She may be out for blood, or at least blood-colored shoes, but I believe Oz’s legendary sorceresses will also be the show’s surprise savior.
Someone wicked this way comes… and not a moment too soon! The promo for the second half of Once Upon A Time‘s third season, which aired immediately after the game-changing winter finale, introduced the ABC drama’s next big villain — and in my opinion, she’s exactly what the show needs.
‘Once Upon A Time’ Introducing The Wicked Witch In Season 3B
The rumors are true, friends; Lost alumna Rebecca Mader will be seeing green in 2014, taking on the iconic role of the Wicked Witch of the West. Though some fans, myself included, initially speculated that Rebecca would be playing Cruella de Vil, I’m much happier to see her slip into the witch’s cloak.
We know very little about Once‘s take on the Wicked Witch — next to nothing, actually — but her arrival on the show still makes me hopeful for the second half of season three, and the show’s future in general. Though I remain a die-hard Once fan, I can’t deny that the Peter Pan story line dragged on for far too long, eventually evolving to the point where his initial intentions were completely abandoned.
How The Wicked Witch Will Save ‘Once Upon A Time’
Introducing a new villain, one with no connection to existing characters — as far as we know, anyway — is exactly what Once needs. When Regina (Lana Parrilla) was first introduced in season one, she was a delightful villainess, but those days are long gone.
At this point, Regina isn’t even really evil anymore. As my partner in crime recently pointed out to me, she’s more of an anti-hero, merely looking out for No. 1, regardless of the effects — positive or negative — that her actions will have on others.
This being Once Upon A Time, I’m sure we’ll learn that the Wicked Witch isn’t all bad — especially if ABC is allowed to borrow from Wicked — but for now, we’ve got a solid villain to look forward to.
(No comment on the death of Robert Carlyle‘s Rumpelstiltskin, by the way. I’m sure he’ll be back at some point, so I’m not even going to weep.)
HollywoodLifers, are you excited about the Wicked Witch’s arrival? Drop a comment with your hopes for Once‘s next great villain!
— Andy Swift