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Once Upon a Time's Season 3 Premiere Title Revealed: What Does It Mean?

Who is Once Upon a Time‘s “truest believer”? And would that person be well advised to keep an eye on his/her ticker…?

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Those are the questions raised by series cocreator Adam Horowitz‘s reveal of the Season 3 premiere script cover, which carries the title: “The Heart of the Truest Believer.”

Could the title refer to Henry, thus explaining why Peter Pan, as revealed in the finale, is dead-set on getting his mitts on the Maine munchkin? Could that have been Tamara and Greg’s mission, to deliver unto “him” the heart of the truest believer?

And what if instead they had showed up with the “truest Belieber?” Then all hell breaks loose?

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Share your theories on the Season 3 title in comments.



Comments (92)

  • Somehow, I feel like Henry could be both.

    Comment by Emmapants – July 2, 2013 10:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • How can anybody still watch “this” show. Jeeez!

      Comment by Claudia – July 2, 2013 01:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Agreed, it should end with dignity but it does not deserve to come back another season.

        Comment by J. K. – July 2, 2013 02:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Yeah, the second season sucked.

          Comment by Emily – July 2, 2013 02:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • R u kidding me !! This is one of the best series on tv now! I couldn’t wait for Sunday night

            Comment by Ruth west – September 5, 2013 10:07 PM PDT  
        • are you kidding me this show is great. Don’t watch if you don’t want but don’t say is was not a good season it totally was!

          Comment by Bobbie – July 2, 2013 05:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • Thank you…I agree! I love this show!! The story twists are great…it takes a creative mind to come up with the plots on this show. One of the best on TV…goodness knows we need good shows instead of all the “reality tv” garbage!

            Comment by Tee – July 11, 2013 02:30 PM PDT  
          • Totally! If you’re not a fan you’re not but don’t go around insulting it. Lots of people LOVED the second season, including me.

            Comment by abcde – September 4, 2013 05:30 PM PDT  
        • If one bad season means a show should be cancelled, then there are a lot of amazing shows that ran for a really long time that would have been cancelled! Give it a chance! Lots of shows have shaky seasons then come back strong!

          Comment by Kittykat – July 3, 2013 04:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • *cough* Glee *cough* Though that never came back strong. :P

            Comment by Joey – July 5, 2013 01:56 PM PDT  
      • Why are you replying about a show you don’t like?

        Comment by Lisa – July 2, 2013 02:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I watched other shows last that I thought were very bad and I couldn’t believe that they lasted. While others I liked were cancelled. It is just if the audience is big enough. I like the show and when I realized that I expected it to fail. I am glad it didn’t.

        Comment by Robert Johnson – July 3, 2013 05:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I actually really like this show. I know it’s my guilty pleasure. Some people have Buffy, some have Newsroom, some have Supernatural, Charmed, or Medium. As for me, I have Once Upon a Time.

        Comment by Brandi Armstrong – July 30, 2013 01:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • If you don’t like the show then why are you making a commet or why did you look this up if you don’t like it, i meen, really. Go do something else with your time because we don’t want to hear that, because we didn’t come on here to hate on this show.

      Comment by I – July 13, 2013 07:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Henry is the truest believer.

    Comment by Liz – July 2, 2013 10:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It definitely has to do with Henry. He was, after all, the only one to believe in the curse!

    Comment by evanquil1 – July 2, 2013 11:01 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It will probably deliever the resolution why Henry is so important! Can’t wait for it to happen.
    S3 here we gooooooooooo!

    Comment by Maki – July 2, 2013 11:02 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • But will it explain why Waaaaaaaaaaaaalt! was so important?

      Comment by Matt Webb Mitovich – July 2, 2013 11:03 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Who the Heck is Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaalt!? Refresh my memory Matt! Greatings!

        Comment by Maki – July 2, 2013 11:06 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • I think he was making a Lost reference. ;)

          Comment by gdv – July 2, 2013 11:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • ohhh didn’t watched Lost on regular basis (with exception of S01!), but wasn’t Walt the cute Black boy!? Matt do you know for how long will Tamara and the other guy stay ?

            Comment by Maki – July 2, 2013 11:20 AM PDT  
          • Yes Walt was the cute black boy that was so important to the show, until he wasn’t. haha

            So in the show all that his character would do is get lost or go missing and his dad would be useless except to go “WWAAAALLLLTTTTT!!!” every episode. haha

            Comment by BGD – July 2, 2013 11:31 AM PDT  
          • I could see Henry grow up super speed and be an adult in S03B. Maybe be not adult but adolescent.

