Post Mortems

Once Upon a Time Creators Talk Regina's Blast from the Past, Confirm Season 4's Frozen Twist

Once Upon a Time Season 4 ElsaABC’s Once Upon a Time at the close of Sunday night’s two-hour Season 3 finale served up a chilling twist, when it was revealed that in the course of time-traveling to and from The Fairy Tale Land That Was, Emma and Hook brought back to Storybrooke an uninvited guest. TVLine invited series creators Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsis to clear the air on the new character’s identity as well as weigh in on the heartbreak they threw at Regina, in the form of a different blast from the past.

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TVLINE | First things first: Who are we looking at there at the very end?
ADAM HOROWITZ | That is Elsa. We fell in love with the movie Frozen when we saw it, my daughters are obsessed as is Eddy’s son… It is something that ever since we saw it would gnaw at us, “Is there a way to fit it into our world?” And we cooked up a way to do it. We pitched the studio and the network and they were kind enough to say, “Go do it.”
EDDY KITSIS | What’s funny is that people think Disney called us up and was like, “You need to do Frozen,” and it’s really actually quite hard to get these characters. It’s not like they call you up and say, “We’d like you to do this.” It’s actually quite the opposite. You have to work at it and have a vision and the spirit.

TVLINE |  Right, for something as fresh in pop culture as this, it’d seem you have less leeway.
HOROWITZ | Look, we had an idea for how we wanted to approach this story, and we are very well aware of how beloved the movie is, so we’re very careful that we want to tell a story that is uniquely ours but also honors that movie and those characters that everyone fell in love with this past year.
KITSIS | The thing we  love about Elsa is she is a character that is perceived to be a villain but is clearly misunderstood, and that goes to the heart of our show.

TVLINE | Does she have a history with Rumple? He seemed a bit afraid of that chamber she was locked up inside.
KITSIS | It seems like they’ve crossed paths….

TVLINE | Is this role Maggie Grace’s or Elizabeth Mitchell’s to lose? 
HOROWITZ | We are so excited to dive into the process of casting. We literally delivered the final [cut] of the finale on Friday…
KITSIS | … and now we have two weeks off. When we come back we’ll start dealing with casting.

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TVLINE | Moving on to Maid Marian: Once Upon a Time Elsa FrozenObviously the Regina fans are none too happy this morning. To quote one, “Why did you go to the trouble of redeeming her only to crush her heart all over again?”
HOROWITZ | Heres the thing: What we feel like we’ve done with Regina over three years is grown the character. She has changed and evolved, and this doesn’t change that. What it does is it changes the way she reacts to this. That’s the drama for us — how does this “new” Regina deal with this kind of adversity? We’re throwing a challenge in her way. This is not about her suddenly becoming that character we met three years ago.
KITSIS | Also, there’s Emma’s side of this — does she feel any guilt? She saved someone’s life, but in a lot of ways crushed someone’s [life], just like her mom did. We’d like to play out the reality of all this.
HOROWITZ | [Regina and Emma] are in new place. That doesn’t just go out the window. If it did, what would have happened at the end of the finale is Regina’s eyes would have glared red, she would have conjured a fireball and Emma would be toast.
KITSIS | I disagree — she would have tried to do a heart-rip first, and when she couldn’t do that, then she would go to fireball.

TVLINE | Will you be playing a love triangle, or will Robin Hood up and bail on his new love?
HOROWITZ | We’ll just have to wait and see.

TVLINE | But Robin Hood did think Marian already was dead before Regina went to execute her, right?
HOROWITZ | To clear it up: In Season 2 we saw Marian ill, which is why Robin was trying to steal the wand from Rumple. And then she was cured, and she went on to give birth to Roland. In Season 3, Robin Hood talks about how he lost his wife — not from the illness but a whole separate thing. So something clearly happened that we’ll explore next season, where they were separated and she died — and he certainly didn’t think the Evil Queen killed her. There’s a story there to be told.

TVLINE | Can you confirm yet that Sean Maguire will be a series regular for Season 4?
HOROWITZ | What we can say is we certainly hope to have him back next season — as what [status of cast member] remains to be seen.

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TVLINE | And then we haveOnce Upon a Time Finale Recap Emma and Hook, who outside of the Charmings are now Storybrooke’s most stable relationship!
HOROWITZ | Give ’em time. [Laughs] They had a nice moment, but we’re not fast-forwarding to ordering in Chinese and watching movies.

TVLINE | Who in the writers room gets credit for “Princess Leia”?
KITSIS | Give credit to “the writers room of Once Upon a Time,” a room of Star Wars geeks staring at the life-size Boba Fett helmet in Adam’s office. So when she started to say, “Princess…,” the entire room went, “Leia!”

TVLINE | All told, how much fun was it Back to the Future-ing the Snow/Charming meet-up?
KITSIS | Whenever Adam and I are asked, “What’s the script you wished you wrote,” it’s always Back to the Future. We wanted to write [the double-episode finale] like a two-hour movie, so it was like, “Let’s go for it.” We knew that the theme for this second half was “There’s no place like home,” so we really wanted to thematically watch Emma see what it was all about. It’s probably the most fun we’ve had.

