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Once Upon A Time Season 6

Once Upon a Time @ Comic-Con: Cast Talks Regina vs. Evil Queen, Emma's Potential Wedding Dress and More

Once Upon a Time‘s upcoming sixth season may be full of “untold stories,” but the cast and creators had plenty to tell during the ABC drama’s San Diego Comic-Con panel on Saturday.

Stars Lana Parrilla, Jennifer Morrison, Josh Dallas, Colin O’Donoghue, Emilie de Ravin, Rebecca Mader and Jared Gilmore, along with executive producers Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsis, were on hand to spill secrets from Season 6, premiering Sunday, Sept. 25 at 8/7c. Here’s what went down:

* Why exactly does Belle continue to stick by Rumple’s side after everything he’s put her through? According to de Ravin, Belle is “acknowledging and realizing that part of that pull is him being kind of a bad guy. She likes that. Deep down, she sees the good in him … but that darkness, she likes that. She’s struggling with that quite a bit.”

* Despite losing her inner Evil Queen, Parrilla wants fans to know that “Regina’s still sassy. She’s not going to lose her sass. The question I asked the guys is, ‘Is she just this pure, light being?’ And they said, ‘No, not really. She’s still sassy. That’s Regina.’ But the Evil Queen is slightly different than she used to be, I think. She’s now without a conscience, so she’s pure evil — and a lot of fun. Regina is desperate to really be this hero and be happy internally … and that’s really what she wants for herself. It’s going to be an interesting journey this year to see how the Evil Queen and Regina co-exist.”

* In response to fans freaking out over the apparent wedding dress in the background of Hook and Emma’s final Season 5 scene together, O’ Donoghue clarified, “It’s always been [on the set]. It wasn’t specifically put there. I don’t think it’s a wedding dress.” Adds Kitsis, “If it was Emma’s wedding dress, it would be red and leather.”

* Hook’s revival was a “one-time-only Zeus interference,” Kitsis confirmed, at which point O’Donoghue interjected, “He could have given me back my hand!”

* On Emma and Regina’s ever-evolving friendship: “These women have grown so much over the years,” Parrilla said. “They’ve become best friends. It’s such an admirable relationship. … They’re working together, and I think Emma has really helped Regina get to this new place in her life. I can see them continuing down that path.”

* Emma and Hook are “trying to figure out how to navigate being together in the world now,” O’Donoghue said. “At the minute, he’s the same Hook, but I think we might find out a few things about his past.” Horowitz then confirmed, “There’s more of Hook’s past that we delve into, and some surprising secrets that have been harbored.”

* “The one thing she wanted most was Snow White’s heart, and that will not stop,” Kitsis teased. Added Horowitz, we’re going to be exploring Snow and Regina’s past, present and future together in Season 6.

* Lastly, the first three minutes of the season premiere were screened, revealing the arrivals of Aladdin and Jafar.

Your thoughts on the cast’s Season 6 teases? General hopes for the future? Drop ’em in a comment below.

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10 Comments
  1. Carina Andrews says:

    I can’t wait for season 6, I’m on the edge of my seat. Love the teases and in which direction they maybe going and surprise twists that can happen on the show. The cast is so amazing I’m a loyal fan of OUAT.

  2. Marie says:

    This sounds truly awful in every way. The Evil Queen…again. Exploring Regina/Snow…for the 587th time. No mention of any storyline for the actual main character Emma? Nothing at all? Really? I was giving it a chance after that terrible finale but this has made me realize I’m not watching this show again. I mean what is there to watch?

    • Beckie says:

      What is left to watch is a good slice of ridiculous fantasy drama that everyone wants on a Sunday night. And maybe a little eye candy ;)

  3. brandydanforth81 says:

    I’m excited now for s6 with the EQs return and Aladdin,Jafar coming.

  4. gm says:

    Actually, Emilie said that Belle was drawn both to Rumple’s darkness and to the “loving” and “wonderful” person he is…it’s important IMO to note that she loves all of him (as has been said on the show).

  5. Beckie says:

    Can I just multiply Colin’s comment about Hook’s hand by trillions, and then multiply that? I made the same comment the moment Zeus sent him back. I get that he’s Captain HOOK, but audiences know that by now, and there was absolutely no reason Zeus couldn’t give the man his hand. On another note, as dramatic as having Regina’s Evil Queen out on her own will be for this season, was absolutely no character anywhere even remotely thinking of possible consequences of the split? And nobody thought the defeat was too easy? At all?? IMO, it felt like suddenly everyone put their brains in a box and went for a stroll down stupid (for lack of a better word) decision lane, and I really hope that trend does not continue. I cannot express how exasperated I was watching the finale.
    On the bright side, yay Aladdin and Jasmine?

  6. ninergrl6 says:

    While I love Lana & think she’s terrific at portraying all sides of Regina’s character, I think the show suffers when it’s too Regina-centric, specifically when it continually rehashes Regina’s past with Snow. We’ve seen that A LOT over the past 5 seasons and frankly I don’t care to see any more of it. OUAT is at its best when it embraces the ensemble aspect and doesn’t spend too much time on one character/relationship. Granted, I don’t want it to be choppy and nonsensical (like much of 5B), but balance between the core characters with sprinklings of new characters is good for everyone.

  7. Nadia says:

    Please don’t break up Emma and Hook!
    Help them evolve together.

  8. Diana V Cannito says:

    Instead of getting a new Jafar, OUAT should have kept theJafar from OUAT in Wonderland. I’m curious to see how at risk Snow is now since the Evil Queen is pure evil now.