“Very dead” is a nonsense phrase that only begins to make sense in comic boom and fantasy franchises. Because in a show like Once Upon A Time, death can be a minor affliction, easily healed by time a new contract. So such franchises occasionally have to invoke the “very dead” option to try to inject a real sense of drama and loss.
Which is exactly what Once Upon A Time did with Robin Hood (Sean Maguire) in season five. Hades didn’t just kill him, he totally obliterated his soul. That’s pretty dead.
But that may not be the last we seen of Robin, despite Once Upon A Time showrunner Edwards Kitsis telling reporters that “dead is dead’ during a US screening of the season six premiere last week.
Now Kitsis and partner-in-crime Adam Horowitz have told Entertainment Weekly that Robin will be back and that they’re excited for fans to see what they have planned, “which in the wake of his character’s heartbreaking demise, is something we hope is unexpected and surprising.”
Well, first thought is, “It must be a flashback,” since flashbacks are part of the show’s DNA. But that doesn’t sound “unexpected or surprising” so maybe not. Hopefully this will be one resurrection that is worth the inevitable groans of, “nobody stays dead in fantasy”.
Don’t forget to read our review of the Once Upon A Time season six premiere that’s now available in the UK via Netflix.