            Comment by Maki – July 2, 2013 11:34 AM PDT  
        • Well you know…there’s one Walt who’s pretty important to this show! ;)

          Comment by Neil Trama (@NeilTrama) – July 2, 2013 11:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • Mr. Disney, I presume?

            Comment by JCK – July 2, 2013 12:18 PM PDT  
      • It better!

        Comment by Kate – July 2, 2013 12:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Lmbo!! Love this comment soo much!!! A oncer and lost fan too, my kind of person :)

        Comment by Jessica H. – July 2, 2013 09:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Haha.

        Comment by Hannah – July 17, 2013 01:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Can’t wait for season 3
      I’m sure Peter Pan will have a good cause on wanting Henry

      Comment by Karim – July 5, 2013 03:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So excited!

    Comment by Amelia – July 2, 2013 11:03 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I guess the real issue here is what is meant by a “true” believer. Each of the characters who have gone to Neverland have had their faith/trust/belief tested to greater or lesser degrees- even young Henry. But which one of them has been tried by fire the most? I’d say it’s one of our villains or Emma.

    Comment by J.J. Sawyer Phillips – July 2, 2013 11:04 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This is a show where characters should be worried whenever someone references a “heart”.

    Comment by taran63 – July 2, 2013 11:04 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • One of the boys. It’s all about the boys now.

    Comment by xav – July 2, 2013 11:13 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I still wonder what is taking ABC sooooo long to FINALLY announce premier dates for it’s shows including OUAT.

    Comment by Chris H – July 2, 2013 11:25 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • This.

      Comment by DreamRose311 – July 2, 2013 12:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Agreed. Maybe they forgot that in order for people to watch a show we need to know when it is suppose to start again? Not sure, but it sure is annoying. ABC is last to do anything (last to announce renewals, last to release fall lineup and last to announce premiere dates) it’s getting kind of ridiculous. Almost feels like the ABC big wigs don’t care about the fans.

      Comment by cdeno – July 2, 2013 06:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • “believing” is a fundamental rule to Neverland. It can refer to almost anything but most likely something to do with tinkerbell

    Comment by number42is1 – July 2, 2013 12:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Henry = Peter Pan!!!

    Comment by Clifford – July 2, 2013 12:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Henry is NOT Peter.

      Comment by JCK – July 2, 2013 12:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I think you may be right. The person revealed to be Peter in the finale could be an imposter who wants to get rid of the real Peter Pan, Henry.

      Comment by Larc – July 2, 2013 01:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • We haven’t even SEEN Peter Pan yet, they said it’s not any known character OR the guy from the finale.

        Comment by abcde – September 4, 2013 05:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I now have Mountain Dew all over my keyboard from spitting it out laughing at the “truest Belieber line….

    Comment by Caitlin – July 2, 2013 12:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I somehow missed that. What episode? I assume last one season2?

      Comment by Cathy – August 4, 2013 06:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • My husband and I were thinking that the “Shadow” is possibly Henry/Henry’s Shadow.

    Comment by Tabitha – July 2, 2013 02:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • With all this talk of magical Hearts, they just need to start referencing Kingdom Hearts as another world and my life would be complete

    Comment by James – July 2, 2013 03:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Oh God I said tht same thing when Emma said “Love is not weakness… its strength”

      I was like “OMG Kingdom Hearts is Light!!!”

      Hahahha :D

      Comment by erinconner1991 – July 14, 2013 11:23 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • My shot-in-the-dark theory is that (if Peter Pan is not Henry), Henry is the titular character of this episode, and his heart is needed to bring back Tinkerbell from the dead. Some Peter Pan mythology requires one to truly believe in fairies and chant their said-belief to bring them back, and seeing as OUAT loves magic using hearts and is taking a darker route to this fairy tale, this theory could be plausible.

    Comment by Tantanya – July 2, 2013 06:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Ah, interesting. TY for that Tantanya.

      Comment by Karrie – July 26, 2013 09:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Hope it’s a good episode. Season 2 felt like a wasted opportunity.

    Comment by Choco – July 2, 2013 09:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • No, no, no. You folks have got it all wrong this isn’t about Henry, it’s about especial cameo by Stan Lee!! After all he is the leader of all “True Believers”.