TVLINE | And one last bit of housekeeping: All of the friendlies who were turned by Zelena into flying monkeys were returned safely?
HOROWITZ | Yes. We saw Aurora smiling happily at the baby naming…. Grumpy explained that she did not give birth to a flying monkey. What happened with her was the pregnancy was put into stasis as she was monkey-fied. Now she’s back to where she was.

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  1. Toni says:

    …I’m still torn on how Elsa will be played out. She needs to be perfectly cast.

  2. Osmelyjps says:

    Can’t wait for season 4!
    Matt In the end you wrote “palce” I think you meant “place”.

  3. Luli says:

    One of my favorite episodes of the series! Well done, Adam and Eddy!

  4. wrstlgirl says:

    Guess I better rent that movie before next season :-)

  5. WTactualF says:

    Wonder if she’s tied to the Knave in any way?

    • I’m putting out there, since we know that they are bringing the Knave from Wonderland, but didn’t mentioned Anastasia (who become the white queen of Wonderland). Maybe is Anastasia daughter;

      • Leah Faye says:

        Anastacia, in Wonderland, became the RED Queen. I don’t think Elsa would be Ana & Will’s daughter, since clearly Elsa was around WAYY before Regina/Cora, etc. Rumple said he was terrified of Elsa’s magic.

        • JC1 says:

          She was the Red Queen during the course of the show, but at the end when Alice is telling her daughter the story, she says that Will and Anastasia became the White King and Queen of Wonderland. So Anastasia was the White Queen in the end.

  6. Kat says:


    • Toni says:

      I second this!

    • Delirious says:

      The finale has made me hate Emma, dammit. She should be the big baddie for season 4, not Elsa!

      (and I’m not even a shipper, in any of the shows I watch/like)

      • Meg says:

        I guess I don’t get why people hate Emma. Yeah, she made a bad choice in freeing Marian(as far as the timeline goes)… but I can’t believe anyone whould expect The Savior to NOT try and save people if she could. It’s human nature to help people, and her instinct is stronger than most because of who her parents are. She didn’t know who it was she was saving, nor did she know that it would hurt Regina. She had no idea. Now, that speaks to some OTHER flaws that Regina brought up, such as not thinking about the consequences of her actions, but it doesn’t make her bad or malicious. You are acting like she brought Marian back to hurt Regina, and that simply wasn’t the case.

        • Aliki says:

          all what you said is true BUT Emma was in the past. she knew that her actions will change the future and she should be more careful. Hook warned many times but she didn’t pay attention. I really liked Emma but I think this time she acted carelessly. No excuse for me.

        • Kay says:

          I disagree. Emma was tempted to leave Storybrooke and live on her life, not caring about anyone else. She knew very well, she can alter time by changing things in the past. IF you’re a savior, you wouldn’t be that stupid to save someone in the past, possibly wrecking up the entire time line.

      • Amanda Greymaulken says:

        Agreed! Poor Regina!

  7. Deion says:

    If Maggie Grace’s people didn’t put in this call last night they don’t deserve to represent her.

  8. tara says:

    i’ve been thinking about this finale all day! It is seriously the best episode of the series. I LOVED how they had emma except who she was and where she came from. It’s been the most frustrating part of the story, how she’s held herself back from accepting the love from her parents and i just thought the writers and jennifer morrison did it such justice.

    • tara says:

      accept, not except – annoying!

    • Mary says:

      Yeah. Too bad they had to ruin that moment, her character, and the whole series by having her go find Hook.

      • tp says:

        How was her character, or the series for that matter, ruined by having her end up with Hook?

        • nate says:

          exactly. people will just bash the whole series based off 1 character its pathetic

        • Amanda says:

          Because they forced that plot from the beginning! I like Hook, I just don’t like him with Emma. They made him too good too fast, there was no evolving with his character, one Sunday he was trying to kill everyone and the next Sunday he’s falling all over Emma. They could have at least stretched his change through a half-season. And then everyone just forgot that he’s the reason Neal’s mother left Rumple and pretty much caused the whole evilness that his Rumple. Had Mila stayed with Rumple, he would have never went bad and the curse would have never been cast and they would be all living happily ever after! Yup I went there and made that stretch….lol
          The perfect ending like all endings to each fairytale should have been Emma pulling Neal back to Henry and they all become on big happy family! Or at the bare minimum, leaving Hook to be on the fence (good/evil) and have he and Regina team together next season to cause trouble. They play off each other just as well as Emma and Hook; and theire coupling makes more sense. I just don’t like that instead of making Hook his own character, they are forcing him to be tied up in the Charmings!

          • The same way everyone forgot that Snow told Regina’s secret, that led to her losing Daniel, and wanting to cast the curse in the first place….
            Or how was Mila who decided to leave her family behind, after all she as the one married and mother.
            And If Rumple didn’t want to cast the curse, Cora would’ve been with Regina, Snow would probably have died in some “accident” and no one would be happy.
            There are too many ifs here to play.

          • Mary says:

            Exactly, although I don’t think Emma work well together at all. There’s zero chemistry, especially compared to what she had with Jefferson and what he had with Regina in Queen of Hearts. I had thought they’d have Hook and Regina together, an evil power couple, but no.

