Hello dearies! There is some big news in Storybrooke today as we get our first look at Ally McBeal alum Greg Germann as new villain Hades. Back in the winter finale, Hook (Colin O’Donoghue) sacrifices himself to save Emma (Jennifer Morrison) and the others from dark magic. Emma is determined to bring him back so she and the others summon the boatman and will venture to the underworld. The second half premiere will also be the show’s 100th episode which will feature the return of characters like Cora (Barbara Hershey), Peter Pan (Robbie Kay), Cruella de Vil (Victoria Smurfit) and Milah (Rachel Shelley), Rumplestiltskin’s (Robert Carlyle) wife and mother of Baelfire (Michael Raymond-James) who runs off with Hook after Rumple admits to her he purposely broke his own leg to avoid fighting in the Ogre Wars. As you can see, the creators took inspiration from the animated film Hercules for Greg’s Hades.
“Hades is such a fun, endlessly creative challenge,” Germann says of his flame-licked fiend. “Anything goes. The creators bring him to life on the page with the same out-of-the-box unpredictability that they bring to the rest of the show. They strike the perfect balance between keeping things grounded and letting things fly — sometimes literally.” Executive Producer Edward Kitsis added, “Hades is a very dangerous fellow, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun being the Devil.” Not only does Greg Germann have the look but judging from his acting career, he also has the personality for this incarnation of Hades. The second half of the season is shaping up to be a good one as we’ll see old and new faces alike come together as the battle of good vs. evil heats up in hell.
Once Upon a Time returns Sunday, March 6 at 8pm on ABC. Check your local listings.