12:30 pm EDT, October 26, 2015

Is Hades coming to ‘Once Upon a Time’ season 5?

Recent casting news for Once Upon a Time hints that a God-like figure is heading to Storybrooke. Are we finally ready to meet Hades?

A recent announcement from TV Line indicates that Once Upon a Time creatives are hoping to fill the role of a “Distinguished Gentleman,” who goes by the initials DG. Chances are the DG could stand for more than a person’s initials. Perhaps, Death God? It may be time for the planets to align and for Hades to make his grand debut in the Once Upon a Time universe.

Season 5 is not so subtly dropping nods to Greek and Roman mythology. In fact, in episode 2, not only does Regina save Robin from a fury (the female spirit of justice and vengeance), but she prevents Robin from being taken to the Underworld.

Once Upon a Time is lacking Hercules representation. Sure, the series may not need Herc’s super strength, but Megara and Hades are two characters who never fail to make the wish-list!

Hades Once upon a time season 5 casting

The addition of Hades also makes sense in the context of season 5’s narrative. By the time season 5b rolls around next spring, it is not hard to imagine someone, hopefully not Henry, dying as a result of Emma’s battle with the Dark One. What better way to fix that than a trip down the River Styx to visit Cerberus and Hades? Could this wind up being the final fight that turns Emma from zero to hero?

If the casting does result in Hades playing the Distinguished Gentleman, we give the news two thumbs way, way up!

Watch Once Upon a Time season 5, episode 6, “The Bear and the Bow,” Sunday, November 1 at 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC.

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