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Once Upon a Time - Episode 5.11 - Swan Song - Sneak Peek 1 & 3 + Interviews

Variety Interview
Thanks to RD for the heads up.

Hook is a character who has always struggled with letting go of the past and his own dark impulses. So hypothetically, even if he does manage to escape being the Dark One at some point, how do you think this brush with darkness with affect him, moving forward?

I’m not sure I know the answer to that — I can only go on what we see with Rumplestiltskin as the previous Dark One, who’s lost his power now, but there is still that creeping want, once you’ve tasted it. I think it’s a difficult thing to let go of. And with Hook, the things that he’s done in his past up until he became the Dark One really haunted him and colored who he was and colored both his darkness and also his redemption, because he had to try and let go of some of those things to allow himself to love again. I think with this, essentially it wasn’t his decision to become the Dark One, so that’s maybe something that might be a redeeming factor. But I think the hurtful things that he’s done or is about to do, if he ever wasn’t dark, it might still stick with him.

EW Interview
Thanks to OUAT Fan for the heads up.

There’s just one tiny problem with the Dark Ones’ plan: They need to sacrifice a soul in order to stay in the realm of the living, which means that a number of our favorite heroes, including Snow (Goodwin), Charming (Josh Dallas), Regina (Lana Parrilla) and more are quite literally marked for death. “Once you snuff out the light, all there is is darkness,” Parrilla says. “What does that mean for everyone? All the living souls are in danger, especially because we don’t know what could happen. We all get branded, and we’re all being sent to the Underworld, so what does that mean for our future? It’s a scary fate for them.”

With the situation looking grim, Gold (Robert Carlyle) advises everyone to spend their final fleeting moments with their loved ones, which is exactly what he does with Belle (Emilie de Ravin). “There’s a lovely moment in episode 11 where he genuinely thinks that’s it for everyone, because they have been marked, and the ferryman is coming to take them all to the Underworld,” Carlyle says. “He thinks that’s the end of it. He meets up with her and gives her this car and a potion to cross the town line and be unaffected by it. She’s obviously saying, ‘Why are you trying to get rid of me?’ He’s like, ‘I’m not. I just want you to have the life you’ve always wanted. You’ve wanted to see the world, you’ve wanted to experience life, and I want you to do that,’ not telling her that obviously that he and the rest of them are going to die.”

Sneak Peek 3

Sneak Peek 1

Are we meeting Hook’s father in flashbacks in this episode? We still see elements of Hook’s father and what his relationship with him was and a bit more of Hook’s backstory as well in fairytale land. Does Hook’s father influence him in an evil or bad way? We know he abandoned him as a kid and there’s some sort of adventure with the Evil Queen involved. We’ll see Hook’s prior relationship with the Evil Queen and an element of that, and we will see Hook’s father in those flashbacks at some point.