          • keratin says:

            You also gotta remember, hook wasn’t ever necessarily a villain, he is a pirate and they will do anything in their own favor, they took their time developing his character from having those traits that a pirate does, to wanting to be the better of those traits… I think they did great with him, and not just that, every season Has been great and only has gotten better!

          • Shelly says:

            she was going leave him anyway go back and watch the episode from rumples past again and focus on Mila and what she says to him after Bae is born. then the ones involving her leaving him and her reasons why .it certainly wasn’t true love.

          • Savanna says:

            I disagree about the hook bit! I think hook and emma are perfect for each other because bringing neil back will make the series a bit monotonous seeing that marian is already back. I also liked regina and robin, I hope they do those two some justice in the next season because regina can’t just have a life full of heartbreaks, and all at the hands of the charming women!

          • Emma says:

            you people crack me up. With out all these things happening there would be NO story. It is all about the story. If you guys had it your way it would be the most boring show ever and no one would have watched episode 2. GEEZ relax and enjoy the show

        • Addie says:

          Meh. To be honest, Hook didn’t annoy me in this episode and i actually found myself agreeing with him at certain points. I can deal with Captain Swan if they continue writing it like they did in these two episodes. And if I ignore the fans on Tumblr!

      • Tonya says:

        If that coupling ruined the whole series for you…I feel sorry that you can’t just enjoy the ride and see where it goes. I for one, love Hook.

        • Mary says:

          Because. Emma, Snow, Charming, and Henry are my favorite characters and now they’re stuck with Hook. He was a better character in the second season, but this season they’ve made him a joke and he has no story beyond Emma.

      • abz says:

        Get over it. The writers will do what they wish and this has been a LOOOOOOONG time coming. And what a ridiculous comment about it ruining her character and the ENTIRE series (?). That’s clearly your bitterness showing.

        • Mark says:

          What rubbish this is pandering to the ships pure and simple in an effort for ratings. Hook hasn’t been redeemed in any sense of the word one minute he was a drunken idiot and killer the next a all singing and dancing hero all in the space of a week. Come on if people hadn’t shipped the hell out of Captain Swan his character would have faded away after the Pan arc, like Ariel and Tinker bell. But the producers knew they had a ratings winner so they forced the soap opera for the last 13 episodes. I believe if they had been asked at the beginning of the season if Emma was going to end up shacking up with Hook the answer would have been a definite no. The whole story is forced and with regards to this season the act of redeeming Regina only to turn her evil again. So much potential but wasted 13 episodes. And the big question as everyone is related to everyone who is Elsa related to????

          • Mary says:

            But they don’t have a ratings winner with Hook. The ratings have dropped this season, and yeah some of it is due to Hook. Some of it’s due to the lousy writing in general this season. Making the characters seem like idiots a lot of the time. (Emma asking about red stain on Regina’s office floor. Emma: Is that blood? Charming: No. It’s berry. Emma: Like the fruit? – how stupid was that line. Instead of her asking what kind of berry.) Then there’s the insistence that they make the main villains the heroes and make the good guys do nothing. And also exiling Rumple from most of the cast for most of the season in both halves of it. The stupid idea of having Zelena “green with envy” (really?) and insisting that the new bad guys had to be related to other characters. They’ve over done that just like they over did their idea of having Rumple be so many different characters from different stories.

          • ninergrl6 says:

            The writers said they ALWAYS intended for Hook & Emna to be a thing. ALWAYS. That’s a direct quote. They’re not pandering to fans. It’s what THEY want.

          • abz says:

            @Mary: Seriously, you might as well consider just quitting on the show entirely because based on your comment it’s clear that nothing they do pleases you and you come across as quite bitter and miserable.

          • abz says:

            @Mark: You see it as pandering and forced. I don’t. I think their relationship has been evolving over the past season and a half. It’s already happened now and nothing you can do about it except I guess stop watching if it makes you so miserable. The writers clearly had a plan with bringing him the first place and they liked the character and kept writing for him.
            There are several pairings on this show I find extremely boring (Charming/Snow a lot of the time, and I find Rumbelle to be a complete snorefest), but I accept that they are a part of the show and sometimes they have their moments. You should find a part of the show that you like and stick to it. Aside from this finale. for the past couple weeks Emma/Hook were barely focused on except for a few moments here and there. Anyway, it’s a lost cause to even discuss CS any more because I’m pretty sure the bitching and complaining about it will continue till the end of the show.
            And also please reread the Regina-related question. Here’s a direct quote “This is not about her suddenly becoming that character we met three years ago.”

