Could Robin Hood be making a triumphant return?
Over the past five years, Once Upon a Time's creators and executive producers, Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsis, have stressed to fans that even in the darkest times, this is a series about hope and that true believers will, more often than not, get their happy endings.
However, as we approach season six of the magical drama, which premieres on ABC this Sunday, it's looking very unlikely that Robin, played by Sean Maguire, will return to our story after having his soul obliterated by Hades.
ET caught up with Kitsis and Horowitz at a press premiere screening on Tuesday morning, and asked the showrunners what they would say to the fans who are still holding out hope that Robin will return.
"I'd say dead is dead," Kitsis answered without skipping a beat.
Oncers know that just because someone is dead, it doesn’t mean they're necessarily gone for good, but in this case, it seems like Robin will remain R.I.P.
"I will say this: we see those tweets every day. All 3,000 of them, every two seconds," Kitsis continued. "I think that we've had loss on this show, we've had people come back, but we're not going to the underworld this year. So I can tell you that a lot of this year is about Regina dealing with loss and moving on because I think Regina has the most unfair luck of anybody, but that's kind of what makes her Regina."
For all you fans who are breaking out that this means that Regina will fall head over heels into a new relationship, Horowitz was quick to ease your premature worries.
"And by moving on, we don’t mean like falling in love with someone right away. That's not realistic to us," Horowitz explained. "This was someone she did love and who she did lose, and we hope that we deal with that grief and his aftermath in a real way."
For further clarification, we asked one final question on the matter: "Basically you're not going to pull a Hook and bring [Robin Hood] back?"
To which Kitsis replied, "You know, 'I just don’t see that happening,' would be the respectful answer to our fans."
Season six of Once Upon a Time premieres Sunday, Sept. 25 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
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