In the 17th episode of the third season of Once Upon a Time titled “The Jolly Roger” we’ll be introduced to the ruthless pirate ‘Blackbeard,’ which will be played by Charles Mesure (Desperate Housewives, V).
Mesure hinted on twitter that he gets to wear one of the coolest costumes and takes part in a couple of action sequences, which will very likely include some swashbuckling with Colin O’Donghue who plays Killian ‘Hook’ Jones.
Wrapped today on The Mentalist. Exhausted. Flying to Vancouver tomorrow for a very cool cameo on a very cool show… excited…
— Charles Mesure (@CMesure) January 29, 2014
It seems like we might have to take a closer look at the Once Upon a Time family tree, as ‘Blackbeard’ looks like he could be related to the brothers Liam and Killian Jones, the family resemblance is striking to say the least. Are we set to meet the patriarch of the Jones family?
We know that Killian was abandoned by his father as a child, with his beloved older brother Liam (Bernard Curry) stepping in to take care of him after they found out that their father was a fugitive. The brothers however decided to choose an honorable path, as they both became highly respected naval officers serving in the Royal Navy. That is until the tragic events due to the Dreamshade poisoning in Neverland not only claimed Liam’s life, but also exposed the truth about their corrupt and murderous King. No longer able to follow orders, Killian turned his back on the unscrupulous King and became a pirate instead.
It’s still unknown how the pirate’s backstory will unfold, however should Blackbeard turn out to be ‘Davy Jones’, it will certainly be an awkward family reunion. It will be interesting to see if ‘Blackbeard’ ever took interest in what his sons have been doing with their lives, and if he’s learned of Liam’s death. There’s a good chance both pirate captains may start a battle at sea or have some sort of confrontation, without them being aware that they’re father and son until later.
It’s still only a theory, but the casting department of Once Upon a Time is flawless when it comes to casting actors for characters who are related to each other.
With a possible father-son theme running through the episode, this backstory could relate to the present day as Killian and Henry (Jared Gilmore) seems to be spending more time together. It’s only natural the pirate is interested in getting to learn Emma’s (Jennifer Morrison) son better, and from the recent BTS pictures they might just step aboard “The Jolly Roger”. However we can’t but mention the elephant in the room that is the announcement of a character’s death, as in the BTS pics from 3.16 “It’s Not Easy Being Green” it looks like Henry is asking Killian’s advice about sailing and not his father Neal (Michael Raymond-James), who is just as knowledgeable on the subject. This is pure speculation, but perhaps Neal could be the one dying and in order to cope with his loss, Henry may seek comfort in the man who knew his father best and is able to answer his questions about him.
If “Good Form” mirrored the relationship between Killian and his brother Liam, with that of Killian and Charming becoming ‘mates’, perhaps “The Jolly Roger” will mirror a father-son dynamic. It will be interesting to see how it will all unfold, though for the pirate’s sake let’s hope the episode doesn’t feature a death of another loved one aboard “The Jolly Roger”.
Once Upon a Time returns on Sunday 9 March at 8/7c on ABC