          • She’s Rumpel’s mother :P

          • sf5tgf says:


          • Julia says:

            Look the point I think the authors are trying to make here is that love can turn a person around, and suddenly, whether they like it or not. They spent 2 seasons talking about family love and love between Snow and Charming and I think it’s Emma’s turn to actually be with someone. Hook is clever (personally, I think handsome) and he is also willing to make sacrifices (trading the Jolly Roger). I think by bringing hook in and having someone really love her without having to apologize/ forget the past (Neil) and Hook and Regina… No. Hook isn’t powerful or innocent enough. Regina, being powerful in dark magic, needs someone with string ethics ( Robin Hood :D ) and Emma, being powerful in light magic and the Savior blah blah blah, needs someone to balance that out with a little bit of villain-ness. I agree with you about Regina and Robin, it’s frankly kind of cruel to ,ake her happy again and then crush her all over again but hey, it runs in the family (first snow, now Emma). However, I understand the point of doing this. Since Snow basically killed Daniel and now Emma basically took away Robin, it’s to see what this new and changed Regia will do (will she hunt down and relentlessly try to kill Emma now?). I don’t think they were wasted. Zelena was amazing and I thought the plot was excellent (turning her green with envy! 😂) if you’ve ever seen wicked, this is perfect! I do wish they would’ve called her Elphaba.

      • sf5tgf says:


  9. Meg says:

    Wait, since they’re in Storybrooke now does that mean Aurora and Philip will be part of season 4?

  10. Paulie says:

    Are we really gonna get yet another love triangle? Oh god no.

  11. Lara says:

    Claire Holt should be cast as Elsa. She would be perfect!

  12. Drew says:

    I’m not buying their “we had to fight for the rights” story. Weeks ago, I knew the show would go with Frozen, because it’s Disney’s big franchise right now and they want to get every penny that they can from it (it was a horribly flawed movie, so if it inspires anything, it should be about what could have been done better). I knew that it would either be Frozen or else Emma would find herself in a galaxy far far away, simply based on marketing and publicity… and both of my predictions were hit upon in the finale.
    OUaT is not a real series that is driven by strong characters or stories. It is like Agents of SHIELD. It exists simply because an all-out infomercial would be a bit much in primetime. Is Agents of SHIELD wasn’t a giant commercial for the Marvel movies, it would have been canceled. OUaT has better ratings than SHIELD, but its purpose is pretty much the same.

    • nate says:

      great you dont have to buy it, they already have it so get over it

    • Christina says:

      Let’s not throw SHIELD under the bus here. The last 4 or 5 episodes of SHIELD have been excellent, and it fully deserves a second season.

      • Drew says:

        SHIELD deserves to be under a bus, in my opinion. Horrible writing, more than miscast person on the show and a nosedive in ratings that was rewarded with another season. But it serves its purpose I suppose.

      • blakely says:

        i agree, the last few episodes of shield were amazing.

    • Spencer says:

      Personally I do like Agents of Shield and I think it’s been vastly improving, but I 100% agree with you about OUAT. It’s nothing more than a press junket for Disney at this point.

    • Ray says:

      Agreed. Frozen was the weakest animated Disney movie in quite some time. The plot was even thinner than Tangled, which was pretty threadbare as well.

  13. Diana says:

    We are wondering why was Snow White changed into an insect in the first place? That is not in the original story? We thought at first maybe that urn was a sign of a Mac Guffin that really has nothing to do with the storyline at all. Cinderella, Alice Through the Looking Glass and Princess Aurora were my first choices. However we know nothing about the Snow Queen. We also thought of water when we saw the blue and not ice because it is white not blue in color.

    • Katherine215 says:

      She used the fairy dust she had around her neck to save herself from the fire the Evil Queen was trying to kill her in. She changed into the bug so she could fly away from the flames without anyone noticing.
      As for the water color, I’m assuming they used colored water so that it was visible on screen better than clear water would be.

    • Julia says:

      Omg yeah what happened to Cinderella??

  14. tracy says:

    Hated the finale. OQ becoming a love triangle – no thank you. I’m done with this show.

  15. Thilia says:

    After the Marion twist, I think I am throwing in the towel. I took their justification in this interview to heart and anymore it seems like the show is a haphazard mess that they are randomly tossing together and incorporating a theme for each season. Despite the claim that Disney didn’t approach them, the biggest children’s movie in years is obviously something Disney is going to want a show on their station to play up. I am sure as soon as Frozen proved to be a hit, they were told to start brain storming ideas.

    • Tonya says:

      I think it’s the opposite. As soon as Frozen became a hit it was probably a ‘How can we capitalize on this popularity”?

      • Khorrie says:

        Exactly. And I’m betting if Maleficent does well they’ll be finding ways to bring her back, too.

        • Lily says:

          Of course, OUaT will tackle Maleficent next *rolls eyes*…. despite the fact, that both Maleficent and Aurora were painfully miscast.

          • Mikael says:

            I agree about Once’s Maleficent being miscast (though I do like her on True Blood) but as far as Aurora, they have a way out. They hinted that her mother was the original Sleeping Beauty, so they could get another actress. And they could always resurrect Maleficent and recast. She hasn’t been seen since season 1.

          • Ray says:

            Talking about Aurora being miscast, Disney did the Maleficent film no favors by casting Elle Fanning as Sleeping Beauty. That was a mistake of epic proportions.

    • abz says:

      Bringing in Marian is pretty much the ultimate test of the “new” Regina. They are giving her a very similar scenario to the one that made her evil in the first place and it’s a test to see how she will react to the situation and whether she will continue on her path to redemption or abandon all her progress toward being good in favor of returning to evil and vengeance.

