As serialized shows tend to go on and on, there tends to be a trend that goes along with them — the desire by fans to see their favorite character have some sort of happy ending by being with someone else. Everyone loves a good romantic subplot … but how much is too much?
One the first season of “Once Upon a Time,” there were moments where the show ran into danger of going into romantic kill. From Emma to Snow White to Rumpelstiltskin to the Evil Queen, just about everyone had a love interest at one point or another. The only characters prominent in Storybrooke who really did not fall into this role were Henry — who is far to young to really even be thinking about such things — and Red, who was not even a series regular last season. Even with some of the characters we barely know yet — including Grumpy, who had a one-episode spotlight — we are still seeing love blossom in some shape or form.
So how much should romance be incorporated in season 2? Ultimately, it’s all about balance. We’re not scrooges when it comes to love on TV, and we want to see all of these characters have a happy ending — even Regina, if it’s possible. It just needs to happen over time. Since we have Snow White and David pretty much together at this point, shouldn’t this be the romantic relationship that takes precedence for a while? Once these two are figured out, we can turn to other characters. After all, these two coupled with Rumpelstiltskin and Belle’s dysfunction couple create enough of a couples dynamic to last for a while.
The good news is that even if romance is a constant theme throughout the show, showrunners Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz have done a pretty strong job in ensuring that season 2 puts many characters in a place where love doesn’t seem to be on the table right away. The only man Emma has kissed all series is dead, and for at least the immediate future many of the fairy tale characters are going to be too preoccupied with figuring out their double lives to really focus on trying to find their special someone. We do expect Red to get a love interest eventually, even if it’s not in her fairy tale, and we already know that the arrival of Sleeping Beauty next season is probably going to add a man to the mix eventually.
How much romance do you think should be in a show like “Once Upon a Time” on a weekly basis, and do you think that Kitsis and Horowitz are doing a great job when it comes to balancing this out with the action?