Once Upon a Time Spoilers

Once Upon a Time Bosses Preview Emma/Regina 'Curve Ball,' Upheaval for Charmings, Mystery Musical Duet

ABC’s Once Upon a Time returns from its three-month break this Sunday at 8/7c, with Emma and Regina stranded in the Wish Realm (and in the company of a familiar thief), while back home the Storybrooke heroes are aiming to get the drop on he who has come to snuff the Savior.

How will Regina cope with the “curve ball” she has been thrown? Why is Rumbelle’s rapidly-grown son feeling kill-y? And what will it take for both of Emma’s parents to get back in the game?

Those questions and many others are addressed in this hand-crafted amalgam of two recent interviews with Once co-creators Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsis.

TVLINE | What are you most excited for people to see in Season 6B, that hasn’t been talked about yet during the break?
ADAM HOROWITZ | That is an excellent question — and it is a tough question, because the stuff we’re most excited for people to see is the stuff that holds the biggest surprise. It’s that fine line of, “I’d love to tease some things,” but this is stuff that we’ve been cooking up for a long time, that we hope the audience shows up for an enjoys.

TVLINE | Is there, maybe, a shiny new set or set piece that is particularly cool…?
HOROWITZ | I’d say that there are places we will be returning to that we haven’t been to in a while.

TVLINE | What sort of “centric” episodes will there be in the second half?
HOROWITZ | We’ll be seeing a lot of our regulars. We’ll be seeing Snow and Charming, we’ll be seeing Hook…. We’ll also be seeing Young Emma again. We’re going to run the gamut.

TVLINE | And by Young Emma, do you mean beyond what we see in Sunday’s premiere?Once Upon a Time Ratings
HOROWITZ | Yes.

TVLINE | What is going on in Regina’s mind when last we saw her, as she fixes her eyes on the Wish Realm’s Robin — and in doing so allows the portal to close?
HOROWITZ | Emotion has overcome reason. While everything that Emma was saying makes perfect sense and all that, emotion has overcome reason.

TVLINE | For Emma, what is now the bigger obstacle: creating a new portal, or getting Regina to leave this Robin and return home?
KITSIS | I would say this: Were in an alt-reality where Emma is partnered up with the person who killed the king and queen, so everyone including their own son is looking for them. Obviously Robin is a bit of a curve ball that no one was expecting, so a bigger obstacle than anything is that this is happening all at once. But I think that where we’re going in the second half is not where the audience thinks we’re going.

TVLINE | Meanwhile,Once Upon a Time are Hook and the Charmings back home starting to get worried that the ladies aren’t back?
HOROWITZ | They’ve got their hands full. They’re very actively trying to figure out what to do about the more imminent problem they’re facing, which is there is a dark figure in a hood who has come to wreak havoc, who’s got their sights set on Emma. They believe Emma will be back — whether through the help of Regina or their own doing — and once she gets back, they want to make sure that for Hook that his love is safe, and for David and Snow that their daughter is safe. When we resume, there are multiple threads going on in multiple realms simultaneously. There’s a lot of action and a lot of angst.

TVLINE | Has seeing Emma live a princess’ life been on your “to-do” list?
KITSIS | We always got asked, “What would happen if Emma grew up without the curse?” So we thought it would be fun to see what would happen if Emma grew up in a place where there was no longer fighting, and we see that Bandit Snow and Charming now have become the overprotective parents who wouldn’t let their daughter get near anything. [Laughs] That was kind of the impetus for why Emma was the singing princess, the princess who had never seen a sword before. That was the idea we wanted to create, and then have Emma be able to see it, because while it is very much human nature to say “the grass is greener,” what you realize is that though the grass may seem greener, the truth is that what you’ve gone through is what makes you you.

TVLINE | So, what is Gideon’s beef? Why does he want to kill Emma?
HOROWITZ | A lot of what were going to be dealing with in the second half of the season is just that — why is he back? Why is he seemingly after Emma? In this vision that we’ve seen of her, what is motivating him?
KITSIS | “Why does he need to kill her?” is the real question.
HOROWITZ | We pick up in that scene [with Gideon, Belle and Rumple] and you get to see the rest of it. Both Gideon and Belle will articulate some of the questions that our viewers have, which is, “Why did he do this, where has he been, what has happened to him?” That stuff gets answered pretty quickly.

