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Once Upon a Time theory: Ruby might help save Emma from the Darkness

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Ruby returns to OUAT, but where has she been and where is she going?

Once Upon a Time Season 5 is shaping up to be pretty exciting. From Emma becoming Dark Swan to a story line revolving around Camelot to the arrival of Brave's Merida, a lot will be featured in the first half of the fifth season. With that said, another familiar face will be popping up for multiple episodes.

Meghan Ory is returning to OUAT as Ruby, TVLine exclusively reports. How exciting is that? It's been quite a while since we last saw Ruby, aka Red Riding Hood, aka the infamous wolf, so fans of the actress and the character are probably excited to hear about her return to Storybrooke.

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Prior to announcing her official return, OUAT co-creator Eddy Kitsis teased the following to TVLine, "I hope there's a full moon this year. You never know who might come out...." Well, now fans know just what that means: Ruby is back and for more than one episode. With that said, details about her story line have yet to be revealed, but that doesn't mean I can't speculate, right?

Before I get into where Ruby might be headed during Season 5, let's discuss where she's been. I don't know about you, but it's been way too long since we last saw Ruby don that red riding hood, so a refresher is definitely needed.

The last episode Ruby popped up in was the Season 3 finale, "There's No Place Like Home." She was spotted at Granny's Diner, where Snow (Ruby's BFF) and Charming revealed the name of their newborn son, Neal. Seeing as Ory's been working on other projects, she hasn't been seen in Storybrooke or the Enchanted Forest or any other world that exists on the show. So, where has she been? Has she just been hanging out on the sidelines? I think fans are just supposed to assume Ruby's been there the entire time, but hasn't actually been showcased, and that's most likely due to Ory's schedule.

Ruby returns to OUAT, but where has she been and where is she going?

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With that said, what do you think is in store for Ruby? Also, how do you think she'll return? Will it be some exciting grand entrance or will she just pop up in Storybrooke like she's always been there and now ready to join whatever fight that needs to be fought?

Well, in my opinion, I think Ruby will help her best friend Snow in trying to save Emma from the Darkness. Now that Emma is the Dark One, she's going to be fighting all kinds of battles with her loved ones and especially internally.

Ruby is a beast (and not just because she can literally turn into a wolf). She knows how to battle it out and fight for the ones she cares about, so I can see her joining forces with Snow and Charming to help save their daughter from the Darkness she took on during the end of Season 5.

There's also a good chance Ruby will be part of the Camelot story line. Or, she just might join Belle and Merida's adventure. I don't know about you, but watching Belle, Merida and Ruby uniting as one sounds pretty spectacular.

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Whatever the case, I'm excited to see Ory reprise her role as Ruby and see what she brings to the table.

Once Upon a Time returns on Sunday, Sept. 27, at 8/7c on ABC.

Ruby returns to OUAT, but where has she been and where is she going?

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