    Comment by Julio – July 3, 2013 02:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • “the heart” part of the title gets me nervous.

    also remember the lost boy said your lucky you’re not the one he wants. you get to live.

    It sounds like PP wants to kill henry by taking his heart.

    Comment by creams12 – July 4, 2013 11:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think the second seasons had its ups and downs, in fact so much so that I did consider to stop watching. I’m however glad i didn’t as the last two episodes were great and I do have a feeling season three should be interesting. I do believe the true believer is young Henry. And the original Pan was not a good guy, he killed the lost boys when they became too old. The question is this if he intends to rip out Henry’s heart what use does he have from it?

    Comment by Anette – July 4, 2013 03:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This Series is one of the best I have ever seen!!! Never Cancel it please!! Every episode has me on the edge of my seat! Well done to the Writers, Directors and Actors!! Great Series!!! :D

    Comment by Trixxter921 – July 5, 2013 10:10 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree totally it is a really different kind of series ! It’s refreshing to watch a new kind of show just like Grimm love it! And Rumpel is the bestest

      Comment by Ruth west – September 5, 2013 10:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • TO ALL PEOPLE THAT GAVE THE COMPANIES DOUBT ABOUT MAKING A 3RD SEASON SHUT UP BECAUSE I LOVE THIS SHOW SO DONT STAND IN THE WAY OF THE PEOPLE WHO ACTUALLY ENJOY THIS STORY AND WANT IT TO KEEP GOING

    Comment by Chelsea wauchope – July 14, 2013 05:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Man I love this show! Sometimes it can be kinda cheezy, but other than that, its awesome! I love the chemistry among the characters, the surprises throughout the seasons, and the over all good show it is. Most people watch reality TV, or weird stuff like honey boo boo, but this show has meaning, and it makes you think. I think that’s why the show is so amazing. It’s good, family fun that lures you into watching it more with its wonderfull plot! GO OUAT!

    Comment by Kiki Smith – July 15, 2013 05:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Love this show cannot wait until the new season begins.. looking forward to the mystery of Henrys true identity

    Comment by Stephanie – July 16, 2013 10:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Once Upon A time is a master piece in disguise! I have heard a lot of comments about the plots and twists but when you take a step back and examine the show you can see there is more twists then you can dream of, every time a problem is solved another arises and that really what real life is like but the way these twists are created and made so realistic is a real talent. In the future I hope there are more shows like this as life is hard but these types of show that are obviously not real gives a sense of wonder to life a sense of hope as well.

    Comment by Ashleered1995 – July 19, 2013 08:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • wait a minute did I miss something I could have swore that when the Lost Boys Come and held up the picture they was saying that Harry was Peter Pan and that not to worry because Peter Pan is never wrong meaning that Henry was Peter Pan. it only makes sense because Peter Pan never wanted to be involved in magic that is why he never wanted to grow old.

    Comment by Daniel – July 21, 2013 09:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • i dont think henry is the truest beliver i think henrys just bait so THE REAL TRUEST BELIVER goes and tries to save him

    Comment by ilv5489 – July 24, 2013 09:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Then how would they know about him so far in advance?

      Comment by abcde – September 4, 2013 05:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So this has become one of my favorite shows I love. There was never a dull moment for me. Im excited for s3!! And that waaaaaalt reference^^^^ literally had lmfao :D

    Comment by Jessica Valentin – July 25, 2013 02:25 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This show it truly EPIC. I’ve never been so sucked into a tv series before. My favorite show! (Obviously. :)) l cannot wait until Season 3!!! The next episode in S3 has to be about Henry, who I really believe is the truest believer, and he was thrown in Neverland in the last episode. Plus, OUAT on Twitter has put the hashtag #savehenry out there! I think maybe that was a hint? ;) I know Tinkerbell will be there to help! Can’t wait to meet Tink and Ariel! ❤

    Comment by Mimi – July 26, 2013 10:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • What if peter is mary margaret. Remember peter was a girl at one point in the history of peter and it is her heart because it started to darken.

    Comment by fan – July 27, 2013 08:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Remember Mary Margaret is the truest believer that everyone has good in them with all the chances she gave Regina.

    Comment by fan – July 27, 2013 08:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • She has the short hair to go along with it. This could be the thing to restore her heart.

