Examiner: Creators Promise to ‘Tame The Beast’ Next Season
Allison Nichols: Anytime you think you know where it’s going, the show goes in a different direction
Edward Kitsis: That’s part of the fun is you are always trying to lead people. We wanted people to believe we were going to the enchanted forest. We wanted them to believe that Greg and Tamara had no, you know, I think one of the fun for us is that we knew we were going to Neverland, and so we wanted to introduce this home office and this secret organization, and people, you know had people believe it had nothing to do with our world or with the enchanted forest, and lo it behold, it turns out they don’t realize their boss is Peter Pan.
Most of the episodes it’s a flashback and then Storybrooke. Now you’ve got people on The Jolly Roger, Henry over there, Neal’s alive in the enchanted forest, and you’ve got Storybrooke. Do you have any idea of how you are going to set that up?
Adam Horowitz: Yeah we do, and it’s something we want to keep as a surprise as to how we unfold it, but what we can say to the audience is that we are taming the beast.
EK: You do not have to sit there with a chart and pause and go: “Wait a minute, where am I, which world?”
AH: Our conception is, and I hope we can succeed with this, is that the audience can tune in, and it will be very clear in a very linear way where we’re going, who we’re with, and what we’re exploring, so that it’s not a flow chart situation.
EK: The other thing that we’re very excited about, is airing the show in two segments, so for us, as writers, we’re really approaching this like two seasons. We’re going to show eleven episodes in fall nonstop, and then eleven in spring, and so for us, this first eleven is going to be really focused on our core characters and their journey, and really as Adam said, taming the beast. We’re not going to make it so crazy that you’re looking around for eight different timelines.
AH: There’s a fine line in complexity and confusing. We love the show to be complex, but we never want it to be confusing. We want it to be a story that is super engaging and that has different levels to it, and that is something that you can jump into it.
Do you have something that you are very excited about for next season?
EK: We’re really excited about Neverland. We’re really excited about the people that are on that boat that are now going to be forced to work together, and I think that, you know for us, there were a lot of things introduced in season two that we really get to explore. One of them was that Emma had magic, and so much was happening that she really didn’t get to stop and say, “Why do I have this? What the hell is going on with me, and do I even like magic?” Emma called Snow and Charming mom and dad when she thought her life was over. How does that affect everything? I think, for us, we’re really excited to have these characters dive into what makes them who they are, and you know, and I think this situation with Henry is going to force them to become who they are, you know? Now we’re going to need Snow to become Bandit Snow. She needs to be tough. Charming needs to whip the sword out. Emma needs to be the savior. Rumple, as he said, he’s going to go dark for this, which is why he didn’t want Belle to see what he was about to do, and Regina is a wildcard. We never know which way she is going to go.
AH: You know the show is ultimately about the characters, so we think what we’ve been able to do is create a situation where the characters who have always been in conflict with each other now have been thrown together in a way where we can delve deeper into them and into their relationships, and into who they are. That was one of the things we are most excited about with this season, really digging deeper and exploring these characters.
EK: You know for us it’s fun because of the eleven episodes. We’re going to tell you a journey. We can really tell you a condensed story with a beginning, middle, and end for the first eleven and for the second eleven, and we’re really excited to do that, and we’re really excited for the fans not to have the interruption. I know last year they would air five minutes and then not again for four weeks, so…that was fun.