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“Camelot is slated to play a big role in the fifth season after the Apprentice revealed in the finale that the mysterious Sorcerer – who may be able to save Emma (Jennifer Morrison) after being consumed by the Dark One – is actually Merlin.”

Once Upon a Time finds its King Arthur, Entertainment Weekly, by Natalie Abrams

“AFTER BEING CONSUMED BY THE DARK ONE … “ It’s interesting how this is written. It portrays how people think about the Dark One when it’s NOT Rumpelstiltskin. Emma is “consumed,” a very passive idea. With Rumpelstiltskin, it’s usually all about him taking on the curse, which is active. I don’t know if it’s sexism in the media that gives Emma the passive portrayal, or if it’s about her Savior status–or a bit of both. No one ever says that Rumpelstiltskin was “consumed by the curse of the Dark One,” even though the audience saw it happen in 1x08, Desperate Souls.

People like to say Rumpelstiltskin took on the curse of the Dark One, and often he gets blamed for “choosing to become evil”–when that wasn’t the case at all. He is unlike any other villain. He didn’t know what he was getting into (”Looks like you made a bargain you didn’t understand.” – Zoso, the previous Dark One) and he was doing it to prevent losing his teenage son to the conscripting army. He was a hero. And a brave one, at that–no matter his reputation.

Emma, of course, chose to take on evil, too, for good reasons; however, she knows a little bit more about what she’s getting than Rumpelstiltskin did. Or she should. At any rate, she will find out what it’s like to harbor pure evil–and to have to fight it. 

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