    Comment by fan – July 27, 2013 08:31 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This show is amazing sure the second season wasnt as epic as the first but it was just as good!!!! This show does deserve to come back and if you don’t think so you Jolu keep your comments to your self I understand you can speak your mind but I don’t tell you how to live your life so don’t tell the people how to run their shows

    Comment by Emily – August 1, 2013 07:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Peter pans shadow wants Henry aka Peter Pan

    Comment by Emily – August 1, 2013 07:10 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The new season is set to air around September 29, 2013.

    Comment by Ashlee – August 1, 2013 05:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Does anyone else think Henry could be…..King Aurther as a boy?

    Comment by Ann – August 1, 2013 05:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Im so excited ewwwww i just can wait. One more month

    Comment by fan – August 1, 2013 08:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m anxious to see How the Little Mermaid is going to fit into the plot of everything. Cause remember the reason that grumpy became grumpy Was because he was not able to follow his true love and go out into the world.I wonder did she some how become The Little Mermaid

    Comment by Daniel – August 2, 2013 10:31 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • People dissing this show should just keep their mouths shut, clearly enough people like it enough for it to keep going. So shut your mouths and don’t say anything. I love this show it reminds me of grimms fairy tales mixed with the comic Fables.

    Comment by Caterina – August 3, 2013 12:29 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I love this show I can’t wait for season 4 . This show is the most amazing show in the world I’m audited to it :) ;) love once upon a time when u think its over its just the beginning love it.;)

    Comment by Anastasia – August 3, 2013 01:05 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • What about Henry dad ,Emma’s ex,and rumpelstiltskin son you can only wonder what they all are going to show in season 3

    Comment by ssm – August 3, 2013 01:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yea your right hr did find his way back home after so many years and that blood thing is it going to show rumpel how to find bay

      Comment by suzzielol – August 4, 2013 08:12 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Can someone someone tell me what episode the “true believer” line line occurred. I missed it somehow.

    Comment by Cathy – August 4, 2013 06:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I believe it was the last episode of the season. I’m sure they will air it prior to the new season starting in September so that we can catch up.

      Comment by Tee – August 4, 2013 06:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • It was in the article

      Comment by abcde – September 4, 2013 05:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I love this show soooooo happy they have a season 3!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by monteil b. – August 14, 2013 02:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Once upon a time season 3 starts on Sunday September 29th 2013 at 8/7c on abc, the episode is called “The heart of the truest believer.” The show starts right where it left off, Gold, Hook, Snow, Charming, Emma, and last for the best Regina (evil queen) are going to Neverland to save kidnapped Henry, meanwhile Belle takes over Storybrooke and Neal is in the Enchanted Forest shot, with Phillip, Aurora, and Mulan. So watch it cause this show is amazing and it is going to be EPIC!!!!!!:) and I think Regina( evil queen), Gold, or Emma is the “truest believer!”

    Comment by Emillee Elizabeth Grey – August 16, 2013 01:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think Regina and Hook should get together. And there should be a musical episode in season 3. I LOVE this show!!!!:)

    Comment by kimberly jacobson – August 16, 2013 01:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Once upon a time is the best tv series that I have ever seen. It just always makes me smile and it always makes me so happy. Thank you to the cast and creators of once upon a time. You always make my day, and I am so happy that once upon a time season 2 is on Netflix now. And I am way excited for season 3. I seriously can’t wait that is why I am watching season 2 again. So thank you!!!! I wish I could meet you guys!!!! Love everyone in the cast!!!!:) and my name is like the fruit not like Sherrie, a lot of people get it wrong!!! It’s okay though!!!:) but it’s the fruit, cherree is my name:)!!!!!!!

    Comment by Cherree Wayne Hill – August 31, 2013 03:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
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    Comment by Mallory – August 31, 2013 05:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I cant wait for september 29th to see once apon a time it was awesome..at least it ended right..

    Comment by terry – September 14, 2013 12:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • season 2 sucked!

    Comment by Anshuman – September 30, 2013 07:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Wow..first show of 3 was good. I wonder what the doll has to do with Rump? Does anyone else think Peter Pan is gay?

      Comment by Daniel – October 1, 2013 07:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I think the doll was bays when he was little

        Comment by fan – October 2, 2013 09:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Im confused peter pan physical self and his shadow is in neverland. That is probably why he needs a heart from a true believer to reattach his shadow to himself. Hmmm i wonder?

    Comment by fan – October 2, 2013 09:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
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