Belle carry someone else’s rape baby. Just EWW!!
I’d love a good old fashioned hiding an IRL pregnancy hilariously and obviously behind various things. But it would also be nice for Rumple to get another shot at fatherhood.
I’m excited for more Hook backstory. And the 100th episode.
Me too. Belle’s always at the shop so that counter and cash register would come in real handy. And she could take to carring round really big hand bags…
Me too! The same way they did on “How I Met Your Mother”! it was hilarious!!!
And if they choose to write it in, I am not so keen on Rumple being a Dad yet. He hasnt redeemed himself in any way. It would be interesting if the writers did what the poster above “Rebecca” said, and somehow switch Zelena’s baby to Belle, but it might make too many plot complications.
Haha, he actually looks so much like the guy they cast as Hook’s brother! (Bernard Curry)
Wait, so Hook’s dad will have something to do with the Evil Queen back in the day? I wonder how that’s going to make sense since Hook and his family lived hundreds of years before Regina was born.
Yay for Hook backstory!! I’m so excited about it and about seeing him as a little kid. I really hope this means we’ll also see Liam (Bernard Curry) again!
So glad we’ll finally get Hook’s backstory and see him as a child! I don’t like it being in an episode where Regina figures prominently, though. Why do they keep sticking her in EVERYTHING??
Perspectives are funny. To me it sems a lot more like this season is devoted to forcing Hook into scenes and stories with characters he doesn’t belong in for the sake of pretending he’s suddenly relevant beyond playing the love interest.
This season, last season… I guess that’s part of the OUAT formula, Dark One love interest with little other relevance to plot. I’m sorry did I say that out loud. They’re fine, just so much more interesting stuff happening with others that haven’t been fully explored.
I mean, he’s been a whole more relevant than Belle, who is literally only there because she’s Rumple’s love interest. Like there’s not even another plotline they’ve had her in – Hook’s original storyline was getting revenge on the Dark One/Rumple and it’s been referenced time and time again. She will probably spend most of this season in random scenes researching things for random people. The writers did not plan to have Belle as a regular on the show and with the amount of screentime she gets compared to the others, it shows and I really do like Belle, so I find that incredibly sad. Anyways, with Emilie’s pregnancy, I guess that won’t be changing. :(
Pass……….. *yawns* The only way I’d be interested in this episode is that it would mean that they’re FINALLY killing Hook off. I mean, Cora got a ‘background’ episode before she was killed off.
Unless Belle’s baby is Will’s, the show will have officially jumped the shark. If there must be a Rumbelle baby save it for the series’s final episode, when everyone gets a happy ending.
Making any hypothetical Belle-baby Will’s would be super shark-jump worthy, though. It would dredge up a pointless love triangle/barely-a-storyline that was hated by a lot of fans. (They’re already pushing it with one hugely unpopular pregnancy with the Zelena mess.) Plus, Michael Socha is not on the show any longer, so I really hope the writers don’t go there. I’d rather imagine Will reunited with Ana, his True Love. If they’re not even addressing the pregnancy until the second half of the season, I don’t think the timing would work for a Will baby, anyway.
If they write in EdR’s pregnancy, I hope it is a Rumbelle baby and not some creepy Zelena-switch that I’ve seen theorized. It would just make the Zelena pregnancy story even more cringe-worthy to foist it upon another unsuspecting character.
Will is not even on the show anymore. I don’t think it can be a Rumbelle baby unless Rumple and Belle get back together by the end of this arc (which I don’t think is happening since they keep reminding us that Belle has not forgiven him yet) AND they do another time jump for 5B. And creatively speaking, I think after Neal Nolan and the Robin/Zelena baby, they’re mostly likely not going to introduce more kids. They’re a real drag on the plot. Save it for the flashforwards at the end of the series. If it was Jen, Ginny, or Lana, they’d probably have to write it in, but Belle doesn’t get a whole lot of screen time anyway so they should go with clever camera angles and large objects.
I am so excited about Hook’s background!!!!!He is my favorite! <3
Same! The more Hook, the better IMO. Can’t wait to see how they portray him as a kid.
Hell??? Ohhh wonder who’ll play Hades
The actor who voiced him on Hercules. His name escapes me at the moment. James something??
There is no unit of measurement that can adequately describe how little I care about seeing more of Hook, his childhood or his father. And considering the first 2 episodes were very Hook/Emma focused and OUAT got pathetic viewership for the premiere with only 5.93 million viewers and a measly 5.38 million viewers for the 2nd episode, I doubt this will bring viewers back… more likely drive more of them away.
As for working Emilie’s pregnancy into OUAT. If they do, which has not been determined, and Emilie is still quite thin, I’m not holding my breath for them to write anything that “Beauty and the Beast” and/or RumBelle fans want to see. Knowing the sadistic/sick writing of OUAT, it is quite possible that NewBelle (ie, season4&5 out of character Belle) will be pregnant by Will, Hook or some other random drunk, since Adam and Eddy have made Belle’s mind twist to believe that cheating is okay as long as she doesn’t love the guy. It is also possible as mentioned in other comments here, that Adam and Eddy will have Zelena’s baby (who is a product of raping Robin or Rumple) planted into Belle’s body, so that Belle carries a rape baby — it’s truly sick and disgusting, but that kind of vile writing seems to be what OUAT does in recent seasons.
One thing is certain, if RumBelle would have conceived a baby prior to the banishment, then Belle should be showing, because there is now more than 12 weeks since, because they had 2 6-week flash forwards, plus there was all that time Belle was running around with Will in S4B. And in BTS pics for ep5 (3 episodes from now) where Belle says Rumple is “still missing,” Emilie/Belle was still thin as a rail in that bright green mini-dress.
Aside from erasing season 4 and what’s happening with season 5 NewBelle [which won’t happen but should], or having that Belle has been impersonated by somebody since end of 3×20, the only way they could make a RumBelle baby plot seem at all reasonable in the time frame of Emilie’s pregnancy is to have a flashforward of a year, showing RumBelle somehow reconciled, and Belle pregnant, but of course as typical for them, they probably wouldn’t show any of the reconciliation process of how RumBelle got passed Belle abusing Rumple, cheating on Rumple and abandoning Rumple when he needed her the most. …oh, but yeah, they’d still have Belle mad at Rumple regardless of all the awful thing she’s done and the lies she’s told him.
By the way, are we taking bets on the odds that Rumple goes missing when yet again Belle is not paying attention to him because she finds something better to do with her popular friends then actually abiding by her promise to be there for Rumple in his weakened health condition? She spends one day with him out of 6 weeks of a coma, and thinks that’s good enough. This writing is a slap in the face of real people who actually take care of their sick loved ones.
Oh, and one more thing, Robert Carlyle (Rumple) and Emilie de Ravin (Belle) won Once Upon A Fan Awards for Best Actor and Actress last Sunday, and season 5 focal point Jennifer Morrison (Emma) didn’t even make it passed the semi-finales, which shows that Adam and Eddy are yet again betting on the wrong horse.
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