“Once Upon a Time” showrunners Adam Horowitz and Eddie Kitsis confirm that a LGBT storyline is coming to the show this season — but they make no promises about who will be involved in the relationship.
“We want the show to reflect the world as it is now. Whether that’s going to be with any particular character we’re not going to say, but [a LGBT relationship] is something we are going to do this year,” Horowitz says during a Season 5 premiere event and Q&A. “It’s something we think is important to do in the show because it is the world we live in.”
The news comes very shortly after the announcement that Jamie Chung would be reprising her role of Mulan in the new season. The character was last seen in Season 3 leaving a very strong implication of having feelings for Aurora (Sarah Bolger), but not admitting them as Aurora announced she was pregnant with her true love’s baby. The unresolved storyline has been one still on viewers’ minds.
“I would say that we know that [the LGBT] community been big supporters of the show. We would love to be able to tell a love story that reflects that,” Kitsis adds.
Fans of the show have already began speculating whether Mulan will find sparks with the newest “Once” addition Merida (Amy Manson), who will get her own backstory episode in the first half of Season 5.
“She’s getting her own hour. We’re going to Dunbroch,” Kitsis says. “We’re going to see her dad and her mom and the whole thing.”
However, Mulan is not the only character from the past that is rejoining the show. Ruby (Meghan Ory) also will reunite with her hero friends from Storybrooke with her own adventures to catch up on.
“We’re not just planning to drop them back in the show with no explanation and say, ‘Oh they were just over there in the corner.’ We do want to give a taste of where Mulan has been and what she’s been up to and where she’s been going to. The same with Red,” Horowitz explains.
“There are other characters who may return as well. We want to honor the idea that all of these characters’ lives have been going on into the fifth year of the show and how they reconnect with everyone and what that means going forward.”
However, the showrunners want to keep who is involved in the relationship — or even if it is specifically a lesbian relationship — that becomes the first LGBT pairing on the show a surprise for fans.
“We’re very excited to have Mulan back. We’re also very excited to have Ruby back and we’re also very excited to have Merida as part of this show,” Horowitz says. “[But,] how they are all going to interact or not interact is something we want to keep a surprise for now.”
“Once Upon a Time” Season 5 premieres Sept. 27 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.