The repercussions of Regina (Lana Parilla) separating different versions of herself will be fully explored in the upcoming season 6 of ABC’s fantasy series “Once Upon a Time.”
Back in season 5 finale, Regina decided to rip the heart out of her former self, the Evil Queen. However, instead of eliminating her existence, the latter came back as a fully separate individual. With the touted villain now freely roaming Storybrooke, it is expected that it could mean disaster for the heroes.
In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, showrunners Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz hinted on the potential catastrophic events that have resulted from the character’s action, “We saw a snippet of an Evil Queen who looked at what Regina has become and is very disappointed. If she’s unleashed, she would show Regina what ripping away everyone’s happy ending truly looks like,” Kitsis noted.
“There’s a lot of questions to be asked about what it means when you separate parts of yourself and can you really separate these parts of yourself?” Horowitz mused.
Drawing a parallel to Jekyll (Hank Harris) and Hyde’s (Sam Witwer) narrative last season, Kitsis added that it remains to be seen if she can truly eliminate the darkness inside of her and if it is the best way for her loved ones.
Unlike the previous seasons’ format wherein storylines introduced in the first half of the season would wrap up before midseason break, the executive producers warned that it will not be case for Regina, “It’s not like this Evil Queen arc will be all done by December. It might be done by week 2, or by week 22,” Horowitz concluded.
On a related note, TV Line shared that when it comes to how the premiere episode opens, the plot picks up only moments after Hyde arrived in Storybooke and ominously greeted Regina. It will then kick off the Untold Stories of some characters, delving deeper on what their whole deal is really about.
Season 6 of “Once Upon a Time” premieres on Sunday, Sept. 25 at 8 p.m. ET.