TVLINE | What areOnce Upon a Time the Charmings doing about Sleeping Curse? Are they actively trying to solve it?
HOROWITZ | They’re watching lot of Ladyhawke.
KITSIS | Snow and Charming have a lot on their plate, and we’re going to see the toll that the Sleeping Curse takes on Charming, because toward the end of [Season 6A] it kinda looks like he’s sleep deprived, he’s going dark and off the rails. We’re going to see what happens when you take away his calming center. Without her around, and not much sleep, Charming can get into some real trouble.

TVLINE | To what lengths will David go to get Snow back?
KITSIS | He is going to go to incredible lengths. And it is not easy, it is not a “true love wakes you up” situation. It is not going to be wrapped up within the first couple episodes. Without Snow there to keep David in check, you’re going to see a sleepless David start to ponder about his father and what happened to him again.

TVLINE | Is that what brings us to Episode 12, “Murder Most Foul”?
KITSIS | Episode 12 is going to be the further adventures of one of my favorite bromances in the world, Hook and Charming, finding out who killed David’s dad.

TVLINE | What are your plans for Alan Dale’s return?
HOROWITZ | We love Alan Dale, and his character has been rotting underground in the dungeon for three or four seasons at this point, so it’s time to exhume him. But in all seriousness, it’s always fun to dip into Prince Charming’s past — and also seeing that relationship play out in the present.

TVLINE | When will the truth be revealed about Charming’s father?
HOROWITZ | By Easter, you should know a lot more.

TVLINE | Will undoing the Sleeping Curse require something physical — a magical widget, or a person — or is it something like “hope,” “trust,” “faith”?
KITSIS | It is a combination of all it it.
HOROWITZ | A “magical stew.”
KITSIS | There’s a lot of emotional upheaval coming the Charmings’ way, and what’s great is they’re probably the strongest couple in all fairy tale lore, so to see them handle the stuff being thrown at their family is fun to write, and fun to watch.

TVLINE | How, Once Upon a Time Eionwhere and when do we see August again?
HOROWITZ | We love Eion Bailey, we love August, we love Pinocchio. We get to see him in multiple worlds and realms.

TVLINE | When will we next see Aladdin and Jasmine, and under what circumstances?
HOROWITZ | We are going to be seeing them under heroic circumstances — not immediately in the second half, but they’ll be back. We’ll be seeing Agrabah, and some of their adventures there.
KITSIS | And Jafar will be back in full force.
HOROWITZ | Oded [Fehr] is great, he’s been just so much fun to work with. He’s got a delicious take on the character.

TVLINE | I saw that you won’t say if Emma and Hook share a duet in the musical episode. But answer me this: Will anybody have a duet?
HOROWITZ | Yes.

TVLINE | And here’s a perhaps-answerable question about the engagement ring we saw in the 6B promo: Will anybody else learn of its existence before its ultimate recipient does?
HOROWITZ | Sauron will! [Laughs] We’re going to Mordor with the ring. I think the less said about the ring now, the better — other than it’s out there and somebody’s going to get it.

Want more scoop on Once? I will be visiting the set next week, so email InsideLine@tvline.com and your question may be answered via Matt’s Inside Line.

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15 Comments
  1. Butch says:

    Thank you for all the ‘Once” interview and preview.. I have missed the show. Seems like Emma and Regina will be in wish land for a few episodes.

    • kdubs says:

      what gives you that idea? not challenging just asking. i feel like they always build up major suspense and it ends up not being as big of a deal as they make it out to be. show writers and entertainment press alike.

      • Butch says:

        They will have Robin Hood and Regina, plus being hunted by Henry, They say August will be in multiple worlds.They have to fiure out a way to get home and Emma has to convince Regina to want to go home. Seems like a lot to get into one episode especially when it is not the only story being told. Stuff is going on with Charming and Hook, and Belle, Hook and their son in the real world.. We will soon see what happens.

        On unrelated topic. which episode is Tinkerbelle coming back for. Will she be part of the Dark Fairy story, in the wish world, or helping out Hook and David.

        • Butch says:

          Typos-” They have to figure it out.
          Belle’s son’s father is Rumple not Hook (as far as we know)

          • kdubs says:

            Lol at the “as far as we know”. Somehow I doubt it ;-) Looks like the press release just came out for 6×12 and it has spoilers that will answer this question of how long they are there.