      • Cindy Cahill says:

        Still, I cannot help but think that OUAT jumped the shark with this twist. I was so happy that Regina was finding her true love and wanted to explore the happy Regina a little further. To me, she’s the abused child who was finally making progress. Also, if her vision showed her that RH was her true love, he wouldn’t have been in love with someone else – his wife. I really hope that this arc doesn’t last too long and we could have the new Regina back.

        • Jus says:

          “he wouldn’t have been in love with someone else – his wife”
          Wow, what? You underestimate the importance of Marian, which is sad, because Robin and Marian represent a classic love story (like Charming and Snow, Ariel and Eric etc.)

          The show clearly stated that both Regina and Robin had their true loves in the past (Daniel and Marian). Robin Hood is specifically presented by Tinkerbelle as REgina’s soulmate, not true love. But in the end it doesn’t matter. He loved Marian and he had a chance to fall in love with Regina. Both feelings would be real and important.

          • Lily says:

            Marian has little to zero importance, on OUaT. The show already confirmed, that you can have more than one true love.

        • ejh13m says:

          Actually, Tink did NOT say RH was her soul mate, she said that Regina’s soul mate had a lion tatoo (don’t remember if it was on the wrist). Tatoos are NOT birthmarks. There can be more than one person having the EXACT SAME ONE in the EXACT SAME PLACE. So who really is Regina’s soulmate? Will Scarlett? Someone new?

          • Whatevah says:

            This is exactly what I’m thinking and that’s why they won’t commit to the actor being on contract. If it turns out he’s not her soul mate but someone else with the same tattoo, then why have him on contract.

  16. spindae2 says:

    This final was huge I really enjoyed it. A perfect way to end Emma’s voyage, at least the part with finding a home.
    For Elsa I’m going with Elizabeth Mitchell, Clair Holt or Blake Lively, i all depends what the writers want from Elsa and her character to be.

  17. Ana says:

    Oooooh, I’m so excited for season 4 even though I’m still processing the BRILLIANT season finale. I trust Adam and Eddy so much – they have a wonderful gift for telling intruiging, beautiful and heartbreaking (in the best way) stories.
    I wish you would have asked just a bit more about what the futire holds for Killian and Emma but I’m sure it will be amazing :)

    I remember Eddy and Adam saying in the S3b special that Once is all about what people do once they have their happy “ending”. Snowing have had theirs for a while but it’s been amazing to watch them face challenges together (can’t wait to see what it’ll mean for their futiue that they have one heart now).
    I can’t wait to see what Emma and Killian will do with their happy “ending”. I know it will be challenging for the two of them who have been alone for so long to embark on a relationship but I feel it’s going to be just as wonderful as their journey so far :) Fingers crossed!!

  18. Aadil says:

    I think no Idiina Menzel & Kristen Bell. I love them both but it will be weird. How about Claire Holt as Elsa (thank to Lara in comments, that’s a great choice) and Maggie Grace as Anna.


    • Chris says:

      As much as I love the show, the second The Charmings, the dwarves, and everybody else starts belting out tunes along with a Rumple/Belle duet and a Regina/Emma rap battle, I will open a time portal myself and stop the show from being made. There’s only so much cheesiness I can take.

    • Asha says:

      I’d really like to see Kristen Bell as Anna, because I honestly can’t picture anyone else playing her. Idina Mendzel as Elsa, though…. eh. I don’t know if I can see that.

  19. JC1 says:

    how does this “new” Regina deal with this kind of adversity? We’re throwing a challenge in her way. This is not about her suddenly becoming that character we met three years ago.
    Good. That’s a big relief – that’s what I wanted to hear. I didn’t want to see Regina revert to insane vengeful Regina because of this. As f

    • JC1 says:

      (Hit post too soon)…As for the rest of it, I’m happy to wait and see how it’ll play out. I’m still intensely curious about Michael Socha and Meghan Ory though. Are they still planning on Michael as a season four regular, and is Meghan coming back?

  20. rmpr says:

    What Regina needs to do for revenge is bring Milah (hook’s, ladylove, neal’s mom, rumple’s ex) back from the past and even the score. Lol!

  21. Michelle says:

    I love how people in this fandom always assume Adam and Eddy are lying when they say something you don’t agree with.

  22. Len84 says:

    What a fantastic finale it was, didnt want it to end!
    So very glad that we have Hook and Emma together, and i love seeing them meet Past Charming and Snow, it was adorable esp for Emma to see this and be taken in by and her reactions.
    Its gonna be interesting to see how these two go about a relationship – cant wait
    And i love the couples montage at the end.

    I for one think Regina should think that Emma brought back a woman alive which is better in the long run then to find out Regina was the one to probably killed her in the past you know

  23. BelleRumpleFan says:

    It was a fun finale. I can’t wait for season 4.

  24. Dave says:

    Tell I wasn’t the only one who started singing “Lei it go” when Elza began to walk

  25. Derek Johnson says:

    I actually like the idea of Maggie Grace as Elsa & not Elizabeth Mitchell. Maggie Grace hasn’t been around much on TV, and I think she’d bring a nice touch to the role. Mitchell is older, and after Revolution, I’m a bit tired of her. Of course, they may want an older Elsa anyway.

