Rumple + Hook throughout all of Season 3
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Esq., January 19, 2012 | |
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Rumple + Hook throughout all of Season 3
true love’s kiss
TVLINE | When last we tuned in, Bae had just gotten fished out of the drink by Hook. What does the captain make of this strange boy?
Well, he’s just managed to find this boy floating in the middle of the sea, so it’s kind of an intriguing thing. He’s interested in who he could be or where he comes from.
TVLINE | I understand they find some things in common, as we get insight into Hook’s background.
Yes, you learn a little bit through Bae. You learn a bit about where Hook was from and about his background. You get to find out more about Hook and how he became the person that he is.
TVLINE | The scoundrel that he is.
Yeah, pretty much!
TVLINE | And what if Hook were to learn who Bae is?
Well, it’s bound to have some effect on him, because of the history with Rumplestiltskin and Milah….
The Hollywood Reporter: What should we expect in Neverland past?
Colin O’Donoghue: It’s interesting because Hook obviously was in love with Milah, Bae’s mother, and he has this hatred for Bae’s father, so it’s a complicated thing. On the one hand, he loved one person, and on the other hand, he hated the other. How does he react to this boy? Does he decide to care for him because of his mother or does he decide to hate him or treat him in a bad way because of Rumpelstiltskin (Robert Carlyle)? I think people will be intrigued to see the relationship that develops.
THR: It seemed like Neal (Michael Raymond-James) in present day was killed at the end of last week’s episode. Can you shed some light on that?
O’Donoghue: Well, he was shot and fell through the portal so … you can definitely assume he was dead because he was shot.
THR: Can you give us a nugget for the finale?
O’Donoghue: I can say that you get to see Neverland, you get to see this incredible world, you get to see Hook’s interactions with Bae and how they knew each other from before. The finale is definitely a fantastic. The fans are going to be really happy with the finale. It’s a great episode.
THR: Over the course of the season, have you had favorite moments or scenes?
O’Donoghue: I really enjoyed working on everything. The standout one for me was my first episode when I was dressed as Captain Hook standing on a ship sailing out to sea, and it was a surreal moment. That was one that stands out because that was a incredible thing to be doing and be able to make a living doing. [Laughs]
THR: Have the producers talked to you about season-three plans and how Hook plays into that?
O’Donoghue: We haven’t really discussed it. I know what I would like to see, whether or not those things will happen, who knows. [Laughs] But I’d like to see how Hook would interact with people and develop relationships in the town considering he’s been this lone wolf for a while on a quest for revenge. It would be interesting to see how he could develop as a character.
‘The Men of Once Upon a Time’
In the first 10 minutes of “Second Star to the Right,” we see that Neal doesn’t hesitate to lay a guilt trip on his father for his recent behavior. What can you preview about their dynamic in the rest of the episode?
First of all, there was a moment [in “The Miller’s Daughter”] where [Gold’s] on the phone with Belle and feels like he’s about to die and I’m exposed to this side of a man that I’m totally unfamiliar with. And you start to see the beginnings of what could possibly become a reconciliation there. But after that happens, there’s very little interaction between the two of them … That both confuses and hurts Neal, and there’s so much unfinished business between the two of them, I think you start to see two people really trying to grapple with that.
He tells Gold that he’s only staying in town for Henry, but there must be a part of him, deep down, that’s longing for that reconciliation. Will we start to see Neal coming to terms with that?
I think that Neal has some rough edges, for sure, but deep down, I think he’s a person that is always hoping that given enough time and the right amount of effort that things can be reconciled … No matter what we’ve done to each other, he’s still my dad. He’s always going to be my dad. The circumstances that we find ourselves in are incredibly difficult, but I think despite what either one of us may say or do, there’s still a glimmer of hope that someday I can have the father/son relationship with my dad that I’ve always wanted. Absent of that, I can try to create the father/son dynamic that I’ve always wanted my own son.
Emma is still very suspicious of Tamara’s motivations — and rightly so — but how does Neal feel about being caught between this rock and a hard place?
Emma continues to try to convince Neal of what the audience knows and what she suspects. And I think it’s hard for Neal … he’s not ready to even imagine another betrayal on that level — on the level of his father — that it could happen again. So I think the spot Neal finds himself in is one in which the eye sees what it wants to see, and ear hears what it wants to hear. So at this point, it’s almost impossible for him to image the depth of that betrayal.
We don’t want to give anything away, but it seems like Neal has some rough road ahead, doesn’t he?
He has some bumps coming up. There is a lot of unfinished business coming up with Neal and Emma and his dad [Rumpelstiltskin/Mr. Gold], and we’re going to see some of the things resolved and some scratch the surface of some of the unfinished business that will be addressed.
How has being a father to Henry changed Neal, in your opinion?
One of the things that was taken from Baelfire early on was a sense of family, and that sort of is something he’s aways been looking for and that has been absent, in that he’s been a bit of a rudderless ship. He experiences some of that with the Darling family [when Baelfire ends up in Victorian London]. With the revelation he was a father to Henry, that gives him some real solid direction. It’s something he was always looking for, because how do you create that in a world you not from with no firsthand relationship to anyone or anything? It’s tough sledding. With Henry, he’s able to dive in a little bit. The only direction he has is what not to be, because he’s not going to be his father. Neal wants so badly to be the father to Henry that he never had. He’s going to move cautiously forward.
Is there any chance that Neal will start to see that Rumpelstiltskin did make some choices for his benefit? He fled from battle because he didn’t want Baelfire to grow up without a father, for instance.
Some of that information he didn’t know, but he did see Rumpel choose magic and power over him when [he chose not to go through the portal with Baelfire] and all [Bae] wanted was his dad. So that’s a wound that’s very deep. I still think he might want to see, given a long enough timeline and the right amount of effort, another point of view. I think the wounds can begin to be healed.
TV Guide Magazine: What’s the coolest thing about the season finale?
Robert Carlyle (Mr. Gold/Rumplestiltskin): Sneezy, who went over the town line, might be getting his memory back.
Edward Kitsis (executive producer): And if he gets his memory back for a happy dwarf reunion, I wonder what other characters could, too?
Carlyle: There’s a lovely moment Emilie de Ravin [Belle] and I shot that Rumpbelle fans will love. But in Once style, it doesn’t last long.
Adam Horowitz (executive producer): After two years, these characters are going to a place emotionally and physically different from where they’ve ever gone before.
Ginnifer Goodwin (Mary Margaret/Snow White): There is something that happens in the finale that breaks a pattern, and I look forward to seeing how that changes the people involved.
Lana Parrilla (Regina/Evil Queen): I love that there’s a possibility for Snow and Regina to have a relationship. We’re all family.
Kitsis: You all have blood on your hands, but you all have love in your hearts. The question is, what will unite our rivals? Magic’s got a price, and it’s incredibly heartbreaking.
Josh Dallas (David/Prince Charming): Like the finale of Season 1, this will change it all completely.
TV Guide Magazine: When you learned that Storybrooke was in danger of being destroyed in the finale, what were your thoughts?
Parrilla: I thought, “Poor Steveston” [the British Columbia town that doubles for Storybrooke]. It’s made such a living off the show.
Carlyle: I’d be sincerely upset to lose Mr. Gold’s shop. I’m very, very protective of it.
Goodwin: Oh, yes, you are! [Whispers] None of the rest of us are allowed to touch anything in there.
Parrilla: Even the props that once belonged to us! Or we’ll get hit in the hand with his cane.
Read the rest of the interview below the cut!