'Broken' — Press Release


Sarah Bolger (“The Tudors”) Guest Stars as Aurora

Jamie Chung (“Sucker Punch,” “The Hangover Part II”) Guest Stars as Mulan

Master storytellers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz (“Lost,” “Tron: Legacy”) invite everyone to Storybrooke, Maine, a small town that probably won’t show up on one’s GPS… but it’s a place where magic is coming.

In Season One of “Once Upon a Time,” Evil Queen Regina had cast a curse that brought the fairytale characters into our modern world and trapped them in Storybrooke with no memory of their former selves. Here they languished, ageless for 28 years, until Emma Swan stumbled upon them through her son, Henry, whom she had given up for adoption years ealier. Over time Emma came to understand that she herself was the progeny of fairy tale characters - Snow White and Prince Charming - and having begun to see cracks in Regina’s curse and her hold on Storybrooke, set about breaking both.

In the Season Two premiere episode, “Broken,” reality and myth begin to merge as the fairytale characters awaken from Evil Queen Regina’s broken curse and remember who they were. But to their dismay, they aren’t transported back to fairytale land. To make matters worse, Rumplestiltskin - aka Mr. Gold - in an effort to gain the upper hand in his power struggle with Regina, has introduced magic into the town. In fairytales magic has its place, but in our world it can have unfathomable consequences. Meanwhile, back in the fairytale land, Prince Phillip awakens his sleeping beauty, Aurora (Sarah Bolger, “The Tudors”), but discovers that he and his traveling companion, Mulan (Jamie Chung, “Sucker Punch,” “The Hangover Part II”), will soon have to face a deadly foe, on the Season Premiere of “Once Upon a Time,” SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

"Once Upon a Time" stars Ginnifer Goodwin as Snow White/Mary Margaret, Jennifer Morrison as Emma Swan, Lana Parrilla as Evil Queen/Regina, Josh Dallas as Prince Charming/David, Emilie de Ravin as Belle, Jared S. Gilmore as Henry Mills, Meghan Ory as Red Riding Hood/Ruby, and Robert Carlyle as Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold.

Guest starring are Raphael Sbarge as Archie Hopper/Jiminy Cricket, Lee Arenberg as Leroy/Grumpy, David Anders as Dr. Whale, Keegan Connor Tracy as Mother Superior/Blue Fairy, Michael Raymond-Jones as mysterious man, Beverley Elliott as Granny, Sarah Bolger as Aurora, Jamie Chung as Mulan, David-Paul Grove as Doc, Gabe Khouth as Mr. Clark/Sneezy, Faustino Di Bauda as Walter/Sleepy, Jeffrey Kaiser as Dopey, Michael Coleman as Happy, Mig Macario as Bashful and Julian Morris as Prince Phillip.

"Broken" was written by Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz and directed by Ralph Hemecker.

"Once Upon a Time" is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format with a 5.1 channel surround sound. A TV parental guideline will be assigned closer to the airdate.

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TV Guide magazine has more lovely spoilers for us in their latest edition.  Here’s are the main spoilers:

  • Regina shot an intense scene with Mr. Gold in his pawnshop.  She had to conceal the item she took away from the shop in fear that onlookers would see exactly what she took.
  • Dr. Whale’s past with Regina will be revealed in episode 5.
  • Mary and Emma will quickly find themselves on an adventure that will test their bravery and survival skills.
  • The seven dwarves, led by Grumpy, will try to hang Regina from her very own apple tree in revenge.
  • Mr. Gold will make his magic have a more “personal nature” with his beloved Belle.
  • Belle will discover that Mr. Gold kept the teacup all that time.
  • There will be a Rumbelle kiss in the premiere episode that we’ve all been waiting for!
  • Robert Carlyle said that while he can not reveal who Baelfire is, we will find out who he is in season two. “I know what’s going to happen, and it’s pretty mega.”
  • Captain Hook and Rumplestiltskin go way back.
  • We will meet Rumplestiltskin’s wife in season two.
  • In not-so-good-news, Aladdin and the Little Mermaid’s appearances have been pushed back.
  • In speaking of Henry’s dad, “there is a certain percentage of this man that Emma knows, and a certain [bit] that she doesn’t.  She had some sort of relationship with him, but there is an element of surprise for Emma as to the fullness of who this man is.”

