There is something that we find both brilliant and hilarious about a “Once Upon a Time” episode entitled “It’s Not Easy Being Green.” It’s not often that you really get many pop-culture references with this show, but we give a mini-salute to any reference to Kermit the Frog that you can throw in there. (If puppet world was a universe that Emma could travel to, we’d celebrate for weeks.)
As cool as this title is, though, it is not like that name is just being thrown in there willy-nilly in order to make longtime fans of the show happy. Instead, it is the title of the show’s fourth episode back, which is going to be a showcase for none other than the Wicked Witch! You’ll learned where this character (played by Rebecca Mader) comes from, and also what makes her tick and what possibly caused her to be so wicked in the first place. Just take a look at what co-creator Adam Horowitz told TVLine if you’re looking to have more of a spell cast upon you:
“She’s got a whole backstory and mythology. We used the original [L. Frank Baum] book as a jumping-off point, and then spun her in a hopefully unique, Once Upon a Time way.”
The reason that mentioning the source material is so important is largely because of the various incarnations that fans of the show know “The Wizard of Oz” for. For some people out there, this is known widely as one of the greatest literary creations of our time; but for others, it’s more about the movie or “Wicked,” the Broadway show. Obviously, Horowitz wants to ensure that you have no false expectations that you are going to see a random rendition of “Defying Gravity.” (Save that for “Glee” instead.)
The second half of this season starts up on Sunday, March 9, and the show will start airing (as always) at 8:00 p.m. Eastern time. If you want to read more news related to “Once Upon a Time,” click here for some Rumpelstiltskin chatter. Also, sign up for our CarterMatt Newsletter! It may not come to you via magic, but it will inform you of the latest and greatest from the TV world.