Seven weeks down, four to go in Once Upon a Time‘s midseason hiatus. And to reward you for your patience, TVLine has secured a few exclusive photos from the Season 4B premiere.
Airing Sunday, March 1 and titled “Darkness on the Edge of Town” the first episode back will follow Robert Carlyle’s Rumplestiltskin as he reunites the Queens of Darkness with an eye on storming Storybrooke, from which he was banished by wife Belle. But if Rumple is leading the charge, why is he seemingly seeking mercy from Ursula…?
Elsewhere in the photo preview, Emma (played by Jennifer Morrison) exhibits both joy (with Hook and his restored heart) and some concern, as she and Regina (Lana Parrilla) lead Operation Mongoose’s search for the mysterious Author who might (just might) be able to give the formerly evil queen a happy ending.
UPDATE: ABC’s official synopsis for the midseason premiere reads, “With Gold banished from town, the residents of Storybrooke attempt to resume their normal lives. Hook and Belle search for a way to release the fairies from the Sorcerer’s hat, while Emma, Henry and Regina continue to look for clues that could lead them to the Author. But when a terrifying darkness descends on the town, Emma and Regina are forced to confront the true nature of evil. Meanwhile, in New York, Gold and Ursula enlist Cruella De Vil to join their cause.”
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Flip through the brand-new photos below.