Examiner: OUaT Cast Previews Emotions Running High in Winter Finale

"Emma has always been closed off and always been so guarded because her emotions are so close to the surface that she’s had to hold very tightly to that armor. So now that her armor has really been infiltrated, she swings between that really tough, hard side and that really vulnerable very quickly now. It’s not just all tough or little moments of vulnerable; she actually swings between both very quickly now. Usually if she’s exhausted and worn out the vulnerable side comes out more—like when she’s been climbing a beanstalk for ten hours, and Mary Margaret goes on and on about her never doing that, and she hugs her. She’s just like ‘I am tired. I get it, I’m tired, I don’t have anything to argue with you. And I need a hug!’ There’s definitely those earned moments of vulnerability," Jennifer Morrison said when LA TV Insider Examiner visited the Vancouver set* of Once Upon A Time in anticipation of the second season winter finale.

Having spent the first half of the season trapped in the fairytale land that was with her mother (Ginnifer Goodwin) and a bunch of strangers, ogres, and the threat of an Evil Queen way worse than Regina (Lana Parrilla) hanging over her head, Emma has good reason to be exhausted and emotional. But now is anything but the time to grow tired or give in as she and and Snow are closer than ever to getting back to Storybrooke, thanks to the information Snow and David (Josh Dallas) passed to each other in the netherworld.

"The dynamic between Emma and Snow shifts a bit because of that experience, and Snow needs a bit of care-taking after coming face-to-face with Charming and thinking they were going to be able to be together, even if it was in some sort of hallucinatory dream state [where] clearly, they’re not even able to touch," Goodwin said.

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So, what can fans look forward to in the final three episodes of the season?

Eddy: Well, I think the fans can look forward to kind of the culmination of everything we set up this year. Who are Greg and Tamara, who do they work for, do they work for anyone, what’s their agenda?

Adam: What’s really behind everything they’re doing, and how is that going to impact on every single one of our characters? I think we’re bringing all those things to a head in a way we find exciting, and we think hopefully will be really surprising to the audience as well.

Eddy: We are going to dive more into how Lacey affects Rumpelstiltskin, or Mr. Gold, and how that affects his relationship with his son.

Obviously, Lacey enjoying Rumplestiltskin’s darker side is a bit of a weight off his shoulders, unless, of course, she gets her actual memory back, in which case you’ve got to wonder, is she going to be twice as horrified?

Eddy: Well, it depends what he does when he’s with Lacey, I suppose, you know? Belle brings out the best in Mr. Gold/Rumpelstiltskin, and Lacey brings out the worst, and it’s a lot easier to have someone bring out the worst in you. You get to try a lot less.

So the last two episodes are titled “Second Star to the Right” and “And Straight On ‘Til Morning.”

Adam: (grinning) Just randomly titled. No significance to those titles at all.

Eddy: We are going to be finding out a bit about Baelfire, and Captain Hook. There’s no coincidence with those titles.

Adam: Obviously, we’d like to keep a surprise, but you know, Baelfire/Neal and Hook have a connection that we’ve already hinted at, and that’s something that’s explored in the final two hours of the season. And that may involve a second star to the right.

Fans have been speculating a lot about Neal and his connection to Hook—perhaps in the form of a boy who never grows up?

Eddy: Yes, we could say so far, nobody’s been right.

Adam: Well, that we know of. Our fans are very smart, and maybe they’ve got it, maybe they haven’t, but we hope it’s a surprise. We can confirm he’s not Smee.

Eddy: By the way, I don’t know if you know this or not, but rewatching Peter Pan, which we’ve done on numerous times, the clock, Big Ben, is set to 8:15 in the movie. It’s at 8:14, and when the kids land on it, it goes to 8:15. [NOTE: 8:15 is the time the town’s clock in Storybrooke was stuck at before Emma appeared in the first episode of season one.]


Adam: Or not.

You’ve said that a new character will be teased but not revealed until Season Three.

Eddy: In the final two hours, you will hear about someone, you will think about someone, but you won’t see that someone ’til next year.

Any other big moments to look for?

Eddy: Emma and Regina have a game-changer.

Adam: Their relationship is going to change. It moves to a new place.

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