Once Upon a Time/The Dark Swan

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The Dark Swan
Season 5, Episode 1
Airdate September 27, 2015
Production Number 501
Written by Edward Kitsis &
Adam Horowitz
Directed by Ron Underwood
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The Dark Swan is the first episode of the fifth season of Once Upon a Time, and the eighty-ninth episode overall.

Starring: Ginnifer Goodwin (Snow White / Mary Margaret Blanchard), Jennifer Morrison (Emma Swan), Lana Parrilla (The Evil Queen / Regina Mills), Josh Dallas (Prince Charming / David Nolan), Emilie de Ravin (Belle), Colin O'Donoghue (Captain Hook), Jared S. Gilmore (Henry Mills), Rebecca Mader (Wicked Witch of the West / Zelena), Sean Maguire (Robin Hood)

and Robert Carlyle (Rumplestiltskin / Mr. Gold)

Guest Starring: Lee Arenberg (Grumpy / Leroy), Beverley Elliott (Granny), Liam Garrigan (King Arthur), Andrew Jenkins (Percival), Elliot Knight (Merlin), Amy Manson (Merida), Keegan Connor Tracy (The Blue Fairy / Mother Superior), Sinqua Walls (Lancelot), Timothy Webber (The Apprentice)

Co-Starring: Raphael Alejandro (Roland), Mckenna Grace (Young Emma) David-Paul Grove (Doc), Gabe Khouth (Sneezy / Mr. Clark), Faustino Di Bauda (Sleepy / Walter), Jeffrey Kaiser (Dopey), Michael Coleman (Happy), Mig Macario (Bashful), Lee Majdoub (Sir Kay), Brent Stait (Peddler), Ingrid Torrance (Severe Nurse)


Plot Overview

Immediately after becoming the Dark One, Emma disappears and the heroes must band together to save her, but first they have to find her, which will require the help of an unlikely ally. Meanwhile, in the Enchanted Forest, Emma struggles to resist her dark urges as she searches for Merlin in the hope that he can stop her transformation. Along the way to Camelot, she gets help from the plucky and brave warrior princess Merida, as well as King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table.


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The Show

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