Ding dong, the wicked witch is dead!
As this half of the season’s big bad villain on “Once Upon a Time,” fans were shocked to watch Rumpel kill Zelena in her cell at the end of last week’s episode, “Kansas.” With Zelena/the Wicked Witch dead, and two hours left to go of Season 3, is the green-skinned villain really gone?
Not so fast, say “OUAT” showrunners Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis, although she won’t be as prominent in the two-hour finale as she has been for the second half of this season.
“You will see less of Zelena in the two-hour finale,” Horowitz tells Zap2it. “Certainly the after effects of what she tried to do, we feel. But that was one of the surprises that we wanted to unfurl, which is that her comeuppance happens before the finale, and then the finale is hopefully a wild ride to a different and surprising place.”
The fans aren’t the only ones mourning the loss of Zelena, as Rebecca Mader positively bewitched everyone with her portrayal of the iconic Oz villain.
“We are definitely sad to see her go,” Kitsis tells Zap2it. “We wrote that part solely for Rebecca Mader, and she just elevated it and crushed it and just made it fantastic. We are just in awe of her performance. And although she may be defeated, we definitely are looking forward to seeing her again in the future at some point in some way.”
And even though Zelena might be dead, she’s not done causing problems for our favorite Storybrooke residents. “What you’re going to see in the finale is that the time travel spell that she was trying to enact has worked, but without her around, it’s not quite working in the way that she expected,” Horowitz teases. “Our characters are going to find themselves in another time with this big problem. Because when you mess with the past, you’re also messing with your own future.”
Kitsis adds, “For us, what’s so much fun is that we knew we were going to have two hours and we wanted to write a two-hour movie. We’re really excited about that. So in a lot of ways, the whole Wicked Witch arc came to a head last week, and what people are in store for in the finale is an epic culmination of what every character went through this year.”
The “Once Upon a Time” two-hour finale airs Sunday (May 11) at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.