  26. Addie says:

    Please no Elizabeth Mitchell as as Elsa. She seems like a lovely person, but there’s something about her acting that I can’t get into. I do wonder what age group Elsa will be in- is she going to be in her 30s/40s or closer to her movie age (21)? I kind of hope that they keep her closer to the movie age, it would make sense if Rumple locked her up for being “unpredictable”- as her powers will only get stronger and more potentially dangerous the older she gets.

  27. Amie says:

    So am I the only one who is wondering whether Marian is really Marian or some evil clone cooked up to fool Snow (except it was Emma instead) in prison? I fully expect her to go poof and turn into Zelena or someone else trying to bust up Regina and Robin.

    • Asha says:

      I was thinking about that too. Cora could shapeshift and she played that trick on Snow and Emma, so other people who are skilled with magic could probably do the same. I think that it would be cool if Elsa were just a new good-guy character, and then someone disguising themselves as Maid Marian would be the S4 villain.

      • CBowman says:

        I completely agree. Cause it would be pretty ruthless to turn Regina good and then knock her back on her ass and cause her to lose everything she worked hard for hint hint the Love of Henry.

  28. Louise says:

    I’m not feeling their reasoning behind the Marian twist to be honest. Regina and Robin, as a couple and with their respective personalities and pasts, had plenty challenges to work through as it was. I don’t understand at all why bringing someone back from the dead basically AND have Regina capture and threaten to kill Marian was necessary. It felt like overkill in the finale to me and as someone who really dislikes love triangles they sure put a bit of a damper on my excitement for the future of this story for now. But things may look different again in the fall and with the first spoilers for season 4 coming in. I would approve if they’d make Sean Maguire a regular for it though.

    • Lily says:

      Well said…. even though, I predicted the Marian twist, it was still awful. Love triangles are terrible, and this one is going to be even more pointless than the previous two.

  29. Maryann says:

    I still have a question as to exactly what happened to the Wicked Witch at the end of the episode before the season finale. She was swept into the time portal, and then Hook and Emma were swept in right after her. I thought they were going to focus on stopping her from changing the past (remember she wanted Regina to have never been born), but instead Hook and Emma were just trying to get themselves home without changing anything. What gives? (I guess if Regina suddenly poofs next season we will know what happened!)

    • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

      Nope; Regina actually explained it in an early scene, after they watch the jailhouse video. All that was illustrating is that with Zelena’s death, her last act of magic was activated — the portal.

  30. Tammy says:

    I know I’m in the minority but I hate the Frozen tie in. I’m so over the obsession and hate that they are capitalizing on it. Good thing I have the summer to get over it but I’m not sure I’m coming back. I honestly don’t want to see Elsa. Loved the finale up until that last scene.

    • Spencer says:

      Preach Tammy!

    • Ray says:

      Word. Frozen was a very lame twist on the Snow Queen. If Disney is so eager to do tie-ins with current feature films, they should have gone with Maleficent. I thought that was the point of introducing the Black Fairy’s wand earlier in the season.

      • Johanna says:

        They already killed off Maleficient so it wouldn’t make sense. And they are bringing in Frozen so if you don’t like it, don’t watch it. I love Frozen though, but I think Disney is advertising it a bit too much.

  31. Lore says:

    What about some Chuck lady Yvonne Strahovsk, Evan Rachel Wood would be a mean Elsa, one bad lady Ali Larter, ohh the possibliities

  32. Diana says:

    We cannot understand why people would think that it would be the Snow Queen from Frozen because frozen water is white not blue in color. We are wondering if the Snow Queen is related to Snow White. We really thought that the woman dressed in blue was either Cinderella, Princess Abagail, Princess Aurora, or actually Belle with blue being water.

    • Tammy says:

      Because she removed her glove and froze the ground….. Just like in the movie. Elsa wears a blue dress and blonde hair etc. also because the show captors have confirmed it in the article above. They are fans of the movie and wanted to go there.

    • lei says:

      “We really thought that the woman dressed in blue was either Cinderella, Princess Abagail, Princess Aurora, or actually Belle with blue being water

      Who tought that?! everyone who had seen frozen or you know, didn’t live under a rock for the last 5 months would inmediately think Elsa.

    • Addie says:

      You seem very confused. Elsa is from Frozen- the dress, the hair, the powers were all flashing neon signs that screamed “THIS IS ELSA.” Frozen is based on the Snow Queen story, but obviously with some major differences (the Snow Queen was evil, Elsa only believed she was evil). The show could very well take some aspects from that story as well as Frozen. The Snow Queen is not related to Snow White- or at least not in any story. The show could very well make them related! We have already met Cinderella, Abigail, Aurora, and Belle, so it would have been quite odd for a surprise finale ending to feature one of them. Hope this helps!

  33. Jane says:

    Am I the only one that didn’t like Frozen? I seriously thought it was one of the worse Disney movies ever made. Maybe if they had stuck a little closer to the source material it would have been ok but the reindeer was the smartest character in the movie. To me it was just a setup for new “Princess” merchandizing. I’d already only been scanning Once since they went to Nederland may just have to give it up altogether now.