  2. Butch says:

    Does Gideon get his magic because he is Rumple’s son? If so are we to believe Rumple was the only Dark One to have children after becoming the Dark One? Why aren’t there lots of descendents of dark ones around with powers. Rumple was supposed to be a cowardly ordinary man who became the Dark One per the show’s first season. Since then we found out his father is Peter Pan and his mother the Dark Fairy? Hardly an ordinary man. Perhaps we will find out his mother manipulated the situation that lead him to become the Dark One. .

  3. Val says:

    Sounds good.
    Most things i am looking forward to is more Emma Swan arc.
    Hook and Charming bromance. Charming centric and his dad. Emma/Hook. And the Snowing curse is finally broken.

  4. kdubs says:

    The writers’ idea that all of Emma’s pain is what has made her strong (or the only thing that has made her strong) is an incredibly gross message to send to women and girls. Yes, the things we go through in our life make us who we are, but pain does not automatically equal strength. They are essentially excusing Regina’s actions and having her victims thank her, yet again. The rules every other character has to abide by do not apply to her. Disgusting. With each passing episode and interview they give, my desire to continue watching this show deflates. Not sure I’ll tune in for this second half.

    • Jaissa says:

      In my opinion really all the characters are excuse for their action. For example rumple, hook and zelena have kill lots of people. Hook cast the dark curse devastating a kingdom. Zelena raped someone. Even emma and snow killed someone by they all walk around freely. And from what I’ve seen a lot of characters have and haven’t apologized for things not just Regina. Just my opinion on what I’ve seen.

      • Nicky says:

        Except the difference is that Snow was only trying to protect her family and ended very upset. But the other fact is is that Rumple got her to do this and was really his crime. That makes him the guilty one. Emma showed no regrets

        • Cypher says:

          apparently you think ruining 1 family to protect another is fine? even thosugh EVERYONE has the capability for good OR evil, yet they are the ‘good guys’ so t hey dont need to pay for it…not die certainly but pay….besides i want to see ‘the dragon’ reunited with his kid somehow

          • Nicky Aiuto says:

            I never said or thought anything about ruining 1 family to protect another is fine. You’re twisting what I said, don’t be so ignorant. My point there is that that act was cause of Rumple. He got Snow to do this just to save his own skin. And you see how he was getting the blame by Snow’s family instead of her, cause it was really his fault. You know that. The evil thing was hardly or never Snow’s style as you can see how upset she was.

            But don’t bother mentioning about the Lily incident because Isaac made Snow do it with his pen (controlling her actions) as Snow revealed in the finale of season 4. Don’t bother saying it is not true cause earlier this year I somehow got Jane (one of the writers) on twitter to confess that she made a mistake on saying that Isaac only made the Apprentice do this to Lily with his pen. Hinting that he made Snowing do this too, which I told all of you from different forums a thousand times that Isaac was the real culprit and villain behind that drama.

      • kdubs says:

        Most of the time these other characters are punished some way in the narrative for their actions. Regina is too, sometimes. I’m not saying one person is better than the other or less of a villain. BTW Regina did mindo control and rape Graham, then killed him when he rejected her as Emma was helping to bring back his memories, and none of the characters know about that STILL. Probably never will.

        But what I am trying to say is that the show will set rules that do not apply to Regina – Controlling someone with the dagger is bad when someone else does it (one exception to Belle), but when Regina does it her victim (Emma, three times) says she’s right and thanks her for it. That is not a good message. Controlling someone through their heart BAD… but it’s okay for Regina to do it with Belle (again, no one knows about it) and be considered a “very reformed character” by the writers. She is also constantly blaming others for things that happen to her, and they often just take it. Snow and Emma and Henry have gone along with horrible plans to “change her fate” when the real change needs to be made by Regina from within.

        I don’t consider her still a villain, I just think she has more work to do. The writers do this with the other villains (we are still seeing Hook constantly confronted by his past, and putting the blame on himself. Rumple puts almost all blame on himself, admits his love for his power). Regina has changed, she has gotten better, but she’s not all the way there. The writers treat her like she is and constantly state that much in interviews.

  5. Jennifer says:

    Omg, ladyhawke.

  6. LolaHaze says:

    This is one of those shows that I have watched for long enough that I’m invested in seeing it through to its end. It’s turned into ridiculous drivel whose plot twits are reminiscent of the childhood adventure games my friends and I would concoct in our backyards, but after six years I guess I am in for the long haul. After this and Lost though I am never starting in on another Kitsis/Horowitz creation again. They have great starts but always go a bit wonky towards the end.