At San Diego Comic-Con Saturday morning, the Once Upon A Time panel was on hand to give us a couple of teasers about season 5. Having run through many Disney heroines already like Elsa, Ariel, Cinderella, Aurora, Snow White, etc., now Merida (Amy Mason) from Brave will join this fairytale drama. The panel also revealed “Dark Swan” Emma (Jennifer Morrison), who became the Dark One in order to save the town (and Regina – Lana Parilla). The panel included cast members Ginnifer Goodwin (Snow), Josh Dallas (Charming), Jennifer Morrison (Emma), Robert Carlyle (Rumplestiltskin), Lana Parrilla (Regina), Emilie de Ravin (Belle), Colin O’Donoghue (Hook), Sean Maguire (Robin) and Rebecca Mader (Zelena). They were joined by creators and executive producers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz.
Watch the “Dark Swan” and “Meet Merida” below.
Morrison on exploring her “dark side”:
“I’m really excited. As an actor to start season five of a show doing something brand new is exciting… now I get to try something totally new and different and get to have the fun that these guys are having,” she laughed, nodding to Parrilla and Carlyle. “There is some fun to the villainy, I’ve spent the whole hiatus digging out my thoughts about it… Emma went through a lot in her life, she’s always tried to be a good person and now she’s tethered to the darkness she’s free of that. I feel like she’s going to face some of the darkness and figure out how to overcome it and not just suppress it.”