Category: Once Upon A Time
Here is the press release and two amazing HQ stills from episode ‘6.11 Tougher Than The Rest’. A huge thanks to FarFarAwaySite for these.
EMMA TAKES HER DESTINY INTO HER OWN HANDS WHILE REGINA EXPLORES WHAT ROBIN’S LIFE IS LIKE WITHOUT HER, ON THE MIDSEASON PREMIERE OF ABC’S ‘ONCE UPON A TIME’
Sean Maguire as Robin of Locksley and Eion Bailey as Pinocchio/August
“Tougher Than the Rest” — With Snow still asleep in Storybrooke, David and Hook race to stop Gideon before he can confront Emma. Gideon makes a startling confession to Belle and Gold about his whereabouts while he was missing. Meanwhile, Regina struggles with the realization that everyone, perhaps even Robin, is better off in the alternate world where the Evil Queen was defeated. And when Emma inspires a familiar face to help her and Regina return home, she discovers the power to change her fate, on “Once Upon a Time,” SUNDAY, MARCH 5 (8:00–9:00 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network.
Given that it has been a long time since we’ve had a new episode of “Once Upon a Time” to discuss, we do like to think that the time is right for another classic debate on the show’s future — and this time, we’re talking Robin Hood in particular.
The last we saw of the character … well, he wasn’t quite the same character at all. The winter finale ended with us getting a small taste of Sean Maguire as the “wish-world” incarnation of the famed Prince of Thieves. Regina spotted him, and that immediately brought back so many memories of the late hero she loves. In turn, those thoughts bring hope that somehow, there can be a way for the two parties to be together and happy once more.
Yet, this is not the same Robin that she knows. This is a different world where Emma Swan is not the Savior, and even the smallest action can have a ripple effect. If you look over to another Vancouver-set series in “The Flash,” you get a sense of how that can work courtesy of Flashpoint. You also have alternate universes aplenty that are over there in the DC Comics universe, and looking at how that show has handled such characters as Harrison Wells does make us wonder something in relation to “Once Upon a Time” and what the writers are doing here: Can “wish-world” characters be brought over? Are these people mere dust in Storybrooke? There are so many fun concepts that can be explored in terms of the rules, and in relation to a character as beloved as Robin, there are questions aplenty regarding whether or not he can be brought back in this new form.
(Don’t worry, there are no spoilers ahead.)
We all want hope – If Robin was a true love for Regina, can’t he be again? The merit of bringing him over to Storybrooke is that maybe it could either jog some of his memories via some sort of magical transference, or he could simply adapt and eventually fall into a similar role? Bringing Robin back would be a way to make a high percentage of the fan base feel relieved after what happened near the end of last season. It felt at the time like there was so much more story to tell with Robin, and we didn’t get a chance to see it.
Also, don’t we all want more of Maguire on the show? He brought so much to the role, and that’s been missing from most of season 6?
The kicker – We understand that the idea is effectively a pipe-dream, and you do want death on the show to mean something since otherwise losing a loved one no longer has an impact. We’ve already had one character on Hook resurrected; while this would be slightly different than a resurrection, the idea of it thematically is similar. You’re finding a way to make someone there who wasn’t there previously.
Regardless of whether or not Robin comes back for good, at least you can celebrate the fact that we get Maguire back on the screen for a little while longer. It allows us to see another timeline for the character, and maybe in the process, Regina can have some closure.
I’m excited to see Robin interact with the EQ and I would love to see little Roland again. Let’s hope the writers won’t let us down this time.
Will we get to see how the Evil Queen feels about Robin Hood?
KITSIS: 100 percent.
Will we get to see Roland again?
KITSIS: Can’t say.
Robin Hood also made his return in this episode. What made you guys made you want to bring him back in this half of the season?
Kitsis: It’s kind of hard to answer that question until you see the second half. Regina, she’s going through some things this year. She lost Robin last year. She decided to cut off the dark side of herself. We realized that Regina has worked really hard at not being bad, but one thing she hasn’t worked on is her own happiness. She was on a path to move forward and now she’s in an alternate world with a Robin who was created by a wish. We’ll have to see what happens.
Can you guys talk about how similar the dream Robin is to the Robin we already know and love?
Horowitz: That’s a big question, and an important one, and one we certainly explore and get into as soon as we return.
Kitsis: What we can tell you is that if people think we just brought Robin back, he’s the same person and we’re just like, “Oh, he’s coming back to the show!” — that’s not what’s happening. It’s a new story. It’s a different Robin and they will enjoy it in March.
We had that big moment at the beginning of the season with the feather, where Regina was letting Robin go. What effect is even the possibility of having Robin back going to have?
Kitsis: We saw Regina choose faith. We saw her choose to believe in something even though there was no proof of it. She chose to move forward and not let herself get consumed by revenge or anger. I think that this story is really going to test that.
Horowitz: The significance of that feather from the beginning of the season comes back into play when we return.