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Once Upon a Time 100th Episode Preview: “Souls of the Departed”

Photo Credit: Jack Rowand/ABC

Photo Credit: Jack Rowand/ABC

WARNING: Mild spoilers for 100th episode of ABC’s Once Upon a Time

The long wait is almost over! Once Upon a Time returns this Sunday with “Souls of the Departed,” a covert journey to the Underworld, where Emma hopes to free the trapped soul of Captain Hook.

What they likely didn’t fully realize before they made the trip is that the Underworld is populated with more lost souls than just loved ones, or even not-so-loved ones.

Photo Credit: Jack Rowand/ABC

Photo Credit: Jack Rowand/ABC

Sure, Regina may get to see her mother again, but she’ll also come face to face with some of the many souls she stole as the Evil Queen. Not to mention that the other heroes may find that vanquished villains may still be holding a grudge. After all, the underworld is filled with those who have unfinished business, and our heroes may find that the business for some will be that villain’s revenge. With five seasons worth of dead characters to draw from, there’s virtually no limit to the people we could be seeing this season.

Photo Credit: Jack Rowand/ABC

Photo Credit: Jack Rowand/ABC

Naturally, finding Hook will not be easy among all these lost souls. He has lived for over a century, surely he has a lot of bad things coming his way in this place. Can Emma really save him? I’m starting to wonder. To make matters worse, there’s a new Big Bad just begging to be vanquished. And since this is the 100th episode mark for the show, they’ve pulled out all the stops. This villain is no ordinary Enchanted Forest nuisance, he has tasted true power and knows how to use it. Expect pain. Lots and lots of pain.

Photo Credit: Jack Rowand/ABC

Photo Credit: Jack Rowand/ABC

To raise the stakes even higher, it turns out that someone trapped in the Underworld can make the return trip if they trade places with a living soul, and seven fresh tickets back have just arrived in town. Who’s to say which soul is witch when it comes time to return?

Photo Credit: Jack Rowand/ABC

Photo Credit: Jack Rowand/ABC

This is by far the most dangerous plan our group of heroes has ever undertaken. The people they meet will be made more dangerous by desperation, and each person can expect to be tested to their limits by this task. So grab your swords and hold tight to those shields, the back half of Season 5 looks to be a speedy journey towards insanity — and I don’t just mean for the characters. Tick Tock. Tick Tock.

Once Upon a Time “Souls of the Departed” airs Sunday, Mar. 6 at 8/7c on ABC.

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