    • Jane says:

      Really wish they would get an edit feature, Neverland not Nederland.

    • Khorrie says:

      I didn’t hate it – I thought it was pretty cute for what it was, actually – but it’s not one of the best movies Disney has ever made. They completely ignored the source material and there’s only one memorable song. Frozen doesn’t hold a candle to Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and the Beast or The Little Mermaid.

      • aeefg2 says:

        Statements like this crack me up. Didn’t hold up to the source material? Seriously? If we held up to the source material, Ariel would have turned to coral and washed away into the sea and Belle would have several brothers and a bevy of spoiled rich sisters. Source material my eye – what a lame cop out.

    • Ray says:

      Frozen was a dull movie. I can not for the life of me understand why it was such a box office smash, other than the given that Americans are very simple minded in their viewing habits (hence the popularity of mindless, cookie cutter CBS procedurals)

    • Unknown says:

      Um, because during development of the film—which already started when Walt Disney was still lives—they admitted having difficulties to make the Snow Queen character became relatable to the audience. Even Walt Disney himself unable to do so.

  34. ninergrl6 says:

    I LOVED the finale. Thank you! Wish fulfillment x10000

  35. Andy says:

    I was wondering where the Knave of Hearts / Will Scarlet fits in to the new season. Will we only see him in Robin Hood/Enchanted Forest flashbacks? I still would like to know if Anastasia will be with him. I assume from the ending of OUATIW that they are now the White King and White Queen. I also was wondering as to the connections with existing characters that Elsa / The Snow Queen will have. I could see her also being OUAT’s version of Drizella, Cinderella’s other stepsister and therefore Anna her sister could be played by Emma Rigby aka Anastasia/The Red Queen. I also could see Elsa as Kathryn/Abigail’s mother or aunt. If Midas has a golden touch then why not have a wife or sister with a frozen touch.

  36. i vote Brianna Brown as Elsa
    don’t know about her talent but she has the right look imo

  37. jackie says:

    am glad that emma got her magic back and i think that sometime during season 4 that regina and emma are going to go at it

  38. Brianna Brown or Chyler Leigh – I think that’s the perfect choices for Elsa… and Anna should – of course – be Kristen Bell

  39. AprilD says:

    I think it was a great idea to bring Miriam back! Will there be a triangle? Won’t there? How will Regina handle this? Will she tear everything down? One of my favorite things about this show is seeing Regina change. I’m not thrilled with Elsa’s appearance, but if her storyline is done in a clever way, I could change my mind. (Put me in the camp that thought Frozen was a hot mess.)

  40. edna says:

    i like Brianna Brown or Claire Holt for Elsa. im going to withhold judgment on the frozen storyline. :)

  41. bethvasil says:

    I was avoiding Once spoliers all day… Anything mentioning Once or even pictures of the cast, I IMMEDIATELY averted my eyes. Little did I know when I clicked on a picture of Frozen on the revolving pictures on the front page that Once Upon a Time would be mentioned in the displayed headline. SERIOUSLY TVLine? How about NOT ruining it with your lead in GRAPHICS! So disappointed right now.

    • Tenney says:

      If something has already aired, it can no longer be classified a spoiler. You can’t get mad at TV line for showing a picture of a show that has already aired. The best thing to do is avoid sites likes this until you caught up with the rest of us.

      • Ray says:

        I disagree. In this age of DVR time shifting, its time that sites like TVline and their competitors got with the program and avoided spoiling shows in their *headlines* or even with pictures. It’s one thing to post spoilers in the body of the article, but blatantly doing so in the headline or article summary is very bad form.

      • BethV says:

        Then why is it that in most of the posts on this very website revealing details from an already aired episode, do they usually preface the actual piece by saying something to the effect of “If you haven’t watched the episode yet, click away?” They are usually very respectful of people’s individual schedules, but they blew it with the picture of the big reveal that literally occurred in the final seconds of the episode. If that isn’t a HUGE spoiler, then I don’t know what is. If they had shown anything remotely relating to episode up until then, nothing would have been revealed… not even a picture of Robin and Marion and Regina together because no one knew what Marion looked like. But they put the picture that honestly could have come from the movie on there with Once Upon A Time in the headline. That is 100% spoiler and they should know better.

  42. Erin says:

    Julie Marie Berman from GH for Elsa

  43. Pat says:

    I never saw Frozen, because all of my kids are adults, so I have no clue who Elsa is. So far I have read that she was good in the movies but not in the original story in the book. So can someone please tell me will she be good or evil in OUAT? By the way, loved, loved loved the finale. I am still getting over all the tears that I shed.

    • BethV says:

      I never read the Hans Christian Anderson tale either where she is supposedly evil, but they will most likely go with the movie version where she is just misunderstood since they are not ones to stick to the original story. If they did, Sleeping Beauty and her prince probably wouldn’t be a speaking terms (look it up… it’s crazy), and the Little Mermaid was supposed to kill the prince and have his blood drip on her toes so she could turn back into a mermaid after he fell for another girl. She didn’t so she died and turned to sea foam. Happily ever after usually wasn’t the case in the originals.

