They just could've done a lot with Ruby. She could've played a bigger role in being Henry's pseudo-big sister, a best friend to both Belle and Snow, probably could've even found new love somehow. I feel that the only way to reintroduce her to the show would be to say if she went off to college or something. I dunno. Meghan Ory, if you're not busy please come back to OUAT, we miss you. ;___;
OUT OF THE WOODS. YES, all of this. there have been so many occasions where it would’ve made sense for them to call on ruby ( for instance when cruella had henry & they were running around in the woods trying to find him ––– it sure would’ve been useful to have ruby around then ), & it just breaks my heart that even her closest friends don’t acknowledge her existence anymore. her friendship with emma had so much potential as well! they could have hella bonded when even emma’s own family was afraid of her magic. i think ruby knows a little about what that feels like. i heard some rumors from the ft3 convention about her potentially returning in season 5, though??? i really hope that’s the case, but they better come up with a good explanation as to where she’s been. I MISS HER SO MUCH.