“Once Upon a Time” broke our hearts in Season 5, when the show killed off Robin Hood (Sean Maguire) and erased any possibility of a resurrection.
Poor Regina (Lana Parrilla) lost the love of her life for a second time, and the ramifications of that loss are still showing themselves in this year’s season. Luckily, we will get to see Robin Hood again in Season 6, so we’re keeping our fingers crossed for some good scenes between the now star-crossed lovers.
Screener spoke with Maguire about his impending return to the show and what it will mean for the character of Robin as well as the still grieving Regina.
“Like the audience, I was wondering how can you bring him back — you killed him,” Maguire jokes. “You didn’t just kill him, you made a clear point that he’s really dead. So I was intrigued to see what kind of idea for a story they had, and I thought it was an interesting one.”
Maguire also credits the huge success of the character and the romantic storyline between Robin and Regina to the writers and his co-star Parrilla. He’s definitely aware of the dedicated fan base that developed supporting those two and how deeply saddened they were at Robin’s death.
“That’s credit to the writers and obviously to Lana’s portrayal of Regina and the Evil Queen that people are so passionate about that character,” Maguire says. “I’m hoping in doing this we can give the audience more closure to Robin’s story, and maybe even to Robin and Regina’s dynamic.”
So far, everyone is keeping mum about how and when Robin will return, and what exactly that will mean for Regina, the Evil Queen, and possibly even Zelena (Rebecca Mader) and baby Robin.
We did get Maguire to give us one clue though: don’t expect to see any Robin flashbacks.
“I can tell you that it will not be a flashback because I didn’t want to see that as an audience member particularly,” Maguire says. “I thought if the character is going to come back it has to be for something a little bit more meaningful and Adam [Horowitz] and Eddie [Kitsis] said right out the gate that it was not going to be a flashback … Because of the response to the character dying, I think they feel that they need to give something to the audience that will have an impact.”
Are you ready for the return of Robin Hood?
“Once Upon a Time” airs Sundays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.