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.
As promised, here is the short HD clip of Robin returning to OUAT! Enjoy!
ROBIN IS BACK! Finally! I wish we had seen more of him in this episode but I take whatever I can get of my favorite outlaw. I also added the logoless HD screencaptures to the gallery. The clip will follow soon.
Talk about the decision to have Robin Hood return in this way and tease how Regina is going to deal with being around him again in the coming episodes?
KITSIS: This was a story that we’ve been excited about for a while. We love Sean and we thought that this is a fun way to continue to tell the story of Robin Hood, but from a slightly different angle, because this character that we’re meeting isn’t the same Robin Hood who we know. But because he also is sort of a version of that Robin Hood, it clearly has a deep impact on Regina. In the spring premiere, you’ll see that that becomes a huge part of her story, and in effect, Emma and everyone else as well. I don’t think we want to say too much about what happens, but it certainly allows us to explore the wounds that Regina has in regards to Robin, and it allows us to also explore this sort of new character in a fun way.
KITSIS: Since Robin died last year, she’s really kind of questioning. She cut the darkness from her self, only to have it come back. She is figuring some things out deeper than just, “Will I be good today or bad?” We’ve seen Regina have the ability to love and love other people, but somebody that she really actually needs to explore is herself.
A huge thanks to my great friend Eva for these amazing pics from the panel at ‘HVFF Atlanta’
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