Sean Maguire, aka Robin Hood, who was killed off from ABC’s Once Upon a Time last season, will be returning to Storybrooke during Season 6, says the Hollywood Reporter.
Maguire made a quick departure last spring when Robin Hood stepped in to protect the former evil queen Regina (Lana Parrilla) and ended up giving up his life for hers. If you watched the sixth season premiere last Sunday, you know that Regina was told that Hood’s soul was obliterated, but she received solace from Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin) when she said that she believes that Robin Hood was in a better place.
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However, co-creator Eddy Kitsis stated that “dead is dead” at a recent screening.
“We’ve had loss on this show, we’ve had people come back…a lot of this year is about Regina dealing with loss and moving on because I think Regina has the most unfair luck of anybody, but that’s kind of what makes her Regina.”
But this is also Once Upon a Time where the rules are somewhat wishy-washy, as Kitsis also told Entertainment Weekly the following.
“We’re thrilled to have Sean back for this story arc and are excited for the audience to see what we have planned, which in the wake of his character’s heartbreaking demise, is something we hope is unexpected and surprising.”
So, will Robin Hood come back to life or will he only be seen in flashbacks? Maguire hopes for the former.
“I feel that if we were to have explored some of the stuff that was alluded to when I was there, I don’t know how much we could cover in a flashback or something like that. I will go on record and say ‘never say never,’ but at the moment, it doesn’t feel like something that is on the horizon … I felt like it was an abrupt end; I didn’t feel the character had any development this year and wasn’t really written for.”
Last year, Maguire told the Los Angeles Times how much fun it had been playing Robin Hood on the show.
“I get to play such an iconic role and for any actor it’s a fun challenge. Also, to be part of a show that has such an incredibly passionate fanbase… I’ve been on a number of shows and I can’t remember anything having a fanbase that is almost religious about it because they’re so invested. On some levels that can be a little bit frightening, but on other levels, it’s so wonderful when families come up and say that kids and grandparents sit together and watch the show. There aren’t that many shows that can do that nowadays. It’s something to be proud of.”
This year on Once Upon a Time, the show will focus on one long story arc instead of two shorter ones. Just how Maguire’s Robin Hood fits in is not clear. However, it is known that Cinderella (Jessy Schram), who has been long absent in the series, will return as well, along with Aladdin (Deniz Akdeniz), Jafar (Oded Fehr), Jasmine (Karen David), and a whole host of other new characters from the “Land of Untold Stories” that include the Count of Monte Cristo (Craig Horner), Captain Nemo (Faran Tahir), and Morpheus (Giles Matthey).
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Meanwhile, fans can look forward to seeing Maguire on another TV series this season as well. Sean will appear the fourth episode of NBC’s Timeless. Maguire will be portraying Ian Fleming, the author of the James Bond novels, in the episode titled, “Party at Castle Varlar,” though that role will likely only last for the one episode since the main characters bounce around in time from episode to episode.
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