Anonymous said: Hi: I'm not sure if you've seen the promo or not, but everyone seems to be freaking out about the fact that it is now Season 4 and Emilie de Ravin (Belle) still hasn't been included. A lot of fans have been saying that Belle is the only regular character who still gets treated as a recurring cast member. On one hand I feel that there is a level of truth to it, but on the other hand I don't think this whole promotion thing really matters. I remember you wrote an essay on how screen time...
doesn’t always matter in a t.v. show. I was wondering if maybe if you can shed some light on the promo debacle. Why do you think Belle (who has been around since S1) isn’t featured as much in the promos as Hook (who was introduced in S2), and does it really matter? Does this reflect on ABC’s overall attitude towards the character (even though she’s a fan favorite), or do they just want to use Hook as much as possible? Thanks.
I honestly don’t know how promos work. Maybe it’s based on people’s contracts. Maybe it’s based on whoever was on set that day. Maybe Belle’s FTL dress was at the cleaners. If someone knows how these things work, please let me know!
But pop quiz, Belle fans: do you remember ANY of the following from last season?
- Season promos
- Season photos (other than the Beach Prom Photos from Hell)
- Episode promos
- Episode photos
- Episode summaries
- "Previously on OUAT" recaps
- Random commercials
- DVD commentaries
- DVD box art placement of floating heads
- Tweets from the writers that end with “keep watching”
- Facebook polls
- Off-hand comments/jokes from actors at panels
You know what I remember from last season? THE EPISODES. And the episodes for S4 seem to me to have a lot of promise for our favorite freshly-matrimonied librarian (dates! daggers! flashbacks!). Plus, I bet Belle will be integrated with the main cast more this season, like she was in S3B. Keep your powder dry, folks— I’m sure there will be plenty of things to get mad about in the coming months.
Watch out, writers—I’ve got this gif on stand-by just in case