  44. rachelle says:

    Elizabeth Mitchell?? Please stop. Anyone pitching her or any other actress her age or older needs to not. Elsa is young. She’s like 20 years old. Even though I think 25 is a stretch, I honestly don’t think Elsa is past that age in Frozen. I get that Adam and Eddy can change things up however they want, but really. Maggie Grace would be an okay choice. just okay. I vote for Once to cast someone other than a Lost actress. Pick the best actress for the role, whether they were on Lost or not.

    • tp says:

      You can’t really go by the age people were in the movies because then half of the people cast wouldn’t be on the show. Aurora, Snow, Belle just to name a few were all teenagers. Out of just those three Belle would be the oldest at 17. So I’m guessing Else will be mid to late 20’s.

      • rachelle says:

        You’ve got a point. Idk. Elizabeth Mitchell does not embody Elsa to me. I watched and liked Lost, too (and I used to love and root for V). But it seems like the people pushing for her casting are just Lost fans that want her to find work. When I think of Elsa, I can’t picture her being played by Elizabeth. IMHO, even if the creators wanted to change it up some, I say there are so many other better choices than Elizabeth.

  45. Great interview, we finally got some answers. Really hoping for Elizabeth Mitchell to be cast as Elsa in season 4. She’d blend in perfectly with the rest of the cast. People saying that she’s too old need to remember that Ginny Goodwin is not 14, nor Joanna Garcia is 16. This is not your usual fairytale show, the majority of the actors in OUAT are in their 30s-40s. I’d rather have someone similar playing a powerful character such as Elsa, rather than a teenager or someone in their 20s (not that I have anything against them but that’s just my personal opinion).

  46. Kris says:

    “Monkified” LOL

  47. Tracy Butler says:

    Here’s the thing guys…Either one, Marian will realize, as the time line goes wonky, that she *has* to die to set things right. Then Robin and Regina will be back together.

    Or, Regina will make her peace – in the beginning – knowing how desperate she was to bring back her own true love. In his place, she would have done no differently. Because she loves Robin, she wants him to be happy.

    Marian, in turn, is actually her redeemer. Keep in mind, eventually Robin would discover how Marian died…Regina killed her, in the old timeline. When that came to light, he’d never be able to forgive her. Now, Marian can give her peace with the much harder road of the hero. She was willing to part with Henry to save them all. She’s capable of sacrificing another true love.

    I don’t know about you, but I don’t think Dorothy would have accepted the West Throne from Glinda. Dorothy went back to Kansas. I have a strong feeling, that spot is for Regina. When she finishes her journey, she’ll realize she’s meant for a higher purpose.

    Alternatively, the throne of the West might have been for Emma…but she doesn’t seem the Galadriel type to me. Regina could be.

    • Tracy Butler says:

      Really…I hope they go with the latter. Regina could be so much more fulfilled by putting the power she once used to cause pain and ruin, to use in making amends, healing and creating. Only one other female character has her passion or her fortitude. Emma…and her path is very different.

    • rachelle says:

      But why does Regina have to be the one to keep sacrificing her true loves? What about everyone else? I’ve made peace with the introduction of Marian only because I’m holding out hope that Robin and Regina will get through this obstacle and find their way back to each other. Everyone else goes through obstacles and end up with their true love or soul mate, why the heck can’t Regina? I know everyone’s idea of a happy ending is different, but with Henry back, Regina’s happy ending is supposed to culminate with her soul mate. TinkerBell said it, so that’s why I know Regina’s happy ending is her soul mate. Unfortunately, I’ve also made peace (baaaaarely!) with the idea that Robin isn’t the only man out there sporting the lion tattoo. I just think it’s cruel to have Regina always losing when it comes to love. Yes, she was a terrible person in the past, but why did she become a terrible person in the first place? Because she lost her true love, her happy ending! She wasn’t born evil. She can be redeemed and she is being redeemed. She deserves a happy ending, her soul mate, like anyone else. It’s unfair to keep ripping it away from her.

      • dominique says:

        Yes. Agreed. I almost wanted to cry at the look on Reginas face when she saw who Marian was. That broke my heart for her. I was so pleased and ecstatic with Regina’s new character. SMH. I could have punched Emma for saving Marian because although she’s the savior, she had no right to dabble in the past and change the future.

  48. Stephanie says:

    Hope this gives Regina some distance from the ‘perfect’ Charmings. Emma has taken Regina’s son and her soulmate. She has nothing left for them to destroy.

  49. marieleluiza92 says:

    Yea… they really having a happy ending , i just feel so bad for Regina , she live in a endless heart breaking . I wish they stopped to make her like a looser , like a spolight , only in her pain , it’ s sick
    Waiting for a new beggining for her , and the good things to the others to be continued….
    Just stop to heart Regina life’s is really sick !

  50. marieleluiza92 says:

    Well i’m very upset about what happen , is sickness watching Regina getting her heartbreak every single time , is really suck to watch her suffering , seams she did deserve having a spolight over her pain . I hate this.
    About the others , they are really have something to hold on to…
    Wish a new beggining.