ONCE UPON A TIME Showrunners Introduce the Divas of Doom

ONCE UPON A TIME Showrunners Introduce the Divas of Doom

It’s going to be interesting to see how Storybrooke handles not one, but three evil Divas of Doom coming to town in the second half of Once Upon a Time’s 4th season. I’m especially interested in seeing how they explain away the fact that Maleficent was killed by Emma already. And Adam Horowitz and Eddie Kitsis didn’t mention it at all in this interview with EW. The question wasn’t even asked. Am I the only one who is confused by this?

Anyway, here are Adam and Eddie talking about Maleficent (Kristin Bauer Van Straten), Cruella de Vil (Victoria Smurfit) and Ursula (Merrin Dungey), and the rest of season 4.

These are three very strong and malevolent characters, each a Queen of Darkness in their own right. Can they actually work together?
HOROWITZ: That’s part of the fun—these strong women with slightly aligned agendas, but wanting things for themselves, and watching the sparks fly between them.
KITSIS: You have three leaders who all want to lead. Of course, only one can. For us, what’s interesting is watching villains take a page from the hero playbook. Heroes always work together and never put their ego first. Villains so often put their ego first and lose. These are smarter villains coming back to correct the mistakes from their past.

Let’s talk about Cruella de Vil. Can you say what world she comes from?
KITSIS: We’re kind of taking some liberty there. We’re going to realize that our Cruella may have originated from the Enchanted Forest, and we may find out she has some magic of her own. She’s part villain, part Zelda Fitzgerald. There’s something glamorous and jazz age, but something very deadly about her as well.
HOROWITZ: She’s a fun character for us. We hopefully found a way to spin it and make her different and part of the Once universe while also having plenty of nods of the iconography of Cruella that everybody loves.
KITSIS: The actress playing her, Victoria Smurfit, is just phenomenal. It’s fun to watch.
HOROWITZ: Wait ’til you see her car.
KITSIS: It was more expensive than Sven.

(Read the entire interview here.)


Once Upon a Time airs its fall finale Sunday (12/14) at 8/7c on ABC.

Image credit: Jack Rowand/ABC; EW.com



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Liz is a wife and mother of three from the Clarksville, TN area who likes being able to discuss her favorite TV shows with adults sometimes. She is addicted to the fairy tale themed TV shows that are so popular recently, such as Grimm, Once Upon a Time and Sleepy Hollow. Contact her at liz.henders@gmail.com.

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