A familiar face will be coming back to Storybrooke, Maine. An original cast member from ABC’s widely successful fantasy series “Once Upon a Time” will reportedly return for the series’ fifth season.
“OUAT” viewers last saw Ruby/Red Riding Hood (Meghan Ory) in Season 3 finale, just before Emma (Jennifer Morrison) and Henry (Jared Gillmore) exited Storybrooke in an effort to give themselves their best chance and flee Peter Pan’s curse. Ruby was a no-show in Season 4 when Emma and the gang met the sisters from “Frozen,” Queen Elsa and Princess Anna, and faced Mr. Gold/Rumpelstiltskin’s (Robert Carlyle) team of villains. Despite her season-long hiatus, one report is now claiming Ory will return in Season 5.
According to TVLine, Ory, 33, will reprise her role in “multiple episodes” on the front end of “OUAT” Season 5. The 33-year-old actress was first believed to be making a comeback when showrunner Eddy Kitsis teased her possible return during a recent TVLine fall preview Q&A.
“I hope there’s a full moon this year,” he said. “You never know who might come out…”
When “OUAT” premieres on Sunday, Sept. 27, Emma will begin her fight against the darkness inside of her after transforming into the Dark One. Viewers will remember that Emma sacrificed herself to save Regina (Lana Parrilla) in the Season 4 finale. After Emma surrendered and was surrounded by the darkness, she disappeared, with only the Dark One’s dagger with her name on it left behind. Despite vanishing, Emma won’t be gone for good.
With the Season 5 trailer teasing that this installment will be about “the clash of good versus evil,” the people of Storybrooke — a majority of which will be in Camelot this season — might be happy to learn they’ll have Ruby, who has the ability to turn into a wolf, around. According to Kitsis, Emma’s new title means she’s the not the savior people have come to know.
“Emma is going to do something particularly bad,” he teased. “And to the people she loves.”
“Once Upon a Time” Season 5 premieres Sunday, Sept. 27, at 8 p.m. EDT on ABC.