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Exclusive First Look Photos: Once Upon a Time's Giant Meets His (Female) Jack

ABC’s Once Upon a Time will conjure a gender-bending twist with its next new episode (airing Feb. 10), when Jorge Garcia’s semi-gentle beanstalk resident makes the acquaintance of fated giant-killer Jack — played by Cassidy Freeman (Longmire, Smallville). And we’ve got a first look!

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In Season 2’s 13th episode, “Tiny,” Anton the Giant climbs down to the ground — against his brothers’ wishes — and attempts to befriend some humans, whose intentions may not be so noble. Among his new buds is Freeman’s Jack (which we’ll go out on a beanstalk limb and guess is short for Jacqueline…?).

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Elsewhere in the hour, the Giant unleashes his vengeance on Storybrooke when a case of mistaken identity leads him to try to settle an old score with David (who, you remember, was born a twin); Greg questions Belle about what she saw on the night of his accident; and Mr. Gold and Emma take to the friendly skies to seek out Bae. (“You’re going to have to check your enchanted dagger, sir.”)

Once Upon a Time Season 2 Spoilers
Once Upon a Time Season 2 Spoilers

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45 Comments
  1. Kat says:

    I love Cassidy Freeman, can’t wait!!

    • Leo says:

      So, Jack will probably be an ‘item’ with the Giant.
      At this rate, I’m pretty sure Peter Pan will be cast as an underage girl that Hook somehow is attracted to.

  2. Dee says:

    Wow! Cassidy Freeman!!

    Cool beans :)

  3. Nerwen Aldarion says:

    Once Upon A Time is not afraid to show cleavage…

    • Olivia says:

      Hahah, thought the same. Remember Red’s mom?
      One weird thing, tough, is that the Giant and Jack are the same size.

    • ej says:

      Maybe someone in costuming at OUAT is looking for a job on Game of Thrones. Or they just really like boobies — even when the plot makes hanging them out there rather silly. Hopefully Jack, unlike Belle on her beast hunt, tucks her twins into something more suitable when she gets with the giant slaying.

  4. Reblogged this on My Tiny Obsessions and commented:
    Great to see Cassidy Freeman!!!

  5. Jake says:

    Snore…. OUAT is boring me this season.

  6. William says:

    I love Cassidy -but are the producers aware how many female characters there are already in the show to introduce another. It would be nice to have another heroic male character besides Charming. Unless there is a quota that shows like these can only have one male heroic character. Anyhow, I’m sure I’m going to like Cassidy’s version of Jack. Just would like a little more gender balance.

    • Alice says:

      Isn’t that the point? That in traditional fairy tales the girls need to get rescued and spend most of the time cursed waiting for the men to come do the heavy lifting? But Once is finally giving them the chance to do things for themselves! Men have enough chances on TV, I like the heroines on Once.

    • xav says:

      Ugh. Yes, THAT’s what this show needs. More men.Not.

    • Seriously? says:

      Gender balance? How many years have women had to play “the girlfriend” or “the eye candy”. Finally women are getting the chance to play complicated, smart, interesting roles and you just want yet another male hero. There has been decades and decades of male heroes. I’m glad ONCE is loading their cast with heroic women.

    • J says:

      I’m also very ok with the slightly female-heaviness of Once. There are certainly plenty of shows out there with 20 guys and one woman.

    • Paula says:

      I think the fact that OUAT has so many strong women is part of what makes it so great. I really don’t need another Charming type of character.

    • JenB says:

      It would be nice to have some male influence to actually enjoy. Every guy on this show is either evil, dead & only in flashbacks, barely in the show, or related to Emma.

      The empowered female take is great. It’s just tiresome having every arc following that same line. Pretty much every story is, “watch this ‘twist,’ where the female saves the day.” Which was great at first, but it’s getting boring. Emma, Snow, Milan, and Aurora being over there was terrible.

      Keep the strong females, keep that in the majority, but bring in *some* decent, not boring, good guys. They don’t have to save the day, or be the hero. I just don’t want them to be dumb, or evil (or ‘sexy’ evil, as is often the case on this show). We don’t need men to save us, but we don’t need them to be wet blankets either. We can have some equality, wouldn’t that more inspiring? I’d rather have good men working *with* these wonderful women- not above them or below.

  7. Tess says:

    I want to see more of the men we already know, Jefferson, Neal, August.

