'OUAT in Wonderland' Is Cancelled, So Who Else Should Hop a Portal to Storybrooke?
Ah, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland. We had such high hopes for you. And by "we", I really mean "only the writers". Now that Once Upon a Time's spinoff show has been cancelled and Michael Socha aka the Knave of Hearts aka Will Scarlet will be joining the cast in Storybrooke, the only question left is who will survive the series finale to join him. The laws of magic have been broken, anyone can die, anyone can be revived, and how all of this affects what's going on in Storybrooke is still anyone's guess. All we know for sure is that Socha is the only OUAT in Wonderland actor that is confirmed to be coming to OUAT, which is great since he's one of the most — if not the most — popular character from the spinoff.
Once Upon a Time has a notorious problem with juggling storylines. Take season 2 for example. It was a hot mess. They tried to follow the lives of the people in Storybrooke, the lives of the people still living in the Enchanted Forest, and fill in the blanks with flashbacks of fairytale past. All of that led to certain characters being underutilized (ahem, Ruby/Red Riding Hood) and other characters having their plot lines go absolutely nowhere (ahem, ahem, Belle). Season 3 did better with the Neverland storyline, but even that went on for so long that the most interesting thing about their quest to save Henry was when and how Snow White found time to cut her hair between episodes. There's no clue yet on what's to come when the Knave of Hearts joins the cast in season 4, but by this point we're confident that Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis can incorporate more than just one new character into the tangled plot. The real question is which OUAT in Wonderland character we need to see more of.
Jafar is not the kind of villain you want to mess around with. Admittedly, you don't want to mess around with villains at all, but between learning everything there was to know about magic from his mentor and then turning her into his iconic snake staff to trying to kill the Red Queen for uselessness and then later succeeding just when it would be most beneficial for him to do so, Jafar kind of goes right up there with Cora on the OUAT scale of dangerously manipulative bad guys. Watching him match wits with the Evil Queen, Rumplestiltskin, and perhaps even the Wicked Witch would make for an interesting season.
A different kind of villain deserves a different kind of hero. If Storybrooke is going to have to face down the likes of Jafar — or if they just need help dealing with the antics of the Knave of Hearts — then Alice is an easy choice for the next addition to the cast. This is the heroine who threatened to behead the Mock Turtle if he didn't take her and the Knave to the other side of the river when she's the one who fell on his back and mistook him for an island to begin with. She and Henry have the same clever guile in common when it comes to dealing with friends and foe alike and the snark-to-snark combat between the two of them could be amazing.
Jafar is bad, but he's nowhere near as bad as the single most feared creature in all of Wonderland. He may have freed the Jabberwocky from the captivity it took five hundred men to force her into, but it didn't take her long to start working against him. This is a creature whose entire M.O. is reaching inside her victims' minds and making them relive their worst fears... and considering that there's hardly a person in Storybrooke without some major skeleton in their closet, she could do a lot of damage to the main cast alone. She's also got zero qualms about baby-killing, so Snow White would have to watch her back. Or her stomach.
Amara is the one who taught dark magic to Jafar to begin with and, yeah, all right, that didn't exactly work out for her. However, she was the most feared sorcerer in Agrabah before Jafar's betrayal and now that she's gotten her form back in time to help him completely destroy the laws of magic, the sky's the limit on what she can do. She has the sympathetic motivations we've come to expect from our Storybrooke villains — see Regina Mills, see Rumplestiltskin — and it's about time someone gives Regina and her magic a run for their money. I want to see exactly how she became the most feared sorcerer in Agrabah.