'Once Upon A Time' Season 5 Casts Hook's Father, But What Will He Reveal About The Pirate?

I think it's pretty safe to say that Once Upon A Time Season 5 has gotten off to an intense start, right? We're only three episodes into it, but with Emma as the new Dark One, King Arthur being shady, Captain Swan being pretty much over (thank God), and Regina trying to get enough confidence to step into the savior role, it's all been pretty intense. It's not looking like things are going to slow down anytime soon, but there is something coming up that Hook fans will like: a glimpse into his life as a young boy, which means meeting his father. Executive producers Eddy Kitsis and Adam Horowitz revealed at New York Comic Con that the search was underway to find the man who could fill the shoes of Killian's pops, and now we've found him: Adam Croasdell has been cast Hook's father.

Personally, I remember Croasdell from his time on the British soap opera Eastenders, where he played a dapper doctor named Al who romanced all the ladies in Albert Square. He's since gone on to appear in US shows like Body of Proof and Supernatural, and now he's coming to Once. Unfortunately, there's not much in the way of information in regards to Hook's dad's backstory. All we know is that he abandoned Killian at a young age, which means we're likely in for a bunch of pirate angst when we finally meet him. There's been some suggestion that his name could actually be Davy Jones — as in, the fictional sea-roaming villain from the Pirates of the Caribbean movies — but something tells me that's wishful thinking.Excited yet?

It's interesting to think about what the presence of Killian's father could mean for Hook's storyline, but likely we'll be seeing the flashbacks in order to give us more of an insight about why Hook turned out the way he did. There's always a Hook-centric episode in the latter part of the season (or at least there has been for the past couple of years), but it remains to be seen if Croasdell will be around for the space of one episode or multiple. I guess we'll have to wait and see.

It's always interesting to see a character's backstory, as it enriches the Once mythology and gives the character more depth and humanity. Given that Hook has been written as a major part of Emma's journey (though admittedly, I'm hoping that's not the case for much longer), it seems only natural that we learn more about what makes him tick and maybe get some clues on how things will eventually turn out with him.