    • Olivia says:

      Pleaseeeeeeee. Bring me back my Augie and my babby daddy! hahaha

    • AC says:

      I agree with Tess we need to see some some of the men that we saw in the first season like August, Jefferson and Bay they bought a sense of realism to Storybrooke especially August who like Emma came from world outside of Storybrooke, I found his character to be a lot easier to relate to then some of the other male characters in the show so please bring him back.

  8. Azerty says:

    Jorge Garcia is a great actor, I hope this time he will have more acting material than “groaaar I am an angry giant groaar”.

  9. Josh says:

    is anyone else questioning how Jack and the Giant are the same size in the photo????? he is a GIANT and she is not. Wonder how they deal with this. Does he become our size when he is on the ground in FTL or did he drink a potion?

    • Ella says:

      I wondered the same thing. Great to see Cassidy Freeman again although the fact that “Jack’s” skeleton was found in the giant’s lair doesn’t bode well. Would be nice if Jack were still alive. Like Lancealot – really liked his introduction & was disappointed that he died.

      • Mary says:

        Maybe she’s dead, maybe she isn’t. Just because her sword was left behind, doesn’t mean that she is. And I don’t think Lancelot is dead either. Just because Cora says so, doesn’t mean it’s true.

    • Anissa says:

      In the trailer for this week’s episode it had the Giant on Hook’s ship, and he was railing at Cora that she shrunk him…that may tie in somehow.

  10. Michelle says:

    Did Jack borrow her wardrobe from Regina?

  11. Marco says:

    Well, the fact that they HAD to make one of the few male leads in a fairytale female is annoying as hell, and the last thing OUAT needs is a new female character, but at least it’s not a woman who is avenging the death of a male loved one, nor a princess, and she’s most likely going to die in the same episode she appears in, which would be what, the fifth time it happened this season?, but this time I’ll let it slide.

    Besides, wasn’t OUAT the show in which we’d ‘meet’ Jack from Jack and the Beanstalk, and find out Jack wasn’t as nice as we might think…

    • ej says:

      I love Cassidy, but I am also a bit disappointed. With most of the fairy tale lead men being essentially interchangeable princes (Prince Charming is actually Cinderella’s prince, but it hardly matters that he was cuckolded by Snow in OUAT), this was kind of a downer for me.

      On the other hand, I’m pleased with Jack being an antagonistic character. In the original versions of the story (going back like 500 years or so), Jack isn’t really a hero in the Viking tale, and there’s no reason other than implied greed for him killing the giant. With all of the ways in which the writers have muddled and mashed up their fairy tales on this show to make them stray rather glaringly from the stories they’re based on, it’s nice that at least one story, at its moral theme, seems to be a more authentic take on the original than the fanciful Edwardian reinterpretations that Disney took to heart. So, switching Jack’s Y chromosome for an X is perhaps a small price to pay. We’ll see!

  12. Jerm says:

    She looks beautiful in that picture! Love her.

  13. Vannesa says:

    Yeah Cassidy Freeman…can’t wait.

  14. Samantha says:

    Can they please have Sayid from Lost be Aladdin?

    • Mark says:

      Good Lord I hope not. He’d ruin a beloved character. Aladdin was always so cute too and that actor is not.

      • I go with you there: Naveen wouldn’t make a good Aladdin for me, but I think the story around Aladdin and Jasmin revolved when they where very young and that might be my problem.
        Only if they had the two as the two as grown up rulers of their realm…
        But if you saw Naveen in Sindbad you could argue that he might try at Jafar

    • Templar says:

      I’m hoping they get Sendhil Ramamurthy [Covert Affairs] as Aladdin.

  15. Lilith says:

    I know that they love to have a twist on every story, but seriously?! Can’t Jack just be Jack? Why Jack needs to be a woman?!?!?!! I’m getting tired of this…

  16. Ella B. says:

    I was wondering if we were going to find out that Charming was actually Jack — since we never knew shepherd!charming’s name I thought that might be where they were headed.

  17. Samuel says:

    I don’t have any feeling any way towards the gender of Jack I think making Jack a woman. What I do have a problem with is having Cassidy be a brunette as this character like would her having her signature red hair really been that bad? are they holding out on red heads until the day they bring in Ariel (if that ever happens). But I must say it is nice to see some parts of Cassidy we have never really been able to see in the past. ;)

    • Jazz says:

      ^Well you certainly didn’t watch Smallville’s season 10, episode ”Kent”…. If you do, you won’t be disappointed! Hahaha

  18. Firelight19 says:

    Cassidy Freeman! Can’t wait! I haven’t seen her since Smallville ended!!!

  19. hot person says:

    I love this show so much and when season 1 end like that i started crying and netflix would soon have season 2 soon :)