“Once Upon a Time” Teases The Arrival Of The Queens Of Darkness

"Once Upon a Time" Teases The Arrival Of The Queens Of Darkness
In a recent interview, the "Once Upon a Time" bosses teased the arrival of the Queens of Darkness!

This Sunday, Once Upon a Time will bid adieu to its Frozen arc, which has taken up the first half of the show’s fourth season. But, have no fear, because Storybrooke won’t be free of terrifying villains for very long.

Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis recently spoke with Entertainment Weekly about the arrival of the Queens of Darkness. Maleficent (Kristen Bauer Van Straten), Urusla (Merrin Dungey), and Cruella de Vil (Victoria Smurfit) will arrive on the scene to cause mayhem for the second part of season 4.

"Once Upon a Time" Teases The Arrival Of The Queens Of Darkness
Credit: Jack Rowand/ABC

How did the creators of the show decide that these three characters would be the next OUAT villains? “For this one, we saw in the first half of the season that Regina (Lana Parrilla) was really questioning whether or not villains could get happy endings. So we knew we wanted the second half to be villains in search of their happy endings,” Kitsis said. “We always wanted to bring Maleficent back. We thought, ‘What is the greatest team of evil we could gather to go up against?’ Ursula we teased in the Ariel (Joanna Garcia Swisher) episode last year, and then Cruella, for a while, we just always wanted to bring her on the show and couldn’t figure out how because in the movie, she was kind of ’50s. You always want to put your twist on it. For us, Cruella just fit into this trio of terror.”

"Once Upon a Time" Teases The Arrival Of The Queens Of Darkness
Credit: Jack Rowand/ABC

Given the fact that each Queen of Darkness is a villain in her own right, it seems unlikely that they’d be able to work together to achieve a common goal. “You have three leaders who all want to lead. Of course, only one can,” Kitsis revealed. “For us, what’s interesting is watching villains take a page from the hero playbook. Heroes always work together and never put their ego first. Villains so often put their ego first and lose. These are smarter villains coming back to correct the mistakes from their past.”

"Once Upon a Time" Teases The Arrival Of The Queens Of Darkness
Credit: Jack Rowand/ABC

Make sure to read the entire interview on Entertainment Weekly to find out more about the creators’ plans for the three Disney villains and how Star Wars won’t be coming to Once Upon a Time!

Once Upon a Time season 4, episode 12 “Heroes and Villains” will air Sunday, December 14 at 8PM EST on ABC.


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