‘Once Upon a Time’ Debuts Same-Sex Romance With Ruby and Dorothy
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‘Once Upon a Time’ Debuts Same-Sex Romance With Ruby and Dorothy

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Once Upon a Time got its long-awaited same-sex romance last night, April 17, when Ruby fell for Dorothy in the Land of Oz — six months after producers first teased the storyline.

After bonding with the Kansas gal, Ruby sought advice from Mulan, whose love for Aurora in Season 3 went unrequited.

“Don’t make the same mistake that I did,” Mulan told her. “Don’t wait until it’s too late to tell someone how you feel.”

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When Dorothy goes missing, Ruby finds her in the Underworld under a spell (courtesy of Wicked Witch Zelena), and wakes her with a lip lock.

“True love’s kiss has been a staple of this show since the beginning,” producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis told The Hollywood Reporter. “This past Sunday’s episode was just another example of how in a fairy tale, as in life, love is love.”

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But now they’ve embraced their love, will Dorothy and Ruby survive? There’s been a slaughter of lesbian and bisexual women on scripted shows lately, in case you haven’t noticed.

Over a 30-day period, queer women died on Jane the Virgin, The 100, The Magicians, and The Walking Dead; and two more were killed off this month on The Vampire Diaries.

The unfortunate trend has LGBT viewers up in arms, with hashtags like #BuryYourGays and #LGBTFansDeserveBetter going viral on Twitter.

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With all this (rightful) outrage, we think the OUAT writers will know better than to kill off Ruby and Dorothy… but we’ve been disappointed before!

See what happens to this new couple as Once Upon a Time Season 5 continues Sundays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.