"We know that community have been big supporters of the show and we would love to be able to tell a love story that reflects that," Kitsis said. Horowitz added to EW, "We want the show to reflect the world as it is now. Whether that's going to be with any particular character, we're not going to say." They emphasized that it's something that they will do this year, in Season 5, it's not just a theoretical idea.
There's no guarantee that the story will involve Mulan, who has feelings for her friend Aurora/Sleeping Beauty, and it's known that there's a strong fandom out there that wants to see Regina (Lana Parrilla) and Emma (Jennifer Morrison) together, as #SwanQueen. So ... maybe?
Lana Parrilla talked to After Ellen about the SwanQueen shippers, sharing her thoughts on why fans want Emma and Regina together:
Do you have any theories about the LGBT storyline coming in Season 5? What would you like to see happen?
I think they're two very strong, powerful, intelligent, attractive women. [laughs] Sorry, I'm biased. You've got a brunette with brown eyes—dark, sultry—and then you have this blonde, blue-eyed, very—Emma has a different quality from Regina. She's definitely more athletic, more active, stronger physically in a different way than Regina would be. And Regina has a different internal power and that's also very attractive, and a witch, and a humor, and a sassiness that we all love about her. She can be very snarky. And there are a lot of qualities that make these two characters connect and I can see why people would want them to be together. There's also been tension between them throughout the years and they're fighting and at each other's throats, but not ever really physically hurting one another, and so there's that tension that I think that can be perceived as very sexual by a lot of our audience, especially our SwanQueens."
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